RUSTY LAKE: PARADISE
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on January 31, 2018
It is time to return to one of my favorite lakeside retreats: Rusty Lake. Yes game fans, Rusty Lake is back... with a vengeance! This time around, just being creepy isn't enough, no sir; the people at Rusty Lake decided it was time to up the ante and unleash the ten biblical plagues upon their world! Enter, Rusty Lake: Paradise...
If you have played a Rusty Lake game before, you probably know that nothing is what it seems in this eerie and mildly disturbing world. Rusty Lake: Paradise is no exception to this rule and takes us on a trip to the ancestral island home of one Jacob Eilander, firstborn son of the Eilander family. Jacob returns to the island after his mother passes away under suspicious circumstances. It is up to you to discover the truth and solve the mystery of her death.
As I've come to expect from any Rusty Lake game, things go from normal to freaky with the speed of light. You meet up with your family members and start solving puzzles in order to unravel the mystery surrounding the island. Although the world of Rusty Lake looks a lot like ours, things just seem off somehow. And that's only the start! As you progress through the game, things will only get weirder and weirder.
The game is literally riddled with puzzles for you to solve. It is divided into ten chapters; one for each of the ancient plagues of Egypt. Your goal in each of these chapters is to find the memories of your deceased mother and bring them to a small temple-like structure on the shores of the lake. In doing so, you vanquish the plague and continue on to the next. Of course, it's never as simple as walking around until you find the memory you are looking for. Before you can even think of collecting the memory, you must First solve a series of puzzles, ranging from mildly disturbing to just plain freaky.
What I like most about the Rusty Lake games is the fact that literally everything can turn freaky in the blink of an eye. Something that starts off normal usually goes awry in seconds. The story twists and turns and keeps you wondering what will happen next. The cast of characters, your family, is awesomely weird and unhelpful. For every piece of the puzzle, you will have to find something they need or want, which can range anywhere from something simple like an ice cream to a pair of replacement eyes for your blind sister.
Visually, Rusty Lake: Paradise is in line with the rest of the Rusty Lake games. The cool-looking hand drawn characters may not be the most realistic the gaming industry has ever seen, but they fit the theme and feel of the game perfectly. Plus, there is a level of creepiness about them that you wouldn't achieve with perfectly rendered 3D models.
The only downside to the Rusty Lake games is that they, just like every other point-'n-click adventure game, do not offer a lot in terms of replay value. Sure, you could just play them for the story and still have fun, but once you've completed all the puzzles, the surprise is gone and I don't think you will be eager to play the same game again for quite some time, depending on how good your memory is. But, seeing as how the developers come up with a brand new game in what seems to be almost no time flat, you can be sure that your adventures at Rusty Lake are far from over!
With everything said and done, I dare conclude that Rusty Lake: Paradise is the single best game the developers at Rusty Lake ever made. And although I personally think that some of them might be in dire need of some serious counseling, I sincerely hope they never stop being weird! I can't wait for them to regale us with new tales of strange and horrifying adventures on the single best lake in the world: Rusty Lake!
RUSTY LAKE: PARADISE
January 11, 2018