'Year Walk' - Best new Android, iOS apps of February 2013
A game so complex and multi-faceted it arrives alongside its own free companion app detailing its folkloric inspirations, Year Walk is a profoundly atmospheric and deeply mysterious experience unlike anything else in--or out of--the App Store.
Set in 19th century Sweden, Year Walk depicts a vision quest through a bleak, ghostly forest; you're thrust into this strange world with no map, no instructions and no direction, and the sense of isolation is palpable. The purpose of your mission slowly but surely sharpens into focus as you solve puzzles and interact with the strange creatures and landmarks populating the forest, but the game never unfolds in any conventional way--it's ultimately more about the journey than the destination, championing existential dread and despair over logic and action.
Year Walk is above all a feast for the senses. Its desaturated color scheme and unsettling sound effects keep you constantly on edge, yet at the same time, there's a quiet, meditative beauty underlining the proceedings as well. It's a true original, and ultimately it's more than just a mobile game: It's art.
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