The Past Within

36.3K reviews
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About this game

Note: The Past Within is a co-op only game. Both players need to own a copy of the game on their own device (mobile, tablet or computer), as well as a way to communicate with each other. Play together with a friend or find a partner on our official Discord server!

The past and future cannot be explored alone! Team up with a friend and piece together the mysteries surrounding Albert Vanderboom. Communicate what you see around you to help one another solve various puzzles and explore the worlds from different perspectives!

The Past Within is the first co-op only point-and-click adventure set in the mysterious world of Rusty Lake.


▪ A co-op experience
Play together with a friend, one in The Past, the other in The Future. Work together to solve the puzzles and help Rose set her father’s plan in motion!
▪ Two worlds - Two perspectives
Both players will experience their environments in two different dimensions: 2D as well as in 3D - a first-time experience in the Rusty Lake universe!
▪ Cross-platform
As long as you can communicate with each other, you and your partner of choice can each play The Past Within on your preferred platform: PC, Mac, iOS, Android and (very soon) Nintendo Switch!
▪ Playtime & Replayability
The game contains 2 chapters and has an average play-time of 2 hours. For the full experience, we recommend replaying the game from the other perspective. Plus you can use our replayability feature for a fresh start with new solutions to all puzzles.
Updated on
Jul 6, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

34.4K reviews
Satan is Slacking
September 5, 2023
I have always loved the Rusty Lake games and man this is just another great one on the list. I bought this on my phone just to leave a review even though I played it on the switch. Telling you I was not expecting the 3D element. The puzzles were fun and intriguing, I've always loved the art style but man when 3D spooky shadow is crawling on the walls I'm telling you I was screaming. The multiplayer approach was fun and just had a lot of fun playing the whole game with my partner. I want more.
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October 7, 2023
Really great! My team played the "Butterfly" version. You should play Roots to get a better grasp of the plot and kind of feels like semi retcon of that end (maybe?), but this is a big step up in fun with the co-op element and feels like a classic escape room at its core. Surprising upgraded 3D cellshaded graphics in different parts of the game really elevate it. While not synced in any official manner through a server, playing with a partner truly feels connected.
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Newt Bloom
August 25, 2023
I loved playing this game, and occasionally I reinstall it to play again. It does have is bugs and glitches, and some puzzles can be confusing, and many times I did need to use a walkthrough. But I feel that the few issues are made up for in story and visuals. It's a visually appealing game, with a simple enough style to follow, but not too simple that it loses any intrigue. The story is fun to discover and understand, connecting pieces and trying to figure out what's really going on.
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What's new

Thank you for playing The Past Within, we fixed some bugs in this new version!