This game is rated PEGI 12
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.
Set in 1776 on a remote island in the Rusty Lake fiction, your mother mysteriously dies, and a set of ten vile plagues set themselves upon the island and its inhabitants. By interacting with your family members around the island and solving strange and often macabre puzzles, you must stop the blights and restore peace.
Unlike many of the other Rusty Lake games, which often tell a complex intertwining story, this game is only tangentially related to most of the events of the other games, being most connected to Rusty Lake Hotel, but the narrative threads it does offer are very impactful on the overall story of the series.
Gameplay is similar to the other games in the series; you explore the various areas and collect items, and use them to unlock new areas, collect other items or complete puzzles. Many of these puzzles have macabre or disturbing elements, such as forcing animals and humans to drink blood pumped up from the ground, or crushing leeches to collect a key. The solutions to puzzles are often not immediately obvious, often requiring deep thinking and lateral thinking, making them a tough but rewarding challenge.
It's a unique game in the series, which offers a plethora of new and unusual puzzles, mysterious story elements and a unique narrative that makes it a compelling entry.
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11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The puzzles are often very complex, making t more suited to older children.
The game is very difficult, and will often require extreme thought and patience to overcome challenges. If you get stuck, the developers do have a full walkthrough of the game on their website.
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, small or faint, and/or use colour, which is important to note for colourblind players. While the text is high contrast and fairly large, it is often in a cursive font that can be challenging to read.
Some puzzles require you to drag items around the screen by clicking and holding down on the button/screen.
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