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Posted: 8 weeks ago, last updated 5 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

We Were Here is a series of puzzle adventures where you and a fellow explorer awake inside the sinister Castle or similar location with no way out. Play is by exploring your location to find clues and solve puzzles. Uniquely, the puzzles you encounter take the two of you to solve from your different perspectives and only a walkie-talkie for communication.

It's a game about connection through dangerous experiences. Throughout the series you find yourself in sudden danger and must keep cool, explain things clearly to your friend and find a solution before your time runs out. As you progress you learn to communicate clearly. Your voice is all you have to begin with and you must use it cleverly.

Each person has a different set of puzzles, for which the clues are be hidden in the other person's room. It can get quite challenging as half of the puzzles are under time pressure, for example slowly flooding the room of the person with the puzzle inputs, whilst the other person desperately tries to figure out the relevant hints for the solution. They are especially good games for couples, but friends or a parent and child would also be good candidates for these games, hence why I think they deserve to be listed.

Each of the games is a standalone co-op adventure but the stories are connected. You learn more about the history of Castle Rock in the We Were Here Stories: Chronicles of Castle Rock live-action video series:
  • We Were Here (2017) - Free chapter where Antarctic explorers have become split up in an old castle.
  • We Were Here Too (2018) - Next chapters of escaping the castle.
  • We Were Here Together (2019) - New locations and some play where you are in the same place.
  • We Were Here Forever (2022) - New areas, puzzles, and improved interface and gameplay

The result is a lovingly created series of online puzzle adventures all about cooperative discovery, immersion and teamwork through communication. You and a partner must solve puzzles through smart communication and observation.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/02/2017, updated in 2023

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 2 online

Genres: Adventure, Communication (Brain Game, Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: We Were Here Game (@WeWereHereGame)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 20 hours to complete. How long it takes depends how good and quick you are at solving the puzzles.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a 2-player online game. Cross-Play: Fully cross-playable across all platforms

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence, Scary Scenes, Mild Themes.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to have good observation and communication skills. In a family of four it can work to be in two teams of two. Good perseverance is needed and being able to cope with being under life-or-death pressure.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

We Were Here usually costs £3.99 to £17.99.
 

We Were Here

XBox Store Xbox One £4.19
PlayStation Store PS4 £3.99

We Were Here Forever

Steam Store PC £14.99

We Were Here Series Bundle

XBox Store Xbox One £17.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99

We Were Here Together

XBox Store Xbox One £10.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £9.99
Steam Store PC £10.99
Steam Store Mac £10.99

We Were Here Too

XBox Store Xbox One £8.39
PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99
Steam Store PC £8.50
Steam Store Mac £8.50
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our We Were Here Accessibility Report documents 22 accessibility features:
Objects the player can interact with change the reticle from a dot a circle and some puzzle elements highlight but only when the player is near.

Audio cues signify when a puzzle is done correctly and incorrectly. Some puzzles are audio based, the audio cues are the only way to tell if progress is being made on a puzzle. Audio cues also signify when switches are being activated.

There is minimal dialog in the game that is meant to add to the creepy atmosphere

Some puzzles have a limited amount of time to solve before players fail and must retry. The amount of time given in these puzzles is pretty generous and the puzzle does not change upon reattempt so any progress made through previous attempts can quickly be reached again.

Players must hold down a button in order to activate push to talk if playing with other players online and communicating in game

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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