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Video Game / Passage

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Passage is an autobiographical 2D pixel-art Environmental Narrative Game, created by indie developer Jason Rohrer in 2007. It can be freely downloaded for Windows or Linux PCs, or Mac here. It is also available for the iOS.

The game runs about five minutes in length. Within those five minutes, the player navigates a man through his entire life. The decisions of the player impact the man's life and accomplishments, but the game always ends in death. Passage is often seen in arguments for games as art, and has been show at The Museum of Modern Art.

Unrelated to the 2002 novel, or a 2018 game of the same name.

Compare to And Everything Started To Fall.


Provides examples of:

  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: One of the goals of the game is to pick up treasure chests that occasionally show up.
  • Love at First Sight: When the player approaches a green-eyed girl, a heart symbol instantly lights up, and from then on, they always walk together, up until she dies.
  • No Name Given: Other than the Title Drop, there are no words in the game, written or spoken, and so no names for either character.
  • Title Drop: At the end, when the player character finally falls and is replaced with a gravestone, the words "Passage" slowly wipe over the image on the screen.
  • We All Die Someday: The game has been described as a "memento mori".