Getting Started

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Past/Present is an immersive 3D single-player game played through an Internet browser. It's easy to play at school or at home. All you need is an Internet connection and a computer (either PC or Mac) that meets our minimum technical requirements. You'll need to create a free login account and download our Sandstone game plugin first.


It only takes a minute to set up a FREE game account and begin exploring Past/Present.


Choose your avatar (Walter the mill manager or Anna the mill worker) and begin. You'll be prompted to install our Sandstone game plugin before play can start. (Installation requires admin-level access on your computer.)


After watching a brief video about your chosen character, you can start playing Past/Present. The game's assets load in the background as you play. If you have a slow internet connection, you may want to download and pre-install the entire game package first.

Problems? Consult our HELP! page for FAQs and video tutorials.

Teachers and IT personnel who need to install Past/Present on multiple machines should
follow specific instructions here.

Don't have admin access on this machine, but still want to see the game in action? Click here.

Play the Past/Present Minigames

Are you a better mill manager or a mill worker? Find out by practicing your skills on our two minigames, both of which are featured in the full Past/Present experience. No login required! You'll be prompted to install our Sandstone game plugin.