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Posted: 8 weeks ago, last updated today.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Lab Rat is a tile-based puzzle game with an emphasis on satire. You work in a machine-learning facility where you take on scenarios chosen for you by the metrics-obsessed AI that monitors, profiles, and taunts you as you progress.

Play involves maneuvering objects on a grid to divert lasers, and manipulate electricity to make required connections. You can place portals that let you jump from one location to another. There are over 80 puzzles to work through as you attempt to outwit the incessant AI intent on heckling you for your humanity.

The game leans into the Portal-like puzzles and computer persona. In fact, more than that game, Lab Rat narrates your progress to assure you that your puzzle performance and survey response data will be fed to this (theoretically) unbiased machine, and shape its view of humanity. You answer questions about your state of mind, and are reassured that others are also doing the test.

The result is a game that is both puzzling and unsettling.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: Dire Goldfish (@DireGoldfish)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The puzzles get complex but providing they have good spatial awareness younger children enjoy this. Younger kids quite like the AI trying to put them off while they play.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can sometimes end up in a locked-state in a puzzle but can reset whenever you like. This makes the game unfailable.

There isn't a specific tutorial but the early levels introduce controls and mechanics.

There's only one object to interact with in the game, as you approach it text appears to indicate the required key.
 
Our Lab Rat Accessibility Report documents 30 accessibility features:

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