Fairy Tales Get a Little Wild in Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood

Little Red Riding Hood Goes to Oz and Rocks Out

Every culture has its fables, but the fairy tales recorded by the Brothers Grimm are some of the best known all around the world. They’re chilling and charming, flexible and timeless, and every time we see these old stories given a new coat of paint we feel a sliver of childhood wonder. Or, in some cases, terror. Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood is no exception. Created by the Korean studio which gave us The Coma series, this fantasy puzzle game will take the creators’ trademark manhwa (Korean graphic novels)-inspired style and apply it to some classic fairy tales… with a bit of a modern twist. Instead of being a solid farmgirl or a fragile waif, protagonist Scarlet is a rock diva in the making–and while she’s still fighting a witch, she’s also becoming one.

Taking elements from The Wizard of Oz and Little Red Riding Hood, Scarlet Hood follows Scarlet as she’s thrown into the magical world of Glome by a rogue tornado. There, she takes up the mantle of the Red Witch must lead a troupe of Munchkins through the Wicked Wood. In her way is a mysterious, vibrant, and deadly land full of witches, tin knights, talking beasts, and monsters. Oh, and there’s both a big bad wolf and a wicked witch out there, waiting for her. Fortunately, Scarlet has two things on her side: a little fox that acts as her pathfinder, and a Recursion Hex that lets her re-live the same day over and over again. The choices she makes will determine how her story ends.

This story-driven adventure game takes place over the course of seven bad days, during which Scarlet must lead her Munchkin friends to safety. Players will:

  • Survive a narrative time-loop.
  • Solve ridiculous puzzles.
  • Follow your own multi-path story.
  • Unlock multiple endings based on your decisions.
  • Ogle the hand-illustrated graphics.
  • Use Scarlet’s witching skills to avoid detection.

Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood screenshot.

Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood will be available on Steam Early Access in February.

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