PC Review Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries – Grandma Should be Proud

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Little Red Riding Hood is all grown up and on her way to Grandma’s house in developer GRIN’s Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries. Should you guide her through this journey or should you just skip on past this title?

Read our review to find out.

GRIN’s take on the Red Riding Hood legacy is not an ordinary bedtime story. Four years ago, Red Riding Hood’s father, Joseph, lead engineer for Woolfe Industries, died in a work accident. At least, that’s what his family was told. All grown up, our heroine is ready to unveil the truth and present the bill for her tragic loss.

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Red’s not so little anymore

The first thing we noticed upon redeeming our review code and firing up the game is how beautiful it is. Our gaming rig is pretty high end, so we were able to max out the settings for Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries and play the game in its true beauty. While the Pied Piper could have used a little more work, Red and all of her surroundings looks stunning. The level of detail in each environment and most of the characters adds to the gorgeousness of the game.

Red starts out unarmed so you’ll have to learn to sneak right away and sneaking worked simply enough as you’ll have to sneak past some life-size toy soldiers. Once you have an ax to grind with, you’ll be facing off against these toy soldiers, that really shouldn’t be considered toys as they want only to see you dead. You’ll only have two attacks to start with (light and heavy) but both are pretty effective. More attacks are revealed as you play through the first chapter, and then a couple more are revealed on the second chapter.

These guys are not toys

These guys are not toys

The game isn’t very long, and the developer didn’t keep that a secret going in, as it took us about four hours to play all the way through both chapters, and we played on the hardest difficulty. Puzzles aren’t too hard to figure out, and platforming is pretty straightforward, so we felt that more game time could have been added by amping up the puzzle difficulty, or even adding in a few more puzzles per chapter.

The game isn’t quite a side scrolling platformer, and isn’t quite a 3D game, but more of a 2.5D experience. The platforming isn’t always flawless, and we did get a little frustrated a couple times, but it worked well for the most part. The game plays great, and the environments not only look great, but also makes it easy to discern areas that are interactive like ledges for grabbing and traversing, or areas of interest that will give you information. There are also little W’s spread out around the levels that unlock diary pages that also give small bits of information that can be read from the menu.

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Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a fun game that looks gorgeous and is decently designed with only a few flaws here and there. The price tag is fairly low at $9.99/€9.99/£6.99, but still the developer probably could have added a little more content to lengthen the overall experience. Hopefully when Volume Two is released in August it will have a few more hours of playtime compared to this one.

Beautiful game, well designed levels, and Little Red aint so little anymore. Good job GRIN.

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