Life and love are many things – thrilling, chaotic, inspiring, devastating – but they're never predictable or tidy. A true love story inspires emotions that range everywhere from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows in one big, jumbled mess. Attempting to make sense of it all for one young woman is When the Past Was Around, an upcoming point-and-click adventure from the creator of She the Light Bearer.
Like many people in their early twenties, Edda is lost. Not literally, but she has "lost her way in the journey to achieve her dreams" and "lost her way in the journey to find love." Then she meets a mysterious man – part owl, part human – who helps rekindle her passion and introduces her to love, but will also "teach her about heartbreak." Players will need to interact with the environment and solve puzzles in a series of surreal vignettes to help the girl "find her way, unraveling the secrets between her and her lover, the secrets which she used to know."
Described as a reflection on "love, moving on, letting go, and the joy and pain of everything in between," When the Past Was Around is presented in a lovely hand-drawn art style backed by violin music that will "accompany you from the peaceful days to the angstiest moments." Told entirely without words using a simple single-click interface, the story plays out through a linear procession of "disjointed rooms from memories and time." Here players are encouraged to try such things as "open the treasure chest, drink tea" and even do laundry, as there are "many mysteries to uncover in everyday familiar objects and activities," and useful items can be found in the most inconspicuous places.
While the full version of When the Past Was Around isn't expected until sometime next spring, you can get your first taste of this "sweet and whimsical" experience now through the short playable prologue on Steam for Windows PC.