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Rusty Lake: Roots

Rusty Lake: Roots

Rusty Lake

Start your own family tree in the point and click adventure Rusty Lake: Roots

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  • Another brilliant piece of storytelling by the twisted minds at rusty lake Feb 27, 2017

    By Dubs1
    The puzzles are more compact this time around, but it doesn't make them any easier - they always seem to find the perfect balance of challenging and thought provoking very nicely. The story adds so much information to the rusty lake series which I loved every moment of...this one is probable less scary, but it can be very disturbing at times which I always love. The story ties a lot together from their previous games, so recommend playing those first and you will understand this so much better and give you that 'ooohhhh - no way!' factor/reaction. Plus, once you 'beat' the game there's extra secrets/content with some REALLY challenging puzzles, but it's always satisfying and worth it...plus these guys are nice enough to put a link in the game right to a walkthrough if you ever get stuck...another brilliant story told rusty lake style, and I can't wait for their next game in the series which they say will be out sometime soon!
  • Jul 24, 2021

    By Skulladium
    What can i say. I am just sad i played this last from the whole series since i couldn't purchase it earlier. Incredible story and aesthetics making sense of the other installations lore. Very nice little puzzles especially the 1 with the pidgeons. Keep the good work guys and deliver more awesome and cool freaky stuff :D
  • Best one yet. Dec 13, 2020

    By løwst
    I’ve played most of the rusty lake games and this one is my favorite so far. I plan on buying all the rest of their games after this. I see people putting these games down and I just don’t get it. Everything about the games is, at the very least, more interesting than most other games of this genre. Great stories, artwork, puzzles, etc. Also, thanks a lot to the developers. It’s really good of you to have put out so many great (and 100% free) games. I respect that a lot and will continue to support you in the future because of that fact. I don’t mind paying, though. I’ve played for free for a long time now and I appreciate that. The games are fantastic. If you have doubts about buying the games, there’re plenty to try out for free to get the feel of how the mechanics work. And not just 1 or 2 levels, full games. That’s a rarity anymore.
  • Jul 12, 2021

    By Robert Livermore
    A good game overall. The puzzles are short and sweet which is nice but can feel unsatisfyingly short. The last few were quite buggy. The final puzzle gives you a hint after you've solved it (making it impossible to solve) so the ending is just frustrating.
  • I DO NOT want this ride to end Apr 2, 2019

    By Suski33
    In all fairness I’m writing this review before having finished “Roots.” I am a little over halfway through, and am parceling out the remaining chapters like pillow mints, one or two a day to make the experience last - and that ain’t easy, kid. “Roots” has everything...and more. Superb puzzles that feel organic in moving the story along. And what a story - replete with well-crafted characters whose motives and emotions are so bizarrely human. And all achieved without dialogue, only through unique artwork and audio effects. Perhaps it is inaccurate to think of “Roots,” (or any of the Cube escapes) as devastatingly dark comedy, but I do chuckle while I shudder. And the gleeful anticipation I had before playing this game could’ve led to disappointment. But I really should know better than to worry about a letdown when Rusty Lake’s involved. Silly me.
  • Wow! Dec 28, 2019

    By KstlAutumn
    I previously wrote a review for one of the games in this series (the birthday one) without realizing the games were all connected because I had only played the first - I wrote feeling it was too violent. The suddenness of the storyline (the birthday one) took me way off guard since I didn’t know it was a part of a much larger story. However, after playing through all of the games and finishing off with this one, I’m completely blown away by the level of intricacy and detail invested in this series. I’m actually preparing to go through a grieving process knowing I’m all caught up on them, knowing I’ll have to wait for the white door to continue my infatuation, and knowing that after that, I’ll have to wait for more to be released (if that even happens - ahhh! 😱. Excellent series - I highly recommend!
  • May 9, 2021

    By Iván Gil Ibañez
    Dark, twisted, beautiful game. I really like its episodic format and the generational aspect of the narrative. Needless to say, the graphics, the music, and the characters are all superb. Roots is my favorite game in the RL series so far.
  • My fave Rusty Lake game / reset explained May 2, 2018

