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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Rusty Lake: Roots 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 16 months ago.
You play James Vanderboom, who returns to the Rusty Lake area as the sole heir of his family, inheriting the ancient family house. You piece together your long and complex family tree from the 1860s to the 1930s, uncovering hidden secrets and long-lost ancestors as you piece together the dark and uneasy story of your past.
You progress through the game by expanding your family tree, a literal tree you water and nurture to help it grow. This unlocks new levels, corresponding to different family members, reaching backwards through time.
Gameplay is similar to other Rusty Lake games; you collect items and use them to complete puzzles and unlock hints. For example, you can find a code on a letter, which you can use to unlock a case containing useful items, or giving people in a photo specific hats to unlock a secret. While the puzzles are very difficult, they are always doable given your current information (or access to it), making it a challenge with great reward.
It's a unique game and entry into the Rusty lake franchise, with a unique setting and story to tell, that offers unique puzzles, progression systems, and a chance to muse deeply on the game's complex story and many mysteries.
There are some creepy sections, and blood and gore is frequently present.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. As well as the horror elements and violence/blood and gore, the game's puzzles are extremely complex, often requiring a great deal of patience and lateral thinking to beat, making it more suited to older teens.
Release Date: 20/10/2016
Price: 33% off
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Genres: Point-and-Click (Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle)
Accessibility: 18 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
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