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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 play
    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.

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

The game will be premium and is set for launch on November 2nd, 2022.

Feel free to try out our demo available below. Please keep in mind that the content of this demo is different from the full game.

Updated 4 days ago
Published 7 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
AuthorRusty Lake
GenreAdventure, Puzzle
Tags2D, 3D, Co-op, Escape Game


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

TPW-Demo-Windows-v1.zip.zip 27 MB
TPW-Demo-Mac-v1.zip 32 MB


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Will this be coming to GOG too? I have majority of my premium RL games there, but I will buy it here if that's the only DRM-free option. 


We hope to bring it GOG too yes, not sure if it will be on launch day though!

I guess I'll just see where it's available when the mood strikes me. 

I'm planning to play it with my dad, we actually played through the majority of the series over zoom during lockdown (me screen sharing and him watching and solving puzzles collaboratively).

This will be an interesting evolution of that dynamic (no screen sharing obviously, since the whole point is to not see what the other can see).


they will, but it may not be day-and-date with the other releases. 

I'm trying to upload a screenshot but Itch is being picky, 1 sec......


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I'm really looking forward to this game and I hope it will be as great as other games from you. I wish you good luck in finalizing the game. (Your fan from Russia)