Twisted Fairytales: Goldilocks
There was a little girl who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad, she was... well, you know the rest, I'm sure. What does that old rhyme have to do with the familiar story we're about to embark on? Well, Twisted Fairytale: Goldilocks, a new spot-the-difference title, isn't what you might be expecting. Sure, you might recognise the titular adorable blonde moppet. But is our damsel in as much distress as she appears to be? Blending lush watercolour artwork with a dark sense of humour, this is one cute-but-off fairytale where you might want to put the kids to bed before you start in on it.
Gameplay is simple as pie. You're presented with two pictures that appear identical at first glance, but closer inspection will reveal small differences between the two. Click on a difference when you find one, and discover all irregularities in a scene to move on to the next. Depending on how quickly you found them, and how few mis-clicks you had, your score will increase as you go along. Can't find anything different between the two pictures? Goldilocks has your back with a hint system that comes in three flavours, small, medium, or large, and replenishes over time and with successful clicks.
Goldilocks consists of fifteen screens total to click through, or thirteen if you "opt out" of the story at a certain point. For the most part, the differences here are very well done, if a little on the easy side. No hunting for an ecru coloured pixel for you, my friend. While some of the differences come down to the stroke of a brush or a colour swap, you'll learn to spy strange little creatures lurking around, and here is where the artwork by Angi Pauly and Ecky Oesjady really shines. Rendered in gorgeous storybook style with muted colours, Goldilocks has some weird and adorable character design that looks like a fever dream after a night of Tim Burton, Maurice Sendak, and caffeinated drinks. Mix in a mellow, sly soundtrack and the whole thing is a quirky, tasty little treat for those of us who are a little, uh, special.
Less of a treasured childhood tale learned at a grandparent's knee and more of what you might get if you were inclined to go looking for your fairytales out of suspicious dingy white vans in deserted alleyways, Goldilocks somehow still manages to be a charmer despite a distinctively skewed presentation. Make no mistake, despite the Grimm subject matter (oh-ho-ho), Goldilocks has its tongue firmly planted in cheek, and will probably make you grin. Despite its short length and relative ease, it's just so well put together that it deserves a look. Despite the rating I've given it, the gore here is actually pretty tasteful (yeah, you heard me), but you still might want to keep the kidlets away and safely oblivious to what happens to mean ol' bears.