|Willow's already a gamer.|
Little Red Riding Hood
I don't know why but when I think of children's stories the first one that comes to mind is Little Red Riding Hood, so I'm going to start with this one and work up to the big world. I thought I knew the story pretty well but wanted to do some research, so I brought Willow some fairy tale books (thanks again to everyone who gave us gift cards for her birthday) and downloaded a bunch of Little Red story apps.
Turns out Little Red Riding Hood isn't nearly as warm and fuzzy as I remembered...
Nerfing the Brothers Grimm
For those of you who don't remember how it all ends (spoilers) the hunts man hears the wolf snoring (after a heavy meal of Grandma and Little Red he needs a power nap), so he cuts open his big belly to retrieve Nan and Red. They then decide to stuff the wolf with rocks and sew him back up so in the future they'll hear him rattling before they see him. Lovely.
|Not what we want...|
I'm not saying that it's all as bad as say the original story (before the Grimm's lightened it up a bit), or Todd McFarlane's vision of Little Red, but it still doesn't sit well with me. I'd rather not have both Grandma and Little Red cut out of the wolf. There must be a better way of telling the story.
And A Better Way to Play
On the one hand I'm really disappointed with the apps available. The interaction really doesn't add anything. If all you're doing is moving the character across the screen or selecting a fork in the road you might as well be reading a 'chose your own adventure' version of the story. But there is opportunity here.
|Of the apps I played, the Nosy Crow version was by miles the best.|
Making the App
|First Red doodle|
A part of me knows that I'm doing this for Willow, well and for me, so how it looks needs to only appeal to us. And she doesn't care. She's fascinated by anything on our mini magical colour boxes, but I am my worst critic and I'm finding this part really challenging. I can't make my mind up if it should be magical like the setting of a Ghibli film, or clean and contemporary like the Toca Boca games, or crafty and homemade like Lumino City.
At least I know Red is going to look like Willow.
|I have no idea what the forest should look like.|
Next I suppose I should start worrying about Kings who murder princes and Children pushing witches into stoves...