Blue Rose is an interactive ‘visual novel’, following the viewpoint of the female knight Lena as she enters an unknown world deep in the mountains. Lena is a Templar of the Blue Rose, living her life to fight and protect her home and country. But what is truly important to her is only just about to reveal itself.
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Mixed (93 reviews) - 68% of the 93 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 17, 2013

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“Deep in the mountains, away from prying eyes
is a refuge unknown to anyone else.
Born of hope
cradled in shadows
this place that only looks forward
is where I found my heart.”


Blue Rose is an interactive ‘visual novel’, following the viewpoint of the female knight Lena as she enters an unknown world deep in the mountains. Lena is a Templar of the Blue Rose, living her life to fight and protect her home and country.

But what is truly important to her is only just about to reveal itself. Pulled away from the front lines of the war, Lena finds herself trapped in a secluded, unknown village in the mountains. For the first time she will make her own decisions – and face the consequences.


Features:
  • 5 routes – 4 guys and 1 girl
  • 10 endings
  • Unlockable mini stories
  • CG and music gallery


What is a Visual Novel?
Step into the shoes of Lena as you go through an interactive novel-style story of text, illustrations, and music, making choices and influencing the plot as you go.

Who will Lena choose as her companion? Will she and the others succeed in opposing the threat that they have uncovered? Make your choices and find out.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP and up
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.4
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
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Mixed (93 reviews)
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Starlynk
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Based on the score so far I expected a crappy short visual novel, but boy was I wrong. This novel was actually a pretty interesting read! Not the best visual novel ever, but much better than the User Reviews would make you think!

The main protagonist can be a little annoying at times, but the other characters are quite interesting and have unique personalities. If you read "their" route you get a bit more background information, which enriches the story a lot. The art is pretty good and the music adds to the atmosphere but is perhaps a little repetitive.

The length of the novel is quite alright as well. Took me almost 5 hours to complete all routes, and that was including skipping text I already read in other routes. All in all I would definitely recommend this game if you like reading visual novels in a fantasy setting.
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keohookalani
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Blue Rose is a Visual Novel set in a fantasy world, where two factions are fighting for domination in a war. Caught up in the middle are ordinary citizens who are trying to make a new life for themselves. Enter the protagonist, Lena, a Templar of the Blue Rose whose actions have implications on the lives of the villagers whether she likes it or not.

I found Blue Rose to be the best VN I have played to date. I am quite aware there are many other VNs out there and many are better than Blue Rose, but for me, this is the one that takes the cake. Admittedly I haven't played as many as other people who review VNs, but that's also because I typically don't like VNs very much. I'm just not a fan of the genre. But this one had me stuck to my computer for several hours reading through the various plot lines.

Sound: The background music was okay. I had no issues with it, nor was I impressed with it.

Graphics: For what seems like an independent group of developers putting this together, I was rather pleased with the attention to detail. Sure, it's not the greatest art in the VN world, but it's definitely above some strange titles like High School Romance or Last Days of Spring.

Controls: I never though I'd need to write about controls in a VN, till I played Last Days of Spring which gives you next to no ability to customize the experience. Blue Rose offers controller support, text skipping both new and previously read messages, auto play, and more. Definitely has what's necessary to make VN'ing a pleasurable experience.

Story: This is truly where Blue Rose shines. While there are the edgings of some standard tropes among the characters, there are also unique characters that are interesting to find out about. Some VNs have this annoying habit of allowing you to 'make' choices but really all you end up with that is different is perhaps 30 lines of story, and a different ending with a different person at the end. As you explore the universe that Blue Rose is set in, you'll discover more about the characters than you thought you would as you explore the different paths. Their motivations become clearer as you explore the different story arcs. As you progress down those different paths, you'll find a very different story plays out each time, though the first main two might be a little similar. But don't skip the bad endings, aside from being part of the achievements, they also fill in gaps and show very interesting aspects of characters when provoked.

