Game Review: Help Little Red Riding Hood in Red StoryÂ
Tales have always been my guilty pleasure ever since I was a child but even now I can’t stay away from a good tale book or movie. Little Red Riding Hood is one of the most famous tales and whether you know its light version or the hardcore “original” one, it manages to captivate you. When I stumbled upon Red Story the first thing that caught my eye were the beautiful graphics and I really wish there was a cartoon of the story looking exactly like that. But how does it do in the gameplay department?
In this installment the bad wolf has stolen a map that shows the way Red Riding Hood grandmother’s house, and now the brave girl goes on a quest to find the wolf and retrieve the map before it is too late. As you can see this time the pray and the predator change roles and the courageous Riding Hood goes through traps and unwelcome territories in the forest to save her grandmother. Will you help her get back the precious map?
Red Story focuses on completing levels in which you must collect the lights and avoid obstacles. Riding Hood runs automatically and you control her by tapping to make her jump and swipe with your finger down to make her slide or swipe left to make her go the opposite direction and avoid traps. But controls are a bit tricky and not as responsive as they should. In many cases I found myself performing an action that didn’t register and because of that I lost precious life points which frustrated me to say the least. It requires a lot of training to master the controls.
The lights I mentioned are little flames that are the game’s currency. To get a perfect score you need to get 3 stars. There are other collectibles too though like the apples that give you bonus points or the letters that form the word RED. Obstacles include deadly spikes that you need to jump over, swinging blades to dodge, carnivorous plants and funny wolves in chicken or even bee’s costumes that you defeat by jumping on them or by sliding towards them and more to put your reflexes into test. If you lose you start from your last checkpoint and you have a total of 3 hearts and you can get a free one by watching an ad. Power ups are also available and include the shield that protects you from enemies, the parachute that allows you to remain on air a bit longer when jumping and more. You can activate power us by spending coins at the shop and even choose from bundles but of course these require plenty of coins.
Overall, it is a lovely game with not a lot of difficulty and pleasant quests but the issues in the controls could prove to be a turn off for many players. Of course, this issue doesn’t mean that playing is unbearable, but only that you will have to try harder than you should to learn to use them
Red Story offers a variety of IAPs. The most common one, as in most games are the currency (coins or flames call it as you like) bundles that you can find in the shop. you also get the option to grab 100 coins by watching an ad so a visit to the shop is not a bad idea. You can also pay to unlock all levels or to remove all ads.
Graphics & Sounds
The game’s strongest point is none other than the graphics and overall design. Everything about this game is stunning, be it the cinematics that could easily become a full length cartoon movie or the smooth designs in-game with the colorful backgrounds and detailed characters. It is hard to focus on the quest when your eyes get distracted by the beauty in every corner of the screen. Riding Hood looks amazing and adorable and the silly dressed wolves make things more lighthearted for you. The music is playful and adventures and it fits the game’s theme well.
In conclusion, Red Story is a light game that will keep you interested and it is perfect for all ages. It is beautiful, funny, adventurous and fairly easy. The controls will mess with you at first but if you manage to move past that, you will enjoy it a lot and will feel glad you downloaded it. If you tried it let us know your thoughts and impressions in the comments below.
Red story screenshots (above) and trailer (below)