    By RatFink64
    This game is really one of the best but I am stuck at level 22; I inadvertently moved the bandages off screen and now I cannot complete the game because there seems no way to get them back. I am afraid if I reset that the entire game will start over? I tried to contact support but they told me to check the walk through. If I can un-stick this problem I’ll bump my rating up to 5 stars because otherwise this truly is one of the best games around. Just wish I could complete it! Edit: Rusty Lakes support person told me that if you choose to reset from within a level it gives you the option to reset just that level or the entire game. So... problem solved! Now that I’ve finished all the RL games I am hoping there will be a new one in the near future.
  • May 8, 2021

    By Jason Bagley
    Very Enjoyable. I have played many of the Rusty Lake games and this one is definitely on par with the rest. I like that it is broken up into small segments so you have good stopping points to put the game away and get some work done. I enjoyed the story as well.
  • All time favorite series Dec 11, 2019

    By R gunn
    I should write a review for each individual game they’ve released in this Cube escape/Rusty Lake series, but there are just too many, so I’m leaving my review here on perhaps my favorite of the bunch. These games are quite simply the best puzzle games I’ve ever played. The story is intriguing and bizarre and mysterious, the puzzles are just the right amount of challenging, the design and art are astounding and often slightly grotesque, which is always fun. Most of the games are free too, but the paid ones are totally worth the cost, 100 percent. I will continue to buy these games for as long as they keep putting them out. They are literally ALL good, every single one, and they seem to be getting better and better. Please keep up the good work team!
  • Another brilliant piece of storytelling by the twisted minds at rusty lake Feb 27, 2017

    By Dubs1
    The puzzles are more compact this time around, but it doesn't make them any easier - they always seem to find the perfect balance of challenging and thought provoking very nicely. The story adds so much information to the rusty lake series which I loved every moment of...this one is probable less scary, but it can be very disturbing at times which I always love. The story ties a lot together from their previous games, so recommend playing those first and you will understand this so much better and give you that 'ooohhhh - no way!' factor/reaction. Plus, once you 'beat' the game there's extra secrets/content with some REALLY challenging puzzles, but it's always satisfying and worth it...plus these guys are nice enough to put a link in the game right to a walkthrough if you ever get stuck...another brilliant story told rusty lake style, and I can't wait for their next game in the series which they say will be out sometime soon!
  • Jul 24, 2021

    By Skulladium
    What can i say. I am just sad i played this last from the whole series since i couldn't purchase it earlier. Incredible story and aesthetics making sense of the other installations lore. Very nice little puzzles especially the 1 with the pidgeons. Keep the good work guys and deliver more awesome and cool freaky stuff :D
  • Best one yet. Dec 13, 2020

    By løwst
    I’ve played most of the rusty lake games and this one is my favorite so far. I plan on buying all the rest of their games after this. I see people putting these games down and I just don’t get it. Everything about the games is, at the very least, more interesting than most other games of this genre. Great stories, artwork, puzzles, etc. Also, thanks a lot to the developers. It’s really good of you to have put out so many great (and 100% free) games. I respect that a lot and will continue to support you in the future because of that fact. I don’t mind paying, though. I’ve played for free for a long time now and I appreciate that. The games are fantastic. If you have doubts about buying the games, there’re plenty to try out for free to get the feel of how the mechanics work. And not just 1 or 2 levels, full games. That’s a rarity anymore.
  • Jul 12, 2021

    By Robert Livermore
    A good game overall. The puzzles are short and sweet which is nice but can feel unsatisfyingly short. The last few were quite buggy. The final puzzle gives you a hint after you've solved it (making it impossible to solve) so the ending is just frustrating.
  • I DO NOT want this ride to end Apr 2, 2019

    By Suski33
    In all fairness I’m writing this review before having finished “Roots.” I am a little over halfway through, and am parceling out the remaining chapters like pillow mints, one or two a day to make the experience last - and that ain’t easy, kid. “Roots” has everything...and more. Superb puzzles that feel organic in moving the story along. And what a story - replete with well-crafted characters whose motives and emotions are so bizarrely human. And all achieved without dialogue, only through unique artwork and audio effects. Perhaps it is inaccurate to think of “Roots,” (or any of the Cube escapes) as devastatingly dark comedy, but I do chuckle while I shudder. And the gleeful anticipation I had before playing this game could’ve led to disappointment. But I really should know better than to worry about a letdown when Rusty Lake’s involved. Silly me.
  • Wow! Dec 28, 2019

