Rumble Roses

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Rumble Roses
Director(s)Hiromi Furuta
Mugio Awano
Producer(s)Akari Uchida[1]
Norifumi Hara
Designer(s)Shiki Emiya
Hidekazu Tanaka
Programmer(s)Toshiyuki Mori
Artist(s)Makio Yamanaka
Shiro Kotobuki
Tatsuya Watanabe
Composer(s)Akira Yamaoka
Mutsuhiko Izumi
Michiru Yamane
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
  • NA: 9 November 2004
  • JP: 17 February 2005
  • EU: 18 February 2005
Genre(s)Sports (fighting)
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Rumble Roses (ランブルローズ, Ranburu Rōzu) is a professional wrestling fighting game that was developed by Yuke's and published by Konami for the PlayStation 2 in 2004. The game uses the same engine as Yuke's 2003 release WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain. Rumble Roses was followed by Rumble Roses XX, released for the Xbox 360 in 2006.

Rumble Roses featured only female wrestling characters, each with both a good (Face) and bad (Heel) persona for players to choose from; the only limitation was that the good and bad version of the same character could not fight each other. The game featured 11 playable characters, each with two versions of the same character. It received lukewarm reviews, with most commending it for its graphics but being less impressed with the audio quality, game play and storyline.


Gameplay screenshot

Rumble Roses features an all-female cast. There are regular matches and mud wrestling matches. There is also a story mode and an option to allow two computer controlled girls to "duke it out while you watch". Each character is claimed to contain 10,000 polygons, a record number for the PlayStation 2.[2]

Rumble Roses features a heel/face system derived from real-life American professional wrestling. Each character has an alternate side, bringing the total character count up to 22. Most characters start as a face, or good side. Three of them, however (Bloody Shadow, Candy Cane, and Evil Rose), start as the heel or evil side. Alternate forms of each character are unlocked through the Vow System. Vows are specific things the player must complete during matches, such as not using weapons, using a Killer Move, or winning the match within a certain time limit.

The game's unique unlock system allows only one version of each character (either heel or face) to be unlocked for exhibition matches at any time. The characters can still change back and forth, and unlocked characters remain open for story mode and gallery mode. This effectively cuts the roster in half for exhibition mode.[3][4]


A mad scientist disguised as a nurse holds an international women's wrestling tournament, and brainwashes and takes DNA samples from the participants to create super soldiers.[2][3]


The game received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[6]

Critics generally disliked the audio quality and plot but praised the graphics.[15] J.M. Vargas's review for PSX Nation said that English voices in the game are "utter" and "complete garbage".[16] Jeremy Dunham reviewed the game for IGN, giving it 7.8 out of 10 overall: 9 in both Presentation and Graphics, 6.5 in Sound, 7.5 in Gameplay, and 7 in Lasting Appeal. Dunham found the storyline to be lackluster but enjoyed the game, commenting that "it's one of those rare games that manages to capitalize on the whole sex appeal thing without sacrificing the gameplay along with it".[2] In an article for GamerFeed, Chris Buffa said that the "gorgeous women and environments will get your blood pumping" and the "corny dialogue only adds to the game's hilarity".[4] In 2012, FHM included Benikage among the nine "sexiest ninja babes in games" and compared her to Jade Lopez.[17]


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  3. ^ a b Lee, Garnett (13 November 2004). "Rumble Roses". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b Buffa, Chris (16 November 2004). "Rumble Roses". GamerFeed. Archived from the original on 4 February 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
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  6. ^ a b "Rumble Roses for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 5 December 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  7. ^ EGM staff (January 2005). "Rumble Roses". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 187. p. 132.
  8. ^ "ランブルローズ". Famitsu. Vol. 845. 25 February 2005.
  9. ^ Zoss, Jeremy (January 2005). "Rumble Roses". Game Informer. No. 141. p. 125. Archived from the original on 5 July 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  10. ^ Esquire (10 November 2004). "Rumble Roses Review for PS2 on". Archived from the original on 9 February 2005. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  11. ^ Navarro, Alex (12 November 2004). "Rumble Roses Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  12. ^ Leeper, Justin (9 November 2004). "GameSpy: Rumble Roses". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 11 May 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  13. ^ Valentino, Nick (16 November 2004). "Rumble Roses - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 6 July 2007. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Rumble Roses". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. January 2005. Retrieved 15 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ a b Villoria, Gerald (15 December 2004). "Rumble Roses Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on 20 December 2004. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  16. ^ Vargas, J.M. (20 December 2004). "Rumble Roses". PSX Nation. Archived from the original on 16 September 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  17. ^ Gonzales, Gelo (29 March 2012). "9 Sexiest Ninja Babes in Games". FHM.

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