Rusty Lake: Roots Brings Eerie Adventure Puzzling

“Our never reviewing the utterly incredible Rusty Lake Hotel is our greatest failing,” John declared yesterday after seeing the follow-up Rusty Lake: Roots [official site] hit PC. Hey, don’t look at me – I only write news. Speaking of: Rusty Lake: Roots is now out, bringing more slightly eerily adventure-o-puzzling antics. It’s exploring one man’s family tree, playing through key moments of people’s lives, which seems to include more than a few dark secrets.

“James Vanderboom’s life drastically changes when he plants a special seed in the garden of the house he has inherited,” explain developers Rusty Lake and… hang on. That logo. This isn’t going to get a bit Deadly Premonition, is it? Sorry, sorry, I know I’ve got a problem.

No, James Vanderboom is getting to uncover and build his family tree by playing through the beginnings and ends of people’s lives. Given that this here trailer includes a skull-headed stagman, a mask-wearing weirdo, a oujia board, a jarred heart, and what appears to be someone dancing with a corpse, yeah, I’m going to guess it’s a strange family tree.

Rusty Lake: Roots is £1.99/2,99€/$2.99 on Steam for Windows and Mac and on Itch too.

Will our second-greatest failing be not reviewing Rusty Lake: Roots? You tell me, John.


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    zapatapon says:

    Can someone care to explain to me by what legal magic are several commercial adventure games from other developers playable online for free on the rustylake website?

    • Jac says:

      Magic Beans I believe.

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      zapatapon says:

      Ok, I found the answer to my own stupid question: demos or free flash early prototype versions. Sorry, don’t mind me, please post some actually insightful comments now.

  2. April March says:

    Looks like David Lynch Presents One Hundred Years of Solitude. I like it.

  3. Rumpelstiltskin says:

    Quite enjoyed it. It’s delightfully macabre, and the puzzles are diverse and well-balanced.