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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Past Within (2022) is a co-operative puzzle game where you solve a mystery by communicating with the past. You play the game with another person, either in the same room or elsewhere, by communicating what your different times and perspectives reveal.

This teamwork makes it an unusual experience as much about communication as pure puzzle solving. Each of you have clues that you must combine and discuss to find the solutions. Play involves observing the world and communicating what you see around you to help one another progress.

The game is played in the Rusty Lake universe. Inspired by the humour and uneasiness of David Lynch's TV series Twin Peaks it aims to add something new to the point-and-click genre by creating a lot of suspense and atmosphere in an "escape room" style. It has interesting and strange connections with each other and every instalment revealing more about the Rusty Lake mystery.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Past Within 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Puzzle game with Brain Game, Narrative and Point-and-Click elements. You can play with 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. The game is designed to be played cross-platform: each player can enjoy the game on PC, Mac, Android, iOS.

You can play this game in the following styles:


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 12.
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 the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need good skills of observation and the ability to communicate accurately. Older children will enjoy this and it's a good game to play with experts and novices. Because you need the information on both screens, this doesn't work with really young kids.

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You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


The Past Within usually costs £5.99.

The Past Within

Switch Store Switch £5.99
Steam Store PC £5.99
Steam Store Mac £5.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/11/2022, updated in 2022

Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 2 (2 online)

Genres: Communication, Puzzle (Brain Game, Narrative and Point-and-Click)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

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