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?

  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.

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