When the Past was Around Review (Nintendo Switch)

Game: When the past is over
Genre: Indie, Adventure, Music, Puzzle
System: Nintendo Switch (also on PS4, Xbox One and PC)
Developer: Toge Productions, Mojiken Studios | World Games Choir
Age Classification: EU 3+|US All
Price: USD $8.49 |UK £7.09 |EU €8.49
Publication date: 15. December 2020

Revision code used, courtesy of Brown Betty PR!

Bring it back

If there was one thing from your past you could take back, what would it be?

…was it hard to think? It probably only took you a second to decide. Whatever your situation, The Past was Around is about this subject and shows actors in the role of Eda, a young woman struggling with heavy emotions from her past.

What it’s like to lock up painful memories.

Developed in part by Toge Productions, you can remember this video game company from a brief review last January : Coffee clapper. This game was also developed by this team of developers. The emotions and relationships in Coffee Talk swirled and smoked like a latte.

When the Past Was Around zooms in and forces us to focus on one person (Eda) and their relationship with their past, rather than letting players experience the ups and downs of many people in Coffee Talk.

I just let time pass by.

When the Past Was Around is a point-and-click adventure game. The player is presented with a static scene with which he can interact: He clicks on things with the A Button and solves the puzzles to proceed to the next scene in the story.

Games like this work pretty well on the Exchange, but I’ve said it before and I will say it again: These are undoubtedly mouse or touch screen games.

Recognize the correct melodic order.

The game is smoother and more intuitive when you use the touch screen instead of moving the cursor slowly with the joystick. Puzzles range from the simplest (finding a key and putting it in the right place) to the most complex, rarely confusing. However, when you realize which piece of the puzzle made you doubt, you will often feel a little stupid because you don’t see how obvious it was.

The challenge doesn’t keep you awake at night, but gives you a pleasant feeling of satisfaction as you approach the end of the game.

We must not go too fast.

It’s in art and music that this game really shines. The game is beautifully hand-drawn, and each panel is an artistic miracle to the eye.

The colours perfectly reflect the atmosphere of each scene, and none of them is too ostentatious or dominant. Everything has a bright, pastel tint that makes it look like you’re looking at an old memory from your grandfather’s photo album.

Oh, what memories can an old music box contain….

The original violin music that reads every scene is heartbreaking and beautiful. After playing you want to take the violin with you! This delightful violin will be the only sound, because there is no dialogue (text or voice) in this piece. The whole story is told through images, sounds and cheerful emotions.

You certainly don’t want to rush this game because it’s short enough. But that doesn’t take anything away from the power of the story, it’s one of those games that bring tears to your eyes (that’s what happened to me). Take your time to drink and enjoy every scene in the game.


If the Past Was Around is a gripping journey, and if puzzles are your magic, I recommend it for your Switch library.

Cherish the time you have because it is precious and fleeting.

Final verdict: I love it!


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