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  • Summary: In the old days man tried to catch a glimpse of the future in the strangest of ways. Experience the ancient Swedish phenomena of year walking through a different kind of first person adventure that blurs the line between two and three dimensions, as well as reality and the supernatural.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    90
    Year Walk's port to Steam is flawless, with the inventive iOS touch controls and beautifully artistic graphic and sound design immaculately recreated on the PC. The game takes full advantage of the extra hardware, cleverly utilizing a full surround soundscape to drench the player in the foreboding atmosphere of the haunted forest, while retaining the same striking animation, which suggests a nightmarish Edward Gorey picture book come to life.
  2. 90
    An excellent conversion of the original iOS hit, and a wonderfully disturbing horror story that innovates in terms of everything from visuals and interface to its macabre narrative.
  3. Mar 5, 2014
    90
    Year Walk is an intense and uncomfortable point-and-click horror adventure. Its puzzles rely heavily on the player’s ability to observe and deduce, and the game never directly tells the player what to do next. Granted, Year Walk has some good jump scares, but it’s really the atmosphere that makes it shine, weighing down on your shoulders like heavy Swedish snow.
  4. Mar 18, 2014
    90
    It’s heartening to see a crossover of a more niche mobile title onto the PC platform, especially one which brings such atmosphere and creativity to the fore.
  5. Mar 6, 2014
    84
    Stylish, succinct and spiritual, Year Walk coins its own genre: the fright of passage.
  6. Mar 9, 2014
    80
    With a world that is as intriguing as it is creepy, it becomes hard to put the game down. Getting wrapped up in the visuals, audio and puzzles is something that just happens as you play.
  7. Mar 21, 2014
    80
    A short but compelling adventure, definitely worth its price.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Mar 10, 2014
    10
    This is downright creepy, great little horror game with excellent atmosphere. The art style is reminiscent of the illustrations in AlvinThis is downright creepy, great little horror game with excellent atmosphere. The art style is reminiscent of the illustrations in Alvin Schwartz's "Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark", only more cartoon-ish. Washed out colours and a hauntingly subtle soundtrack set the mood perfectly. Turn the lights off, and immerse yourself for full effect. Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    Year Walk is more than just a simple, elegant game. It's an adventure every gamer should have. Playthrough is just a couple of hours, but theYear Walk is more than just a simple, elegant game. It's an adventure every gamer should have. Playthrough is just a couple of hours, but the experience will resonate with you much longer. I didn't hear much of it before I picked it up, so I don't know about the "hype" but it's definitely worth anyone's time, even those not into the genre (for isntance, me). Expand
  3. Jul 21, 2014
    9
    WARNING: Many of the game's puzzles rely on the ability to hear and discern pitch, and follow a sound through a forest based on the strengthWARNING: Many of the game's puzzles rely on the ability to hear and discern pitch, and follow a sound through a forest based on the strength of a sound. If you have a listening disability or can't discern off-key and out-of-tune notes, don't buy this game.

    A true piece of art, but it's not for everyone. I'll give it a high mark because there's not a lot of this kind of thing I can point to on PC. I'd love to see more games like Flower and Journey, and the ones we do get aren't always successful in their aims. Its aim is to be pretty and atmospheric, and to encourage a kind of investigative approach to satisfying the forest characters' wants. It is not a traditional adventure game, or an RPG. It's not like Dear Esther, so you do more than simply walk, and the gameplay is much more involving than Gone Home, but again that's not saying much.

    I'm European, and I spent my childhood in a place where the snows were deep, ice formed on the insides of our windows, and there was a forest nearby in which my friends and I would wander, and I learned about the world among a culture of folktales and the mysterious ancient ruins of buildings in which those stories' characters might have lived. This might have some bearing on why the game particularly touches me.
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  4. Aug 11, 2014
    8
    Original created for iOS by Swedish developer Simogo, Year Walk is a puzzle orientated horror game based on Scandinavian folklore, that findsOriginal created for iOS by Swedish developer Simogo, Year Walk is a puzzle orientated horror game based on Scandinavian folklore, that finds the protagonist setting out on a quest to glimpse into the future (the titular year walk).

    As with many iOs games it is very short and most will be able to complete it in little over an hour. Other than solving the, occasionally rather obscure, puzzles there is also little in the way of traditional gameplay although a generous hints system does ensure you rarely get stuck for too long. These minor issues are of no importance however when playing a title that will suck you in with its terrifying, yet strangely beautiful, atmosphere and leave you thinking about it well after the final credits role.

    Turn out the lights, put your headphones and prepare to take a unique journey.
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  5. Apr 19, 2014
    8
    A lite point-and-click adventure game whose story is rooted in Swedish folklore. What stands out is the game's art style and sound design. TheA lite point-and-click adventure game whose story is rooted in Swedish folklore. What stands out is the game's art style and sound design. The mood throughout the game is cold, foreboding and macabre. The puzzles are mostly easy and I found myself finishing the game in about three hours. The ending of the game is pretty spectacular. A must play, if you enjoy casual point-and-click adventures. Expand
  6. May 14, 2014
    7
    Now there is games that makes you wonder what are getting ,in this case the moment you start you find yourself eager to know what is goingNow there is games that makes you wonder what are getting ,in this case the moment you start you find yourself eager to know what is going on the atmosphere is just as it must it will appeal only for the mystery adventure fans Expand
  7. Jan 19, 2015
    0
    Wow! I bought this based solely on the reviews. This game is horrendously boring... The story is hard to find, and if you like games whereWow! I bought this based solely on the reviews. This game is horrendously boring... The story is hard to find, and if you like games where there is no progression in story... then this it the game for you. Traveling between areas is awkward... you travel left and right on screen and areas on the left and right give you an impression you can go up or down on the map... it's not obvious enough. The game is a turd. Expand

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