Overall: 7.2/10 - I don't even like VNs but this happens to be a very good one. I'm sure people can recommend better, but for me, I was impressed with it. It very much reminded me of the old Choose your own Adventure books where the story actually changed instead of just changing a love interest. VNs tend to run higher in cost, so I can't evaluate price fairly, but I probably wouldn't spend $20 myself. But again, I'm not a fan of the genre. Take that for what it's worth.
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CriminalKarma
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
I loved this game. The characters and there development, the storyline, it's interaction. Everything. Though I would have prefered maybe a few extra stories that showed what happened a year later for all of them. Though I do have to say that I have played many, many, many visual and interactive novels and can confidently say that this has become my favorite.

I really really hope to see a sequal soon! If so please email me when the beta and game comes out!

Goodluck!
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tigerelfe
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Blue Rose is a VN i enjoyed reading.
It takes places in a Fantasyworld with a female Maincharacter.
With every Path you take you find more out about the Background of the interesting Characters.
I liked the Fact, that sometimes i could not only decide what Sentence to say, but also with whom i want to talk.
The Music was very nice and fitting to the different Scenes. The anime Art Style is something you either like or not.
When reading all of it you notice that the Author has some favorite Words or Expressions that show up now and then. Sometimes there are small Mistakes in the Text, but no major Issues there.
All in all it is a lovely little Fantasy VN which i can recommend to those who like them. But i would not pay the full Price for it.
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ZanyScum
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
This is a very nice story and you never know what will happen because it is not one of "the" standard stories.
Lots of nice people, nice pictures, nice sound and a good feeling.

If you like visual novels at all, this one is a must. Not as good as Eden, but hey, Eden is not really something you should compare other games too. It is just unfair ;)

This is a very nice and friendly story and I had fun reading it and I am happy that I did read it.

The hero is a nice woman knight and the meets other people who try to the right thing. Which is not always so easy to recognize.
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Lyonesse
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
[Neutral Review]

First, I need to say that I don't know why this Visual Novel is so underrated. It has a lot of defects - and I'll talk about some below - but it's still an average Visual Novel. There's a lot of crap Visual Novels out there made only for the sake of the fanservice and they have tons of positive reviews. That seems pretty unfair to me.

The game is kind of short, so it might be a good game to get in a bundle or a good sale. I've seen it in bundles pretty cheap a lot of times. It can be classified more as an Otome Game than as Fantasy Visual Novel, because only a few after the game starts, the main plot is a bit shoved aside to focus more and more in the romantic relation between the characters. Or I should say between Lena and the one you'll pursue as her love affair in game. Also, many people related that they couldn't get attached to any of the characters even with the lots of interaction between them. And yeah... some characters are pretty standart and cliché at all, in my opinion. So it's easy to feel nothing for them.

Another boring thing is that the "replayability" of the game sucks: most of the game parts will be pretty much the same if you decide to start a new route after completing your first one.

The art style is decent. It’s not amazing, but it has a certain charm. BG was ok, BGM was fine too. That being said, Blue Rose is a nice Visual Novel overall and you can have fun with it.
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woosk
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
This otome visual novel feature a female protagonist Lena Ehrenfeldt who is a Templar of the Blue Rose, tasked with escorting a noblewoman Lady Adale to Caere to attempt a negotiation for help in the war between Tanves and Helen. Things didn't go as planned, with a dragon attacking the escort party and Lena ends up in an undiscovered remote village. Achievements involve reaching a good romance ending with Simon who is Lena's commanding officer, Gavin who is a former Helenian soldier and a recent settler in the village, Tobias who is the hunter and woodsman of the village, Erin who is the barmaid of the village and the sister of the local village herbalist or with Aran who is the local spirit and takes an interest in Lena's arrival. The game has plenty of save slots to enable quicker replays to reach a different romance ending or to see an alternative bad ending, character portraits next to each location to guide the player to choose which place to go during most parts of the game and the option to skip and fast-forward any section of the game.

Soundtracks and overall game presentation are decent. Recommended when at sale or in a bundle offer as all endings can be reached and the entire game's unlockable CG and extra content at gallery can be completed in less than 10 hours.
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elmo199
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
a really bad game all i have to say
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antonuuu
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
I mean... It's a visual story

buuuut it's not meant for steam...



ez achievements anyway!
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Helena
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Average visual novel. There was a lot of interaction between the characters (which I liked a lot), but I couldn’t… Well, get attached to them. I don’t know why. But I liked the idea to visit certain areas of the map to meet up with the characters.

