Woolfe: Grin’s retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood tale

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is an ‘action platformer’ that re-tells/re-spins the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. This time out Woolfe is the CEO of Woolfe Industries and it seems like Red’s father has died in his employ. Red wants revenge but she’ll have to hack her way through an army of animated toy soldiers (among other things) to get it.

Woolfe is being done by Grin, and the game has already been Greenlit on Steam and featured on the [email protected] platform (Microsoft’s push to get indie games on their consoles). But developer Grin has had to cut some features, particularly magic, and they’re running a Kickstarter project to generate funds to get those cut features back in. I’ve grown a bit wary of Kickstarter in general, but this is an example of a game being created by an established developer who already has gameplay to show; I think it’s a pretty safe bet.

They did a lengthy video about the game:

And here’s a snipper from the PR blurbage:

The new video reveals the origins of Woolfe’s creation when, two years ago, aspiring game developer Davy Penasse applied for a 3D artist job at Belgian-based indie studio GRIN. While Penasse was unsuccessful in securing that position, the team at GRIN were blown away by a short, 3D demo at the end of Penasse’s portfolio. Featuring a stylized Red Riding Hood character attacked by evil living trees in a dark enchanted forest, this 10-second clip became the starting point of what would eventually become Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries.

The story of Little Red Riding Hood has been told in various forms since the 10th Century, but Woolfe’s interpretation is a dark fantasy revenge story far beyond a modern fairy tale. Following the death of her father, Red dons a cape, picks up an axe and faces her worst fears in a bloody vendetta against the evil B.B. Woolfe, CEO of Woolfe Industries.

GRIN has also launched a Kickstarter campaign for Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries to help the small indie studio take the game to the next level. The core gameplay is already in place, but additional funding will help GRIN add new features and mechanics, including magical powers for Red that would compliment her current melee combat abilities. Among the many rewards on offer, backers will be able to customize their own Toy Soldier; part of the robot army employed by B.B. Woolfe to enforce his iron rule. The Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries Kickstarter campaign has a funding target of $50,000 and will run until September 4, 2014.

Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is scheduled to release for PC, Xbox One and PS4 in Q2 of 2015.