R.O.S.E. (Rush on Seven Episodes) Online is developed by Triggersoft and published by Gravity Inc. When it was released it was seen to have been following the footsteps of Ragnarok Online (another MMORPG published by Gravity) and had a big player base and lots of things to look forward to. It’s not that different with the usual online hack and slash RPG. You fight enemies across a vast world and gain experiences and items. You’ll also get to complete quests that will give you extra experience points and even items and equipments. You also get to mingle with other players and chat, trade or hangout with them while in the game. It was real fun and the graphics were really good. It has cute characters and very colorful environments. The sounds are great as well and it has a well-balanced gameplay among the 4 job classes (Hawker, Soldier, Muse, and Dealer). Each of the maps is fairly huge and it would take you a while if you’d just run through the map.
As mentioned, this game is not widely available (commercially) anymore. Philippine ROSE online (pROSE as we call it) was among the last distributors of the game and our colleagues and friends from Europe were migrated to that server. As of this moment, you can still play for free on some servers until the last update. You can visit http://www.roseonlinegame.com (ROSE Online North America) to play for free if you’ve missed it and want to try it out. It isn’t widely available now since the development of the game has stopped and it only reached the 3rd planet among the 7 (only Junon, Luna, and Eldeon are available). The game is supposed to feature 7 planets (hence, the title) namely Junon, Luna, Eldeon, Oro, Skaaj, Karkia, and Hebarn. Currently, the update stopped at Eldeon. It also has a wide array of skills from the first jobs to the advanced classes. It takes quite a while to level up to over 100 but the road to it is fun. But of course, as with most of the hack and slash games, it may get a little boring at times.
There are lots of private servers around but I would suggest you stay with ROSE Online North America. There is an item mall where you can buy items that will help you level up faster such as very useful items and equipments. Aside from that feature, the community is very active and you can join the forums to discuss things about ROSE Online or even anything else under the sun. You also have excellent support from the staff and administrators. Players’ concerns are being addressed as much as they can and they maintain the servers to keep it balanced and as bug-free as possible. There are lots of minor updates and they have lots of events especially during the holidays.
It was really fun while it lasted. The community was great and a lot of people are very helpful. But of course, there is the occasional rude person who picks on weaker characters and steals some monsters and even items. But the overall experience I had was really good. In the picture, I was with one of my dearest friends (Daisy) whom I’ve known for years. We met online and played together most of the time. I’ve met lots of other nice people as well. It’s still not too late though. You can still catch up and experience ROSE Online for yourself. Have fun and enjoy the game!