The art style is decent. It’s not amazing, but it has a certain charm. BG was ok, BGM was fine too. I just feel that this game is quite expensive for what is offering, so I suggest you to get it on a bundle or a good sale.

5/10. Overall, I do recommend this VN. But like I said, only if you can get it on a bundle or a good sale. Otherwise, it’s quite expensive for a short story. Oh, and I also enjoyed the mini stories, they were nice.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Based on the score so far I expected a crappy short visual novel, but boy was I wrong. This novel was actually a pretty interesting read! Not the best visual novel ever, but much better than the User Reviews would make you think!

The main protagonist can be a little annoying at times, but the other characters are quite interesting and have unique personalities. If you read "their" route you get a bit more background information, which enriches the story a lot. The art is pretty good and the music adds to the atmosphere but is perhaps a little repetitive.

The length of the novel is quite alright as well. Took me almost 5 hours to complete all routes, and that was including skipping text I already read in other routes. All in all I would definitely recommend this game if you like reading visual novels in a fantasy setting.
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144 of 155 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
I wanted to like Blue Rose, but there are too many issues with the novel that hold it back from what could have been a great story. While there is plenty of potential here, the unpolished writing, underdeveloped characters and lifeless world prevent the story from leaving any emotional impact on the reader. These deficiencies are then hidden beneath a somewhat polished veneer.

Our story begins with Lena, a Templar of the Blue Rose, escorting a diplomatic envoy when her party is attacked by a raging dragon. Knocked unconscious in battle, she wakes to find herself under the care of a young hunter in an area of the forest that by all knowledge should be uninhabited. Discovery of a secret village nestled in the mountains leads her to question all that she has known as war threatens the peace of this idyllic refuge.

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Despite an intriguing setup, the story never goes anywhere interesting. Dragons, magic, war and politics, all ideas ripe with creative storytelling, yet they linger impotently as our protagonist wanders from place to place with no direction. By the time the villain is revealed and the story finally grabs hold, I had long lost interest in the world and its inhabitants. Insufficient world building only adds to the problem. Those little details that hint at something more, small ideas that create history and give depth, are either conspicuously absent or quickly brushed over so as to never allow them a chance to fully realize. The resulting image is a rough sketch rather than a colorful portrait.

Well written characters can absolutely prop up a weak story and carry interest to the end, even if it's only to witness how their personal plot lines resolve. Sadly, not one of Blue Rose's characters are interesting enough to carry the narrative. Each of the guys (and girl) play to his respective trope, but never grow beyond that. The story does nothing to challenge who these people are nor give them a means to develop; what you see is what you get. What we learn of their histories and motivations changes little of how I view them in the end.

And there's our heroine, Lena, a blindly devoted Templar of the Blue Rose whose only character flaw is an unquestioning dedication to her kingdom's cause. Why this is viewed as a bad thing we'll never know, the only justification given is "war is bad." Perhaps if we were privy to the corruption that she was too blind to see, it might be understandable. Beyond that, I question what makes her so appealing that everyone falls for her. Is it the fact that she's one of the few female Templars, or that she carries a sword and can fight? It's certainly not her limitless empathy, overwhelming kindness or keen intellect, as she's never given an opportunity to sufficiently exhibit these traits let alone prove herself more than the dutiful soldier that she is. Every romance, save possibly Simon, makes little sense given her disposition.

Compounding the character and plot issues is the unpolished writing style. Wordiness. The developer needs to look up the term, because I don't think he understands how exhausting it is to read through wordy writing. When your reader stumbles over sentences because the word flow is encumbered by needless description, you have an issue with wordiness. When you can cut out 90% of the instances of "just," "still," "really," "even," and practically all tenses of "to be", and the action still makes sense, you have a problem with wordiness. This is all despite hiring an editor to clean up the script prior to hitting Steam. I tried my hardest to drudge through the writing, and while it reads slightly better than before, it's still too much of a chore. I am constantly correcting not only wordiness, but awkward sentence structure, conflicting verb tense, and the many glaring typos spread throughout. All I want is to experience the story, but the words keep getting in the way.

