Cube Escape - The Cave
It's the winter of 1972. In Rusty Lake's latest instalment of the disturbing Cube Escape series, the protagonist rows across the lake to a strange cave full of weird and wonderful goodies, including a dog (how long has it been in there?) and an unfortunate diver who needs your help.
Fans of the series will recognise Rusty Lake's signature surrealist style and weird creepiness in this latest game. After entering the cave, use the mouse to explore your surroundings and collect items to help you escape. The puzzles are a mix of utilising items and mini-game style puzzles, which keeps things interesting. There are a few gruesome moments, so be prepared for that if you are a little squeamish.
There's no changing cursor, so make sure you click everywhere and examine everything carefully. I found this episode to be more logical than previous ones; experienced Cube Escapers will probably have little trouble getting through the first half of this game. If you do get stuck on a particular puzzle, clicking the ? button in the top right hand corner will allow you to watch an ad in exchange for a hint.
This is a satisfying addition to the Cube Escape series, and gives us a number of clues to expand on the previous games. It is quite long, with two distinct sections full of puzzles and challenges. Sharp-eyed players will notice several references to scenes we've seen before in the series, which is a nice reward for long-time fans of the series. If you haven't played the previous instalments, you will enjoy this game much more if you do that first.