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Once Upon A Crime

by Ghost

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File size: 1.7 MB
Downloaded: 10,256 times
Graphics: 320x240, 16-bit color
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Release Date:
2 Jan 2008
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Medium Length Game
Short Game Can be completed within 30 minutes
Medium Length Game Takes at least 30 mins to finish
Full Length Game As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic
Non-Adventure Game Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!
Joke Game You know when it fits this category ;)
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Content Advisory:
Bad LanguageNone
ViolenceOccasional, mild


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About this game

Join Red (the PI formerly known as Little Red Riding Hood) on a chase to solve a most terrible crime. With magical potions, sharp wits and a sweet pout, there is no telling where the chase may lead!

NOTE: 1.3B is up, adressing a bug that made it possible to get stuck in the endgame. Please get the new version for a much better game experience.
See the people who made this game and any other games they've worked on >>
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AGS Awards Wins

Won, Best Character Art 2008

AGS Awards Nominations

Nominated, Best Original Story 2008

Nominated, Best Puzzles 2008

Nominated, Best Background Art 2008

AGS Panel Review

"A cute romp through several fairytale stories."

13 people commented on this game (newest first):

I can't believe I forgot to comment on this game when I first played it:

This is one of the all-time AGS classics and MUST be played right now by every single person on the planet...

I'm just not quite sure which exact planet...But definately one of them...
2015-07-27 09:22:45 by Mandle
Hello, my name is Joel, from the french AGS forum.
I want to translate your game in french.
If you agree, send me an email to this address:


and I contact you. Thank you. :)
2009-02-09 18:36:32 by foxyfox555 (foxyfox666)
This is a polished game with very nice graphics and a fun premise. It features a decent amount of gameplay, and both story and puzzles make sense within the game.

You play as (no-longer-all-that Little) Red Riding Hood, and Red makes for a sympathetic heroine. You also meet a lot of other colorful characters taken from various fairy tales and children's books, and the game offers a cartoony, post-modern revisionism of these familiar faces (think [i]Wicked[/i], [i]Fables[/i], [i]Hoodwinked[/i], or [i]Enchanted[/i]). It is easy to see the fondness for the original stories.

However, the solutions to most puzzles seemed quite arbitrary to me, with little to indicate how to achieve particular tasks. This made the game an exercise in "guess-the-designer's-mind", which is difficult and not particularly enjoyable.

About two thirds of the way through, the story takes a sudden left turn, and this twist may not appeal to everyone.

The writing is mostly good, but there are a few examples of unidiomatic English
2008-03-23 01:17:34 by Snarky
Wonderful game indeed. The graphics were nice and colourful, the puzzles were often clever, and the story was absolutely fantastic.

2008-02-19 05:41:03 by Ben304
An extremely enjoyeable game. It has a great concept, such an original story, adding a nice spin to some old fairytale stories and parts of this game had me in stitches. I just love how the characters from the fairytales have been given such a new, modern personality giving humour in some ways similar to the movie Shrek.

The graphics are great, the music is catchy and the characters are all well designed and everything fits together nicely.

The majority of the puzzles are all logical and were just challenging enough, though a few i really did struggle on but overall a very good game.
2008-02-04 00:20:52 by butters
this game was funny, I enjoyed it, and couldn't wait to see what crazy character I would see next, and they were all very interesting. some of the puzzles were a bit hard and I got stuck a few times. But overall the story was great and original, i would love to see a sequal, with red on more quests!
2008-01-26 04:48:49 by Anonymous (Nikkylo)
Very great game, beautiful and fun :)
I enjoyed meeting Hook, Smee and Tinker Bell !
2008-01-17 12:24:47 by Marion
An excellent game - well done!

Top marks for everything except for the puzzles - there was one puzzle where there was no clue how to proceed, and the player had to guess and try all inventory items on everything... that's not fair.

Otherwise great job - the graphics were pretty, the story was imaginative and novel and the game was a delight to play.
2008-01-16 14:46:24 by paolo
Truly Excellent. I am amazed at what can be done in an amateur adventure game with AGS. Ghost writes well and pulls together many different fairy tale characters seamlessly.

The puzzles were challenging but very logical if you think like a fairy tale :D

I thought the graphics were beautiful.

Thanks Ghost for this adventure I had a wonderful time in Parodise!

Don't forget to see the credits through - its worth it...
2008-01-08 00:48:19 by ladymeba
I loved, loved, loved this game!!
2008-01-05 08:21:53 by ThatOneChick87
Really well done! I enjoyed it a lot and recommended it as well to Nordinho.

Thank you for a lot of fun!
And a happy new year to all of you!
2008-01-03 23:01:47 by TassieDevil
This game is very witty, with challenging but rewarding puzzles and a lot of parody on the best well known fairy tales' characters.
In one word: exquisite!
2008-01-02 03:39:56 by Bicilotti (bicilotti)
It will take you back many years...
2008-01-02 03:19:18 by Dualnames
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