Rule of Rose

  • 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
Mikel Reparaz

After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.

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