Stories Can Be Harsh: Fairytale Fights

By John Walker on August 4th, 2009 at 9:02 am.

Concept art, clearly.

The game is called Fairytale Fights. It’s presented in cutesy 3D, brightly coloured graphics. You’ve already made your mind up about it, right? Watch the video.

Oh.

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40 Comments »

  1. l1ddl3monkey says:

    Psychonauts with added dismemberment, serial murder and circular saws? I’m sold.

  2. Ian says:

    Well. Erm… Hmm.

  3. Matzerath says:

    Looks like poopie.

  4. Tei says:

    The original tales are somewhat on the gore side, to begin first. There are murdering (lots), canivalism (witch eat childrens) , necrofilia (prince kiss dead women),…
    So this, humm, make sense. Also, It need a big evil boss Wolf.

  5. aoanla says:

    @Tei: indeed. (See also, of course, American McGee’s Grimm for his take on the same concept. Although with less overt gore and different stylism)

  6. CakeAddict says:

    Yay, Colors!
    Seems like a average game looking at the gameplay in the vid.

  7. soylent robot says:

    So it’s a cutesy but bland & easy platformer, but they’ve added tons of blood? My, how innovative & cutting edge.

  8. MD says:

    Mediocrity + blood = ???????

    Oh wait, it equals bloody mediocrity.

  9. Larington says:

    Looking forward to seeing what happens when the newspapers get a hold of this. Ban this sick filth et al.

  10. unclelou says:

    I just dropped by to congratulate to today’s tagline.

    So, congratulations! :D

  11. Dominic White says:

    While I approve of the concept, the combat engine looks really weak – run up to guy, hit him twice with low-framerate attacks, run up to knocked-back, stunned guy, repeat until dead.

    Anyone who wants to make any kind of contemporary scrolling brawler needs to at least play through all of Capcoms arcade brawlers from the 90s, and possibly Guardian Heroes by Treasure. Those games are still pretty much unmatched for pacing, flow and style to this day. The genre has been pretty much on a backslide all the 2000′s, except for the occasional entry from Capcom or Tecmo themselves.

  12. Xercies says:

    Why do Gingerbread Men have blood?

  13. The Fanciest of Pants says:

    Looks like it could be fun.

    Truly uninspired trailer doesn’t help though.

  14. Ffrank says:

    The way she runs annoys me.

  15. Markoff Chaney says:

    Huh. Rather uninspired mechanics, but the premise looks fun. The gameplay has to keep me engaged, regardless the hook. I agree with Dominic – Captain Commando (with the awesome Baby Commando) from 91 looked like it fights better than this and that’s saying a lot considering it wasn’t one of Capcom’s best efforts in the genre.

  16. Valentin Galea says:

    The graphics are perfect! Let’s hope they properly polish the gameplay too!

  17. M.P. says:

    The butcher at the beginning dismembering the bunny was funny, but on the whole there weren’t enough gibs and ultraviolence for it to be “ironic”.

  18. Dr.Gash says:

    Agree that the game looks pretty damn dull to play.

  19. JKjoker says:

    its an old school beat em up, nice but it really needs more enemies and 2~4 character coop (IN THE SAME PC, online coop just doesn’t work, you need your friends at hands reach to choke them when needed) to really work

    I agree with M.P., i was promised heavy gibs but the trailer didnt deliver, ppl thrown to the circular blades dont get sucked in a chopped up

  20. gryffinp says:

    I don’t think anyone who’s ever played Eversion will take cutesy brightly colored graphics for granted ever again.

    That said, I agree with what they said. ^

    It doesn’t actually look like it would be fun to play at all.

  21. Secret Bass says:

    The lighting engine is absolutely lovely. Gives everything a sort of soft, claymation feel.

    I agree with everyone else about the gameplay though — it hasn’t shown anything at all thats special and makes me want to play it RIGHT NOW. A game like this should be drowning in melodrama, but it stays rather sedate. Take some lessons from God of War, and give your characters some character!

