Discover Children’s Fable-Inspired Games


The game Lies of P, inspired by the classic story of Pinocchio, was released on September 19th. Available for PlayStation 5 (PS5), PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One and PC, the title is a huge success among audiences and critics. The game drew attention for its high quality and creative way of reimagining writer Carlo Collodi’s original story. For players interested in delving deeper into Lies of P, it’s worth checking out our guide.

In the world of games, there are other titles that reimagine classic tales, with different levels of success. Next, check out the list that TechTudo prepared with games based on children’s fables.

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Lies of P was released for consoles and PC to great success as a dark reimagining of Pinocchio — Photo: Disclosure/Fireshine Games
Lies of P was released for consoles and PC to great success as a dark reimagining of Pinocchio — Photo: Disclosure/Fireshine Games

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The new game, inspired by the Dark Souls franchise, is the sensation of the moment with a dark version of the classic “The Adventures of Pinocchio”. In the story, the puppet becomes a warrior and the last hope of the city of Krat, after his mechanical servants called Puppets go crazy and attack humans.

Amid the dominated streets, Pinocchio searches for his father Geppetto and, while being guided by the voices of Sophia and Gemini, he finds other survivors. A detail of the story that appears curiously in the gameplay is that Pinocchio can lie at certain times, which can get him out of trouble, but also determines the ending of the game obtained.

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Lies of P features gameplay inspired by Dark Souls and a lying mechanic that takes us back to the classic story of Pinocchio — Photo: Disclosure/Fireshine Games
Lies of P features gameplay inspired by Dark Souls and a lying mechanic that takes us back to the classic story of Pinocchio — Photo: Disclosure/Fireshine Games

Before Lies of P, one of the games best known for reimagining the dark children’s tale was American McGee’s Alice, created by American McGee and released in 2000 for PC. Inspired by the books “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, the game allows users to control the character, who after a fire that killed her parents, ends up being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Although the game was acclaimed for its artistic aspect, its gameplay was a bit simple and linear.

In 2011, the game received a sequel called Alice: Madness Returns, for PlayStation 3 (PS3), Xbox 360 and PC. The new adventure took Alice back to Wonderland to face a new threat, but with more varied gameplay. While the original is no longer available, Alice: Madness Returns is still sold in digital stores.

Alice: Madness Returns brings a dark version of Alice in Wonderland by designer American McGee — Photo: Reproduction/Steam
Alice: Madness Returns brings a dark version of Alice in Wonderland by designer American McGee — Photo: Reproduction/Steam

The Wolf Among Us (2013 – PS4, XB, PS3, X360, Vita, And, iOS, PC)

Developed by producer Telltale Games, The Wolf Among Us is an adventure game based on the Fables comic series, where characters from various fables live in hiding in modern times. The game shares the episodic style of the company’s titles and is focused on narrative, following the story of hot-headed sheriff Bigby Wolf, the Big Bad Wolf.

Isolated from the other characters due to his temper, Bigby takes on a murder investigation to find out who is killing his people. During the game, it is possible to choose responses to dialogues, make decisions and react through QTEs. The choices offered several different branches and versions of the same story. The sequel The Wolf Among Us 2 is planned for 2024.

The Wolf Among Us is an adventure game with "Long Wolf" as a protagonist in the traditional Telltale Games style based on the Fables comic series — Photo: Reproduction/Steam
The Wolf Among Us is an adventure game with the “Big Bad Wolf” as the protagonist in the traditional Telltale Games style based on the Fables comic series — Photo: Reproduction/Steam

The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road (2009 – NDS)

The classic story The Wizard of Oz has already had two games produced based on its characters, both little known. The first of these was The Wizard of Oz, from 1993, for the Super Nintendo, an action game in which players could control characters from the book, such as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion.

