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'Competitive' and 'choose your own adventure' aren't usually two genres you'd hear in the same sentence, but The Wolf's Bite does its best to make them work harmoniously.
While it's an interesting ride, and amusing for the most part, the game does eventually lose its glamour and ends up as rather a bit of a wheeze than something that blows you away.
I'll huff and I'll puff
After starting, and failing, a career in residential demolition, the Big Bad Wolf decides to throw into the food industry instead, opening up his own restaurant. Displeased with their free sample of Mr. Wolf's demolition, the Three Little Pigs are out for revenge as they plot to sabotage his new business.
At the beginning of each run you choose to play as the wolf or the pigs and get to work increasing your reputation and funds, whilst destroying your competitor's. You can play either against AI or against a friend in local co-op.
Whoever you choose, you have to visit different points on the map each turn and try to make the correct decisions to creep one step closer to victory. This could be anything from giving cooking demonstrations at the local supermarket, brewing up some magic, helping stop crime, or getting really, really drunk.
If you can't see the connection in those few examples, you're probably not alone. The choices around the wolf's house, the pigs' supermarket, the Wolf's Bite, and a couple of other places make sense, but going further afield is where the lines get a little blurry.
Unless you're presented with the exact same series of opportunities and questions, the outcome of most decisions leaves you scratching your head. Some answers, which seem perfectly logical, end up being wrong, and some of the newspaper clippings from the day's end can also be a bit out of sync with the day's events.
And I'll need my inhaler
Though it's an ambitious attempt, one of The Wolf's Bite's major flaws is in its overall story. It's nicely written, has a certain humour that's easy to appreciate, but after a few games the outcomes become more predictable and less surprising.
Its art style, music, and ease of play is certainly perfect for young players or parents wanting something to play with their children. For an older audience, however, there's something left to be desired.
Gamers looking for quick story game to work through, this will be right up your street. Though, long-term fans of richer choose your own adventure games will likely be disappointed with the game's simplicity and occasional lack of direction.
The Wolf's Bite may be short and a little flat in a few areas, but it's charming in its own way and attempts to bring something new to an old and familiar genre.