Rule of Rose review

  • Moody and meticulously beautiful
  • Bizarre but captivating story
  • Mostly excellent voice acting
  • Few scares for horror fans
  • Infuriating load times between rooms
  • Trying to explore while hurt and limping

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. It's still worth a look to try and piece together its unsettlingly weird story, but as an adventure game, Rule of Rose just sort of wilts.

More Info

Release date: Sep 12 2006 - PS2 (US)
Available Platforms: PS2
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Atlus
Developed by: Punchline, Shirogumi
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Intense Violence, Suggestive Themes


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