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DescriptionThe events of the game take place in England in the 1930s, and its story crosses the borders between reality and imagination. Jennifer is a young girl who has lost her memory and now finds herself on a bus, holding a storybook given to her by an enigmatic little boy. Following the boy into the dark countryside, Jennifer discovers a strange orphanage. Soon she finds herself trapped in an area controlled by a group of twisted orphan children, who call themselves the Red Crayon Aristocrats. Unwillingly, Jennifer has to obey the rules of this society's hierarchy, re-discover her own past, and distinguish between reality and nightmare...
Rule of Rose is an adventure game with survival horror elements. Jennifer is exceptionally weak even for a typical protagonist of this genre; though she can fight (sometimes with improvised melee weapons, such as pipes), often the alternative to fighting is running away. A unique gameplay feature is Brown, a Labrador retriever dog who accompanies Jennifer throughout the game. The player is able to issue commands to Brown. Though he cannot fight, his growl will deter many of the enemies Jennifer may encounter. Brown's ability to track items is also widely used in the game, whether for plot-related purposes or for finding health restoratives, raising Jennifer's chances of surviving.
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TriviaThe UK version was supposed to be released on 24th November 2006, but on that day publisher 505 GameStreet announced to have cancelled the game due to several European politicians lashing the game's obscene cruelty and brutality. For other European countries, the ratings boards PEGI and the Interactive Software and Video Standards Council still judged the title suitable for release, however. Three days later distributor Red Ant Enterprises Pty Ltd. confirmed the game was cancelled in Australia and New Zealand as well. It was scheduled for a February 2007 release there.
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Carl-Henrik (660) added Rule of Rose (PlayStation 2) on Oct 29, 2006