    By KstlAutumn
    I previously wrote a review for one of the games in this series (the birthday one) without realizing the games were all connected because I had only played the first - I wrote feeling it was too violent. The suddenness of the storyline (the birthday one) took me way off guard since I didn’t know it was a part of a much larger story. However, after playing through all of the games and finishing off with this one, I’m completely blown away by the level of intricacy and detail invested in this series. I’m actually preparing to go through a grieving process knowing I’m all caught up on them, knowing I’ll have to wait for the white door to continue my infatuation, and knowing that after that, I’ll have to wait for more to be released (if that even happens - ahhh! 😱. Excellent series - I highly recommend!
  • May 9, 2021

    By Iván Gil Ibañez
    Dark, twisted, beautiful game. I really like its episodic format and the generational aspect of the narrative. Needless to say, the graphics, the music, and the characters are all superb. Roots is my favorite game in the RL series so far.
  • My fave Rusty Lake game / reset explained May 2, 2018

    By RatFink64
    This game is really one of the best but I am stuck at level 22; I inadvertently moved the bandages off screen and now I cannot complete the game because there seems no way to get them back. I am afraid if I reset that the entire game will start over? I tried to contact support but they told me to check the walk through. If I can un-stick this problem I’ll bump my rating up to 5 stars because otherwise this truly is one of the best games around. Just wish I could complete it! Edit: Rusty Lakes support person told me that if you choose to reset from within a level it gives you the option to reset just that level or the entire game. So... problem solved! Now that I’ve finished all the RL games I am hoping there will be a new one in the near future.
  • May 8, 2021

    By Jason Bagley
    Very Enjoyable. I have played many of the Rusty Lake games and this one is definitely on par with the rest. I like that it is broken up into small segments so you have good stopping points to put the game away and get some work done. I enjoyed the story as well.
  • All time favorite series Dec 11, 2019

    By R gunn
    I should write a review for each individual game they’ve released in this Cube escape/Rusty Lake series, but there are just too many, so I’m leaving my review here on perhaps my favorite of the bunch. These games are quite simply the best puzzle games I’ve ever played. The story is intriguing and bizarre and mysterious, the puzzles are just the right amount of challenging, the design and art are astounding and often slightly grotesque, which is always fun. Most of the games are free too, but the paid ones are totally worth the cost, 100 percent. I will continue to buy these games for as long as they keep putting them out. They are literally ALL good, every single one, and they seem to be getting better and better. Please keep up the good work team!
  • Colorblind beware! Jul 11, 2019

    By Rick.in.ICT
    Firstly, if you are colorblind (or even partially, like me) be warned that several of the puzzles depend on color matching to solve. But that not why I gave it such a low rating, I don’t expect the world to cater to me. I rated the game so low because several of the puzzles just flat don’t make sense. Even after resorting to watching the walkthrough for a couple of them,I was left scratching my head and thinking “ok, but it still doesn’t make sense...” The story is definitely... unique. I will give it that. All around, for the price I don’t feel like I wasted my money. However, I would not recommend it to a friend. If you really like puzzles and need to kill a few hours and the price is under $2.00, eh, just don’t say you weren’t warned.
  • Love the game... if I could only play it. May 16, 2018

    By Grey_Lyn
    I absolutely love this game. However, I can’t get into my “settings”, without the screen turning black and the app crashing. I can’t do anything, I.e let my screen go into sleep mode, look at another app, etc) without the game crashing. Once I start the game back up, it’s wiped clean. Last night I was at puzzle 24, I believe, pushed through the hours of the night to finish it (in fear of it losing all my save files).. only for it to randomly crash on its own and start me from the beginning.. all. Over. Again. If it would allow ppl to save their progress and not wipe it whenever it wants, I would give it 5 stars. Because it’s an amazing game.. but I can’t keep restarting the same game over and over again and dish out hours upon hours of redos.
  • Feb 27, 2021

