Featured Heroine: Jennifer

Like the first Featured Heroine, Fiona Belli from Haunting Ground, I only just found out about this heroine very recently, thanks to a video on YouTube. And, funnily enough, just like Fiona this heroine is from a 2000s survival horror game. Anyway, enough build-up. Let’s get straight into it, shall we?

Above you can see Jennifer, the nineteen-year old protagonist from Rule of Rose, a 2006 Japanese video game for the PlayStation 2, along with her canine companion, Brown. Jennifer, a weak and unfortunate young woman, finds herself trapped aboard an airship run by a group of young girls. For the most part these girls, who have created their own hierarchical society, treat poor Jennifer very badly. Luckily, however, Jennifer has Brown to help her as, in true survival horror fashion, she must solve puzzles and fight monsters in order to find a way to escape from the airship. But since combat is not Jennifer’s forte, avoiding enemies is also an option. In some ways Rule of Rose is similar to Haunting Ground and it is not unreasonable to think that the latter game, which was released in 2005, influenced the former to some degree. Continue reading

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