Man, those old fairy tales are pretty damned grim. Torture, bestiality, rape, dismemberment, incest, murder, necrophilia, suicide, cannibalism and some truly atrocious musical outbursts? Check one, check all. (Of course these are all stories we’re meant to read to children. The world suddenly makes sense.)
It was only a matter of time before somebody put this catalogue of sordid backstory to use, and indeed if you’ve ever laid eyes on Bill Willingham’s Fables – a series of comics that injects these fairy tales into the seedy mainline of modern New York – you’ll know he’s right on the money. It’s prime material for the interactive fiction treatment. Prime, but tricky – which is why it’s heartening that the task fell to Telltale Games, who more than proved their storytelling pluck with The Walking Dead. Telltale set the bar pretty high with their shambling masterpiece, so it really comes down to one question: does The Wolf Among Us settle that score?