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Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Stylish action marred by odd controls, design choices.

Game Windows 2015
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Dark and Dismal

The review for this game is accurate in its description of the quality of the gameplay from a mechanical perspective and it being visually enticing, but from a moral sphere the reviewer justifies the game too much. While the violence depicted in the game is cartoonish, the problem is that the main character, Red, has only one motive for doing anything, which is revenge. This does not paint a good picture of what a heroine should be. She doesn't care about saving the town, but rather just killing her enemy. Everything is very dark and depressing in Red's family history and also the gameplay's entire feel. There is no real light at the end of the tunnel for Red other than what she says throughout the game as, "to have wolf's blood on my hood". In fact most of her sayings, and she talks ALOT, are hateful and wrathful. Unlike what the author says in dismissing her foul language as simply "limited" she definitely uses foul language many times and her attitude is not exemplar to a role model for teenagers. At the end of the game, Red finally “wins” only by using her stored up anger, which she is encouraged to do so by her granny, to destroy Woolfe, who winds up depicted as bloody and mangled after his death. Red can be compared to a reaper who uses an axe and even dark magic to defeat her enemies. There are no positive messages or role models, there is a lot of hateful violence, and there is a problem with the language. While the reviewer has given accurate information, I think that he does not see the real impact that this game could have on the mind of a rebellious teenager. It does not inspire anything other than disrespect for anyone that has hurt another and an unforgiving vengeance upon them.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries takes the classic Grimm fairy tale and brings it along a darker path, with Red, not the woodsman, being the vengeful righter of wrongs. She's cast as an angry young woman (older than the traditional Red Riding Hood by about 10 years) and is brave, athletic, and trained to defend herself. The adventure has very expressive lighting that supports the narrative, along with environments that are as lush and detailed as some of the best fairy tale illustrations. The sound is equally distinct, with moody music that adds emotion to Red's grown-up yet girlish voice as it relates poignant memories from her past. The game also has strong platforming mechanics with lots of interesting areas to jump, climb, and run through, making it fun to explore this updated take on the adventure.

Although it's a good start to what should be a compelling story, the heroine is done an injustice thanks to odd design choices. Unless you use a console controller, the control scheme is confusing because it places attacks on traditional movement keys. Boss fights are just as strange, with false clues on defeating enemies provided to players and no visual feedback on damage to enemies. Also, Red's giant head is disproportionate to her tiny body, and, without lip syncing, she and other characters stare blankly like department store mannequins during cut scenes while their voices come floating out of nowhere. But these presentation issues aren't as problematic as Red Hood Diaries' lack of content -- from start to finish, the game can be completed in roughly 90 minutes, which is incredibly short. But, although Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries appears to be somewhat limited by design choices, it's a potentially promising start to a complex fairy tale series.

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