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Video GameRusty Lake Hotel Review
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Rusty Lake Hotel is a surreal point-and-click adventure with a tangential horror narrative. While set in the same universe as the other games in the Rusty Lake series, it tells its own standalone story that only shares loose connections with the other games. The strange humour and surreal horror elements along with its unique story, which sees you preparing a set of unusual meals for 5 guests, is what sets it apart.

In the Rusty Lake Hotel, five mysterious anthropomorphised animal guests arrive for a week-long stay, each with their own reasons for visiting and backstories to uncover. It's your job to prepare five meals for them to eat while they stay, and to uncover the hidden mystery lying beneath the surface.

The meals you give to the guests are ranked according to what optional ingredients you add to them, such as blackberries, rosemary and beans. To find these ingredients and other secrets, you need to solve strange logic-based puzzles that require you to think outside the box and come at them from lots of different angles, such as shocking the bird guest a certain number of times or putting a different amount of water in certain flasks.

It's a unique game that presents a different perspective on the Rusty Lake universe and offers a new selection of varied puzzles and clues to piece together the series' complex lore.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete. Depending on how many ingredients you want to find, and how many secrets you uncover, the time to beat will vary. Prior experience with eh Rusty Lake games will likewise help you to understand the puzzles more quickly.
 

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 Horror.

In one instance, you need to give a human-like bird a severe electric shock, during which their skeleton is visible, and which seemingly kills them, as afterwards, they appear pale, with white eyes and beak.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The puzzles are very difficult to solve.

CostsCosts

Rusty Lake Hotel usually costs £1.59.
 

Rusty Lake Hotel

Steam Store PC £1.59
App Store Mac £1.59
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Rusty Lake Hotel Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
The game is very difficult, and will often require extreme thought and patience to overcome challenges. The developers have uploaded walkthroughs of each section of the game to their YouTube channel to help when you get stuck.

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.

All objects in the game are outlined in black and are of reasonable contrast, although some are very small and no distinction is made between interactive and non-interactive objects.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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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