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Feature: If you go down to the woods today you'll probably see this horse

Have You Played… Year Walk?

Calling Year Walk a horror game may be a tad misleading for most. You’re not shooting monsters or running away from monsters or being eaten by monsters when you fail to shoot them or run away from them. You’re just going for a midnight stroll through a haunted Scandanavian forest on New Year’s Eve, in order to get a glimpse into the future, because ghosts…

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How Sayonara Wild Hearts’ music amplifies its queer, feminine identity

Pulsating with irrepressible energy, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a music-based arcade game which lets you ride motorcycles and riposte teddy girls, all while balancing on a massive aerial sword that sails through the air at 200mph. It’s a euphoric and unexpectedly emotive experience, brimming with explicitly queer and feminine energy fortified by its bisexual lighting filter of pink, purple and blue, and an electropop soundtrack…

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Sayonara Wild Hearts review

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a sort of rhythm action arcade game, and as I played I kept getting flavours of different things. In terms of video games I felt Thumper, then (less obviously) Fe, plus SuperHot and Persona 5. Oh, and that mine cart level in the first Harry Potter game. But Sayonara wild hearts is also the drag race scene in Grease, the "Get…

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Rhythm game Sayonara Wild Hearts is, without warning, out now

If you're anything like me, you've been planning on playing Sayonara Wild Hearts since it launched on Nintendo Switch and Apple Arcade earlier this year. Now you can feel slightly worse about continuing to not find time for it, as developers Simogo and publishers Annapurna Interactive have just released the game on PC via Steam. This comes just over a week after it was named…

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A Gift From Simogo: The Sensational December Machine

You may know Swedish developers Simogo as the developers of frights and folklore game Year Walk, which came to PC in March. Since that game's original iOS release, Simogo have released two other astonishingly clever and beautiful interactive narratives on fruit-based gadgets. 2013's Device 6 was my favourite handheld game of that year, converting the iPad into a future-book from the best possible timeline. And…

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Feature: If you go down to the woods today

Year Walk review

Year Walk is a dose of folklore with the sharp edges left on. A chilling saunter through snow and sorrow that draws on Scandinavian folklore and the mystery of the titular Årsgång. This enhanced port of the iOS original isn’t quite a horror game but one moment did cause me to fall out of my chair. It's consistently unnerving and even becomes quite upsetting at…

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Into The Dark: Year Walk Strolling Onto Steam

Spooky games are set in hospitals, asylums, prisons, laboratories and mansions, right? The ingredients for terror are creaky floorboards, inexplicably locked doors, rusted wire mesh and filthy toilets (seriously, it's a thing - a game can barely be described as an authentic horror game unless there's at least one unflushed loo). Year Walk isn't playing along. Inspired by nineteenth century Swedish folklore, it's a game…

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