A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
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