Fairytale Fights

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
Fairytale Fights Game Poster Image
Fairytale heroes as serial killers in farcical bloodbath.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Cartoon-y fairytale characters will stop at nothing to regain lost fame, and that includes massive amounts of killing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game's characters might be cute, recognizable little fairytale creatures, but they don't behave like the ones with which kids are familiar. There's little to recommend their actions, which mainly involve mindless and repetitive slicing, cutting, and general bloodletting.

Ease of Play

You use the right stick to attack your foes and the left stick to aim. It's easy to learn, but the left stick is sometimes inaccurate and there's no function to 'lock on' your enemies.

Violence

Kids should not play this game. There is blood in many moments of the game and it splashes and oozes everywhere. You slice and dismember everything from cute bunnies, birds, rats and cows -- along with more human-like enemies -- as you plow through the game. A split screen function shows exactly how you have sliced up your enemy. There is also occasional vomiting. It's all presented in a cartoon-like atmosphere, and the violence never seems real, but there sure is a lot of it.

Sex

One character shows most of his buttocks, and his privates are covered only by a fig leaf.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, despite the cute appearance of Fairytale Fights' familiar characters, it is not meant for kids. There are buckets of blood in this extremely violent hack 'n' slash platforming game. There's nothing real about the game, but the concept of fairytale characters becoming serial killer-like murderers would probably disturb anyone under the age of 17. What's more, there's a feature in the game that shows exactly how you butcher and slice up an enemy into sections. Plus, a character called Naked Emperor appears nearly nude, though his privates are covered by a fig leaf.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygamenerd323 December 13, 2009
Fairytale fights is actually kind of fun. There are some decent controls, it's kind of a new idea. Although a game with more sophistication would be a bett... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 4, 2013

12 and up and me

My dad said its should be T fake blood no hearts ripped out
Teen, 15 years old Written byLady-Lithium November 22, 2010

I wouldn't want to be a rabbit..

I love this game, and I'm planing to buy it soon (I've watched walk throughs for it) And I see nothing wrong with it. Though younger kids shouldn... Continue reading

What's it about?

FAIRYTALE FIGHTS is not for kids, but many of the original tales of the Brothers Grimm aren't, either. Here, you’re a fairytale character who’s lost your fame. You’ve become forgotten. You’ve got to reclaim your notoriety by hacking and slashing through a magical, cartoon-y world as Snow White, Beanstalk Jack, Little Red Riding Hood or the Naked Emperor. As you move through beautiful, Candyland-like environments, you slice and dice through hundreds of enemies to proceed. But beware: blood flows everywhere, spilling slowly like honey.

Is it any good?

Clearly, Fairytale Fights will confuse or scare children who've been weaned on edited versions of Grimm. This is a game with such over-the-top violence that the blood its characters spill actually seems to be a character. It can completely cover your immediate environment like something out of a Devil May Cry game. There's even a split screen that shows exactly how you've cut up an enemy, slice by slice.

But while it may disturb kids, any adult who plays will see that the slicing and dicing becomes tedious quickly. While there’s a variety of humorous weapons beyond hacksaws and axes (like a shark skeleton), most seem to cut in the same way. There are camera issues in the game, too: when four or more angry lumberjacks gang up on you, you can’t see what you’re doing from the birds-eye perspective in the game. The developers have created a mood that’s light in the face of a lot of killing. It’s too bad they didn’t make time to design a game that gives you more diversity in play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which character they enjoy playing the most, Snow White, The Naked Emperor, Little Red Riding Hood or Beanstalk Jack. Would you have enjoyed playing another character from fairytale lore? Which one?

  • Does the violence seem realistic to you or does it seem cartoon-like and inoffensive?

  • Do you think the boss battles, like the one with the giant beaver, are hard enough? Or are they feel too repetitive?

Game details

For kids who love fairytale games

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