A Rose in the Twilight Image
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  • Summary: A girl awakens in a castle void of color and time, affixed with the Curse of Thorns upon her back. After meeting a sleeping giant, the two work together to escape. Help them unravel the mystery of the thorns and the history behind the somber castle.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    A Rose in the Twilight is, in its entirety, a metaphor for the rose itself; it’s a truly beautiful masterpiece, but it’s also a gothic kind of beauty, in that it’s more than happy to stab you sharply, even as you appreciate everything about it. It’s a ravishing, masterful work, that will be played by just a handful, but hopefully remembered for a long time to come.
  2. Apr 4, 2017
    85
    A Rose in the Twilight's dark and atmospheric tone contrasts well with the budding story of friendship between two unlikely individuals but it's the well-crafted and clever puzzles built on just a few simple mechanics that make it a must-play for any puzzle game fan.
  3. Nov 1, 2017
    83
    This is the sort of game that needs to be experienced, rather than played — and if you’re looking for the perfect time of year to do that, it’s right now, so you’d better hurry up and get on it.
  4. Apr 4, 2017
    80
    As a spiritual successor to Firefly Diary, A Rose in the Twilight excels in nearly every way. The simple art style of the game makes the gruesome events of the game even more striking, and you feel for this mysterious, troubled girl and her equally mysterious golem companion, as they traverse death traps and monster mazes in search of answers. It’s a carefully constructed narrative that never once feels hindered or neutered by the lack of direct dialogue. Despite a few encounters that were too vague for my tastes, the puzzles and challenges you face in the game are satisfying and difficult in just the right way. It all comes together in a wonderful package with a few stray flaws, but they hardly end up detracting from an otherwise beautiful experience.
  5. Apr 4, 2017
    75
    A Rose in the Twilight does a lot of things well. It crafts a story and a world that makes me care deeply about its central character, it’s visually spectacular when it’s not killing you with its hard-to-distinguish artwork, and it touches on moods and feelings that most other games don’t even attempt to venture into. For as much creativity as there is to be found throughout those aspects, there isn’t nearly enough in the actual gameplay. If the first half played more like the second half, it would have been an outstanding experience in spite of its short length.
  6. Apr 20, 2017
    70
    A Rose in the Twilight has plenty of good ideas - but they're buried under slow gameplay, a scattered plot, and some frustrating design. Despite all this, there's a solid puzzle-platformer with some touching moments to be found here; and although it's not one I can recommend wholeheartedly, it's fun enough for the price that it's worth checking out.
  7. 50
    A Rose in the Twilight has some interesting ideas, but poor execution turns it into a massive disappointment. Players won’t find brilliant puzzles to solve like in Inside or Hue, and instead are stuck playing a game that only has a strong atmosphere to offer up. That might be enough for some players, and the game is certainly gorgeous, but when the genre is filled with brilliant games, there’s little value in such a flawed one.

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  1. Nov 23, 2017
    9
    A Rose In The Twilight is a wonderful dark fairy-tale of a game, with a bleak atmosphere, a beautiful ethereal soundtrack, and a veryA Rose In The Twilight is a wonderful dark fairy-tale of a game, with a bleak atmosphere, a beautiful ethereal soundtrack, and a very charming, if grim and at points, gruesome story (our silent protagonist Rose...goes through quite a bit trying to find out why she and her Stone Golem companion are in this situation, i'll just say that). It's game-play is solid, and its puzzles inventive and satisfying without needing to utilise a lot of mechanics, even if the solutions can be vague, obtuse and/or requiring precision timing, which can lead to frustration and even overthinking much simpler puzzles down the way. Never the less I would highly recommend this game if you like your creative and atmospheric story based puzzlers, and even more so if you like them with a gothic edge. Expand