Rule of Rose (PlayStation 2)

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The 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.


Rule of Rose PlayStation 2 This weird thing will save your game and give a few hints
Rule of Rose PlayStation 2 You can try and attack non-hostile characters - but you can't hurt them, no matter how creepy they are
Rule of Rose PlayStation 2 Another scary scene - Jennifer is being tormented...
Rule of Rose PlayStation 2 Jennifer is petting her dog Brown - certainly the game's most original gameplay element, and a heart-warming one too!

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Nothing is scarier than scary kids Cor 13 (174226) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

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Softpedia Dec 20, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Nuts Nov 03, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay RPG Mar, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Freaks 365 Sep 12, 2006 7.1 out of 10 71 Nov 28, 2006 14 out of 20 70
PSX Extreme Oct 24, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
GameSpy Sep 12, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Video Game Talk Sep 17, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Diehard GameFan Sep 21, 2006 5.5 out of 10 55 Dec 13, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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The 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 (640) added Rule of Rose (PlayStation 2) on Oct 29, 2006