Cube Escape: Seasons
Cube Escape: The Lake
[Note: Please be warned that these games contain content some may find disturbing.]
Things aren't what they seem in Rusty Lake's deceptively serene and surreal escape game Cube Escape: Seasons, also free for iOS and Android, and the start of a new series alongside Cube Escape: The Lake. In Seasons, you'll take a trip through your memories in a small, quiet house that holds a lot more secrets than you expect. In The Lake, the water is calm outside your little fishing hut, which doesn't seem to have very much in it apart from some old cabinets, a fishing rod... and a knife. Click around to interact and pick things up, though be warned that the cursor won't change if it passes over something you can use, so you'll need to be diligent. Items with a magnifying glass in your inventory can be clicked to view close up, while others can be used where you like by clicking them once to pick them up, and then again wherever you want to try to use them. Some items can be used more than once... occasionally in the same fashion. The small arrows at the edges of the screen will let you move and look around the room, and the white arrows on the right side of the screen will let you scroll up and down through your inventory. You may want to play Seasons first, as there's something you can find (and make a note of) there that will change the ending of The Lake.
It's safe to say that Cube Escape is shaping up to be a seriously captivating series, thanks in no small part to its striking visual style and unsettling effects. Part of the enjoyment comes from catching all the little details as you explore, and Rusty Lake knows how to mix the otherworldly with the mundane in a way that sticks with you. Seasons is significantly longer than The Lake, and thus a lot more complex. Some of its puzzles definitely operate on their own sort of logic, forcing you to think outside the box, and at times you might be stymied thanks to some fiddly hotspots to click on, or have visual clues in the scenery that might blend in a bit too well. Despite that, the way it unfolds with its blend of moments shocking one moment and skin-crawling the next, gives an intriguing sense of wrongness that compels you to unravel it. The whole thing feels like a dreamy slowly going wrong, and if you apply dream logic to it, you'll be much better off with its more creative mechanics. Though The Lake is significantly short, it still packs a punch with its atmosphere, though even with the special code from Seasons it still feels like it ends rather abruptly without developing the overarching plot significantly. Together, however, they make a big impact, and fans of dark horror where most everything is up to interpretation will find themselves eagerly awaiting more.
Cube Escape: Seasons (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
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Cube Escape: The Lake (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)
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