New game release: 'The White Door' slides between puzzling routines and lucid dreams

'The White Door' channels a different aspect of its franchise's Lynchian vibe. — Picture courtesy of Rusty Lake
'The White Door' channels a different aspect of its franchise's Lynchian vibe. — Picture courtesy of Rusty Lake

NEW YORK, Jan 11 — The unique, acclaimed Rusty Lake Hotel adventure series returns with a new perspective.

After a dozen entries to the expanded Rusty Lake franchise, spread between the free Cube Escape locked room puzzles and a trio of inexpensive, eerie Rusty Lake mysteries, it's time for something different.

Copenhagen-based studio Rusty Lake, which shares a name with its most famous franchise, brings players to a new location — a whitewashed mental health facility — where one Robert Hill wakes up with no idea of who he is or why he's there.

While The White Door still fits within the Rusty Lake series, it adopts a new perspective and a new story-telling device, and the story as a whole lands on a more contemplative, even tragic note.

Each day is framed by a selection of activities at the institution, tied off with a dream illuminating aspects of the patient's fragmented past.

Instead of a side-view as in Cube Escape and previous Rusty Lake entries, players view much of Robert's movements from a more disconnected bird's eye vantage.

Not only that, but The White Door display is divided in two, directing attention towards close-up angles or conversation subtitles.

Newcomers to the series might like to start with the ten short, free Cube Escape games to get a feel for the Rusty Lake universe and build up a bit of additional context for The White Door story.

The three remaining Rusty Lake games (Rusty Lake Hotel, Rusty Lake: Roots and Rusty Lake Paradise) also provide more understanding, though in a slightly different manner.

While The White Door is as challenging as its predecessors, with the aim of making Robert's story more accessible even so, and in keeping with studio tradition, Rusty Lake's developers have gone to the trouble of posting up an official chapter-by-chapter guide on their YouTube channel.

The White Door is available to download from iOS and Android and on Mac and PC through the Steam and stores. — AFP-Relaxnews

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