The world of gaming has a wide variety of games, there are high production games with gorgeous graphics that play it safe to aim for the largest group possible, on the other end of the spectrum there smaller indie games that have low risk, so they tend to experiment more often. One such example is a unique flash game that was released quite a while ago, it sparked some interest because of its unique catch; the game was about slapping members of the Japanese aristocracy. While it does have a unique catch, it wins you over with its unique gameplay, catchy music and its over-the-top absurd humor and dialog. This game set of unique games is Rose and Camellia and its sequel, a game with a simple premise that wins you over with it various charms.
The story is as silly as it sounds, and the dialog, character movements and story sequences even sillier. It borders on the melodramatic, with classic lines like, “do not discount the resolve of the lowborn woman” or “her strength surpasses that of your typical noblewoman.” The story sequences between the slap battles are just as bad, with maids hanging off of ceilings and muscular cousins coming in from boarding school. This sense of humor also extends to the character movements in the slap battles. In the beginning, it seems to be a regular slap match, but at the lead character moves on, it starts getting further and further into the absurd. With an elderly mother avoiding slaps as effortlessly as a ninja, or the maid using a heavy punch instead of slap to get her point across.
This is not the kind of game I normally review, but it is an interesting experience and it is free to play, it just requires flash. The game has a fascinating story and it is quite funny. Rose and Camellia’s silly storytelling, dialog, and character movements punctuates the game experience. It is a unique game that does have a very Japanese sense of humor that translates well for the western public. The game itself is a short experience, taking 10 minutes at most. It is at the very least, the best slapping game out there.
Rose and Camellia
Rose and Camellia 2
Nigoro Games English
Nigoro Games Japan