About The Game
Meet Maisie, a young child who is well-liked by everyone. After hearing her Grandmother is ill, Maisie prepares to visit her.
She dons her favourite scarlet cloak and becomes Red Riding Hood.
Journey with her to experience beautiful visuals and an immersive audio experience.
Make a life-altering decision that will affect the flow of the story.
Experience the dangers and the exciting world of Red Riding Hood.
It's reasonable to state that the majority of children like at least a few fairy tales.
And as a parent of 2 children under 5 I like reading said fairy tales to them. (in particular when I get to be the big bad wolf!)
So when I first heard about this digital novel I was torn in 2 minds as to it's main purpose.
Is it for the lazy parents who can just say here's your story and leave the kids to it?
or is it just for those times when the kids are a bit bored and want a way to spend a few minutes between playing games?
After 2 hours and multiple play through's I'm still not entirely sure (I suspect it will be a little of both)
I can say with some certainty both my kids like it, but thankfully I'm fairly sure they still prefer my version of the wolf.
This wolf is bad but my bad wolf is definitely still best.
The story features a path choice midway through the game changing the outcome of he story dependant on the choice you make. (One ends better for the title character than the other)
The voice overs are a little weak they can be heard but even with the game pad on full volume it's not as clear as it could be without the aid of headphones.
And you will have to listen to it through the game pad as no tv support is included at all other than a logo and a sentence telling you to look at the game pad.
It's manageable enough for a single child or just about a parent and child but if you've a group of kids trying to get them all a spot around the game pad will prove challenging.
The kids might not have much of an issue with the presentation, personally I think it would have benefited had the entire game been animated like the characters rather than using real life pictures in the background.
Regardless of which path you take someone won't have a happy ending, of course who that someone is does depend on your choice.
The Novel has a couple of grammatical stumbles, nothing serious and nothing the vast majority of kids will ever notice no matter how many times they go through the story.
Each of the 2 scenarios runs roughly around 8 minutes for a rough total of 16 minutes if you want to see both story endings.
At this point some will inevitably dismiss it due to it's length.
I'm not quite prepared to do that.
While It could have been made a little longer not by a great deal without mass changes to the core story.
In the end how many the story is played through will inevitably come down to how much the child it's bought for likes red riding hood.
Most kids have their own particular favourite stories I've read my kids their favourite books many times and the same can be said for this if the child likes it enough.
While at a basic end of game development the developers haven't tried to rip anyone off it's a digital version of a children's book that will more often than not cost you more to buy in a physical form.
Brave Rock should also be applauded for taking feedback on board to use on future titles in the series.
Mother is probably from the posh side of town.
2 different endings double the stories play time.
Suitable price point.
Most young children like to be read stories.
Feedback gained has been taken forward to improve future releases.
Brave Rock have tried to take as much feedback as possible on board both good or bad.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
After 16 minutes you've seen everything.
A few minor grammatical errors.
Backgrounds could be improved.
Voice overs aren't the most clear.
No tv support at all.
This is the only display you get on the tv screen the entire time the story is being played.
It's refreshing to see a company take all feedback from a released title good or bad and look to add as many of those improvements to future releases as is possible.
There have already been multiple instances of some developers reacting fairly badly due to any criticism of a game regardless how warranted or wide spread that criticism maybe.
While the review above contains various rooms for improvement and I have a few personal suggestions that I will privately recommend in general terms the game / story does little wrong towards it's target audience (other than the lack of tv support which is definitely something that will be fixed in the next release) all the other complaints are generally more adult oriented improvements that would push up the price of the download to benefit a few adults and likely make almost no difference to the kids it's aimed at.
A review copy of the game was provided by Brave Rock Games and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.
Review update watching / reading on TV is now available after a game update which will certainly help with some of the points mentioned above.