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Passage (2007) is a super-simple game from the same developer as One Hour One Life on the theme of a life well lived. Although just a few minutes long, it offers an unusual interactive metaphor for the different stages of life that can spark deep conversations.

The game is deceptive. At first, it almost looks like the graphics are broken. But as you play and explore a few times you discover that every piece of the experience is there intentionally. Interpreting and reflecting on the short game is as much fun as playing it - particularly in groups.

The game sparked an emotional response when it was first released, paving the way for other games like Minecraft. It has been played in a wide variety of cultural settings, even used in church services.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Passage 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game with Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game. The game always takes just 5 minutes to play.


Play Time: This game will take around 5 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Knowledge as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although you can play this from a very young age because of the short length and simple movement, to get the most from the game you need to understand the life-stages metaphor.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 10-year-olds play this game:


Passage usually costs £0 to £4.79. 
You can only play this on older systems (Web Browser) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.


Web Free
Steam Store PC £4.79
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2007

Price: Free

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Jason Rohrer (@JasonRohrer)

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