FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy the game?
You can buy the game from our homepage on Itch.io, which is a distributor of indie games. Be sure to save the link they give you to download the game, in case you need to download the game again or update it in the future. If you lose your link, you can request that Itch.io re-send it to you here on their support page.


What hardware/software do I need to play?
The game works on either Windows PC's or Macintosh computers. It is not available for mobile or tablets. Later this summer, it will also be available for consoles, but for now we only support Windows and Mac.

Before you purchase, be sure your computer meets the recommended system requirements:
Windows PC:
Windows 7 / 8 / 10
Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core or Equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: 1024 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
Storage: 2 GB available space

Macintosh:
OS X 10.9+
Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core or Equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: 1024 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
Storage: 2 GB available space


How do I set up the game once I download it from Itch.io?
Once you purchase the game, you should get a link to both the Windows version (Walden-Win-Alpha.zip) and the Mac version (Walden-OSX-Alpha.zip). Choose the correct version for your computer type and click to download. The zip file might take some time to download depending on your Internet connection, so be patient.

Once the zip file is completely downloaded, you'll need to upzip it. Usually, the zip file will have downloaded to your "downloads" folder, or wherever your default download location is set to. Right click on the zip file and select "Open With" whatever archive utility you have installed on your machine. Extract the entire Walden folder. Important: Do not move the application file or data file out of the Walden folder. Once the game has been unzipped, it is ready to play -- double-click to start the game.


I get a warning when I open the app, what should I do?
You may see a warning that "this software has been downloaded from the Internet" the first time you play. Simply choose to open the game, and you will not see the warning again.


It's my first time playing a first-person game, what should I do?
Don't worry! There's a first time for everything! The first thing you'll need to understand is how to move and look. Think of the W, A, S and D keys as moving your "feet" in the game -- they will move you forward, left, backward, and right respectively.

Where "forward" and such are also depend on where you are looking, though. So think of the mouse as moving your "eyes" in the game. Move the mouse in small changes to adjust where you are looking. Remember, you can move your head and feet at the same time, using both your W, A, S, and D keys together with the mouse.

Practice moving a bit until you get the hang of it!

Once you are comfortable moving, you can try interacting with objects in the world. Move close to an object, center your view on it, and left click with the mouse to interact, or right click and hold to find out more information about the object.


I get a warning that my computer is not playing the game optimally, what should I do?
Depending on your computer hardware, you may need to play the game at a lower resolution or quality setting to achieve a fast enough frame rate for optimal play. Close the game and start the application again, this time selecting one of the lower settings. If you still get the warning, you can still play the game, though it may be a bit jerky at less than 15fps.


I need help with something else!
If you have questions about anything else, you can contact us here: Walden support