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Play OverviewPlay Overview

We Were Here (2017) is a series of puzzle adventures where you and a fellow explorer awake inside the sinister Castle or similar location with no way out. Play is by exploring your location to find clues and solve puzzles. Uniquely, the puzzles you encounter take the two of you to solve from your different perspectives and only a walkie-talkie for communication.

It's a game about connection through dangerous experiences. Throughout the series you find yourself in sudden danger and must keep cool, explain things clearly to your friend and find a solution before your time runs out. As you progress you learn to communicate clearly. Your voice is all you have to begin with and you must use it cleverly.

Each person has a different set of puzzles, for which the clues are be hidden in the other person's room. It can get quite challenging as half of the puzzles are under time pressure, for example slowly flooding the room of the person with the puzzle inputs, whilst the other person desperately tries to figure out the relevant hints for the solution. They are especially good games for couples, but friends or a parent and child would also be good candidates for these games, hence why I think they deserve to be listed.

Each of the games is a standalone co-op adventure but the stories are connected. You learn more about the history of Castle Rock in the We Were Here Stories: Chronicles of Castle Rock live-action video series:
  • We Were Here (2017) - Free chapter where Antarctic explorers have become split up in an old castle.
  • We Were Here Too (2018) - Next chapters of escaping the castle.
  • We Were Here Together (2019) - New locations and some play where you are in the same place.
  • We Were Here Forever (2022) - New areas, puzzles, and improved interface and gameplay

The result is a lovingly created series of online puzzle adventures all about cooperative discovery, immersion and teamwork through communication. You and a partner must solve puzzles through smart communication and observation.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked We Were Here 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to We Were Here. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Brain Game and Communication game with Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a 2-player online game. Cross-Play: Fully cross-playable across all platforms

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 11 hours and 20 hours to complete. How long it takes depends how good and quick you are at solving the puzzles.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.
 
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 Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence, Scary Scenes, Mild Themes.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Younger players need to have good observation and communication skills. In a family of four it can work to be in two teams of two. Good perseverance is needed and being able to cope with being under life-or-death pressure.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

We Were Here usually costs £0.33 to £17.99. 

We Were Here

XBox Store Xbox One £1.69
PlayStation Store PS4 £0.33

We Were Here Forever

Steam StoreSALE PC £14.99 £8.24 until 27/02/2024

We Were Here Series Bundle

XBox Store Xbox One £17.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £17.99

We Were Here Together

XBox Store Xbox One £10.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £3.99
Steam Store PC £10.99
Steam Store Mac £10.99

We Were Here Too

XBox Store Xbox One £8.49
PlayStation Store PS4 £7.99
Steam StoreSALE PC £8.50 £1.70 until 27/02/2024
Steam StoreSALE Mac £8.50 £1.70 until 27/02/2024
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/02/2017, updated in 2023

Price: 80% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 2 online

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Communication (Narrative, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: We Were Here Game (@WeWereHereGame)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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