Chorus Worldwide presents When the Past was Around, a whimsical point-and-click puzzle video game that tells a bittersweet tale between an aspiring violinist named Eda and her lover The Owl in a surreal world consisting of disjointed rooms of memories and time. Through this short silent narrative adventure, you experience their love, grief and how she moves on. This game is available to buy now on PC, Steam, PS4, Xbox One and Switch. I am delighted to receive a free code to play this game on the Nintendo Switch. This is a single player game that will take less than two hours to complete.
Throughout the game, there are no words or dialogue but is accompanied by award-winning atmospheric violin music. You gather information/clues through the pictures that are beautifully hand-drawn art created by talented Indonesian artist, Brigitta Rena. This is a point-and-click puzzle game by clicking on items to search for clues to get you through to the next room or environment.
The game starts you off with some easy puzzles that paint the picture of the story between Eda and her lover. Then the puzzles get harder. Some items will be needed in the next room rather than in the same room. It is very interesting as it brings you back and forth to give you a sense of joining the past and present as she retraces the steps of her lost love within her memories.
I always love a good puzzle game just like those escape room board games I’ve reviewed previously. This is one of those great games that even though the playtime is short, the experience stays with you forever. It tells a sad story but this is how real life is. Life is full of ups and downs, and losing someone we love hurts a lot! The music is just beautiful to listen to and not annoying or distracting. I adore this game and would recommend it anyone who likes a quick and short puzzle game that tells a beautiful story. It is best to play the whole game in one sitting. For more information, please visit: https://chorusworldwide.com/when-the-past-was-around/
Disclosure: We received a free Nintendo Switch sample code for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own. Images used with permission.