Rusty Lake Hotel is a point and click puzzle game developed by Rusty Lake. It is available on Windows and Mac for 1.99 USD on Steam.
Fantastic puzzles, macabre story-telling and true “wtf” moments are all part of the package in Rusty Lake Hotel. Not to mention the low cost and high value of entertainment, this is one hell of a game that I wouldrecommend to all you senpai’s out there.
The game is set on a isolated mansion-on-the-lake and is headed by Mr. Owl, a probably sadistic owl hell bent on having meals made out of the meat of his guests. His guests are each a different animal. We have Ms. Pheasant, Mr. Boar, Mrs. Pigeon, Mr. Deer, Mr. Rabbit – a fine meal indeed.
Gameplay & Puzzles
You are tasked with making these meals- and by making I mean commit murder in the most dark humorous fashion possible by gathering clues and tools in each Guests room. Each room is a new set of puzzle and it takes a logical mind to clear it. There are even bonus ingredients that you can get exploring the rooms thoroughly. The idea of killing the guests to feed to the remaining guests at dinner time is rather “wtf” to say the least but it is this exact disturbing feeling of satisfaction that drives you to continue trying to beat the room. Of course, by the end the only person you’ll be feeding it to is, presumably, yourself.
The puzzles themselves are at the right amount of difficulty. It takes awhile to figure out but often the answer is right in front of you. Each clue or item leads to the next clue or item that will eventually allow you electrocute, shoot, drop an axe, poison or stab your guest to its (un)timely death. There may be times when you are tempted to give up or find external sources of help (stares) but YOU CAN DO IT.
My only concern is that the ending was a bit lackluster. It was confusing and I wish there was a more satisfactory ending other than a “To Be Continued”. Otherwise, the premise was interesting enough to keep me glued to my computer.
I also noticed that it’s made on Flash which means it can also be put on browsers and can probably run on your microwave. Rusty Lake Hotel is a simple game no doubt, but the amount of planning it takes to create such well thought-out puzzles is an excellent testimony to the devs skill.
In short, it’s fun, entertaining and cheap. What more can you ask for?