App Review: Year Walk

Screen-Shot-2012-09-04-at-8.47.22-AMYear Walk is an app from the company Simogo that centers around the mysterious and danger filled journey called a year walk. A year walk is essentially a journey taken during a special day that lasts a full year. The year walker is only allowed to walk about at night, and then cannot have any interaction with their fellow man. There are other stipulations, but these are the main two. While on this journey, the walker will face mental and physical danger from the great spirits and mythical beings. Why go through all of this? Well, to see the future, of course!

The tales are all Swedish, and the game app has a companion app called, “Year Walk Companion” that explains the symbols and tales within the game. All the tales are rather disturbing, and make the eerie gameplay that much more frightening.

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The gameplay itself was kind of confusing at first, but the intro into the game allows the player to get the hang of the set up rather quickly. The graphics, music, and sound effects are fantastic. The music is eerie without making the game feel too creepy, and the sound effects, such as the crunching of the snow and clicking of the ‘mystery box’, are done very well. The game from a distance is pretty great.

But then there was actually trying to play the game. I would get so far, and then it would boot me off. Yes, it would start you off at the last location you were at, but the more I played the more I was booted. I had would explore for maybe five to ten minutes, and then it the screen would go black (Freaking me out, by the way) just to boot me off. Now I’m not sure why this is, maybe a glitch in the software or the fact that I’m playing on a Gen. 3 iPod touch, but it got to a point where I just had to quit and delete the game. I tried reinstalling it and starting over, but my problem continued.

year-walk-screenshot-610x393The app itself is well put together with ┬árich yet disturbing Swedish folklore that seems to be well researched and represented well within the game and in its companion app… if you actually get that far. Maybe it’s just that I’m using older hardware, but the game didn’t work well for me. I was constantly being booted, and it ruined it for me. So if you have an iPad or a newer version of the iPod touch, I would recommend taking a look at this. Again, I’m not sure the price, as this app was also ‘gifted’ to me, but if it’s a paid app I wouldn’t risk it. Why pay for something you’re not sure is going to even work? I’d wait for it to update before looking into it.
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App Review: Hacky Cat

Now I love, love, love finding weird games on from the App Store for my iPod Touch, and this game is a gem. Hacky Cat is a simple game by Ken Wong where you literally play hacky sack with cats. It’s cute, it’s clever, and it’s addicting! At first I thought that the game would get repetitive, and I would soon get bored with it. You can only tap a cat and collect cheeseburgers for so long. But I was pleasantly surprised when I wanted to play more and more!

As you play you can unlock cats. Each cute and quirky in their own special way. Some cats, like Mustachio, allow you to get bonuses when you play with them. You also unlock special power ups and level up characters to help advance your game play.

In game play of 'Hackey Cat'

In game play of ‘Hacky Cat’

I just can’t get enough of this game, and can’t wait to unlock all of the goodies and kitties to kick around. I’m not exactly sure how much the game costs, if it costs anything at all, as it was ‘gifted’ to me; but I would recommend that everyone play it. There’s nothing better than getting weird looks from those around you when they hear the cries of cats being kicked.