Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 47
  2. Negative: 17 out of 47
  1. Despite its many promises, this game falls short, with redundant gameplay, unreliable controls, and lackluster storytelling.
  2. Fairytale Fights could have been the next Castle Crashers, but its lack of depth and overabundance of repetition shows that some tales are better left untold.
  3. If you are looking to get an ultraviolent fairy tale fix, you would be better off to use that $30 to download Castle Crashers and buy a DVD of Shrek II.
  4. Normally, you would expect a happy ever after though, unfortunately, Fairytale Fights has no fairytale ending. Whilst it is a unique title with some strong ideas amid a distinctive style, the lack of a true storyline, the clumsy combat and repetitiveness of the title fail to make Fairytale Fights a must-buy purchase.
  5. The moral of this fairytale is to avoid playing this game.
  6. It doesn’t seem like Playlogic dug in to finish the game, which left it to work (or not work) based on its gimmicks. Sadly, those gimmicks aren’t strong enough to maintain the game across its entirety.
  7. As a hack-and-slash platformer, Fairytale Fights could have been a success. On top of a consistent and admittedly appealing theme, it has all the right ingredients to fit the genre: countless weapons, challenging levels and 4-player co-op. But with repetitive gameplay and unrewarding challenges, this title falls very, very short of becoming the next Castle Crashers.
  8. From interface to basic design, it's marred by numerous game design decisions that simply should not have made it to the finished product.
  9. 40
    The most depressing game I've played in a long time.
  10. While it can be briefly enjoyable and provide a few giggles and chuckles, it quickly becomes repetitive and boring. Co-op helps, but in the end, poor controls and lack of genuinely entertaining qualities will drive most players away.
  11. Straightforward, button-mashing combat through the game's Quest mode with up to three friends may clutter up the screen during heated duels against an onslaught of bad guys, but it provides the otherwise muddled Fairytale Fights with its only true high point. [Jan 2010, p.78]
  12. From an intriguing prospect to an abysmal game, Fairytale Fights has turned out more like a horror story.
  13. There's no fairytale ending for this beat 'em-up, with its striking art and terrible control scheme.
  14. There's no way to break the curse on this staggeringly bad action game.
  15. Fairytale Fights has one of the very best set-ups of any game this year, yet it's marred by repetitive gameplay, annoying combat, levels that go on forever and bosses that stand out for all the wrong reasons.
  16. Fairytale Fights would have been starkly disappointing as an XBLA or PSN download-only title, but as a retail game taking up shelf space, it's absolute failure.
  17. It's ugly; it's slippery; all of the enemies blend together because they're all the frickin' same... it's awe-inspiringly bad, really. Not since Superman 64 have I played something this stomach-wrenching, and at least in the end that was funny-horrible. This one skips by funny-horrible and goes right back to bad.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jun 12, 2012
    4
    Fairytale Fights is a game that could and should have been great, but instead ends up a boring, bargain bin experience that I recommend passing on. It's got a great premise, take players on a bloody and maturely twisted romp through the world of fairytales with familiar faces and a mature sense of humor. The only problem is it never takes it's ability to be a maturely funny game far enough, all it does is slap some blood and gore on it and call it mature humor. The gameplay itself is also a big disappointment, you basically hack and slash your way through seemingly endless waves of enemies in annoyingly long levels and fight a boss battle that drags on forever, it's all just really repetitive and boring, and it makes the whole game seem much longer than it actually is. The controls are a mess, you do get used to them eventually, however the combat would have been much smoother with a traditional control scheme. The camera is also a big problem it's either zoomed out to far or zoomed in to close making it hard to see yourself among the enemies in the more crowded levels. The game does have some good things going for like great graphics with a cool style and one or two cool levels, and online four player co-op (avoid the arena mode at all costs) but the game is just so boring I really don't recommend this to any gamer, which is sad because this could have been great, hopefully a sequel will be made that gets it right. Full Review »
  2. May 16, 2012
    10
    Fairytale Fights is a fantastic game, have much funny elements. The story is amazing and funny, the development is interesting. The graphics are really funny, the multiplayer is wow incredible. Amazing game. Full Review »
  3. Apr 5, 2011
    5
    The game has a great visual style, but repetitive gameplay caused me to never be able to finish the game. Fun, but not for small kids due to the gore and violence against bunnies. Full Review »