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Walden, a game (early access alpha)

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Play as philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau in his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond. Live off the land, seek out the small wonders and beauties of the woods, and find balance between your need to survive and your desire to find inspiration.

Walden, a game is a six hour, open world experience that begins in the summer of 1845 when Thoreau moved to the Pond and built his cabin there. You follow in his footsteps, surviving in the woods by finding food and fuel and maintaining your shelter and clothing.

At the same time as you strive to survive off the land, you are encouraged to explore the beauty of the woods and the pond, which hold a promise of a sublime life beyond your basic needs. And, you can interact with characters from Thoreau's life including mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, sister Sophia Thoreau, editor Horace Greeley, activist A. Bronson Alcott, naturalist Louis Agassiz among others.

The game follows the loose narrative of Thoreau's first year in the woods, with each season holding its own challenges for survival and possibilities for inspiration.

EARLY ACCESS ALPHA: We had planned to make the alpha available later this month, but the overwhelmingly positive response to the recent articles in the New York Times and others has convinced us to open the game up a little early. We trust that you'll all understand that there are still A LOT of bugs and some remaining content that is missing — such as our temp VO for all the characters except Thoreau!

Important things to note:

  • These alpha versions are not signed applications so you you need to choose to run them even though you'll get a warning. On a Mac, right click on the app icon and select "open" to bypass the security and open the game. After you open it once, you should be able to double-click on the icon to open as usual.
  • Optimization is ongoing, so you may see "lurches" in the framerate where we're loading and unloading assets in the background. We're working on it!
  • Temporary content placeholders — VO and final video.
  • Many other random bugs, which we could use your help to identify, there is a support form below.

If you find bugs you'd like to report to us, or would like to give us feedback on the game, please fill out this form. It really helps if you can provide your machine and operating system specs, so have them handy!

Contact Walden support

Walden, a game has been a labor of love by a very small core team working over the past ten years. We sincerely hope you enjoy the experience. We look forward to shipping the final version in time for the 200th anniversary of Thoreau's birth in July of this year.

System Recommendations:

We are working on our final system requirements, so these are broad recommendations right now. We know it will run on lesser machine specs, but not reliably, so are being conservative with these recommendations at the moment. We've seen it run not so badly on integrated graphics on non-gaming laptops, but don't want to really recommend that until we've been able to kick the tires on more machines.

If you have input on these specs in respect to your experience running the game, feel free to let us know via the support link above.


  • Windows 7 / 8 / 10
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core or Equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
  • Storage: 2 GB available space


  • OS X 10.9+
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core or Equivalent
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

Developer: Game Innovation Lab

Copyright 2014-2017 Tracy Fullerton and the Walden Team. All rights reserved. Not authorized for posting on Steam or any other sites.

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Walden, a game (early access alpha)

Experience Henry David Thoreau's life in Walden Woods.

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