Top 25 Must-Play Video Games: Rule of Rose (#25)

25 July 2011
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    Starting at number 25 we have Punchline’s 2006 Survival Horror game for the Playstation 2, Rule of Rose. Take a look at the cinematic trailer!

    Buy Rule of Rose for PS2Set in England during the 1930’s, Rule of Rose follows 19 year-old Jennifer.
    Trapped on an airship, a vicious hierarchy of orphaned girls named ‘The Red Crayon Aristocrats’ draw Jennifer into their dangerous game. She must find gifts to appease them or punishment will be dealt. So, aided by a canine companion, Jennifer explores the airship for appropriate gifts and searches for a means to escape!

    A game widely criticized for its clumsy, hit and miss gameplay mechanics, Rule of Rose received mixed reviews upon release.

    But what makes this game stand out is its more-than-impressive story line. A dark, complex tale, the game’s saving grace is the reason why it features in our Must Play list, and the reason it shouldn’t be missed.

    Rule of Rose uses a lot of interesting themes rarely seen in video games; intimate relationships, children, what they are capable of in a position of power over adults, and the nature of young girls.

    Pair these thought provoking elements with sumptuous visuals, a creepy-as-hell atmosphere and inspired musical score (composed by Yutaka Minobe,) and you have a truly unique gaming experience. Rule of Rose is quite the anomaly.


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    • joe

      all i ever heard about rule of rose is that it got banned in some countries i wonder what for?

    • Anonymous

      In my country UAE in Middle East here’s the list of games are banned,

      1. Grand Theft Auto
      2. God of War
      3. Darksiders
      4. Dead Rising 2
      5. Call of Duty 4
      6. Heavy Rain

      For some reason I got all of them.

    • Anonymous

      In my country UAE in Middle East here’s the list of games are banned,

      1. Grand Theft Auto
      2. God of War
      3. Darksiders
      4. Dead Rising 2
      5. Call of Duty 4
      6. Heavy Rain

      For some reason I got all of them.

    • Stevie

      This game seriously needs to be turned in a movie!

    • Anonymous

      Without even looking into the games content, some countries banned it on the day of release (the UK for one) based on an Italian PM(?) saying it dealt with inappropriate themes dealing with children…it doesn’t. Another case of the government and media vilifying the games industry.

    • Meg

      I know that it was definitely banned over here in the UK. We had review copies and stock sent over but it was never released!
      It caused a little controversy in other countries but I’m pretty sure it was banned only in the UK :/

      It was because of the underlying sexual and violent themes involving minors (though to say they were subtle is the understatement of the century.)
      I don’t think the game was really understood, which is why its was banned. Its a real shame. It is such a triumph in story, visuals, score and atmosphere.

    • joe

      thanks for letting me know its too bad thats still happening with games getting the short end of the stick in mass media

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny, in the 70’s it was the horror film that was society’s “scape-goat” and now it’s video games!

    • Meg

      That’s cool man 🙂
      It certainly was a real shame. I think review copies and stock if Rule of Rose had already been shipped to the UK.
      They were ready to stock the shelves on the release day, then it was banned lol! It was definitely an oddball situation. xD
      Then again, as you said, the popular debate right now is how video games ‘affect the minds of our youth.’
      Soon they’ll be playing games backwards and finding words like devil being said haha!

    • Meg

      Agreed! I hope they find something new to rave about though, and soon.
      Too many great game developers and titles are in the firing line. :$

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