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The second title is The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, a game for Nintendo DS that mixes parts of action and RPG, with beautiful visuals for the portable. The game had a control system in which a ball was on the touch screen and players had to rotate it using the stylus. stylus for Dorothy to respond. As she ran along the yellow brick road, she encountered enemies along the way and faced them in turn-based battles.

The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is a little-known role-playing game for the Nintendo DS based on The Wizard of Oz — Photo: Reproduction/Rafael Monteiro
The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is a little-known role-playing game for the Nintendo DS based on The Wizard of Oz — Photo: Reproduction/Rafael Monteiro

Bramble: The Mountain King (2023 – PS5, XB, SW, PC)

Despite being based on stories little known to the public, Bramble: The Mountain King is inspired by Norse fables that aimed to warn about dangers and teach values ​​to children. The game features a mix of adventure and horror, with sections of exploration, some puzzles and scary chases.

The story follows a young man named Olle, who needs to rescue his sister Lillemor from the hands of a Troll who has captured her. During his journey, he will encounter mystical creatures from Scandinavian folklore, as well as having the help of some friendly gnomes. It is worth mentioning that the game is available to play through Xbox Game Pass, at no extra cost for subscribers.

Bramble: The Mountain King is an adventure and horror game based on Norse fables — Photo: Reproduction/Steam
Bramble: The Mountain King is an adventure and horror game based on Norse fables — Photo: Reproduction/Steam

Cinders (2012 – PS4, XB, SW, PC)

Based on the story of Cinderella by the Brothers Grimm, the title is a game with style visual novel, in which the player just follows the written story and makes decisions occasionally. The game follows Cinders, who lives with her stepmother Lady Carmosa and her sisters Sophia and Gloria, by whom she is treated as a servant. In control of the character’s destiny, the player can break this cycle and choose whether to follow the direction of the fable or create their own path. The game has multiple endings reached through numerous decision points throughout the story.

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Cinders is a visual novel inspired by the story of Cinderella that gives the player freedom of choice to break the cycle of the fable — Photo: Reproduction/Steam
Cinders is a visual novel inspired by the story of Cinderella that gives the player freedom of choice to break the cycle of the fable — Photo: Reproduction/Steam

The game inspired by the story of Little Red Riding Hood is an independent and unconventional horror production. The game’s description warns: “There is only one rule in the game. And it needs to be broken” and “There is only one objective. And when you achieve it, you die.” The story follows six sisters who are in a house in the city and need to visit their sick grandmother. Just like in the classic tale, they are instructed not to stray from the path, as there are dangers in the forest, such as wolves.

But, if the player just follows orders, he won’t find anything along the way. You have to venture into the forest to find items and secret locations, as well as meet other characters, sometimes accompanied by images and sayings on the screen. The game has a disturbing and psychedelic atmosphere, which depends on the player’s imagination to interpret.

The Path is an unconventional horror game based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood in which players need to disobey her main rule — Photo: Reproduction/Steam
The Path is an unconventional horror game based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood in which players need to disobey her main rule — Photo: Reproduction/Steam

Oink! (1983 – Atari 2600)

Considered one of the first games based on fables, the game Oink! was released in 1983 for the Atari 2600, based on the famous story of the 3 Little Pigs. In the title, players control a little pig inside a brick house, while the Big Bad Wolf blows and tries to destroy the character’s home.

You need to collect the bricks in the upper area of ​​the house and throw them down to cover the cracks created by the wolf and thus prevent him from breaking the house and capturing the piglet. In case of defeat, a new pig comes into action, and the player has, in total, 3 lives – equivalent to the 3 Little Pigs.

Oink!  is an Atari 2600 game based on the classic story of the 3 Little Pigs — Photo: Reproduction/Rafael Monteiro
Oink! is an Atari 2600 game based on the classic story of the 3 Little Pigs — Photo: Reproduction/Rafael Monteiro

With information from The Gamer, Steam (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 e 6), Electronic Arts, Games Radar, IGDB, St1ka, Highretrogamelord

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