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Rule of Rose (PlayStation 2)

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Description

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.

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Rule of Rose PlayStation 2 A full inventory with some interesting items
Rule of Rose PlayStation 2 Close-up on an item you found
Rule of Rose PlayStation 2 Those "story books" are enigmatic short tales with strange childish art you'll collect along the way
Rule of Rose PlayStation 2 A very strange scene. Was there a macabre cult? A desolate prayer? A sacrifice? Play the game and find out... much later

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Nothing is scarier than scary kids אולג 小奥 (170185) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

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
Quebec Gamers Jan 31, 2011 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Freaks 365 Sep 12, 2006 7.1 out of 10 71
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 28, 2006 14 out of 20 70
Just Adventure Sep 12, 2006 B- 67
PSX Extreme Oct 24, 2006 6.7 out of 10 67
GameSpot Sep 22, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Defunct Games Nov 02, 2006 55 out of 100 55

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Trivia

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