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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: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  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. Apr 1, 2015
    10
    It is a complicated game with a complicated plot and story itself, so you have to pay attention when you play this game for you have - in yourIt is a complicated game with a complicated plot and story itself, so you have to pay attention when you play this game for you have - in your opinion - a satisfactory ending and understand the story, because, as i said before it's complicated to understand but it does not affect in the mysterious and dark atmosphere of the game. A surreal world, that you believe it's real... Insanity, cruelty, torture, that is what make a game interesting, the use of real things on a unreal thing, and this game is a good example of this. Expand
  3. Apr 20, 2020
    9
    A horror game not for the faint of heart.

    A mysterious game with beautiful imagery that you really can't forget. While the plot is so
    A horror game not for the faint of heart.

    A mysterious game with beautiful imagery that you really can't forget. While the plot is so confusing you may have to play it more than once to get it, it is still a great game. The game play is fine with hard battles to stress how helpless your main character is in this world, but may become annoying to many players.

    Instead of focusing on death or common supernatural monsters like demons and zombies, this game focuses on more realistic fears such as humiliation, the cruelty that children can have to other children, having to hurt innocent things, and other more grounded fears (though there is monster elements). The game also uses the unreliable storyteller, where much of the visuals and story are purely symbolic in the way a dream is, giving the game a feel like Alice in Wonderland where Alice was bullied by other girls until it changed her Wonderland into a nightmare.

    I truly hope this game doesn't get forgotten.
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  4. 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
  5. Dec 13, 2019
    8
    Uma trama Sinistra com jogabilidade difícil de lidar
    Rule of Rose e simplesmente um jogo que foge de todos os padrões de jogos lançado de sua
    Uma trama Sinistra com jogabilidade difícil de lidar
    Rule of Rose e simplesmente um jogo que foge de todos os padrões de jogos lançado de sua época, com uma trama sinistra, sua historia rege muito bem o lado do bem e do mal, com uma narrativa extremamente interessante esse game se torno um dos meus Jogos favoritos do Playstation 2.

    Mas como nem tudo são flores, Rule of Rose tem um lado amargo, lado esse que afasta a grande parte dos jogadores que entra no seu universo sombrio. a jogabilidade em combate e extremamente desbalanceada, favorecendo quase cem por cento o inimigo, o combate sempre e visto como um desafio chato e difícil, qualquer vacilo o seu fim e eminente, sem variedade de armas, o combate se torna quase um parto. Rule of Rose segue os passos da sua inspiração, INSPIRADO em Silent Hill ele tinha um dever dificil de seguir, conseguiu quase por completo, sua jogabilidade em combate fez com que o titulo amargasse uma recepção morna.
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  6. Jan 20, 2016
    7
    Story is great. Really great.
    The ambiance and world building is great.
    The game play is not so great. Controls are clunky and combat is
    Story is great. Really great.
    The ambiance and world building is great.
    The game play is not so great. Controls are clunky and combat is basically pointless to try. Boss fights are a slog.
    I don't remember the puzzles too much (which is telling on its own) but I don't recall them being particularly deep or clever.
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  7. Aug 3, 2018
    3
    Una buena idea, buena historia para una jugabilidad desastrosa. Y en los videojuegos eso es lo mas importante. Hay survival horror buenísimosUna buena idea, buena historia para una jugabilidad desastrosa. Y en los videojuegos eso es lo mas importante. Hay survival horror buenísimos en ps2 como para perder el tiempo con este juego, por muy cotizado que esté y por mucho gusto que les de a los coleccionistas tenerlo entre sus manos. El juego es malo y no hay más. Expand

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#19 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
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#16 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006