Cube Escape: Harvey's Box
The year is 1969, and you don't know where you are... well, apart from being in a box with a fish, an egg, and a bunch of other random items in Rusty Lake's Cube Escape: Harvey's Box, also free for iOS and Android, and you'd better believe it's as surreal as Seasons, The Lake, and Arles. As usual, click on things to interact with them, and use the small arrows at the edges of the screen to move around. The cursor won't change even if it passes over something you can use, so make sure you investigate everything, and, well, think outside the box a little. Or maybe a lot. The Cube Escape series has never so much been known for holding the player's hand as shoving them bodily in, and Harvey's Box is no different. Not only are items and secrets strewn everywhere, but their uses and solutions will need some creative thought... and perhaps a bit of musical inclination.
Cube Escape has become one of those series you know you can count on to unnerve and challenge you, and Harvey's Box continues that tradition by incorporating some striking imagery and unusual puzzles. While some objects you'll pick up have obvious uses, others are a lot more obscure, and as a result, some challenges are more intuitive than others. Harvey's Box doesn't make the mistake of hiding items in tiny hotspots the way its predecessors did, however, so after some experimenting, you'll have most everything you need to escape laid out in front of you, and all that's left is figuring out how to make it all work together. The ending is abrupt and startling, designed to make you jump, and "winning" is more mystifying than anything else... players hoping for answers to everything the series has set up are going to have to keep hoping. But Rusty Lake has been releasing these games at a solid clip, and, with their by-now signature striking visual style and atmosphere, crafting a story and world that's unfolding piece by piece. Come on, you want to know... what's in the booooooooooox?!
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