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Video Game Deep Time Walk Review
Deep Time Walk (2016) is a physically-active narrative game where you go for a walk as you listen to a history of the Earth that's tied to each step. The game calculates your speed and distance to match your real-world progress and translates it to a journey across 4.6bn years of time, taking in every key evolutionary event as they occur.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Deep Time Walk 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.

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Deep Time Walk is a physically-active narrative game where you go for a walk as you listen to a history of the Earth that's tied to each step. The game calculates your speed and distance to match your real-world progress and translates it to a journey across 4.6bn years of time, taking in every key evolutionary event as they occur.

This means that each meter of the 4.6km walk is the equivalent of 1 million years of history. "As we walk we realise in our bodies, how ancient, how marvellous this animate earth of ours is."

You just walk, and listen to the extraordinary story of Earth's history, based on the latest scientific evidence about how our planet evolved over the vast expanse of geological time.

At the start, you learn about the accretion of the Earth from a disc of rocky debris and how our moon formed, you meet volcanoes and encounter the immense meteorites of the Late Heavy Bombardment. Later, you hear about key events such as the first appearance of oxygen-producing photosynthesis, The Great Oxidation, the evolution of the first nucleated cells, and the appearance of multicellular life. A time-contextual glossary is available to look up key concepts.

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This is a Narrative and Physically Active game. This is a single-player game. Each person needs their own smartphone, tablet or iPod touch, although devices that let you share the audio can enable more people to join. The game creators also promote gatherings of people to do the walk in groups (when it is safe to do so).

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 3 hours to complete. Time to complete depends on how fast you walk and how much time you take to stop and listen at different points.

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Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

CostsCosts

Deep Time Walk

App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
You can purchase physical Deep Time Cards (£24.99) and a printed Deep Time Line (£0.95) to extend the experience. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 09/12/2016

Price: Free

Out Now: Android and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative and Physically Active

Accessibility: 0 features Documented (Tweet Developer)

Components: 2D Side-On and Open World

Developer: Deep Time Walk (@DeepTimeWalk)


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