I’d be remiss if I didn’t correct my headline with the official tagline for Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries. This is no fairy tale. There’s nothing fair about it.
Belgian developer GRIN Gamestudio (not to be confused with the defunct Swedish developers of the Bionic Commando reboot) are quite proud of that tagline, as well they should be. Combined with the imagery of a classic innocent fairytale character holding a bloody axe, they have tapped into American McGee levels of macabre badassery.
Here’s how the developer describe the 2.5D action platformer on its Steam page.
Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries is a cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood. All grown up, cried out and armed with an axe, our heroine embarks on an odyssey to avenge the death of her parents. Buckle up for a surprising take on the Red Riding Hood tale as you know it, some good old-fashioned action platforming, fun combo-based hack ‘n slash combat and rewarding environment puzzles exploring the attractive fantasy universe.
“THIS IS NOT A FAIRYTALE, THERE’S NOTHING FAIR ABOUT IT”
See? They adore that tagline. I bet they have stickers and t-shirts. Maybe even tattoos. One of the developers is probably going to name his or her first child “Notta Fairytale Beligian-Name”. And when my kids grow up, one of them will marry her, and live happily every after.
Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is currently available on PC, with PS4 and Xbox One release slated for later this year. There is nothing fair about that.