    By Samantha Brooks
    So pee'd off, I purchased this game, got about halfway through and it's glitches to the point I can't progress anywhere. There are bits missing from the puzzles (I even resorted to a walkthrough guide to see what I was missing) that mean you cannot complete them. I love Rusty Lake, but this has been a real disappointment. Note- I have reset, cleared cache and even deleted and reinstalled and started from the beginning. Still the same glitches.
  • Mar 10, 2021

    By Anne Levine
    This game has frequently lacked logic. I have had needed assistance on multiple occasions after having attempted to solve the game on my own. I have finally decided to write this review after having encountered a glitch at Level 26. When I move the arms of the left doll to match the box on the right side of screen, the lady's facial features don't change. I even restarted the level, with the same results. It's frustrating after having gotten so far in the game.

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  • Another brilliant piece of storytelling by the twisted minds at rusty lake Feb 27, 2017

    By Dubs1
    The puzzles are more compact this time around, but it doesn't make them any easier - they always seem to find the perfect balance of challenging and thought provoking very nicely. The story adds so much information to the rusty lake series which I loved every moment of...this one is probable less scary, but it can be very disturbing at times which I always love. The story ties a lot together from their previous games, so recommend playing those first and you will understand this so much better and give you that 'ooohhhh - no way!' factor/reaction. Plus, once you 'beat' the game there's extra secrets/content with some REALLY challenging puzzles, but it's always satisfying and worth it...plus these guys are nice enough to put a link in the game right to a walkthrough if you ever get stuck...another brilliant story told rusty lake style, and I can't wait for their next game in the series which they say will be out sometime soon!
  • Jul 24, 2021

    By Skulladium
    What can i say. I am just sad i played this last from the whole series since i couldn't purchase it earlier. Incredible story and aesthetics making sense of the other installations lore. Very nice little puzzles especially the 1 with the pidgeons. Keep the good work guys and deliver more awesome and cool freaky stuff :D
  • Best one yet. Dec 13, 2020

    By løwst
    I’ve played most of the rusty lake games and this one is my favorite so far. I plan on buying all the rest of their games after this. I see people putting these games down and I just don’t get it. Everything about the games is, at the very least, more interesting than most other games of this genre. Great stories, artwork, puzzles, etc. Also, thanks a lot to the developers. It’s really good of you to have put out so many great (and 100% free) games. I respect that a lot and will continue to support you in the future because of that fact. I don’t mind paying, though. I’ve played for free for a long time now and I appreciate that. The games are fantastic. If you have doubts about buying the games, there’re plenty to try out for free to get the feel of how the mechanics work. And not just 1 or 2 levels, full games. That’s a rarity anymore.
  • I DO NOT want this ride to end Apr 2, 2019

    By Suski33
    In all fairness I’m writing this review before having finished “Roots.” I am a little over halfway through, and am parceling out the remaining chapters like pillow mints, one or two a day to make the experience last - and that ain’t easy, kid. “Roots” has everything...and more. Superb puzzles that feel organic in moving the story along. And what a story - replete with well-crafted characters whose motives and emotions are so bizarrely human. And all achieved without dialogue, only through unique artwork and audio effects. Perhaps it is inaccurate to think of “Roots,” (or any of the Cube escapes) as devastatingly dark comedy, but I do chuckle while I shudder. And the gleeful anticipation I had before playing this game could’ve led to disappointment. But I really should know better than to worry about a letdown when Rusty Lake’s involved. Silly me.
  • Wow! Dec 28, 2019

    By KstlAutumn
    I previously wrote a review for one of the games in this series (the birthday one) without realizing the games were all connected because I had only played the first - I wrote feeling it was too violent. The suddenness of the storyline (the birthday one) took me way off guard since I didn’t know it was a part of a much larger story. However, after playing through all of the games and finishing off with this one, I’m completely blown away by the level of intricacy and detail invested in this series. I’m actually preparing to go through a grieving process knowing I’m all caught up on them, knowing I’ll have to wait for the white door to continue my infatuation, and knowing that after that, I’ll have to wait for more to be released (if that even happens - ahhh! 😱. Excellent series - I highly recommend!
  • May 9, 2021

