Fairytale Fights

Common Sense Media says

Fairytale heroes as serial killers in farcical bloodbath.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Playlogic Entertainment
Release date:October 27, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Crude Humor, Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old June 4, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

12 and up and me

My dad said its should be T fake blood no hearts ripped out
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old August 21, 2010
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

very very very violent

man,my parents would TOTTALY freak out if i play this game. at first,they would think the characters spilled red paint all over themselves,but edventully,my parents will find out its really blood,and make throw it away or give it back to the store 4 a refund.so i reccamend this 4 ages 17 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 October 11, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Bloody, Gory, Fun

Funny, and Really Gory. First of all let me start off that this is not a game for the little ones even though some parents may mistaken it and get it for a four year old. Nothing but the violence is what makes this game, but there is some crude humor but other than that if they toned the violence down a lot it would be T or E, but that's not the case. Players can graphically rip apart fantasy creatures with chainsaws, swords, etc. Some characters however don't produce blood and gore (Ex. Ginger Bread Man) rather than the characters such as wolves and goblins. There is no language, no drugs, no sex/nudity there is however a character that is nude, but has his genitals covered. 10 and up if mature and okay with blood. Suggested MPAA-R: Strong Bloody Comical Violence and Gore, and some Disturbing Content. The only reason I suggest Disturbing Content is because the people squeamish to blood may not like this game.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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