Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Rusty Lake Paradise, a private island of your family. You get a letter from your father to come back home as your mother has passed away. While your family is happy to see you, they are anything but ordinary folks. Make me sort of think of some like some homesteader cult out in some Alaskan wild country. It seems they are suddenly cursed with biblical style plagues, and you just want to know what happened to your mother.
Each chapter of the story is a plaque, for 10 total. You must solve each plague through many puzzles that can get rather challenging. In my three hours of playing, I did complete the story, and I do not want to give away any spoilers. Still, it is a morbidly, twisted, and fascinating story. Very much like a car crash, you can’t look away from it. I had to stop and wonder a few times on what kind of messed up mind came up with such parts, but it was still tantalizing enough to keep going to find out what the heck is going on. I was disappointed, and maybe even a bit upset in the ending, not because the end was terrible but because what happens to you in it. After all you have done for them!
There are also a lot of achievements in the game if you are into that sort of thing. When I completed the story, I had 24 of the 50 completed through natural gameplay. I was shocked that I missed so much! After you complete the story, you can go back to the individual chapters and redo an episode to look for more hidden achievements. I think it is this drive to finish achievements that give the game its only kind of replayability. There are also plenty of guides out there to help find achievements.
Speaking of guides, there is also plenty to help with the puzzles. I will admit with chapter nine astrological stuff, I was getting stumped and had to look up some help. I ended up using AppUnwrapper’s guide, which was very easy to follow. After I finished the game, I noticed there is also a walkthrough guide link within the game to the developer’s site.
There are two other Rusty Lake stories made by the same developer. All three games are cheap, so while I am a sale kind of girl, I would pay for this full price since they are only a few bucks each. I plan on trying the other two out simply because of this game. I do recommend this game if you are not totally grossed out by a bit of a morbid storyline.
Game: Rusty Lake Paradise
Developer: Rusty Lake
Publisher: Rusty Lake
Initial Release Date: January 11, 2018