Video games come in many shapes and sizes. Action, gore and fantasy are common.
But can a game make you consider your ambitions? Can it make you contemplate your mortality? Would such a game be fun?
Passage takes a shot at those questions. It's a pixilated journey through a lifetime. You start as a young adult. As you progress, you age and eventually die. All of this happens in about five minutes.
Along the way you have several decisions to make. The first is whether to marry. A potential partner waits near your character. Bump into this person and you're attached for life. Or choose to remain a single.
The game has two sections. You begin on an empty path from one end to the other. You can stay on it throughout the game. Or you can choose a deep maze filled with boxes of treasure. The maze is easily navigated alone. But if you're married, your spouse is always by your side. Some passages will be too small for the both of you. You may be cut off from some treasure boxes.
Time is the equalizing factor. Your character will age relentlessly. First comes hair loss. Then, your character grows gray and slow with age. How you spend the time is up to you. Take the empty path to see more of the ever-changing scenery. Or collect treasure in the maze, and see relatively little.