October 30, 2020

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Rusty Lake's Cube Escape Collection bundles 9 wonderful, darkly surreal puzzlers on Steam

Developer Rusty Lake’s brilliantly surreal Cube Escape puzzle series is now available in a ridiculously...

Developer Rusty Lake’s brilliantly surreal Cube Escape puzzle series is now available in a ridiculously good value, nine-game bundle on Steam.

Cube Escape, if you’re unfamiliar, is the somewhat bite-sized companion series to the developer’s more fully fledged premium Rusty Lake games (Rusty Lake Hotel, Roots, Paradise, Paradox, The White Door, and series precursor Samsara Room), with all 15 deliciously off-kilter instalments contributing to a surreal, centuries-spanning narrative whole, where recurring characters, locations, and motifs drift in and out like a fever dream.

However, for all their increasingly ambitious narrative complexity – the generation-hopping Roots, in particular, is a gorgeously affecting piece of work – they’re relatively simple things at their core, melding casual escape-the-room-style puzzling with a bit of point-and-click adventuring. The end result tends to be just challenging enough to illicit a satisfied nod, but the real joy comes from their darkly surreal, occasionally grotesque theatrics.

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