Your typical level-up free-roaming MMORPG, ROSE Online is a game that features Anime-styled graphics and four classes to choose from:
- Soldiers are a class that specialise in close-range melee-fighting with either a sword and shield or two-handed sword. They're primarily the tanks of a group's party due to their ability to take damage and return it in greater amounts. They are able to branch off into Champions or Knights once they reach level 100.
- Hawkers deal less damage than Soldiers, but they are able to make up for it with the speed of their attacks and dodge rate. They can use dual-weapons or bows to attack their enemies and usually wear lighter armour. On reaching level 100, they are able to branch off into Scouts or Raiders.
- Muses are magic users, and they are primarily a healing class, although they are later able to become combat mages. They come in very useful as a support and they can usually be found casting buffs on their allies. They can become either Clerics or Mages upon reaching level 100.
- Dealers are usually a support class, but are very much capable of functioning on their own. They primarily use guns and launchers, but a main focus for them is the ability to craft items. They can craft healing items and masks, for example. On reaching level 100, a Dealer can become either a Bourgeois or an Artisan.
ROSE Online features a wide variety of items to use, as well as the feature of making parties with other players, allowing teamwork to get through a tough area. Each class has a different role to play in the party.
The seven planets of the world of ROSE Online were created by the goddess Arua. However, Hebarn, the god of malice, took over the seventh planet and renamed it after himself. To protect the other planets from Hebarn, Arua created the Visitors and sent them to Junon, the first planet of ROSE Online.
This game features examples of:
- Airplane Arms: The way the Moldies move around.
- An Entrepreneur Is You: The game features its own economy with players able to put up stalls to buy and sell various items.
- Animals Not to Scale: Jelly Beans, giant King Jelly Beans, big caterpillars, giant spider mounts, and at level 50, a giant chicken mount. That is only the beginning.
- Bleak Level: The Desert of the Dead.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": The caterpillars/worms are called Choropy, the wolves are Woopies, the pigs are Porkies, the list goes on.
- Exposition Fairy: Arua's Fairy, who contacts you via a flashing bell icon below the HUD.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Soldiers are the Fighters, the Muses are the Mages and the Dealers and Hawkers act as thieves.
- Giant Spider: They come in mount form. note
- Golem: They appear as enemies in various forms in the Gorge of Silence.
- Holiday Mode: A Christmas event crops up every year causing snow to fall (sadly it doesn't settle), hiding presents around the towns which also drop off enemies and giving some new items which act as either restoratives or joke items.
- Humongous Mecha: Players at level 110 and beyond can have access to customisable Castle Gears, which are basically these.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Later in the game, Arua's Fairy will tell the player to "Rush her through the seven!". Sound familiar?
- Level Grinding: If one wants to advance, then it will take a very long time to reach level 230. Thankfully the level up system is relatively quick.
- Ninja Looting: Averted. When a player kills a monster, they are the only ones who can pick up the spoils that they drop. The other players will receive a "This item is not yours" notification if they attempt to do this.
- "No. Just… No" Reaction: When giving some quest-specific items to the Cleric Karitte, she asks the player if they would mind giving Lutis (an elderly Astronomer) a massage. The only option in the player's conversation window is to say "No. Just... no."
- Palmtree Panic: Kenji Beach.
- Shifting Sand Land: Several exist on Junon. These include the Desert of the Dead, the Valley of Luxem Tower and the El Verloon Desert.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: The Planet Luna.
- Too Awesome to Use: The Soul Crystal. If a player dies, they have the option to use one of these to revive them then and there without EXP loss. But once it's used... well, hope you have some spare cash!
- The medal that multiplies your EXP gain by two for 30 minutes. It's great to use if one is having difficulty leveling up. The downside is that if the player dies while it's active, it's wasted prematurely. The bigger downside is that the player only gets one at a specific level and two more at level 50. Want more? Dig out your wallet.
- 20 Bear Asses: Most or all quests are these, even the extermination quests that just require a certain amount of enemy deaths. These enemies drop proofs which are turned in, making them the Bear Asses.