Rusty Lake Hotel an eerie point-and-click adventure developed by the creators of the intriguing Cube Escape series.
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Very Positive (13 reviews) - 84% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jan 29, 2016

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“I absolutely recommend this title for anyone who loves the genre, especially gamers who enjoy macabre, dark humor, and genuinely interesting, well-designed puzzles.”
80 – http://opnoobs.com/review/rusty-lake-hotel

“Rusty Lake Hotel creates a mesmerizing experience”
90 – http://applenapps.com/review/rusty-lake-hotel-we-do-hope-you-enjoy-your-stay-on-ios

About This Game

Welcome our guests to the Rusty Lake Hotel and make sure they will have a pleasant stay. There will be 5 dinners this week. Make sure every dinner is worth dying for!

Rusty Lake Hotel a unique puzzle-escape game with a surreal, strange setting inspired by David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks.

Key features:

  • Pick-up-and-play: easy to start, but it will be hard to stop
  • Tons of puzzles: a total of 6 rooms full of unique and various brain teasers
  • Thrilling and engaging story: there will be 5 dinners with intriguing guests and staff
  • Full of suspense and atmosphere: Rusty Lake Hotel is a surreal place, where anything can happen…
  • Impressive soundtrack: every room has its own designed theme song
  • Achievements: an all-time gallery you never seen before

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista/7,8, 10
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This is a tough one for me... I'm a huge fan of this series, but I had to spend much of the day thinking about it.

If you're a huge fan of the Rusty Lake series, like myself, and you're more interested in the lore than in the gameplay - it's definitely worth it. Otherwise, ultimately, I can't recommend it with a clear conscience, because the developer's made the error of selling a game with the same quality as the games they gave away.

1) The rendering engine: If you full-screen the game, it looks pretty awful. Textures are blurry, lines aren't sharp, etc.

2) Progress: There are no checkpoints, and there is no way to reset to the start of a day in case you screw up.

3) Replay value: There is no accumulation of already-gathered optional ingredients from a previous playthrough - so, for every day you want to go back and "fix", you have to play it VERY carefully (unless you want to play the whole game over again because you got the one you missed, but missed the other one).

These are all forgiveable for free games, but the moment I've paid even a couple dollars for it - these are essential.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Decent little puzzle game that offers intriguing solutions. While only a short 1.5 hours playthrough and can safely say that having finished the game I will have to return to contemplate, as with some games you need to play others to gain a view of the greater (not larger) picture.

Very odd, Very disturbing, well worth playing for the interesting thoughts that you many thing have as you try to figure out what the game was actually about during the credits.

http://www.rustylake.com/room-escape-games/cube-escape-birthday.html
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Welcome to the Rusty Lake Hotel.

As a concierge, please welcome our new guests and serve them the dinner they will never, ever forget.
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57 of 57 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Past is never dead. It is not even past.

Rusty Lake Hotel is the 7th game in Cube Escape series, a series of mostly freeware room escape games with elegant yet disturbing undertone. All games in the series can be either reached via Kongregate, or can be purchased as a freeware for iOS or Android. I've played the first of these games, Cube Escape: The Lake in Kongregate some years ago, and found out that the developers continued to make new games in the series, revealing new clues to the spiritual, surreal yet eerie world of the Rusty Lake, connecting pieces of a morbid story with each new game. If you are curious and would like to appreciate the world of Rusty Lake appropriately, I strongly suggest you to play other games with the intended timeline to fully enjoy the experience that is Rusty Lake. Most of these games present you 15-20 minutes of gameplay with more anecdotes to speculate about the nature of the given world and its setting.

In this short yet morbid puzzle game, we take the role of a butler that serves in the Rusty Lake Hotel, a mysterious establishment settled upon a small island in the middle of the infamous Rusty Lake. The world of Rusty Lake is inhabited by odd andromorphic animals, including our hotel staff: all knowing and charismatic hotel manager Mr. Owl, silent attendant and receptionist Mr. Crow, bell boy Mr. Bat and chef extraordinaire Mr. Toad. In a fateful evening, our guests arrive: Mr. Deer, Mr. Boar, Miss Pheasant, Mr. Rabbit and Mrs. Pigeon. They will be staying with us for a short while, and it is our duty to attend their needs and arrange an excellent dinner party for our guests each night. Sounds simple enough, yet with each passing night our encounters grow a bit more disturbing, ending with a peculiar story revelation somewhat meaningful only if you've played previous games.