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That said, the remainder of the presentation is fairly polished. Although the artwork isn't incredible, it's pleasant enough with some nicely drawn CGs and character sprites. I also quite enjoyed the background images, especially the forested areas with their lonely, tranquil feel. The orchestral soundtrack is a highlight which features enchanting themes that give off an air of fantasy and adventure. But as much as Blue Rose looks and sounds pretty, it's not enough to make up for major problems in the writing.

I want to support indie developers, especially visual novel writers, because this is a genre that is sorely underappreciated, but I cannot in good conscience promote a game that has so many problems simply because I want to see a developer succeed. It boggles my mind how many reviewers champion Blue Rose as one of the better OELVN's when these issues greatly hinder the potential it has. If you absolutely must own it, wait for a sale or bundle, $20 is way too expensive for the quality of storytelling we are given.

Bottom Line: Not recommended.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
Summary: 4/10
This game can be summed up in one word: Mediocre. If you like dating VNs and/or fantasy stories, get this game when it's on deep sale or included in a bundle. (I got it as a present from a friend.)

Detailed Review:
I am, admittedly, a harsh critic when it comes to VNs because I have high expectations and prefer games with good gameplay elements. In terms of gameplay, Blue Rose has potential but unfortunately the choices are uninteresting because most of them aren't meaningful and the map system is a bit too linear.

The story also falls short; I agree with other reviewers that the premise set up is interesting, and some of the tidbits about the world are interesting, but the worldbuilding was half-baked at best and would occasionally break my immersion (Simon assuming that the village chief was a man was one instance; in a world where women seem to have equal opportunities, why would he assume the leader must be male?). I did enjoy the branching story (each character had a unique good and bad ending), but the repeat text in a diverging branch (ie. when the same scene is reached from a different path) was unskippable, so I found myself clicking to get through it and hoping I wasn't missing any flavor text. Tighter prose could have helped alleviate the tedium, but I would have prefered that they had programmed the game properly so that it would skip repeat text (honestly, did they copy the same scene over and over because they couldn't figure out how to either use jumps and variables to control the differing text? I don't know.)

The art and animation are the most polished parts of the game by far. While some of the backgrounds were obviously 3D renders, they fit in surprisingly well with the rest of the game's backgrounds. I thought the character art was pretty, but I was bothered by the extremely narrow bodies. The white-ish hair of the three male characters also made it extremely hard to tell them apart on the map. It was so bad that my friend and I joked that someone on the dev team had a Sepiroth fetish. The game also utilized Ren'py's animation capabilities to its fullest; I was quite impressed with the art direction in many of the scenes.

The great art is why the horrible UI baffles me so much. They barely customized the dialog box; keeping the horrible Ren'py bold for the label and adding a background gradient without bothering to adjust the height of the text, so the first line overlaps with the gradient and makes it hard to read. The Gallery was also very basic, rows of CGs split into pages instead of the more typical character-based gallery pages. I feel like the devs underestimated how important a good UI is for player experience.

Overall, the game was entertaining enough for me to play through in its entirety. I didn't find it fun enough to justify the almost $20 price tag, but I'd say it is probably good enough for VN fans to pick up on a 50% or more sale.

As an aside, Steam's crappy forced "recommend"/"not recommend" system was almost enough to make me not write this review, since I don't feel comfortable recommending it but I feel less comfortable not recommending it (given that I played through all the content of the game). If they want to force a quantitative review that they can stick up on the page, why the heck won't they give us a more nuanced rating system?!?! Sigh.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2015
What to know about this VN? I really enjoyed it when I originally bought it, and since replying it now on Steam enjoyed it just as much. It's purely story based so no stat building, which I liked. It doesn't try to trick you so you can usually aim for an ending and get it without use of a walkthrough.

