[Beyond PlayStation] When the Past Was Around Review
When the Past Was Around is a must-play point and click adventure about love and loss. Learn more in our When the Past Was Around review!
When the Past Was Around from Toge Productions, Mojiken Studio, and Chorus Worldwide Games is a charming point and click adventure about love and loss. You’ll be playing as you learn more about Eda, a girl in her early 20s, who you must help to unravel the clues in a series of disjointed memories. Remember the past will be key for her to be able to have a future. The game will be presented as a point and click adventure game, that, while short, will be a great experience to embrace and remember.
After watching the trailer – shared in this When the Past Was Around review – you probably had the same reaction I had: this is one gorgeous looking game that certainly stands out! Everything looks and feels so real and alive thanks to the colorful and charming presentation. The use of the Joy-Con HD Rumble also helps to accentuate your interactions with the scenes presented by When the Past Was Around. Smaller objects and actions will feel more gentle, while other more strenuous actions- such as using a crowbar to open a crate – will carry a bigger oomph as the Joy-Con rumble.
When the Past Was Around can be controlled either with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, or by using the console’s touchscreen to point and click on things. When using the Joy-Con, you’ll be moving a cursor on the screen with the left analog stick, clicking and interacting with everything with the A button. For some segments, there might be more to see than what’s displayed on a single screen, so you’ll be able to use the L and R buttons, or the right analog stick, to move the camera around. And if you ever feel stuck, you can press the X button to highlight all the spots you can interact with.
To give you an idea of the types of puzzles you’ll find in When the Past Was Around, and as to not spoil things for this short but excellent adventure – allow me to talk about one of the first puzzle sequences. The way the game’s pacing is structured, it could be compared to escape rooms games, with your goal being to find a very particular key: a feather! There will be a bunch of boxes in the room, but one in particular will be closed up with some tape. Since you need to open said box, you’ll have to search for a tool to help you out. You can find two sets of keys in the room, which will allow you to open a pair of drawers on a nearby desk. Inside one of said drawers will be a stationary knife, which you can then drag from your inventory – displayed at all times at the bottom of the screen – to place it on top of the box to automatically use it.
When the Past Was Around is a charming and gorgeous point and click adventure about love and loss. It’s a short adventure that should take you a couple of hours to complete, but it’s one that will instantly connect with you. When the Past Was Around is a must-play on Nintendo Switch, and it’s out now for $8.49.
This When the Past Was Around review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Chorus Worldwide Games.