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 (41 reviews) - 97% of the 41 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (294 reviews) - 96% of the 294 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 29, 2016

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February 25

A message to the community and some background info!

First of all we would like to thank you for all the support so far! It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride since we got Greenlite on Steam. We never expected so many downloads, reviews and extra press attention. We’re glad to see the community is so involved, we enjoy the interaction in the community hub :)

We also would like to share some background info about our work:

It’s was Spring 2015 when we (2 devs) created our own imaginative world called Rusty Lake. This world, inspired by the Twin Peaks series, became known as the Cube Escape series: surrealistic room escape games with classic point-and-click gameplay. The games are easy to play but get more complex on the way. Each chapter is somehow connected which each other and each game reveals more about the Rusty Lake mystery.

After publishing 6 free Cube Escape games on web and mobile, we were forced to try out a bigger, premium game, since we didn't earned a lot with the free games. So at the end of October 2015 we choose a different direction and started developing Rusty Lake Hotel.

Rusty Lake Hotel is a bit of a side-step from the Cube Escape games, making it more suitable for premium. We did our best to improve a lot, not only with the art and puzzle design, but also with the audio and storyline. And of course some replay value with the optional ingredients. The game has a lot connections and small hints to our previous Cube Escape series. People who have played the series will recognize characters and some parts story become more clear (including the ending).

 If you would like to get to know more of Rusty Lake Hotel and our work, you can check the Cube Escape series for free on Rusty Lake or
Cube Escape. Some people requested it already but for now this series won’t be available on Steam, the series remain free on our websites. We would like to suggest the following order to play the series:

Cube Escape: Seasons

Cube Escape: The Lake 

Cube Escape: Arles 

Cube Escape: Harvey's Box

Cube Escape: Case 23

Cube Escape: The Mill 

Cube Escape: Birthday

Thanks to all the support of Rusty Lake Hotel we have published Cube Escape: Birthday 10 days ago, which contains a lot of connections to Rusty Lake Hotel. You can even use a secret code from (if you have all 3 stars on the dishes) in this game to get more insights of what happened.

At the moment we’re developing a new Cube Escape, but we already have plans for a new premium game later this year (which we hope to get on Steam:)).

Thanks again for all the support! You can follow us on:
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January 29

Rusty lake Hotel is now available!

You can finally check-in at the Rusty Lake Hotel!

Sorry for the delay, we manually pushed live, since the game should have been online a few hours ago..

Have fun with the game and please send us an email to: if you have any trouble.

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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.”
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“Rusty Lake Hotel creates a mesmerizing experience”
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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

Mac OS X
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista/7,8, 10
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • 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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( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I have played this game three times in two days. I can't get enought of the Cube Escape series, but I should really take a break to give myself time to forget the puzzles.
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( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Nice little puzzle/hidden item game with macabre setting and some humor. Puzzles are easy or mediocre difficulty and hardest parts of the game are the hidden item clickfests.

Worth 1,99€ pricetag.
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I'm a Gazelle
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
DON'T LET MY PLAY TIME FOOL YOU SOME OF THIS MAY HAVE ACCUMULATED FROM LEAVING THE GAME OPEN IT IS NOT AN 8 HOUR GAME.The game is good it's creepy and in my opinion has decent puzzling however if your not smart you will find it difficult (I found it quite difficult in some places) I do recommend a paper and pencil because they might come in handy for keeping track of certain clues, also just so that you don't end up feeling stupid when/if you end up using the walkthroughs never assume anything is of no consequence it seems to me most things if not everything is worth at least clicking on(Some exceptions seem to be the walls the floor the chandeliers and most of the lamps. The ending is super wierd and has me guessing at its meaning right now just after beating it.The only complaints I can think of right now are that in most cases you can't turn back, once you enter a guests room unless you want to restart the game you can't turn back, once you complete the main objective you can't spend anymore time trying to get the optional objective but this isn't too big a deal because the game is quite short and there's no reason you can't just use the walkthroughs for levels you've already done so this one is annoying at worst, second and last one I can think of right now is sometimes when your looking at an entire room you can't see things which are out of place in the room such as small things over character's shoulders and poking out from behind objects. I would say that this game is worth the 1.99 I spent on it and for some it may be worth replaying once or twice to get all three stars on every level. Overall I enjoyed my time with Rusty Lake Hotel
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Get Burned!
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
RLH is a moderately entertaining point and click puzzler. The game is split up into several rooms where you need to figure out how to properly kill animal guests of a hotel to make meals for the other guests. The puzzles weren't too difficult, but decent. I did have to play through a 2nd time to fully complete the game. The makers of this game also have other free games available online to play and one of them is a continuation of the story here.
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( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
This is a small puzzle game with actually challenging puzzles. It is a small price, because it is part of a serie. I liked the story and for a small price it is actually worth your money!
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( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Cute short puzzle game, that is worth the few bucks it costs.

It also gave me some ideas what to cook for dinner.
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( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
A very good carry over from the online series, but has it's own spot next to the other games in lore, very good.
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( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
Product received for free
It doesn't feel like playing games, instead it feels like watching weird movies. From Wes Anderson's quirkiness to David Lynch's surrealistic world, this game adds it with dark humour and artsy (imo) visual style.

Puzzles are engaging, but no hints system is such a lowdown for me. (Yes, I'm bad at puzzle games)

After all, even I got this game for free, I think this game is worth at more than its regular price. Particularly, if you're looking for original game with dark storyline and quite challenging puzzles.

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( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
A really good game, fun puzzles with varying difficulty. I would highly recommend giving it a go, especially at such a low cost. It is a steal! I can't wait for some follow up content :)
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( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I am in love with this game so far! Unfortunately I seem to be stuck on the painting in the pheasant's room. The first two worked fine but the 'W' is not working. The screen will blink but nothing else will trigger. Any help would be great! Thank you!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
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:
- 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.
- 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
What the actual ffffffffffffff. This game is a macabre masterpiece. Whilest puzzeling, you are trying to find out what the hell is going on in this hotel 'fixing' dinner for the guests. I mean just try it out man.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Product received for free
It doesn't feel like playing games, instead it feels like watching weird movies. From Wes Anderson's quirkiness to David Lynch's surrealistic world, this game adds it with dark humour and artsy (imo) visual style.

Puzzles are engaging, but no hints system is such a lowdown for me. (Yes, I'm bad at puzzle games)

After all, even I got this game for free, I think this game is worth at more than its regular price. Particularly, if you're looking for original game with dark storyline and quite challenging puzzles.

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51 of 51 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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 $1.99US, I would give this game my NEXT TO HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION – 4/5.
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33 of 46 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Play it. 2$ 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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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
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Tags: Adventure, Indie, Puzzle, Horror, Point & Click.
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

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.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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:
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Took the entire first level to figure out the devs thought process on how to do the puzzles and I didn't have any trouble with them after that. When I got around to "helping" Ms. Pidgeon however I had a small snit when I realized I was doing algebra for the first time since High School.

So wrong to snobbishly tell my teachers I would never use those skills again.

10/10 Would do math to murder hotel guests again
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