Year Walk for iPad and iPhone review: Twisting, creepy, puzzle game

Year Walk is a difficult game to describe, both because much of its power comes from its twisting, sinister narrative and because it's arguably more about the experience, and a slow, creepy assault on the senses, than it is about the puzzles it contains. Essentially all you need to do is control the movement of an unseen character through a wintry, papercraft-styled forest, chaining together particular sequences to further progress. Some of this is perfectly intuitive, some of it requires throwing conventional logic to the winds to some degree, but the overall intent of the game is to make you feel lost and confused, trying to muddle your way to back to what may or may not be safety. Oddly, figuring out much of the game does require the use of a free, additional app called the Year Walk companion. 

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Download Year Walk for the iPad and iPhone from the App Store

OUR VERDICT

This is a multimedia experiment in the form of a game, but it's effective and affecting rather than arch.

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