A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Cartoon-y fairytale characters will stop at nothing to regain lost fame, and that includes massive amounts of killing.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character shows most of his buttocks, and his privates are covered only by a fig leaf.
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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.
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.
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