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Cube Escape: Paradox is Rusty Lake’s weirdest, most ambitious title yet

The tenth title in Rusty Lake's Cube Escape series arrives alongside a mysterious, twenty-minute short film that's critical to the gameplay.

Published onSeptember 21, 2018

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  • Rusty Lake has released its latest puzzle adventure title, Cube Escape: Paradox.
  • The title arrives alongside a twenty-minute short film made specifically for it. 
  • Players must solve puzzles within the game based on clues found in the footage. 

The Rusty Lake team has released its latest game, Cube Escape: Paradox, in the Google Play Store (via Droid Gamers). The new adventure, backed on Kickstarter earlier this year, is the tenth title in Rusty Lake’s core Cube Escape series.

These oddball, point and click games see you tackle a series of puzzles to progress through a mysterious narrative. They’re generally fairly short — these aren’t endlessly replayable arcade titles — but they’ve amassed an avid following with help from their eerie writing and art.

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Rusty Lake’s new venture comes with a twist in that it’s accompanied by clips from its purpose-built indie flick, Paradox – A Rusty Lake Short Film. Players will have to piece together puzzles using both footage from its twenty-minute film and what’s found during the regular gameplay.

It’s a bold move for an independent Android developer and you won’t find many Android games — of which there are gazillions in the Play Store — attempting to deliver a narrative like this. On that basis alone, it might be worth a look. 

We’ve talked about the Rusty Lake games many times before and you’ll find them on several of our best Android games lists. But they’re certainly not for everyone, and if you haven’t liked them in the past, I can’t see Cube Escape: Paradox changing your mind. If you do like these little spookers, however, this may be the best one yet. 

Cube Escape: Paradox is free to play for the first half, but you’ll have to pay for the second chapter. This is usually $2.99 on Steam (though it’s on sale for 10 percent off until September 27) and the Google Play price should be roughly the same. If you’re keen, download the first Paradox chapter at the link below.

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