Title: Year Walk Developer: Simogo Publisher: Simogo Release date: 2014-03-06 Regular price: 5,99 € Bundled: ☑Yes ☐No Achievements: ☑Yes ☐No Cards: ☐Yes ☒No
Estimated total reading time: 2 minutes, 57 seconds. Contains 590 words.
Lost twice what I had wrote about this game so I’m gonna scratch that and quickly write a new post with the first things that come to my mind, let’s see what we get.
Was curious about this title and started looking at its store page. Has an interesting style and it’s based on some tales from swedish folklore. Don’t remember if I was looking at the achievements page or reading some reviews or what; the important thing is that I’ve discovered there’s an achievement that can be unlocked only in a certain date. blahblahblah wasting space to not let guess what’s under here to those who don’t want to know. btw, I had set an alarm to not forget to play it at the right time.
Game on, game off, time passed until the day I finally was ready to play it. Being tagged as horror, I waited until night, turned off lights, put my earphones on and launched the game.
At first I didn’t know what to expect so I was very cautious in every movement, but the strange atmosphere the game emanated was strangely calming. I then started to relax.. HA! FOOL!
..don’t worry, it’s not very scary, it’s just me that get scared easily =P
I won’t get into the details, just know that there’s close to no action, there mostly are puzzles to solve. One in particular needs you to have the sound turned on to be solved. Either that or you can look at some guide =P
At first I wasn’t fond of how you move around but then I got used to and little by little I was wandering around so naturally without even realizing it :)
All in all some puzzles were harder than others but nothing too brainwrecker. Sound really helps setting that weird/eeire mood/atmosphere. Once you know what to do, you can beat quickly but it took me an hour (perhaps two) to beat it the first time and I was on my toes the whole time.
Well, it took me that long because I knew about that achievement I’ve mentioned at the beginning and thus looked at the others too; so I made my first playthrough 1) without hints; 2) never looking at the map and 3) without solving one puzzle, to unlock their three relative achievements. Toward the end I couldn’t move forward and I was cussing the devs until I luckily passed it! Once finished I was too curious about it and read a guide.. well, turned out that the puzzle I had skipped held the solution to the puzzle I couldn’t solve. Its relative achievement even have the word “cheat” in its name but I can be very stupid at times :v
Another thing I think it needs to be said is: watch out after you end the game as it’s not really ended. This is not hidden as it’s not really a spoiler, more an advice to help you not miss out on another part of the story. Said “another part” because you could play only the “base” game and you won’t feel like you’ve missed anything, but imho you’d be really missing out instead.
“Happy” year walking, everyone!
Some characters of this story