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8 Great Games Like When The Past Was Around

When The Past Was Around is a short adventure puzzle game, where you point and click on items to gather clues, unlock doors and unraveling the secrets of its silent narrative. Without any words it tells the tale of a young woman, Eda, and her love, the mysterious Owl man, in a surreal world consisting of disjointed rooms from memories and times past. The music from Eda's violin accompanies the story.

Unfortunately, When The Past Was Around is not available on Android, PS5, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 22/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: @MojikenStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Free-to-start



 

Assemble With Care

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 19/11/2019

Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

From the makers of Monument Valley, this puzzle game is a unique way to consider how physical objects become meaningful and hold our memories. You play a restorer who repairs people's favourite possessions: from family heirlooms to broken statues to...


Tree

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 13/08/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

Tree is a short 15 minute game that tells the story of a boy who plants a small tree. You control the planting, watering and how the tree grows each season. As you do this the years pass and the boy...


Ete

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Ete (été, which means summer) is a gentle adventure where you discover memories by exploring with your camera, music and paint. The screen starts almost entirely blank, and as you move around and interact you create vivid colourful memories.


Song of Bloom

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Song of Bloom is a narrative puzzle game where you explore chalk drawn animations to discover a melancholy story. Working through these moving pictures you interact with clue elements highlighted in red that unlock the next chapter of the story.


Florence

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

This is a little puzzle game that tells the story of a relationship, following the usual stages of loneliness, meeting, dating, falling for and moving in with another person. At first, the puzzle interactions seem trivial and the game doesn’t change...


Luna The Shadow Dust

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/10/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @LanternStudio_

Players: This is a single player game

Luna The Shadow Dust is an adventure game where you play two companions drawn together in a hand-animated world. Each part of the game is beautifully realised and presents a puzzle to solve.


Gris

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/10/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Players: This is a single player game

Gris is a platform game where you guide a young girl through a crumbling world. Through beautiful metaphoric landscapes and soaring music, the game touches on emotions of loss and longing but doesn’t resolve to a firm narrative. Although not hugely...


Coffee Talk

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/01/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

Coffee Talk is an interactive story about a barista working in a coffee shop in Seattle. You listen to customer's concerns about life and love, in a retro pixilated world back with lo-fi chilled hip-hop music.


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