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The Past Within

Rusty Lake
Nov 2, 2022 - PC
Fair

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67

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Recommended
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8 / 10
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7 / 10
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2.5 / 5
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Critic Reviews for The Past Within

An imaginative co-op experience that demands communication and teamwork, and conjures something memorable and unique as a result.

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A short, sharp cooperative puzzler with a fun time-spanning twist. The Past Within sees Rusty Lake go all out to make the purest kind of cooperative experience possible, and ends up doing a fine job.

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Unfortunately for the development team's usual crowd of fans, there is no single-player mode here.

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Though Rusty Lake: The Past Within has many of the same themes of a horror video game, it's not an outright scary title. Its cartoony graphics make sure that nothing ever gets too disturbing, and some moments meant to be spooky actually look quite silly, but the game's soundtrack does a good job of setting a generally eerie tone throughout. The Past Within is quite short, with its two chapters clocking in at about two hours total, although there is some replayability to be had via the ability to choose between "Butterfly" or "Bee" mode, which changes the answers to the puzzles. Overall, at the price of only a few dollars, Rusty Lake: The Past Within will likely be a worthwhile enough experience for long-time fans of the series, but players not familiar with the story or those seeking a challenge should look elsewhere.

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