Scarlet Hood and the Depraved Wooden Evaluation: Return to Oz

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A reputation like Scarlet Hood and the Depraved Wooden is certain to conjure ideas of the basic fairy story it clearly attracts its title from. You’d be extra correct in calling it a thinly veiled retelling of L. Frank Baum’s The Fantastic Wizard of Ouncesthough. In contrast to the beloved youngsters’s story, nonetheless, Scarlet Hood is a shallow expertise that misses the purpose of what got here earlier than it.

Scarlet Hood and the Depraved Wooden
Developer: Devespresso
Value: $15
Platform: PC
MonsterVine was provided with a Steam code for evaluate

 

For those who’ve ever performed Devespresso’s different video games, The Coma: Reducing Class and its sequel, then you definitely already know what to anticipate gameplay-wise. Gamers management Scarlet, a southern gal with desires of superstardom, throughout the fantastical two-dimensional panorama of Glome, dodging flying monkeys and fixing obtuse puzzles. I say obtuse as a result of as of this writing, I nonetheless don’t know how I used to be meant to unravel one puzzle. A distinct puzzle I used to be additionally caught on got here with an incorrect answer from a information offered by the builders. There’s even an omnipresent lurking enemy within the Brer Wolf, the primary antagonist’s acquainted, which Scarlet should conceal from each time it rears its ugly head. The forest the sport takes place in can be loaded with consumable objects and forex you’ll in all probability by no means use. 

Devespresso added a number of parts to Scarlet Hood that, to some, would possibly make it really feel like a unique recreation. Being a witch, Scarlet has a sixth sense that may assist her remedy puzzles and do away with enemies alongside her path. The environment can be that of a lighthearted fairy story fairly than a Korean horror story. These traits fail to set Scarlet Hood other than Devespresso’s prior work, nonetheless, and it’s unimaginable to take a step ahead with out noticing how spinoff it’s.

Scarlet Hood’s story isn’t doing it a lot justice both. It’s a continuing and blunt reminder of an infinitely higher story within the early Twentieth-century novel, The Fantastic Wizard of Oz. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s a duplicate and paste job, however the parts in Scarlet Hood are generally a bit too exact. 

Narratively, it stands taller than its gameplay, however that isn’t saying rather a lot. It differentiates itself simply sufficient to not be a facsimile: There’s a looping timeline holding Scarlet Hood’s premise collectively, for instance, and Scarlet is extra of a determine in her story than Dorothy was within the first Oz. It additionally lacks any significant allegory in anyway, extinguishing any flame it might have held over Baum’s unique creation, which served as a metaphor for late Nineteenth-century political economics.

I make an effort to judge a recreation with out evaluating it in opposition to different media outdoors itself. It’s enjoyable to see and talk about the place a recreation pulls its affect from, however it’s uncommon that I let it have an effect on the ultimate phrase a lot. Scarlet Hood, nonetheless, is a continuing reminder of different media that did it higher. It’s an injustice to Devespresso’s prior work, and it’s disingenuous to the unique story it’s attempting to emulate.

The Remaining Phrase
A missing homage to decidedly higher content material.

 

– MonsterVine Score: 2.5 out of 5 – Mediocre



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