While Iron Roses might deserve a few points for being a point-and-click adventure which does something a bit different from the usual Myst
and Monkey Island
-style experiences, it unfortunately proves to be a pretty dire game that is best skipped over in favor of something better. It's almost completely lacking in every department, from story to puzzles, so unless you like awful games, keep walking on by. The rather poor and unengaging storyline finds you in control of Alex, a wannabe rock star who is behind on her rent and out of work, but who needs to get her band back together for an upcoming competition, which must just be her only chance for fame and fortune. What follows is a fairly tedious slog through a rock 'n' roll themed adventure which combines hidden object sections with traditional inventory-based puzzles, along with a few music-based minigames, just to add some variety. You've also got a hint system in case you get stuck but that's about it in terms of features. Iron Roses only real saving grace is its production values, which are surprisingly high and which mean that the game does at least look reasonably nice, with some detailed environments and character work, although they're still not exactly striking. However, in every other respect, this is dodgy stuff. The story simply isn't compelling and you'll find it hard to get into it, despite the presence of some occasionally witty dialogue, but this still isn't stellar stuff. The puzzles are weak too, lacking any challenge, while the gameplay is simply too minimal for any type of gamer. Avoid.