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Rusty Lake Hotel, a game about dinner parties and murder, is free on Steam

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Rusty Lake Hotel is a surreal point-and-click adventure about a series of elegant dinner parties and the sophisticated diners who attend them. Your role, as a sort of ghostly maître d', is to ensure that all the guests are properly served, and I don't want to spoil things too much but I will say that if "served" in this context brings to mind a certain famous 1950s sci-fi short story, you're on the right track.

Hotel is the game that got me into the Rusty Lake/Cube Escape series, and it remains one of my favorites of the bunch. And now you can discover what it's all about yourself, for free: Until May 1, the full game is free for the taking on Steam. It's also been given a major update that adds a number of significant features, including:

  • 18 new translations
  • Steam achievements and Steam Cloud Save
  • Fullscreen function
  • And a way to replay each room!

If you give it a go (and I would strongly encourage you to do so) and like what you see, the rest of the Rusty Lake games are on sale for half-price as well, until May 3. For even more free games, be sure to keep up with our lists of best free PC games, best free games on Steam, best browser games, and all the free games you can grab right now.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.