Prepare to experience plenty of emotions as you deal with love, loss and letting go in the incredibly moving puzzler, When the Past was Around. If you’re on PC, you best have those tissues at the ready swiftly because it’s available right now. Unfortunately though, the folks looking to pick this up on Xbox, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch might also shed a tear as they must wait until November for its arrival.
When the Past was Around is the product of a collaboration between Toge Productions (Coffee Talk) and Mojiken, who proudly present a rather whimsical, but puzzling point-and-click affair. The central theme is that of love and the eventual process of letting go, wrapped up in a silent, yet profound, narrative experience. In terms of gameplay, it revolves around gathering clues and solving various puzzles in order to unravel secrets that have been buried deep in the mind of the main protagonist, Edna. Accompanied only by heartwarming music, your journey will see you engulfed in the life of an aspiring violinist named Eda and her lover.
Key features of When the Past was Around:
- A picture speaks a thousand words – Experience the game’s story not through words nor dialogues, but through beautifully hand-drawn art created by talented Indonesian artist, Brigitta Rena.
- A short, sweet and whimsical journey – Explore a bittersweet tale between a girl and her lover in a surreal world consisting of disjointed rooms of memories and time.
- Personal and ubiquitous – A game about overcoming the past and finding the self.
- Solve brain-teasing puzzles – Various intriguing puzzles to solve and stories to uncover.
- Let the music guide you – Atmospheric violin music will accompany you from the peaceful days to the angstiest moments.
Whether you’re delving into When the Past was Around straight away via Steam for PC, or hanging on until it launches in November on Xbox (presumably both Xbox One and Xbox Series X), PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, we challenge you to keep those eyes dry. Be sure to let us know how you get on with it!