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. The game has a unique graphic style and gives you the possibility to kill cute creatures in a brutal way. With more players on the couch the game comes to its full potential, but at the same time it could be very chaotic on the screen. The biggest downfall is that the gameplay is mostly the same throughout the game and there aren’t many checkpoints. But if you take your time to glide on a massive pile of blood, all will be quickly forgotten.
  2. Fairytale Fights is a valiant effort and a game which tries to turn convention upside down. In this regard it certainly succeeds but what we're left with here is a simple game lacking in variety.
  3. A funny hack ’n’ slay game taking place in the fairytale universe – great for beginners and advanced players.
  4. Fairytale Fights is a product Dutch gamers can be proud of. When playing alone, the game offers many hours of enjoyment in lush environments. Better yet, these environments will soon be painted red with the blood of your opponents. The multiplayer is a little hectic and falls short, though.
  5. The lackluster execution could be partially forgiven if Fairytale Fights were an Xbox Live Arcade title. But as a full-priced retail release it feels like a missed opportunity.
  6. Fairytale Fights is not a game that’s going to revolutionize the genre. It is, however, a very fun, unique, and beefy (15-20 hours of gameplay) game that’s fun to tear through.
  7. In the end if one goes into Fairytale Fights with realistic expectations of what the game is, then one will no doubt enjoy what the game has to offer.
  8. 69
    Fairytale Fights has become a funny game, but all things are kept too simple. So playing alone will not amuse you, but the co-op on the other hand is really fun. However there is a lag off replay value that might keep you from buying this title!
  9. For what Fairytale Fights sets out to accomplish it does so triumphantly. The big deal here is the price, and as it stands Playlogic is asking full retail value for the game, so that means Fairytale Fights is going to be the same price as something as involved as Dragon Age.
  10. A likeable, if slight, slice of gory Brothers Grimm gaming. [Winter 2009, p.86]
  11. Not a bad game by a long stretch, but it could have been better.
  12. Fairytale Fights isn't as bad as a lot of other outlets make it out to be, but it's got plenty of flaws. I like the premise and the idea of the game, but the execution is rough.
  13. The best of Fairytale Fights is the idea to create the story and background of the game, hands down. Its twisted humour makes it attractive enough to be enjoyable, but only if we ignore its flaws.
  14. Overall Fairytale Fights has a unique premise and quite a bit of potential. Unfortunately lackluster execution on a couple of key features detracts from the experience.
  15. The Brothers Grimm wouldn’t be amused about this title, even if they had been hardcore gamers.
  16. It is love and hate all mixed up when Little Red Riding Hood meets Dead Rising.
  17. Top off the list with repetitive and uninspired boss battles, an off-kilter depth of field and a one-dimensional economy, and Fairytale Fights is offensive, just not in the way Playlogic intended.
  18. The violence and humour grate after a while, but this is still diverting enough stuff. [Issue#52, p.88]
  19. Fairytale Fights digs an attractive concept because of its unpolished and boring gameplay.
  20. Fairytale Fights showed how the Playlogic team contains some exceptional artists and developers, capable to realize some wonderful worlds: unfortunately, it highlighted too some great problems in their game design and QA divisions. Great visual and a very intriguing base idea have been ruined by a very repetitive and unchallenging gameplay. It's a real pity, because this was one of our most watched games and it deserved a better treatment.
  21. 55
    A fantastic concept poorly executed. All of the visuals and presentation seem in place, but the monotonous gameplay and boring combat really drag down the overall experience.
  22. This decent idea got buried under glitches, a bad camera, and frustrating gameplay, and there seems to be no reason for that to have happened.
  23. Fairytale Fights' promises end up being sadly unfulfilled. Its gore and fun approach crashes upon awkward controls and boring gameplay. It's definitely a missed opportunity.
  24. Though Fairytale Fights has a really great idea, it seems to have been slopped together with little thought pertaining to gameplay.
  25. Just behind the beautiful swan's plumage hides the monotony of an ugly duckling. [Christmas 2009, p.84]
  26. The chaos is fun to be a part of for the first few hours, but it becomes redundant too quick to recommend for anyone who isn’t looking for a title to play online or offline cooperatively with a family member or friend.
  27. 51
    Fairytale Fights is simply boring.
  28. Cutesy gore and not a lot else. [Christmas 2009, p.94]
  29. It's nice to look at it and is amusing for a short while, but as soon as the presentation gloss wears off you're left with a dull hack 'n' slash that makes use of an overly simplistic control system. Without the substance to go with the game's amusingly twisted appearance, Fairytale Fights never really gets past the opening chapter.
  30. 50
    There's just nothing to hold your interest over the long haul and while roaming around with some friends helps, it just isn't entertaining enough for me to recommend it to anyone, not even those who love fairy tales and platform titles.
  31. Despite its many promises, this game falls short, with redundant gameplay, unreliable controls, and lackluster storytelling.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. The moral of this fairytale is to avoid playing this game.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. From interface to basic design, it's marred by numerous game design decisions that simply should not have made it to the finished product.
  39. 40
    The most depressing game I've played in a long time.
  40. 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.
  41. 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]
  42. From an intriguing prospect to an abysmal game, Fairytale Fights has turned out more like a horror story.
  43. There's no fairytale ending for this beat 'em-up, with its striking art and terrible control scheme.
  44. There's no way to break the curse on this staggeringly bad action game.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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 »