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  • Summary: 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.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jan 15, 2021
    90
    If you’re a hopeless romantic like me that loves to have their heart shattered into hundreds of pieces over a thought-provoking story, When the Past Was Around is exactly what you’re looking for.
  2. Dec 18, 2020
    90
    When The Past Was Around is a beautiful game by Mojiken about love, loss, and life. Through art and music we discover the love story of Eda and Owl, putting pieces together scene by scene by solving puzzles. It's a short, sweet game clearly made with a lot care, and a soundtrack that will be stuck in your head for days.
  3. Oct 25, 2020
    82
    There’s a really smart use of melody here, in amongst some really beautiful drawings. It’s not quite Gris, but hey, at least it’s not Gris. There’s a real feeling of visual poetry here, made all the better by the complete lack of dialogue. It’s pretty short, coming in around one to two hours, which is just about perfect for the tone.
  4. Sep 22, 2020
    70
    When The Past Was Around is an emotional story about love, pain and letting go, where the music is the real common thread.
  5. Oct 19, 2020
    70
    Beautiful and bittersweet, When the Past Was Around is a brief but touching point-and-click adventure with simple puzzles that tells a tale of loss and love through gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and elegant, memorable music.
  6. Oct 9, 2020
    65
    In the end, When the Past was Around is just… okay? It’s a short experience that never goes for big moments, instead remaining quiet and subtle throughout. Sadly, the short length and simple play don’t lend itself to more than one playthrough and, after the credits rolled I found myself shrugging instead of brooding.
  7. CD-Action
    Feb 8, 2021
    60
    Don’t expect a traditional point’n’click adventure game with engaging puzzles. When the Past Was Around is more of an artistic experience, a very easy, roughly hour-long journey into an intimate world of the main heroine’s memories. [13/2020, p.43]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 23, 2021
    10
    A cute game about getting lost, going through storms and problems during life, but learning from the good and bad times and moving on knowingA cute game about getting lost, going through storms and problems during life, but learning from the good and bad times and moving on knowing that everything will be okay. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2021
    10
    Very perfect, I really liked the hand-drawn art and the game music. A short game, with the story based on the protagonist's memory. I wasVery perfect, I really liked the hand-drawn art and the game music. A short game, with the story based on the protagonist's memory. I was satisfied with the quality of the puzzles. Half Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2020
    9
    This game is just amazing. The soundtrack has a meditative effect on you.
    The graphics are so simple jet so beautiful (Praise to the graphic
    This game is just amazing. The soundtrack has a meditative effect on you.
    The graphics are so simple jet so beautiful (Praise to the graphic designers) and the puzzles are neither too hard nor too easy. The story is told in a slow and calming way. Playing this game is just relaxing.
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  4. Dec 22, 2020
    7
    When the past was around
    more like a point and click sadventure
    When the past was around is a point and click adventure that’s about to have
    When the past was around
    more like a point and click sadventure
    When the past was around is a point and click adventure that’s about to have you all up in your feels as you relive the memories of you and youre violin playin owl boyfriend..
    youll be going through these memories, collecting items and finding clue to unlock other items to progress, pretty simply concept, something you’ve seen a million times, but the story, art, and music here made this hour and a half worth going through for me…reliving the memories, and trying to find a way to let go.. gameplay wise I kinda got over the click on stuff til I find something probably halfway through and just wanted to get through the story.. but that just goes to show how good the story was for me.. I was willing to retrace steps in the chapter, finding all the clues I needed to set up the answer to the final clue to move on…
    When the past was around reminded me a lot of Florence, while it doesn’t do much to engage you as much as Florence does, and there isn’t anything crazy special here, I found that this was still a point and click adventure worth taking..
    I give when the past was around
    a 7/10
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