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Rusty Lake Hotel (2015) is a surreal point-and-click adventure with a tangential horror narrative. While set in the same universe as the other games in the Rusty Lake series, it tells its own standalone story that only shares loose connections with the other games. The strange humour and surreal horror elements along with its unique story, which sees you preparing a set of unusual meals for 5 guests, is what sets it apart.

In the Rusty Lake Hotel, five mysterious anthropomorphised animal guests arrive for a week-long stay, each with their own reasons for visiting and backstories to uncover. It's your job to prepare five meals for them to eat while they stay, and to uncover the hidden mystery lying beneath the surface.

The meals you give to the guests are ranked according to what optional ingredients you add to them, such as blackberries, rosemary and beans. To find these ingredients and other secrets, you need to solve strange logic-based puzzles that require you to think outside the box and come at them from lots of different angles, such as shocking the bird guest a certain number of times or putting a different amount of water in certain flasks.

It's a unique game that presents a different perspective on the Rusty Lake universe and offers a new selection of varied puzzles and clues to piece together the series' complex lore.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Rusty Lake Hotel 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Point-and-Click game with Adventure elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 3 hours to complete. Depending on how many ingredients you want to find, and how many secrets you uncover, the time to beat will vary. Prior experience with eh Rusty Lake games will likewise help you to understand the puzzles more quickly.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Horror.

In one instance, you need to give a human-like bird a severe electric shock, during which their skeleton is visible, and which seemingly kills them, as afterwards, they appear pale, with white eyes and beak.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The puzzles are very difficult to solve.


Rusty Lake Hotel usually costs £1.99.

Rusty Lake Hotel

Steam Store PC £1.99
Steam Store Mac £1.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2016

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click and Adventure

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

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