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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: Mac, PC 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.

The Past Within App Comments & Reviews

The Past Within Positive Reviews

Nobody does it like Rusty LakeIf Escape Rooms needed a definition, that would hands down be Rusty Lake. The graphics, details, the eerie music make the game so difficult to put down. It’s got just the right amount of creepy to make it down right addicting. I’ve paid and played all the Rusty Lake games, and I was so sad when I finished all of them. So when I saw that Rusty Lake finally came out with with a new game, I’ve never double-clicked my lock button so fast. This new co-player game was ingenius. I’m doing long distance with my girlfriend so we’re really limited on how we spend time together, but with The Past Within we had so much fun. I especially was amazed at the new 3D graphics and I LOVED LOVED LOVED that the characters and themes from past games were also in the Past Within as well. Rusty Lake, please don’t stop what ya’ll are doing and I can’t wait for the next chapter..Version: 1.04

Unique co-op experience and perfect addition to the Rusty Lake seriesI’ll start by saying I absolutely love every single Rusty Lake game. I’ve played them all at least twice, my favorites even more. Like many of you, I’ve been eagerly awaiting a new game. Also like many of you, I was super bummed when I heard it would be a co-op game. I typically play games when I want alone time. That being said… I kept an open mind and convinced my husband to play it with me. We had SO much fun. I filled him in on a little bit of the back story and it was so fun to hear him audibly gasp at different elements of the game and creeptastic moments that I’ve gotten so accustomed to. I don’t know how it would be playing online with a stranger, but if you have someone in your life who you trust and who is intelligent and can think outside the box do whatever it takes to convince them to play with you. You won’t be disappointed. My only complaint is that I wish we could have many more chapters/installments because I can’t wait to play more! We were able to beat the game in one sitting. Thanks Rusty Lake! I love this unique addition to my favorite series!.Version: 1.04

Makes for a fun date night!!Now, I played this with my sister over the phone, but we both agree that playing it with your significant other as a date night would be fun! We are very familiar with the rusty lake games so we kind of knew what to expect and it took us a good hour and 45 minutes to finish! Definitely worth a download!! It’s got the creepy factor and it’s decently challenging. The art is so good and the the overall lore of the games are just so unsettling, which makes for a great experience!.Version: 1.04

Really should have read co-op more closelyI pre-order all of the rusty lake games and did the same with this one excitedly waiting….only to discover I had not closely read the “co-op” note. Please be aware before you pay for this that you CAN NOT PLAY WITHOUT ANOTHER PERSON. Not really something that interests me, but my fault for not carefully reading. Hoping to save others like me from wasting their money on a game they can’t play. ☹️ But five stars because Rusty Lake is a great series. I hope the next release is single player. We aren’t all teenagers..Version: 1.03

Good but too shortI get what they were going for with playing the game twice but to be honest even then it’s too short. Unlike Rusty Lake Hotel, Paradise, and even the white door this game feels way too short for a new game. I hope it gets updated soon because it was really fun to work with someone to figure out the puzzles instead of looking up a guide. 10/10 game but should be longer..Version: 1.04

This game is so goodThis is a really fun game, but the lore is very confusing.Version: 1.03

Easy shortThis is too easy and short.Version: 1.03

Oddly SatisfyingThis is a great way to spend an evening!.Version: 1.04

Amazing game!!!I love the story and much more. The game is so much FUN!!!.Version: 1.03

一次绝妙的游戏体验和女友用两个多小时通关了,难度适中,乐趣十足!!!.Version: 1.04

Rusty lake yyds!Everybody buy!buy!.Version: 1.04

认识了新朋友,真的很开心!可能是考虑到首次推出双人游戏的缘故,比起以往作品的解密内容,更加简单一些,如果和朋友进行了充分的沟通,通常都能解开谜题。为了玩这个游戏跑去社交平台发了交友的请求哈哈哈害羞,认识到了很好的新朋友呢,开心。和朋友一边聊天一边玩游戏的纯然的快乐,很久都没有过了,甚至给我点剧本杀的即视感XD。游戏流程不是很长这点也不错,两个小时左右差不多能到刚好尽兴又不至于太过拖沓。希望锈湖的下一部双人作品能将解密难度稍微拉高一点呀,越做越棒吧锈湖!期待你们下一部作品XD.Version: 1.03

Best game everOmg when I tell you this game is so fun I mean it, me and my friend stayed up until it was available and we played through it twice and omg I love it so much. Me and my best friend love Rusty Lake games so so much they are by far our favorite. If you are looking for a slightly creepy adventure game there is no better creator out there! I love the style of games, I’ve honestly not been able to find anything that even matches the game type that is rusty lake! Moral of the story 10000/10 I’m just mad I played through it so fast, now I have to wait till their next game comes out 😅.Version: 1.03

DAYUMMMMMMI love this so much. I think that it was too easy and short. The co op and 3d 2d experience was great. The way that both players got to experience 2d and 3d makes me really happy. I like the way that the puzzles work and GAH DAM albert is so fine. Thank you for giving us this beautiful masterpiece Rusty Lake devs 🙏.Version: 1.04

AmazingRusty Lake never misses. Another masterpiece… I only wish it would’ve been longer. Can’t wait for the next one!.Version: 1.04

The easiest Rusty lake gameUnlike usual, this game focus on interaction between two people, the difficulty is relatively much lower, but u can still be proud of yourself as the achievement of thinking. the last play impress me really much, this game is worth it..Version: 1.03

Love itWasn't as long as I think it would be. Typical rustylake style. Love the bond of Rose and Albert. Wasn't so hard at all. Definitely worth the price and worth the two years I have been waited :).Version: 1.03

The game crash after instructions :(Hi there! The game keeps crashing right after the instructions. The chapter 1 title appears and then, the game closes. I am playing on an Ipad, never experienced that with your other games. Hope you’ll find a solution! Thank you for your amazing games.Version: 1.03

SO MUCH FUN!Best rusty lake game yet! (and that’s a high bar!!!).Version: 1.04

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