Video Game / Fairy Godmother Tycoon
Fairy Godmother Tycoon is a tycoon-style videogame set in fairytale-land with a twist a la The Mafia
. You play as the Fairy Godmother's new assistant, trying to help her reclaim her potion-making empire after getting stretched too thin has nearly brought it to ruin.
This video game provides examples of
- But Thou Must!: No matter how much you don't trust Sneersworth, he will always succeed in his sabotage attempts no matter what you tell him to do, and will act like you agreed anyway.
- Crapsaccharine World: Sure, there's magic and princes and balls and fairy godmothers...but peasants get cursed all the time and the cures for curses are sold by heavily-competing mafia-like corporations.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Oh, so much.
- Goldilocks works with the three bears to run a rival shop called the Bearzinis
- Another competitor is run by the Not So Charming Princes
- The Fairy Godmother is more like a mob boss than a sweet savior, and makes money off potions, not miracles
- Many of the stories you can get involved in during the levels as well. Jack and Jill are scam artists, Rapunzel is being used to sell wigs, and Red Riding Hood's grandma is a werewolf!
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Even if you hook the head of the Not So Charming Princes up with one of Cinderella's stepsisters and he says he's closing his shop, the Princes' shop will remain open. One assumes he was not the only prince working there, but still...
- Gray and Gray Morality: You're more than capable of being just as underhanded as your competitors, if not more so in some cases. While ostensibly the "good" faction, you can hire crooks to rob the opposition, hijackers to steal their ingredients, someone to sabotage their labs, and goons to scare away or even outright steal their customers. And the way to win many levels is to drive the competition's store out of business, and doing it enough closes the company for good.
- Loophole Abuse: The Godmother will always pay back the loan shark once a level if you go bankrupt. Savvy players can integrate this into their spending strategy.
- The Mafia: A lot of the potion business is played this way. Rival shops are treated more like rival crime families you're in a turf war with.
- Obviously Evil: The Godmother's second in command, Sneersworth. Heavily lampshaded by the Godmother herself, which somehow does not stop her form trusting him until after his third sabotage incident.
- Random Number God: There's no rhyme or reason to when an ingredient will be pricey or cheap or when a curse forecast will be high or low. This can screw you over if you spend a lot of money to make a pricey potion and people stop buying or if there's high demand for a potion and you can't afford what's needed to make it.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: One goon you can hire puts more curses on the peasants so they'll have to buy from you.
- You can also be very mean and calculating in how you handle the various fairy tale events, including outright choosing not to help people at all.