Here comes mild or speculative spoilers, so feel free to skip this paragraph if need be. As a personal interpretation, the Cube Escape series, aside from highly disturbing point and click adventures, serve as symbolic happenstances concerning memory, deed and afterlife. Various figures with their own vices - like vanity, gluttony, greed etc. are presented as andromorphic animals in this surreal habitat where they'll be lured with their own vices as bait and used to satisfy a supernatural demand by gruesome means. The hotel and its environment serves as a Limbo-like setting for their memories to be extracted and collected. It was mentioned in previous games that the lake feeds on memories and whence memories are extracted from guests, what is left would be unsettling creatures of nightmares - or rather our antagonists for the following games. Yet again, this is just a personal interpretation, so I highly suggest for you to try other games to present your own. It all is quite Silent Hill-ish with a touch of John Keddie.

The game mostly consists of a basic point & click adventure, with some neatly arranged puzzles and a room escape concept for each night. If you manage to complete the game, you will be given a code to use in following Cube Escape games, revealing more information about the nature of this symbolic setting. This is a gruesome and short experience for your own contemplation considering all events and figures presented are highly symbolic and more so supernatural. It's more like surrealist art; completely open to interpretation and even to introspection. Enjoy!

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41 of 50 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Rarely have I been so sure of the power and quality of a small indie game as quickly as I have with “Rusty Lake Hotel”. I’ve played less than an hour and a half so far, so there will likely be more to be said, and this may be uncommonly brief.

The premise of “Rusty Lake Hotel” is you are Mr. Owl, and you have invited 5 creature friends to your hotel for a visit, including a special meal each day. Not to give too much away, but each day there is one less guest to entertain. This is a humorous game, but which also contains some pretty graphic cartoony violence and gore.

During the day you explore the hotel, talk to the guests and employees, and look for objects needed later. This phase is generally quite brief, as it’s basically just a preamble to the nighttime puzzle work. Only at night are you able to visit the guests in their rooms, and that’s where the fun begins. Each guest’s room has a theme. Mr. Rabbit is a magician, and his room, and the puzzles to be solved, involve magic. Mr. Deer involves finding the ingredients to fix a drink, including puzzles involving volume (as well as others, all closely inter-related.) Ms. Pidgeon, who has asked you to run her bath, has puzzles involving electricity and math. Most of the puzzles are simple, and provide some small item to lead to a quite possibly bigger puzzle to be solved. But (so far at least), each room’s puzzles must be completely solved, and the meat needed for the next day’s “special meal” must be found, before each room can be exited. Some items for the meal are optional, but the more you find, the more stars you receive for the quality of the meal when served. Presumably, the number of stars unlocks some feature(s) later on.

And that’s something new, in my humble experience. Rarely have I encountered a puzzle game where each area MUST be solved completely for game continuation. As such, it will most likely need to be restarted FROM THE BEGINNING, including all the dialog involved, repeatedly. The good news is that once each room is solved, repeating is simple, if you’ve kept your notes and have a decent memory. (Yes, you will need to solve some puzzles with the help of paper and pencil.)

But more good news: the game includes some form of Walkthrough, yet to be investigated.

Each day, having solved to puzzles in one room, you will take the ingredients you have found to prepare a meal….for one less guest. Presumably a larger puzzle opens as more guests are………served.

