The Rusty Lake Contests are not fictional, inside the Rusty Lake game universe. They are actual contests that are held by the Rusty Lake developers for various prizes.
Rusty Lake Hotel Christmas ContestEdit
In this contest, fans email the Rusty Lake to tell them which Cube Escape game didn't have a single item on the Rusty Lake Christmas Postcard 2015. The correct answer was Cube Escape: The Mill. The contest is now over, and 20 lucky winners (Marta, J. Zhang, Sandra, Cambria, Kirelle, Jim B, Salah, Steph L., Renata, Sofia, E Yang, James, Egor, Jamz159, Roosterking, Cooper, Mars, Elizabeth, Ben, and Arshia) got Rusty Lake Hotel for free on desktop or iOS. This contest began on December 24th, 2015, and ended on December 28th, 2015.
Rusty Lake Hotel Steam Giveaway Edit
In this contest, players were asked to comment on their favorite moment in Cube Escape. Winners would get a Steam download key for Rusty Lake Hotel. Over 150 names were put into a random name picking tool, and 20 were chosen. Originally there were 10 keys, but this was increased to 20. The winners were: Caellaigh K., Der Piccolo, Ido Z., Lesser K., Dušan S., Henning W., Anastasia T., Max @ Twitter, Carlos M., Balbina R., Mr. Flow, Guinho de L., Aleksandra Ż., Doltface, Salah, Xardes, Dana B., Tomislav P., Alison Y., and Max W. This contest began on February 12th, 2016, and ended on February 15th, 2016.
Rusty Lake Gin Tonic ContestEdit
In this contest, players must visit the Rusty Lake Blog to be informed of a 'new drink', a Gin Tonic. If this drink is made in Cube Escape: Theatre, it will indeed make you a gin tonic. This cocktail may be given to Bob, but there will be no effects until he leaves to go into the bathroom. Afterwards, there will be two extra notes on the pilsener coasters, but only one coaster will be of any use. It'll tell the player: "Play BADEGG on the piano". If B-A-D-E-G-G is played on the theatre's piano, Harvey will jump out of the hole where the Hand should be, and begin singing to the Woman's favorite song. Afterwards, a letter will be given to the player by the Hand. When the letter is clicked on, the player is re-directed to a page which enrolls them in the contest. The contest is now over, but 100 lucky winners were mailed prizes. If the gin tonic was made before the contest was officially announced, the link would instead lead to a separate webpage congratulating the player on finding the secret themselves. This contest started on April 20th, 2016, and ended on May 15th, 2016.
Rusty Lake: Roots Family ContestEdit
In this contest, fans tagged family members with them on social media, to "show their roots". There were 50 winners, and they all were sent a free copy of Rusty Lake: Roots. This contest began on November 23rd, 2016, and ended on December 5th, 2016.
Rusty Lake: Roots Christmas ContestEdit
In this contest, fans emailed photos of themselves with the printed Rusty Lake Christmas Postcard 2016. The prize is a New Year's Card from Rusty Lake. 50 lucky winners got a New Year's Card with a secret message on it. This contest began on December 25th, 2016, and ended on December 29th, 2016.
Rusty Lake Hotel Giveaway Edit
After the success of Rusty Lake Hotel, Rusty Lake decided to do a giveaway. There were originally 20 Steam keys, but Rusty Lake decided to add 10 more. One enrolls by commenting on the blog, or by subscribing to the newsletter. The contest has now ended, and 30 lucky winners were contacted to receive their prize, a free Steam download key for Rusty Lake Hotel. This contest began on January 23rd, 2017, and ended on January 30th, 2017.
Rusty Lake: Roots Giveaway Edit
To celebrate the success of Rusty Lake: Roots, Rusty Lake decided to do a giveaway. There are 50 available Steam download keys for Roots. To participate, a person needs to comment on a post announcing the contest, and subscribe to Rusty Lake's mailing list. This contest began on February 20th, 2017, and ended on February 24th, 2017.
Cube Escape: The Cave Secret PrizeEdit
In this contest, players need to find the coordinations to different locations on the map in the Submarine. After a bit of given coordinates, a folder can be found allowing the player to enter the contest. The first prize is the painting of the Cave done by Johan Scherft, along with 10 postcards and 50 Steam keys for Rusty Lake: Roots. On April 14th, 2017, the developers released a clue on social media, pointing to the three locations the player needs to visit to eventually find the location of the hidden box containing the folder. The winner, Yuxuan, received a painting of the Cave's entrance by Johan Scherft. Other prizes included 5 Rusty Lake posters, 10 Rusty Lake postcards, and 50 free copies of Rusty Lake: Roots. This contest began on March 23rd, 2017, when Cube Escape: The Cave was released, and ended on April 31, 2017. The winners were contacted on May 10, 2017.
Mr. Crow Painting ContestEdit
A Mr. Crow painting was created by Painting with Jane, and Rusty Lake decided to hold a contest. To participate, you need to post your Mr. Crow artwork, which can be anything from a painting to a cosplay photo, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag it, or email it to Rusty Lake. The winner, Arty Hearty Life, who was randomly selected out of 30 participants, will receive the painting. This contest began on March 29th, 2017, and ended on April 10th, 2017.
#2yearsrustylake Anniversary Contest Edit
To celebrate their 2-year anniversary, Rusty Lake decided to hold a contest. To participate, a person needs to print, cut out, and glue together this template to make their own paper cube of the Room, and post it on social media with the tag #CubeEscapeSeasons or #2yearsrustylake, for a chance to win a secret prize, which was a Rusty Lake poster and postcard. There were 3 winners (phoebec_14, orealgreenleaf, and valevalium), who were randomly chosen out of more than 50 participants. This contest began on April 25, 2017, and ended on June 1, 2017.
Black Cube Contest Edit
The developers posted a photo of a black cube on social media and asked users to identify which city it is located in. The correct answer was Porto, Portugal. There are 3 winners, each of whom received a Rusty Lake postcard. They were Patrick Leonardo (Facebook), nfmetin (Twitter), and mariashikigami (Instagram). This contest began on May 13, 2017, and ended on May 22, 2017.
New Game Item Edit
On July 9, 2017, the developers offered fans the chance to add an item to their upcoming game.Suggested items must be from before the 18th Century, and appropriate for an island setting.
Rusty Lake: Roots Social Media Giveaway Edit
To celebrate reaching follower milestones, Rusty Lake decided to give away 50 Steam keys for Rusty Lake: Roots on Facebook and 15 keys on Instagram. To have a chance to win the key, fans need to comment on or like the post announcing it. The Facebook post went up on July 16, 2017, and the Instagram post on July 18, 2017. Winners will be contacted on July 24, 2017.
- The secret message on the Rusty Lake New Year's Card shows a cube and the letters C-A-V-E, hinting at the appearance of the Cave in Cube Escape: The Cave.
- The creation of the Mr. Crow Painting Contest marked the first time two contests ran concurrently, as the Cube Escape: The Cave Secret Prize contest had not finished yet.
- The Cube Escape: The Cave Secret Prize contest is described as ending on April 31, but there is no such date. The proper date would be May 1, the day after April 30.