Rule of Rose PlayStation 2

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8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

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  • Summary: March, 1930. A young girl named Jennifer, whose parents were killed in a tragic airship accident, is taken to the Rose Garden Orphanage, located in a remote portion of the English countryside. What Jennifer discovers is a dilapidated building and a ragtag mob of children who call themselvesMarch, 1930. A young girl named Jennifer, whose parents were killed in a tragic airship accident, is taken to the Rose Garden Orphanage, located in a remote portion of the English countryside. What Jennifer discovers is a dilapidated building and a ragtag mob of children who call themselves the "Aristocracy of the Red Crayon." The demented residents of Rose Garden kidnap Jennifer and take her into the dark heart of an impossibly large zeppelin, on a meandering course for a distant land. Now, with the help of a canine companion named Brown, Jennifer has to find valuable gifts for the Aristocracy, or suffer a fatal punishment for her insolence...Befriend a faithful dog and work together to locate crucial items. Intense melee combat against bloodthirsty monsters. Multiple endings and hidden extras. [Atlus USA] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 44
  2. Negative: 7 out of 44
  1. AceGamez
    90
    Action junkies looking for the next Resident Evil might find the pace a little slow, and the core gameplay doesn't do anything wildly different, but this is still a wonderful psychological thriller that will draw you in with its bizarrely compelling narrative, atmospheric presentation and thoughtful story-based gameplay.
  2. Play Magazine
    75
    I think everyone should experience this game, especially horror fans, but in order to do so, you're going to have to suffer through times of sheer agony--just like poor, unlucky Jennifer. [Oct. 2006, p. 53]
  3. If the story doesn't grab you, then you can probably pass on Rule of Rose. Its other elements aren't nearly as satisfying.
  4. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    Blends the stuff of nightmares with stylish sound and graphics. Sadly, the developer should have spent longer on the gameplay. [Dec 2006, p.90]
  5. There's no denying that Rule of Rose is extremely pretty, atmospheric and disturbing. Unfortunately, it fails on just about every other level. The gameplay is tedious, the scares are nonexistent and Jennifer is such a cringing, passive non-entity that you'll likely identify more with her malevolent (but strangely endearing) tormenters.
  6. With its creepy cast and giant flying machine, Rule of Rose manages to scare up some real suspense. But too much of the game feels like a chore for me to recommend this survival horror experience.
  7. Edge Magazine
    30
    It’s just a murky brew of meaningless, exploitative dysfunction filling an empty game, and it leaves a bitter taste. [Dec 2006, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    10
    I have never played this game before but I watched a walkthrough on Youtube through one sitting and what I saw was a game with storyline tooI have never played this game before but I watched a walkthrough on Youtube through one sitting and what I saw was a game with storyline too cruel- yet too beautiful- to go untold, and it massive use of symbolism and the perspective of a child in the cruel situation/life is what made me give it a 10/10 Expand
  2. RobertB.
    Sep 19, 2006
    9
    A diamond in the rough -- just needed polish.
  3. AnthonyS.
    Aug 22, 2007
    9
    A beautiful, twisted horror game. Parts are slow and searching gets repetitive, but the story makes it well worth it.
  4. SnakeC.
    Sep 26, 2006
    9
    A worthy adventure.
  5. ValerieS
    Apr 12, 2008
    8
    Beautiful images, amazing story, creepy children, and a dog are the real shine of this game. Very enjoyable until you have to fight. Much Beautiful images, amazing story, creepy children, and a dog are the real shine of this game. Very enjoyable until you have to fight. Much like a Silent Hill battle system, but much clunkier(it is possible). .Not really scary but the backtracking can get a bit tedious and the dog dosn't always lead you to the right spot. But unraveling the story chapter by chapter in a fairy tale essence is worth at least one playthrough Expand
  6. Pfil
    Jul 16, 2006
    7
    Finally, a scary horror game! Ignoring some controller issues and especially difficult boss battles, Rule of Rose is friggin' creepy and Finally, a scary horror game! Ignoring some controller issues and especially difficult boss battles, Rule of Rose is friggin' creepy and interesting. Expand
  7. Jun 23, 2015
    4
    This game isn't very scary when compared to any other PS2 horror series. The story starts off slow enough that you may not want to get intoThis game isn't very scary when compared to any other PS2 horror series. The story starts off slow enough that you may not want to get into it. The graphics and animation are nothing special except for some filter overlays. Not recommended even though its hard to find. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#44 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006