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Cube Escape Collection Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Cube Escape Collection is a set of 9 point-and-click escape room style games set within the Rusty Lake universe. As you follow a murder case through the games, you uncover secrets and hidden meaning in unusual places that enable you to piece together what happened. The feel of surreal horror and uneasy humour, combined with the continuity between each game make them unique and intriguing.

You play homicide detective Dale Vandermeer as he investigates the mysterious death of a woman. As you investigate the many rooms, looking for clues to help you piece together the allegorical clues surrounding her death. There are many puzzles you need to solve, many of which are extremely challenging, requiring extreme attention to detail and outside-the-box thinking.

The Cube Escape games combine to tell one big story with hundreds of secrets waiting to be found. Similar to the Five Nights at Freddy's series, the games have amassed a large following dedicated to piecing together the story.

Like the other games in the Rusty Lake universe, these games are heavily inspired by the TV show Twin Peaks, and combine with the other games to tell a complete and intertwining, ever-changing narrative.

The first 9 Cube escape games are included in the collection:
  • Seasons
  • The Lake
  • Arles
  • Harvey's Box
  • Case 23
  • The Mill
  • Birthday
  • Theatre
  • The Cave

Cube Escape: Paradox is the tenth game in the Cube Escape series, and continues the story, employing the same gameplay, but was not included in the collection.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/04/2015, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 11 hours to complete. While most of the games in the collection are fairly small, to beat all nine will still take some time, and given the difficulty of some of the puzzles you can spend longer on certain sections.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence and Horror.

Skill Rating

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. For teenagers and older children, the complex web of puzzles and the dark story telling make for an enticing experience, provided they are comfortable with the horror aspect of the stories.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. While the app is free on mobile devices, it costs money on PC and Mac. On mobile devices, you can pay to remove ads, which the PC and Mac versions don't have to begin with.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Cube Escape Collection Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
The games are very difficult, and will often require extreme thought and patience to overcome challenges. You can use hints in each game when you get stuck, and the developers have full walkthrough of each game posted to their YouTube channel.

All in-game events are triggered by your actions and there is never any need to react quickly to things happening in the game.

As some clues are only shown (or implied) through visual or audio cues, sound and visuals are required to beat the game. Some visual clues are very subtle or faint, and/or use colour, which is important to note for colourblind players. In addition, some of the audio cues require attentive listening, although large, high-contrast text accompanies the audio if it's a voice.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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