    By Iván Gil Ibañez
    Dark, twisted, beautiful game. I really like its episodic format and the generational aspect of the narrative. Needless to say, the graphics, the music, and the characters are all superb. Roots is my favorite game in the RL series so far.
  • My fave Rusty Lake game / reset explained May 2, 2018

    By RatFink64
    This game is really one of the best but I am stuck at level 22; I inadvertently moved the bandages off screen and now I cannot complete the game because there seems no way to get them back. I am afraid if I reset that the entire game will start over? I tried to contact support but they told me to check the walk through. If I can un-stick this problem I’ll bump my rating up to 5 stars because otherwise this truly is one of the best games around. Just wish I could complete it! Edit: Rusty Lakes support person told me that if you choose to reset from within a level it gives you the option to reset just that level or the entire game. So... problem solved! Now that I’ve finished all the RL games I am hoping there will be a new one in the near future.
  • May 8, 2021

    By Jason Bagley
    Very Enjoyable. I have played many of the Rusty Lake games and this one is definitely on par with the rest. I like that it is broken up into small segments so you have good stopping points to put the game away and get some work done. I enjoyed the story as well.
  • All time favorite series Dec 11, 2019

    By R gunn
    I should write a review for each individual game they’ve released in this Cube escape/Rusty Lake series, but there are just too many, so I’m leaving my review here on perhaps my favorite of the bunch. These games are quite simply the best puzzle games I’ve ever played. The story is intriguing and bizarre and mysterious, the puzzles are just the right amount of challenging, the design and art are astounding and often slightly grotesque, which is always fun. Most of the games are free too, but the paid ones are totally worth the cost, 100 percent. I will continue to buy these games for as long as they keep putting them out. They are literally ALL good, every single one, and they seem to be getting better and better. Please keep up the good work team!
  • Apr 4, 2021

    By Paulina Milewska
    This game is something... It's wicked, challenging, interesting, heartbreaking at times, and it's really hard to put it down once you start. I absolutely loved every bit of it, from amazing graphics and very distinctive style, through interesting puzzles, all the way to the twisted story that leaves you wanting more. I'm actually downloading other games from this developer as we speak. Don't think too much, buy this game... It will be well worth your money!
  • Mar 21, 2021

    By Sarah Coluccino
    I absolutely love Rusty Lake games. They are pretty much all I play now. But word of caution on this one, go in level order. I got pretty close to the end but missed an early level and have experienced a glitch that prevents me from beating the game. I can only assume it's due to me going out of order. Read on it and some others had this issue on "the painting"level. I restarted it, did the colors right on the painting and nothing. But it's great like the others though!
  • Jul 22, 2021

    By Rana Bassam
    I really enjoyed solving the puzzles it's was easy yet challenging. and i liked the Illustration and art thank you.
  • Apr 4, 2021

    By Codi Macpherson
    I love all the rusty lake games and have played them all time and time again, however this one seems to be glitching on the fertility level. I looked up the walkthrough cause I thought I was missing somethjng, but turns out, the game just isn't allowing me to pick the flowers. I'm quite saddened by this because I really want to be able to complete the game, but can't do that without completing the fertility level.
  • STRANGE Dec 21, 2016

    By DelleeComeOn
    Many conflicting feelings after completing this game. I have to say after playing the whole thing, I found the game itself enjoyable, but the story disturbing. It didn't bother me though, it was just sometimes too depressing and unpleasant. But it might bother others. The game itself was okay, as it was long and it did in fact have a story. But I found the puzzles, for the most part, too easy. Definitely not as good as the Cube Escape series. The Cube Escapes were more surreal, scary (not just disturbing), and had harder to solve puzzles that were more fun. Oh well, I guess you can't get everything in one game.
  • Really disappointed. Sep 1, 2017

    By meeeegannnnnn
    I've played all the cube escape games, and I was excited to play this one, except for one big problem: it doesn't save. EVER. If I click the little settings gear in the top left corner, the whole screen goes black (tried closing and opening the app). I've gotten as far as level 22, and I just went to play again (I've been leaving it running in the background so it doesn't restart), apparently I waited to long and once again, I'm back at the beginning. Super frustrating.
  • Jul 12, 2021

