James Vanderboom's life drastically changes when he plants a special seed in the garden of the house he has inherited. Expand your bloodline by unlocking portraits in the tree of life.

Rusty Lake: Roots is the second premium point-and-click adventure by Rusty Lake, the creators of the Cube Escape series and Rusty Lake Hotel.


- Pick-up-and-play:
Easy to start but hard to put down.
- Unique storyline:
Experience the beginning and end of characters' lives and build your own family tree.
- More than 33 levels:
The biggest Rusty Lake game so far is filled with puzzles
- Full of suspense and atmosphere:
Switching from calm to very dark moments
- Immersive soundtrack:
Each level has its own theme song and variations
- Achievements:
The tree has more secrets to unravel

Tap on the arrows, drag or swipe to navigate around the environment. Some objects you can drag. Interact with people and objects by tapping. Select found items in your inventory and tap somewhere on screen to use them.

We will unfold the Rusty Lake story one step at a time. So check every day for new content and follow us: @rustylakecom.

What’s New

Version 1.2

Thank you for playing Rusty Lake: Roots! We fixed a few bugs in this new version.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
555 Ratings

555 Ratings

Dubs1 ,

Another brilliant piece of storytelling by the twisted minds at rusty lake

The puzzles are more compact this time around, but it doesn't make them any easier - they always seem to find the perfect balance of challenging and thought provoking very nicely. The story adds so much information to the rusty lake series which I loved every moment of...this one is probable less scary, but it can be very disturbing at times which I always love. The story ties a lot together from their previous games, so recommend playing those first and you will understand this so much better and give you that 'ooohhhh - no way!' factor/reaction. Plus, once you 'beat' the game there's extra secrets/content with some REALLY challenging puzzles, but it's always satisfying and worth these guys are nice enough to put a link in the game right to a walkthrough if you ever get stuck...another brilliant story told rusty lake style, and I can't wait for their next game in the series which they say will be out sometime soon!

Suski33 ,

I DO NOT want this ride to end

In all fairness I’m writing this review before having finished “Roots.” I am a little over halfway through, and am parceling out the remaining chapters like pillow mints, one or two a day to make the experience last - and that ain’t easy, kid. “Roots” has everything...and more. Superb puzzles that feel organic in moving the story along. And what a story - replete with well-crafted characters whose motives and emotions are so bizarrely human. And all achieved without dialogue, only through unique artwork and audio effects. Perhaps it is inaccurate to think of “Roots,” (or any of the Cube escapes) as devastatingly dark comedy, but I do chuckle while I shudder. And the gleeful anticipation I had before playing this game could’ve led to disappointment. But I really should know better than to worry about a letdown when Rusty Lake’s involved. Silly me.

RatFink64 ,

My fave Rusty Lake game / reset explained

This game is really one of the best but I am stuck at level 22; I inadvertently moved the bandages off screen and now I cannot complete the game because there seems no way to get them back. I am afraid if I reset that the entire game will start over? I tried to contact support but they told me to check the walk through. If I can un-stick this problem I’ll bump my rating up to 5 stars because otherwise this truly is one of the best games around. Just wish I could complete it!

Edit: Rusty Lakes support person told me that if you choose to reset from within a level it gives you the option to reset just that level or the entire game. So... problem solved! Now that I’ve finished all the RL games I am hoping there will be a new one in the near future.

Developer Response ,

Hi sorry for this glitch, please reset the level in settings and try again! Let us know if it helped:


Rusty Lake B.V.
104.8 MB

Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence


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