Story: The story is well developed and thought out. It focuses more on decisions and their consequences than solely on romance, which is something I loved about it. I appreciate when the overall story is just as important as whichever character you are pursuing. The romance is certainly there, but if you're looking for a lot of pure romantic scenes you're not going to find them here. There are very few CGs of even kisses. Ultimately it feels more realistic. There's a lot the characters have to deal with, both plot-wise and personal, and Lena only interacts with the characters over the course of two weeks. The relationships are slowly built but solid and feel real because of it.

Characters: They're all very well developed with their own personalities and opinions that they stick to. It's stated in the VN itself that everyone has their own reasons for being in the town, and there's certainly more to all of them than the impression you get when you first meet them. They grow over the course of the two weeks, especially Lena herself. Lena makes an excellent main character because she's strong but isn't overpowered. At times she still must rely on other characters, but other times she's completely capable of relying on herself.

It made me laugh. It made me go back and reread scenes. I'd certainly recommend it.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
I feel torn because I like the fantasy setting of the game that I would recommend it. There aren't enough pure fantasy otome games! It has a good frame for a good story, but lacks enough content for a full price purchase. I bought it at a 50% discount and think that is a reasonable price.

+ The music is fitting and pleasant to listen to. The BGM changed frequently between tracks to suit the situation. There is also a BGM player in the Gallery which is a bonus for me.
+ Unlockable short prequel stories that added much need depth
+ A strong intro with a strong willed protagonist. The demo covers this and left me intrigued enough to purchase the game afterwards.
+/- The art is good for the most part. The colors and character designs are suitable to it's fantasy theme and the shading is very good. The flaw lies in the character anatomy. Sometimes the CGs looks decent, other times you can tell when the proportions are off. There is actually a mod that fixes a few character sprites, but I did not find this out until after I was done with the game.
- Romance feels lacking and unbalanced between routes. There are kiss scenes in 2 routes while the others end platonically as far as I can tell. Not enough chemistry is shown for the relationships to progress naturally.
- The routes fall on the short side. The pacing of the story goes by quick. To me, it felt like a 12 episode anime that got crammed into a 2 hour movie. I would have liked more explanations about backstory or world lore. In fact, there are quite a few things that are left unexplained. Game time takes place over 15 or so days.
- I did not feel attached to any character. The extra stories added what I felt was lacking in the main game and wished there were more mini-scenes peppered between the days.
- Linear choices. Every choice is A or B. Each character has a good and bad ending. There are little to no variations. I found myself skipping most of the common parts in later routes.

Personally, the parts with the non-humans were the best. If this game is on sale or in a bundle and you generally like fantasy themed stories, then go for it.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
Fun and Fluffy with a nice fantasy story.

If you haven't tried a visual novel, you may want to do some research, they're not like other games.

I've fallen down the rabbit hole of Otome visual novels: Dandelion, Nameless, Hakuoki, Re:Alister...
Blue Rose reminds me of Alister, but longer, a little more in-depth story and it is the fantasy story instead of being an online gamer going in and out. It has sweet scenes, but is set over 14 days, so be aware that only so much can happen, as opposed to the years of Hakuoki or months of Dandelion. The protagonist isn't that "easy" and I think they do a good job making her a capable, kick-butt fighter while still having her oblivious edge that lets an Otome game spin out the romantic fluff a little more.

There's no stat building, just the "choose your own adventure" options that open different dialogue and opportunities down the road.

I also haven't run into any of the off-the-wall sexual inuendo that can pop up in some of these games. (There's no Yuri-type to cause the random occurance of a mini-pony.) So would recommend it for younger girls.

There are quite a few CGs and the art is nice. Some repetition, but if you do a story an evening with some breaks between, I wasn't too annoyed at some of the repetition.

I've only gone through Tobias, Simon and Gavin and am looking forward to Aran next.

I think its worth the money, I've been playing for awhile and enjoying it. Not to mention Otome games are rare compared to most game categories and I'd really like to see more of them, our early support counts!