    By Robert Livermore
    A good game overall. The puzzles are short and sweet which is nice but can feel unsatisfyingly short. The last few were quite buggy. The final puzzle gives you a hint after you've solved it (making it impossible to solve) so the ending is just frustrating.
  • Escape the room type game, eh. May 11, 2019

    By Ncadmin
    At the heart of this game is Escape the Room type puzzles. It’s probably the best of them if you like those games. I particularly don’t. It’s strong points are that it’s got a back drop macabre storyline where the story does move forward in the background as you proceed and while many of the puzzles are different than most and more interesting, it’s still ridden with click-fest mentality bordering on ridiculous room entities such as wood planks that slide up and down a window but aren’t removable but they slide freely as if they’re magically there. You also have puzzles where you need a combination and all you have to do is click some wall picture to get it. To me, that’s not a puzzle, it’s a click-fest. Some are more clever than that but the pattern is there. Escape fans will delight while old-time adventure gamers will turn their noses.
  • Feb 5, 2021

    By Alisha Macklin
    Want to give it more because it's a good game with an interesting story, but multiple of these games glitch or don't work when I play them. I'm stuck on the fertility level and thought I was being stupid. However I've looked at the walkthrough and the white flower is glitching and not letting me put any pollen on it. I've had other issues with these games too, such as hotel and case 23. Very disappointing as I really enjoy these games.
  • Apr 18, 2021

    By Kacie R
    Kinda bummed I spent money on this game. I am a huge fan of the rusty lake series but this one fell short.. The puzzles were either way too easy or so obscure that there is no logical solution and I had to look up the solutions. Each section was way too short, even tho there are 30-something sections, I finished the game feeling unsatisfied. If you are thinking about buying this one, I would recommend skipping it.
  • Colorblind beware! Jul 11, 2019

    By Rick.in.ICT
    Firstly, if you are colorblind (or even partially, like me) be warned that several of the puzzles depend on color matching to solve. But that not why I gave it such a low rating, I don’t expect the world to cater to me. I rated the game so low because several of the puzzles just flat don’t make sense. Even after resorting to watching the walkthrough for a couple of them,I was left scratching my head and thinking “ok, but it still doesn’t make sense...” The story is definitely... unique. I will give it that. All around, for the price I don’t feel like I wasted my money. However, I would not recommend it to a friend. If you really like puzzles and need to kill a few hours and the price is under $2.00, eh, just don’t say you weren’t warned.
  • Love the game... if I could only play it. May 16, 2018

    By Grey_Lyn
    I absolutely love this game. However, I can’t get into my “settings”, without the screen turning black and the app crashing. I can’t do anything, I.e let my screen go into sleep mode, look at another app, etc) without the game crashing. Once I start the game back up, it’s wiped clean. Last night I was at puzzle 24, I believe, pushed through the hours of the night to finish it (in fear of it losing all my save files).. only for it to randomly crash on its own and start me from the beginning.. all. Over. Again. If it would allow ppl to save their progress and not wipe it whenever it wants, I would give it 5 stars. Because it’s an amazing game.. but I can’t keep restarting the same game over and over again and dish out hours upon hours of redos.
  • Feb 27, 2021

    By Samantha Brooks
    So pee'd off, I purchased this game, got about halfway through and it's glitches to the point I can't progress anywhere. There are bits missing from the puzzles (I even resorted to a walkthrough guide to see what I was missing) that mean you cannot complete them. I love Rusty Lake, but this has been a real disappointment. Note- I have reset, cleared cache and even deleted and reinstalled and started from the beginning. Still the same glitches.
  • Mar 10, 2021

    By Anne Levine
    This game has frequently lacked logic. I have had needed assistance on multiple occasions after having attempted to solve the game on my own. I have finally decided to write this review after having encountered a glitch at Level 26. When I move the arms of the left doll to match the box on the right side of screen, the lady's facial features don't change. I even restarted the level, with the same results. It's frustrating after having gotten so far in the game.

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