I don’t doubt the repetition in “Rusty Lake Hotel” will prove a bit tedious, but quite likely there’s a good reason, yet to be determined. For full price, non-discounted, of $1.99US, I would give this game my NEXT TO HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION – 4/5.
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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Play it. 2$ for about 2 hours of very intriguing and mentally challenging gameplay. Try not to expose yourself to the plot untill you play it.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This game was weird, and I loved every second of it. If you haven't played any of the Rusty Lake games, I recommend that you look them up. This is the only game that I've seen them charge money for. I personally liked the weirdness of the game, but if you are on the fence about buying this game, go look at the other games online, play those, then make your decision. Anyways, here are my pros and cons:
Pros:
- Game is different, it isn't like other games.
- Doesn't rely on jumpscares for a spooky atmosphere.
- Puzzles are tricky, but not impossible.
- Also, puzzles don't depend on luck, but actually require thought.
- Game keeps you on your toes.
- The artwork looks good.
- Music is fitting and sounds good.
- Each level can recieve 1-3 stars, so you can play the game a few times to get 3 stars everytime.
- Game makes you think, and does require interpretation for a full mind-blowing effect.
Cons:
- Without playing the other games beforehand, this game seems really weird and the ending won't make sense. (Even after playing the other games the ending is a bit confusing.)
- To get 3 stars everytime, you may need to look at a walkthrough. I personally couldn't figure it out on my own.
- To get 3 stars everytime, sometimes you need to find certain items within a certain time frame (so you may need to find item A before you use item B otherwise you cannot find item A at all).
- If you aren't okay with games having an ending that doesn't give answers, you aren't going to like this.

TLDR: Game is interesting, but you should look up the other Rusty Lake games to make sure you like this type of game.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
~Key provided by developer/publisher. This does not affect my review.~
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=621537394
Tags: Adventure, Indie, Puzzle, Horror, Point & Click.
Overview
You are tasked with welcoming the newest guests to arrive at Rusty Lake Hotel. Every night you have to make a new dinner for the guests, collecting ingredients from their rooms. There are 6 guest rooms, each filled with puzzles that you have to solve in order to… kill the guests and collect their meat for supper. Each of these rooms has a different soundtrack and puzzles, pertaining to the residing guest. The ways of killing are brutally creative. Sometimes it takes 20 minutes or more to solve the puzzles. You have to complete the whole puzzle in order to leave the room.
The guests start disappearing one by one; accompanied by a most delicious meal (a very delicious meal). Each time, the remaining guests enjoy the food without having a clue where it came from and not bothering to ask about the missing guest(s)… Unnerving if you think about it.

Short list of pros/cons
+Immersive soundtrack, varying from room to room
+Simple but appealing graphics
+Price is right
+Fun puzzles that can be very challenging
+Brutally creative ways of killing
-Short: only around 2 hours
-Nothing else bad to say: I was really impressed by the quality of the game and its difficult puzzles

Conclusion
There is almost no reason why you shouldn’t buy this game, it’s only $2 and even cheaper on sale. Even with only a few hours of content, the surreal story and mind boggling puzzles make up for it. A must have for point & click fans.

8/10: recommended for every day purchase at regular or sale price.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/435120
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Rusty Lake Hotel is, without a doubt, one of the best Point-&-Click titles I have had the pleasure of playing in recent years. It's a shining example of how this Retro-inspired genre can have impressive graphics, a great soundtrack, polished controls/interface design, and an intriging plot that competes with other modern genres.

Seriously, there's creepy Animal-Headed Hotel guests, a murder plot, macabre humor, challenging puzzles, and the whole package is totally addictive. Plus, once you're hooked, you can head over to their website and play the whole Cube Escape saga for FREE!

Call me a fan, I am totally hooked! This game is a "Must Own" in my book for anyone that loves Point-&-Click games, and $1.99 is an absolute steal for it.

