A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

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Walden wins Game of the Year and Most Significant Impact at Games for Change!

NEW: Original game soundtrack by Michael Sweet now available with game download! Check out this Behind the Sounds of Walden video.

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, exploratory narrative 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. It features the voices of Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Milk) as Henry David Thoreau, Jim Cummings (Darkwing Duck, Sonic the Hedgehog) as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Misty Lee (The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite), and Tony Amendola (Stargate SG-1, Once Upon a Time) as Bronson Alcott.

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 and welcome your feedback! If you are an educator and would like to use Walden in your classroom, please contact us via our support form.

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System Recommendations:


  • 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
  • Keyboard & mouse or game controller (See this list for supported controllers)


  • 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
  • Keyboard & mouse or game controller (See this list for supported controllers)

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.


Buy Now$18.45 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $18.45 USD. You will get access to the following files:

walden-windows-pc.zip 728 MB
walden-macintosh-osx.zip 738 MB
walden-soundtrack.zip 166 MB

Box Set Now Available - Great for Gifts!

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

Walden, a Game - Box Set

A lot of people have asked us about making a physical copy of the game available, so we created this lovely box set, which makes a great gift for any occasion.

The box set includes an engraved 4GB Pine USB drive loaded with versions of the game for both PC and Mac, as well as a unique key in the box so that the person who receives it can register their software for future updates. As the purchaser, you will also receive your own unique download link, so you can register and download an extra copy of the game for yourself.

Cost includes box set plus shipping. Please enter your shipping address at the download link that you receive from Itch.io after purchase. We will email you to confirm your address before sending the package.

Note: DO NOT check "Give this game as a gift" during the process unless you also want to assign your extra download version to someone else.