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Beat her cheek!

From Nigoro, the same people who made La-Mulana, comes a 2011 Adobe Flash game called Rose & Camellia.

With Shunsuke, the eldest son of the Tsubakikoji family dead, his wife Reiko holds claim to being the head of the family and house. However, Shunsuke's sisters and mother object to this as Reiko was born a commoner. So with the family turning against her, what's a forlorn widow to do? Slap these bitches, of course! Join Reiko as she slaps all the women in the family until they accept her as the head of the household.

The basic mechanics are that you move the mouse pointer quickly over the face to the left to slap your opponent, and you move the mouse pointer quickly across the bottom of the window to the right to dodge. Think a cat fighting Punch-Out!! set in the Regency period with some Japanese anachronisms thrown in.


There's also a sequel released called Rose and Camellia 2 where Saori, the youngest daughter tries to claim the house from Reiko using the same methods as Reiko in the first game. It's available here, in English, now, and without the need to play through the original.

Nigoro has also made a La-Mulana version where Mulbruk goes around fighting various other female characters for the title of main heroine. It can be played here.


This is the elegant art of feminine conflict:

  • Attack Her Weak Point : In the first game:
    • Saori’s is her cheek.
    • Shizuka’s is her chin.
    • Etsuko’s is the area between her chin and neck.
    • Hanae’s is her eye.
    • Camellia’s is her nose.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: The final boss in the sequel.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Zigzagged. Averted to high hell with the (attractive) sisters, twin maids, and the already ugly maid, Giant demonic matriarch, and muscular, overly masculine cousin, but played straight with the head of the family, and Reiko herself in the sequel.
  • Big Fancy House: The setting for the main games.
  • Butt-Monkey: Saori is the training dummy featured in the How To Play pages, even in games that don't feature her as an opponent.
  • Cat Fight: Ooooh yeah.
  • Cry Cute: Hanae and Matriarch Reiko when you've harmed them enough.
  • Did You Just Bitch Slap Cthulhu?
  • Difficulty by Region, as the English version has a difficulty slider that can make the game easier.
  • Dual Boss: Lefti and Righti Mito, though they're still treated as one target.
  • Extremity Extremist: Everyone fights by slapping with only one arm except for the final boss of the first game who punches with only one arm.
  • Flower Motifs: Camellias for the Tsubakikojis and roses for Reiko.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Other than the ugly Ninja Maid, and Hanae's glowing eyes, it sorta makes sense. Then the final boss appears...
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The mother Hanae and the cousin Haruhi
  • Hit Flash: Hitting an opponent makes the screen flash white, while getting hit makes it flash red.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Reiko catches what would have been the decisive blow against her in the sequel, and sends Saori flying with a single slap, no matter how well you performed.
  • Important Haircut: Saori gets one at the beginning of the second game.
  • One-Winged Angel: The final boss of the first game.
  • Retraux: As the cutscenes are done with sepia
    • They also somehow resemble the cutscenes of the NES Ninja Gaiden trilogy.
  • Rogue Protagonist: Or rather, Rogue Antagonist. The sequel follows Saori instead of Reiko. Reiko is the final boss, instead, and while no means evil, she is the story's antagonist.
  • Shows Damage: As you slap your opponent senseless, she'll start bleeding from the mouth or develop a bruise on her cheek.
  • Sword Lines: Except with slapping and dodging.
  • Threshold Guardian: Etsuko Mito challenges Reiko, not because she has a particular beef with her, but because she's testing her resolve and strength to make changes in the house hold.
    • Lone Wolf Boss: As she's a member of the working class, Etsuko is a mere neutral third party and has no real opinion over the squabbles of the Tsubakikoji household.