  22. JKjoker says:

    @Secret Bass: never played the simpsons arcade game ?, these kinds of beat em ups are all about kicking the crap out of ppl (and many bosses) while having a laugh with your friends and frequently kicking each others shins for taking the health items when they didnt need them or wasting the weapons

    the characters need nothing more than asskicking :p

    i just checked the site and one of the features is : “Drop-in / drop-out” co-op play mode: enter and leave the game at any point during play, and help your friend to complete his quest… or make his life miserable by working against him!

    which seems to get the right idea, i wonder why they didnt show the second player in the trailers, hyping the coop is all the rage these days

  23. Dominic White says:

    @JKjoker – I”m fairly sure his point was the same as mine, that the combat doesn’t even look as good as Captain Command and other early-90s brawlers, and not even CLOSE to late-90s ones such as Battle Circuit.

    Seriously, dig it up somehow – MAME supports it. It’s great, and barely anything released these days lives up to it.

  24. Kenttsu says:

    “The original tales are somewhat on the gore side, to begin first. There are murdering (lots), canivalism (witch eat childrens) , necrofilia (prince kiss dead women),…”

    Even better: some of the oldest versions of Sleeping beauty are less about prince kissing and more about king raping sleeping/dead women.

  25. cyrenic says:

    Those sound effects were pretty awful.

  26. Ozzie says:

    I was also disappointed that enemies weren’t spliced to little pieces when you threw them into the circular blades.

  27. bildo says:

    I love how people say a game is mediocre by watching a video. I’d wait for a true preview before making these assumptions.

  28. JKjoker says:

    @Dominic White: oh well, if you are going to pull the retro card on me, yeah you could find several better versions of any modern game if you look back a few years, street fighter 4 for example, it sits in the bottom of the endless list of fighters Capcom ever made, even Puzzle fighter has better gameplay for gods sake

  29. Scandalon says:

    Wait, are you people saying there were some good, co-op brawlers I missed? After FinalFight, Streets of Rage and a couple others (there was one where you could pick up lamp-posts, backflip off walls, etc) I never really saw another…

  30. JKjoker says:

    @Scandalon: hundreds, Capcom alone made like 50 and they are all pretty good, i like Cadillacs & Dinosaurs the best but Alien vs Predator (yeah they made a beat em up of that) was pretty good too, ooh and Punisher was awesome

  31. Arnulf says:

    The blood-spattering is sickening!

  32. Dominic White says:

    @Scandalon

    By Capcom in particular, the best are probably Alien vs Predator, the two Dungeons & Dragons games (Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara, I believe), Armored Warriors, and Battle Circuit. Those all in particular have quite complex fighting systems and oodles of charm, and stand up very well to multiple replays.

    Also, if you can find it, Guardian Heroes for the Saturn is just in a league of its own. It also emulates perfectly via the emulator SSF, so long as you have some sort of dual-core processor.

  33. Metal_Circus says:

    That opening scene genuinely unsettled me.

  34. Scandalon says:

    Wow, thanks guys. I think I’ll track some of those down…

  35. Günter says:

    I wish this was just a reskin of the Xbox Ninja Gaiden. I would play that game.

  36. Hunam says:

    It’s like a 3D castle crashers.

  37. Howl says:

    The Simpsons Arcade Game + Pandemonium / bad framerate + soulless graphics = fail?

  38. Omny says:

    will play, will definitely play.

  39. Terran says:

    Wow. I wish people would just look at this fed up world. Rape and murder are at an all-time high, serial killers are treated as breakfast stories, and newspapers are filled with the killings.

    And why do people do such? Most would think mental problems, maybe a fetish for blood?

    I see a problem in recent video games and movies. Remember the good old SNES? Kids could get together and have a bit of classic fun.

    Now we look at games in the 21st century. Games with excess shooting, killing, even raping. Blood and gore are a natural part of our lives these days. People think ‘Oh my GAWD! Can you believe what that women lets her CHILDREN play?’ when they themselves care naught for their own mental stability.

    I do NOT see how mindless, brutal murder is enjoyable. It is sadistic and cruel. I’m not some high and mighty priest of some god or such. Just a 15 year old caucasian male who’s sick of this world.

    I say go to hell. This place has turned into a hellhole.

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    Grey Cap says:

    The trailer reminds me of the stuff I thought was hilarious in grade eight (no offense). I hate games marketed to audiences officially too young to buy them (it was terrible when cigarettes did the same thing, yeah?).

    Terran: Ultra-violent entertainment is the symptom, not the cause. Only a matter of time before health care systems recognize our instability and start packaging Prozac and tranquilizers with games. Can’t wait:)