Need more convincing? Feel free to read my expanded review elsewhere: http://opnoobs.com/review/rusty-lake-hotel
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Rusty Lake Hotel probably won't last you more than two hours unless you make a mistake or two in the process of getting full completion, but it's also priced to reflect that. The game is essentially a series of 5 puzzle rooms similar to Escape the Room-type flash games (which is what this developer is mostly known for), and while it isn't amazingly complex it's still relatively fun, and the interesting concept of the game helps keep it going. The only problem I have with it is that the story just leads up to a To Be Continued message, making this the sort of game that I wouldn't recommend unless you're more interested in the puzzle solving than the story. It's hard to deny the fact that this is a game that probably would've been free on a flash site a few years ago, but at least it has the courtesy to only charge $2, unlike plenty of other indie games of the same length.
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ellamay77
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
I got this because I am a big fan of the "Room" series of puzzle games and had just finished The Room 3 and was interested in playing another puzzle game. (I played this on Steam and also on my tablet as an Android app, so my gameplay time doesn't reflect how much time I actually spent with the game, which is closer to two hours). However, I didn't enjoy playing this. As other negative reviews have mentioned, the gameplay was not intuitive for me and I found myself looking at the walkthroughs more than I wanted to (I hardly ever have to look at walkthroughs with the "Room" series). I liked the graphics and the overall aesthetic of the game. But (spoiler alert) here's the thing I really didn't enjoy, and I am sure some people will say this is oversensitive: I did not like having to kill the animals and feed them to each other as an integral part of the game. I'm not that squeamish (nor am I a vegan/vegetarian), and I usually like things that are considered "macabre," but I just didn't like it. And I couldn't get past it. I was squicked out. Between that, and the nonintuitive gameplay (and I'm sorry, but not all the puzzles involve deduction and logic - I only got through the one with the beetle on the tabletop because I got lucky, after several tries, and MAN that got tedious) didn't make this a winner for me. I don't think I would buy another one from this publisher again. Playing this game felt too much like slogging through something I didn't really want to do. I get enough of that at work.
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PhartInhaler69
10.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
I really enjoyed this game. Awesome puzzles with a creepy atmosphere keep it interesting
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GiYu
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
Very interesting game
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⍎⍏◣Moth Queen Suou◢⍏⍎
1.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
I don't endeavour to write reviews very often, and this is going to be EXTREMELY biased, but as a huge fan of the Rusty Lake escape series I just coudn't help myself, first up; what you get with this first premium title of theirs:

-Beautiful visuals that give off a calm and unsettling vibe
-Tricky puzzles that require you to think out of the cube (scuse the pun) and are definately satisfying to be solved.
-Bonus items to be found for people who like to dig deeper that provide a higher star rating with each part of the game
-If you are a fan of the series you get MORE GLORIOUS LORE, that can either make you think or make your head hurt.
-The characters are nicely articulated and presented, each with their own themes and stereotypes that make sense when considering humanoid versions of the animals portrayed, as well as mr.owl and mr.crow making another appearance.
-The music is fantastic and settling to the theme of the game, and not frustrating to listen to looped whilst busy solving puzzles.

Now onto what I didn't think was that great which is only a couple of things:

-The game is shorter than I would have liked for their first premium title (which is to be expected as it follows closely to the format of the previous titles) so not so much a complaint as something to watch out for if you're not sure what the previous games were like/about (and honestly for only costing pocket change, it's really a small price to pay for any delicious nugget of gold the developers of this series puts out)
-There is no option to go back specifically to certain days and acquire the stars you are missing, and in some cases whilst going through the game, you may realise you haven't got everything yet and are not allowed to go back.
-The scenarios (rooms) are a little more static than previous titles, as you move from left to right there isn't a smooth moving transition as was present in previous games but honestly this is a tiny issue as it doesn't diminish the atmosphere whatsoever.

So all in all, head over to RustyLake.com, play through some of the cube escape games free and see if the style of game is for you, and if you find yourself inclined to deep mystery and ingenious puzzling, then please please PLEASE consider supporting the developers by purchasing this title.
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feefaroni
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 12
Short but sweet, and the puzzles are challenging without incorporating moon logic. Great style and atmosphere.
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Bodhsativa
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 9
I thoroughly enjoyed this game. Largely a puzzle/hidden object game, with an interesting setting. Short, fun, stylised, interesting. Recommended,
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Nah fam
5.0 hrs
Posted: September 4
As a fan of the series I really enjoyed this game, if you are unsure of if you think you will like this game or not this is the first paid installment and you can play earlier games for free on the dev's website.

My only critisim of this game is there should be the ability to replay a certain day as there are actions you can take which make it impossible to get three stars for that meal making you have to restart the game again if you want to 100% it.
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