Twisted Fairytales: Robin Hood
Remember Robin Hood? Not like this you don't. Difference Games continues their series of oddball reimaginings of children's classics in Twisted Fairytales: Robin Hood. Use your mouse to click on differences between the two images in each scene; find at least five out of ten and you can proceed to the next page in the story. From time to time, you're also presented with choices that impact the direction of the story. Will you hunt down that strange object you just saw fall from the sky? Or will you risk another pummeling and try your luck robbing that caravan... again? You decide! There are four endings to uncover in this tale.
Unlike Goldilocks, Robin Hood's twist isn't gruesome. It's weird and wonderfully silly. The artwork is almost unbearably cute, making it a joy to play, and the inclusion of multiple-choice scenarios adds a nice bit of replay value to this short little game. The downside is that when a choice you make brings the story to a premature end, you have to start all over; there's no way to save your game. The decision to let you proceed with only five differences, some more subtle than others, means you can usually sprint right back to where you were, but some sort of Chapter Select screen that unlocks as you go would make a huge difference. Both of the final endings are also a bit weird; one of them seems pretty darned inappropriate if you haven't seen the other for a bit of perdspective, and neither of them is overwhelmingly positive. I suppose you could make an Aesop-ish argument and say the moral of the story is that greedy people get what's coming to them, but I would further suppose you would be also justified in wanting your happy ending.
Even with these shortcomings, however, it's hard to stay mad at the latest in the Twisted Fairytales series. It's absolutely beautiful, and probably won't take you more than fifteen minutes to play all the way through several times. While still not meaty enough to provide substantial entertainment, it's an interesting step in the right direction in an effort to make such a simple genre more widely enjoyed. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I need to go buy some teal hair dye...