Titles with a focus on story-telling first have become quite popular in recent years and the Switch has amassed quite a library of differently-styled adventures to explore in that vein. The newest onto the scene plays out a bit like a rom-com movie, though not necessarily told in order, as you explore the lives of several characters in search of love across 12 chapters. For the most part mechanically this is a typical adventure, with you needing to explore, talk to people, and then work out puzzles in order to progress. While not always the case what struck me as odd in the case of Half Past Fate is that moreso than usual its puzzles feel focused on the minutia of life, with its puzzles not dealing directly with the game’s story or themes, instead concerned with arbitrary obstacles you need to overcome to proceed. I don’t know that it heavily detracts from an overall lovely set of stories but for me those tasks could sometimes take me out of the game a bit too much since they could feel tedious and without narrative consequence.
Justin Nation, Score: