|Games||$3.99||Simogo AB||iPhone, iPad, iPod|
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.
Venture out into the dark woods where strange creatures roam, on a vision quest set in 19th century Sweden. Solve cryptic puzzles, touch and listen in your search to foresee the future and finally discover if your loved one will love you back.
Mysteries and clues await everywhere in Year Walk, but to fully understand the events that took place on that cold New Year's Eve, you will have to delve deeper than the adventure and lose yourself between fact and fiction.
For the complete Year Walk experience, or if you're curious about the folk lore on which Year Walk is based, we recommend downloading Year Walk Companion, available for free on the App Store.
"An iOS game like nothing else you’ve seen on the format to date.
This is a brave and truly original work"
Edge - 9/10
"Elegant and artful, Year Walk is an unmissable piece of work.
You can close the app and put down the phone, but the forest may spread beyond its glassy confines, its spindly, silver-skinned trees taking root in your own home, your own dreams."
Eurogamer - 9/10
"A game this distinctive, this different, this thrillingly new is the best possible demonstration of the format’s versatility; indeed, of the narrative power of the interactive medium. Simogo has made something very special here."
The Telegraph - 5/5
"It's a gripping, somber, atmospheric, and elegantly-designed game, and everyone should play it.
I've never played anything quite like it."
Touch Arcade 5/5
"An incredible showcase for the potential of tablet games and will undoubtedly become influential over the next few years."
CVG - 9/10
"Simogo has packed Year Walk with a hefty share of spine-tingling jump scares, but it’s these external trappings that cause the game’s lore to get under your skin and stick with you long after your phone or tablet has been turned off."
Gamezebo - 4,5/5
"Year Walk is smart, thrilling, and absolutely stunningly crafted. It'll throw you for a loop, leaving you transfixed to the screen until you shake out all of its dark secrets."
Mac|Life - 5/5
"As with any good page-turner, you won't want to put this game down until you get to the end. It's quite a journey, too. Year Walk is a beguiling adventure, and a truly memorable experience."
Pocketgamer - 8/10
This is a stylistic, smart, beautifully designed horror game that delves deep into Swedish mythology. My only nitpick is that the game is too short, thus when you’ve gotten the hang of the puzzles and chosen to “walk again,” “Year Walk” is easy to solve a second time and, thus, the gameplay is quicker. But these are probably the best $4 I’ve spent in the App Store. This game deserves a larger following and all the purchases it can. Its premise is original, the controls are smooth, the illustrations stunning, and the myths behind it are intriguing. This is among my favorite games, and my #1 iOs horror game hands down.
I give this 2 stars! I’m not very good at puzzle games, and yet, this game was over and done with in one after dinner sitting. There are maybe 4 puzzles to solve. Why would they charge for such a short game?
The game a really good and thought out. I loved the style and music. I think it was so cool to incorperate folklore into this game and I wish there were more games like this but there were a few issues. The game was really short and expensive. I’d understand the price if the game was longer but it’s only a hour long, that is if you don’t get too confused. And I wish that you could experience it for a little bit longer. The game was also VERY confusing and difficult. I was very stuck on the part when you follow the Huldra into the tree and ended up deleting the game 3-4 times to get a fresh start and make sure I didn’t miss anything. I was also stuck on the part where you give the mylings to the kelpie (brook’s horse) and ended up spending about an hour trying to get the mylings, and 2 days trying to get out of the tree thing. Although the game was great, it would’ve been better if it was longer, less expensive, or less difficult.
Cons: it's very easy to give into the temptation of looking for cheats when everything is confusing and you don't understand the background lore. This game is definitely hard when you first play it without any background knowledge. I recommend exploring your surroundings and the game thoroughly in your first go around without the sole intention of finishing the game. Pros:This game is beautiful and weaves an interesting narrative. My biggest regret is not trying to explore more and instead rushing towards the end when I initially played it. Every once in a while I download this game again. It's a great game and I 100% recommend it.
I wasn’t lying in the title; this game is my absolute favorite and I will always come back to it. The story telling and the images bring forth a mystery that is accessible to all levels of theorist and game detective and conjures a strange world that I’ve gotten lost in every time I play. There isn’t much replay-ability but even with the same story over and over it’s still so much fun. The fact that it’s accompanied by a “companion” app and several short stories just shows you how much dedication went into this game. I cant really articulate how much I love this game because I honestly just think it’s perfect in its level of creepiness and strange beauty.
Idk compared to the room its not that great also its too short super confusing and not worth the $5 to be honest
This game was truly fantastic! It had a lot more of a horror aspect then I originally thought it would have, which is really great, it plays on the whole “don’t judge a book [game] by its cover.” Art style was beautiful and creepy, the music was perfect for each point of the game, and the overall story was compelling, captivating, and very mysterious. I think the use of the journal in the companion was genius and really hooked me. There are too many great things to even mention about the game in this one review! The only thing I think that could be improved upon is the IOS version of the game could use a map to navigate the landscape, but even then it’s not a necessity because you get used to the terrain eventually and find your way. I loved this game so much; I can only hope the other horror games I intend to delve into can deliver such a grand atmosphere and greatness as this game has!
The beginning of the game is a little rough since you’re not sure what you’re supposed to do and it’s hard to navigate the forest (I recommend drawing a map). I had to look at a walkthrough once to get me started and then I was able to solve the rest of the game on my own. The puzzles are very clever and the atmosphere is incredibly creepy (be prepared for some scary moments). I enjoyed playing it but considering how short it is I would expect it to cost less. The companion app does give some added value and an alternate ending but it’s not enough. Still, it’s a unique game and will give you an hour or two of great game play.
I love The Room series and games that have some mystery and storytelling. I kept putting off downloading this and can’t figure out why. It’s a beautiful game and doesn’t explain itself, which I love. You’re able to explore and enjoy the story at your own pace and it unfolds in a lovely way. Kudos to the developer.
The game came with no instructions and I had no idea how to proceed. There was no way to get any hints either.