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Passage is an experimental game/art/discussion piece. A large part of the appeal is in discovering exactly what it's about and what it might mean to you.

Briefly, though, it is a representation of the journey through life. Each game lasts five minutes, during which your character will grow older and finally die. It's up to you how you spend those five minutes. You can explore the endlessly scrolling gameworld alone, or with a partner. You can take an easy route (thereby getting 'further' but perhaps missing out on things along the way) or a less secure option; venturing deep into a maze of tunnels, in the hope of finding treasure. You have a score, which is affected in various ways by the choices you make, but the way you play is entirely up to you.


Passage Windows Taking the 'easy route' ... straight ahead and no time to admire the scenery!
Passage Windows Title screen
Passage Windows The life of an adventurer. Look! A treasure chest!
Passage Windows Early in life, walking side by side with the one I love.

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GameHippo.com Windows Nov 04, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Hrej! Windows Mar 10, 2008 4 out of 5 80
Common Sense Media Macintosh 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Common Sense Media Windows 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Softonic Windows 2007 7 out of 10 70


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The game was an entry in kokoromi.org's Gamma256 competition, which encouraged the creation of games with a small number of pixels (The highest resolution allowed was 256x256). Therefore, Passage is displayed as a 100x12 horizontal strip in the center of a black screen, with an appropriately retro art-style.

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