Enjoy!
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
"Dragons, swordfights, love"
Do those indrigents sound interesting to you? - Yes they do. But somehow the devs of this visual novel figured out to make it very boring and unexciting. No fun occured during playing this game. Besides it has nice graphics and a calming soundtrack I missed the spin of the story. And it doesn't help if you tell additional background stories in the extras menu ...
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This otome visual novel feature a female protagonist Lena Ehrenfeldt who is a Templar of the Blue Rose, tasked with escorting a noblewoman Lady Adale to Caere to attempt a negotiation for help in the war between Tanves and Helen. Things didn't go as planned, with a dragon attacking the escort party and Lena ends up in an undiscovered remote village. Achievements involve reaching a good romance ending with Simon who is Lena's commanding officer, Gavin who is a former Helenian soldier and a recent settler in the village, Tobias who is the hunter and woodsman of the village, Erin who is the barmaid of the village and the sister of the local village herbalist or with Aran who is the local spirit and takes an interest in Lena's arrival. The game has plenty of save slots to enable quicker replays to reach a different romance ending or to see an alternative bad ending, character portraits next to each location to guide the player to choose which place to go during most parts of the game and the option to skip and fast-forward any section of the game.

Soundtracks and overall game presentation are decent. Recommended when at sale or in a bundle offer as all endings can be reached and the entire game's unlockable CG and extra content at gallery can be completed in less than 10 hours.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Blue Rose is a Visual Novel set in a fantasy world, where two factions are fighting for domination in a war. Caught up in the middle are ordinary citizens who are trying to make a new life for themselves. Enter the protagonist, Lena, a Templar of the Blue Rose whose actions have implications on the lives of the villagers whether she likes it or not.

I found Blue Rose to be the best VN I have played to date. I am quite aware there are many other VNs out there and many are better than Blue Rose, but for me, this is the one that takes the cake. Admittedly I haven't played as many as other people who review VNs, but that's also because I typically don't like VNs very much. I'm just not a fan of the genre. But this one had me stuck to my computer for several hours reading through the various plot lines.

Sound: The background music was okay. I had no issues with it, nor was I impressed with it.

Graphics: For what seems like an independent group of developers putting this together, I was rather pleased with the attention to detail. Sure, it's not the greatest art in the VN world, but it's definitely above some strange titles like High School Romance or Last Days of Spring.

Controls: I never though I'd need to write about controls in a VN, till I played Last Days of Spring which gives you next to no ability to customize the experience. Blue Rose offers controller support, text skipping both new and previously read messages, auto play, and more. Definitely has what's necessary to make VN'ing a pleasurable experience.

Story: This is truly where Blue Rose shines. While there are the edgings of some standard tropes among the characters, there are also unique characters that are interesting to find out about. Some VNs have this annoying habit of allowing you to 'make' choices but really all you end up with that is different is perhaps 30 lines of story, and a different ending with a different person at the end. As you explore the universe that Blue Rose is set in, you'll discover more about the characters than you thought you would as you explore the different paths. Their motivations become clearer as you explore the different story arcs. As you progress down those different paths, you'll find a very different story plays out each time, though the first main two might be a little similar. But don't skip the bad endings, aside from being part of the achievements, they also fill in gaps and show very interesting aspects of characters when provoked.

Overall: 7.2/10 - I don't even like VNs but this happens to be a very good one. I'm sure people can recommend better, but for me, I was impressed with it. It very much reminded me of the old Choose your own Adventure books where the story actually changed instead of just changing a love interest. VNs tend to run higher in cost, so I can't evaluate price fairly, but I probably wouldn't spend $20 myself. But again, I'm not a fan of the genre. Take that for what it's worth.
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Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2015
A very nice and touching game. In short, it is a story telling how love, fate and a bit of magic can bring a miracle into one's life :) The characters are different and very well developed - their behaviour and actions are logical and follow the main line and your choices.

The only thing I would like to point out is that I can't call this game a "dating sim" (unlike of what I thought at first look). The game has only two-three kiss scenes - not even one per route. But it does have a great story during which our heroine develop different kinds of relationships with other characters. And if she ends up with one of them, then it is what will truly bring her happiness.

Recommended to be bought if you are into visual novels.
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