When the Past Was Around

Mojiken, Toge Productions

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
81
Top Critic Average
78%
Critics Recommend
Based on 23 critic reviews
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When the Past Was Around

Rating Summary

Based on 23 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 23 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PCSep 22, 2020
Nintendo SwitchDec 15, 2020
Xbox OneDec 15, 2020
PlayStation 4Dec 15, 2020

Developer: Mojiken

Publisher: Toge Productions

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle

When the Past was Around is an adventure point-and-click puzzle game about love, moving on, letting go, and the joy and pain of everything in between.

When the Past Was Around Critic Reviews

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When the Past was Around isn't a long title by any means, but what it does with its run time is definitely worth the look. The puzzles throughout are challenging, but not to the point of frustration (mostly). The beautiful visuals and music tell a wordless tale of love and loss with such deftness and care that the game's emotional moments feel earned. If you're looking for a great indie title to while away a sombre afternoon, look no further.

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What start as very simple hidden object brain-teasers eventually progress to multi-scene puzzles, where items you collect serve more than one function. The puzzles never get hard per se, but they are immensely satisfying all the same, especially the more involved ones.

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When The Past Was Around tells a story without uttering a single word of dialogue, using simple but beautiful music and a masterful, unique art style to communicate it. If I’m falling back on popular buzzwords too much when describing it, know that it deserves better. Better yet, make yourself a cup of tea, wrap yourself in a familiar blanket, and find out for yourself.

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Despite its few flaws, When The Past Was Around tells a beautiful love story through simplistic mechanics and themes. The only thing that gets in the way is puzzle pacing at the end, which breaks the formula in an uncomplimentary way.

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