We're excited to announce that Walden, a game has been named one of the top tools for learning in 2017 by Common Sense Education! As we've already announced on our educators page, we've made the game available for free to educators around the country and have received a tremendous response to the game! Several hundred educators are already using the game in their classrooms at all levels of education and in a wide array of domains from literature, to science, to philosophy to history and more. We're so grateful for this acknowledgement of the learning potential for the game!
Walden, a game, along with two other games from USC Games -- The Night Journey and The Cat and the Coup -- were announced as coming to PlayStation 4 in 2018. All three games featured playable versions at Sony's 2017 PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, California on December 9th and 10th.
Both Walden, a game and The Night Journey will be available on PlayStation 4 in the first quarter of 2018. The Cat and the Coup will be available in the fall of 2018.
Composer Michael Sweet created an amazing soundtrack for Walden, integrating it with our procedural soundscape so that the audio world reacts to the player at every moment. We're extremely proud of the music for the game; each season of the game has it own musical cue, and each of these cues has been composed to respond to the state of a player's inspiration in the world. You can find out more about how the music was created here in the Behind the Sounds of Walden video.
Now, we've made the full soundtrack, plus some bonus tracks we loved too much to leave out, available to purchasers on Itch.io. Just download it from the Itch.io link you receive once your purchase is complete. If you previously purchased and downloaded the game, just visit your link again to download the soundtrack.
The soundtrack is also available separately at CD Baby, in case you'd like to share with friends.
IndieCade has a very special place in our hearts, as it was the first place where designer Tracy Fullerton spoke about the early prototyping of Walden, a game, and also the first public showing of the game as a work in progress in 2014.
We're honored and grateful to announce that Walden, a game was awarded the the Developer's Choice award at IndieCade 2017. What an amazing thing to be acknowledged by our peers in this important festival of independent games!
We're very excited to announce that Walden, a game was honored with two awards at the Games for Change Festival in New York: Game of the Year and Most Significant Impact. Games for Change is the leading international event uniting game creators with those who believe in the positive power of digital games. Their game awards laud educational games, innovative games, and ones that provide great gameplay while improving the lives of their players. As long time participants at the conference, it is real honor for the Walden team to have been selected for these awards!
The Concord Museum has had Walden, a game included in their exhibits since January of 2017, as part of the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau's birth this year. Visitors are invited to play the game as long as they like, and can now purchase a box set when they leave at the museum gift store.
The launch of Walden, a game has been covered in a number of press venues, including USA Today (Learn to 'live deliberately' with 'Walden' game on Thoreau's birthday), Salon (In defense of Solitaire, the “perfect game”: Mindfulness, video games and the importance of downtime), and the New York Times (In ‘Walden’ Video Game, the Challenge Is Stillness).
We were reviewed recently by Common Sense Media which sums up our game as "beautiful" and concludes that "you would be hard-pressed to name another game that's more peaceful, calm, or will make you think about how you should spend more time outdoors."