Months after playing it, Year Walk still haunts me. Set in the forbidding, snowy woods of 19th century Sweden, the darkly beautiful iOS game is a point-and-click adventure unlike any other. Its chilling, tragic narrative combined with uniquely sensory puzzles made Year Walk my Game of the Year for 2013.
Unlike other iOS games, which could easily be ported to other platforms, it’s hard to imagine playing Year Walk on anything but a touchscreen. Which is why I’m intrigued by Simogo’s announcement that Year Walk will arrive on Steam (for both Mac and Windows) on March 6.
Many of the game’s puzzles and mechanics utilized iPhone features, like multitouch and tilt. How could these possibly translate to a WASD control scheme? According to a post on the Simogo blog:
Some of those puzzles have been redesigned, while others have been completely exchanged for brand new puzzles and interactions…many of them have new art and sounds as well. We even had to create one entirely new location in the forest for one of the new puzzles.
In addition to new locations and brand new puzzles, the Steam edition will also feature updated artwork, a map, and of course Steam achievements. And The Companion, an encyclopedia of the myths behind Year Walk that serves a much cooler purpose come NG+, will be directly integrated, meaning you won’t have to download it separately.
You can check out the trailer for the Steam edition above, and I definitely recommend buying Year Walk on March 6. This goes doubly for those who missed out on the iOS version!