‘Grimm meets Oz’ in The Coma dev’s Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood

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Devespresso, the Seoul-based studio behind The Coma, The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters, and Vambrace: Cold Soul has announced its newest project, a “Brothers Grimm meets Oz” fantasy puzzle adventure game called Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood.

The game continues Devespresso’s signature hand-illustrated manhwa style courtesy of Minho Kim, but trades the grim horror of The Coma and dark fantasy of Vambrace for a colourful, comical adventure through a world inspired by The Wizard of Oz. It’s coming to Steam Early Access in February next year.

Here’s the game’s synopsis, via publisher Headup:

Scarlet, the protagonist and a rock diva in the making, awakes in the realm of Glome after being flung over by a rogue tornado. She discovers a vibrant world brimming with magic, beauty, and artifacts from a mysterious bygone culture. Her strange journey begins when she takes up the mantle of the Red Witch and leads a troupe of Munchkins through the forbidden Wicked Wood. In a world full of riddles and wonders, she encounters witches, tin knights, talking beasts, monsters, and many fearsome creatures to overcome.

The fledgling witch soon discovers a Recursion Hex has her reliving the same day. However, each death presents new opportunities to branch the adventure in exciting new ways. Ultimately, her decisions lead to multiple endings. In the deep wood, where a bad hungry wolf roams and a wicked witch casts her evil spells, Scarlet must rely on her wits and a small fox, acting as her pathfinder, to overcome the disasters that await her at every turn.

Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood is a story-driven adventure game. As Scarlet, you must relive seven days of misfortune, and make a series of decisions to guide your Munchkin troupe safely out of the Wicked Wood. Experience branching outcomes based on your decisions. Most importantly, immerse yourself in a bewitching story of fantastic adventure!

Features:
▪ Survive a narrative time-loop
▪ Solve ridiculous puzzles
▪ Follow your own multi-path story
▪ Unlock multiple endings based on your decisions
▪ Ogle the hand-illustrated graphics
▪ Use Scarlet’s witching skills to avoid detection

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