A selection of magical projects for aesthetes and escapists: from a bully role-playing adventure to a philosophical platformer.
From time immemorial, winter was a time when people gathered at the fire and told each other stories about how knights fought dragons, treacherous fairies enchanted beautiful princesses, and brave heroes defeated forest monsters. And now, when a snowstorm whispers outside the window, I just want to wrap myself in a warm blanket, pour a cup of cocoa and look through a book of fairy tales with cute illustrations. And even better – pick up a gamepad and feel like a real savior of the world. For example, playing one of the fairy-tale games we have selected from all over the world.
Child of light
This story not only captivates with touching warmth and corresponds to all the canons of good old legends, but also is told in verse, and also looks like a revived canvas of a painter. At the center of a magical adventure from Ubisoft montreal – a brave little princess Aurora, who needs to save a fabulous country from the wiles of an evil witch, help her newfound friends and find a way to her native kingdom.
The puzzles with the play of light and shadow turned out to be bright and original
Turn-based battles remind classics of Japanese role-playing games
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
Odin sphere – a real saga in which the fate of several heroes is intertwined. The brave Valkyrie wants to prove to her father that she is a warrior, not a bride of marriageable age. The cursed knight seeks the meaning of his rapidly dying life. A young fairy rescues her native forest from invaders. The prince, turned into an unknown little animal, is trying to dispel the spell, and his beloved sorceress – to unravel the sinister intrigues of the court magicians.
The little fairy looks defenseless, but can easily explode half-level
Tale in a fairy tale: the characters we play for are actually just the heroes of the books that the little girl Alice reads in her attic
The heroes pave their way not with diplomacy, but with a sword and magic, raining down cunning combos and powerful super blows on enemies (dragons, ghosts and distraught kings do not understand another language). At the same time, the battles, like the dialogs, look amazing: the games of the Japanese studio Vanillaware always chic style, but here she simply surpassed herself and produced a truly enchanting picture.
Ori and the Blind Forest
When a giant owl appears, you involuntarily remember “Hedgehog in the Fog”
The story is meditative, but you should not relax: the gameplay of procrastination and inattention will not forgive
A touching story is dedicated to the little spirit of Ori, who is trying to save his native forest from wilting. To return the normal order of things to the dying thicket, you need to find the sources of the elements and restore the disturbed balance. The task is not an easy one: on the path of Ori, spikes, lava rivers and other dangers will arise, and few surviving forest inhabitants see him as an enemy, not a savior. But through the efforts of the hero, the surrounding world is gradually becoming lighter and friendlier, and its inhabitants are aware of their unity with the forest and with each other.
Fall in love with the original style of the game at first sight
Fable: The Lost Chapters
Oh and not easy to be a hero! And the villains must be managed to defeat, and the girl cheek on, and find the talking doors in the forest
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ghibli studio style is recognized from the first shots
In battle, Oliver is helped by friends and a whole crowd of cute monsters familiar
Bright action RPG really looks like a cartoon where the viewer was allowed to control the characters. However, the game pleases not only with form, but also with content: a kind, instructive and slightly naive story tells about little Oliver who lost his mother and desperately wants her back. For this, he is ready to go to a parallel world, become a real wizard, travel to different times and countries and defeat the evil witch and her henchmen with friends.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Not a single day in Link’s life passes without discoveries and unexpected meetings
Here, forest spirits hide under the stones, powerful dragons soar above the mountains, torches lit in the right order open the way to secret shrines, and a traveler, met under a sprawling tree on a rainy night, can tell about a hidden treasure. In the magical world of Khayrul, it’s interesting not only to heroism, but also just to live: cook food by the fire, study local legends and wonder what kind of surprise awaits the next turn.
Fairy tales are a broad concept: they include creepy folklore, the sad stories of Hans Christian Andersen, and Disney cartoons, where everyone sings and lives happily ever after. Games try to keep up with literature in variety, so you can find philosophical parables and caustic satire, tragic love stories and good stories about friendship and mutual assistance in them. But in one, all the projects above are similar: each allows you to get into a different world saturated with magic, the secrets of which are drawn to unravel.