Gretel and Hansel is a series of Flash games on Newgrounds, in which you play as Gretel of "Hansel and Gretel" fame. The game takes place in a particularly nightmarish world, in which characters from other Fairy Tales make appearances. In the first game, Gretel overhears her parent's plans to abandon them in the forest and must find enough stones to mark the path back home; in the second, she is separated from her brother and must find him.The first game can be found here, the second here.
This game provides examples of:
A Day in the Limelight: In the second game, Gretel ends up getting her face stolen by a mirror, after which Hansel (with the help of some fairies) has to save her.
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When Gretel falls through the hole in the ground at the start of Part 2. Hansel is standing right behind her, but doesn't notice her falling in - he's too distracted by the pretty, sparkly fairies. Hansel and the fairies show up toward the end of the game to save Gretel when her face is stolen.
The Blank: Gretel And Hansel 2 introduces creepy squiggly things that steal faces from other people. Their victims are turned into Blanks and lose all motivation and drive along with their faces — they can't even move. This even applies to their ghosts.
Critical Annoyance: The mandragora you need to uproot in order to get one of the three pieces of the last puzzle in the second game.
Curiosity Killed the Cast: You find a key in the first game after solving a somewhat obtuse puzzle that requires killing Hansel and finding at least one other item beforehand. Your reward for using it? An axe to the face.
Darker and Edgier: It's not that much more so, however, considering the original story involved two small children left to fend for themselves in the woods by their impoverished parents, and ended with them kicking a witch into her own oven.
Development Hell: Nothing has been heard of the game's creator in over a year now...
The Dog Bites Back: Had fun stoning Hansel to death in the first game? Try hitting Hansel a couple of times with the stick in the second one, and he will punch Gretel with enough strength to bruise her face. Aptly named "Revenge". Also, try hitting poor Rufus before using the glasses. He'll strangulate you for trying to make him more miserable.
And the face stealers, creatures seemingly made from vines who steal other people's faces, freezing even their very souls on the mortal plane until their face is returned. Fortunately, there are ways to take care of them...
Foreshadowing: If you set it to night time in a rainy part of a forest, using the glasses, you can make out a wicked figure, you can also find graves, which, if you use glasses on, suspiciously have Hansel and Gretel's faces...
The Fair Folk: Averted. Actually, the fairies are playful and helpful, especially after Hansel saves their queen from a face stealer.
Final Boss Preview: Your last challenge in Part 2 is to get past the Big Bad Wolf. You'll catch a glimpse of it relatively early in the game.
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The stickman offers you a variety of foods when you fall into his dining room, which you may or may not choose to consume. Eating the wrong foods will kill you, while refusing to eat or sticking to the "safe" options will eventually get you killed, anyway. How do you survive? By Taking A Third Option, of course.
Tome of Eldritch Lore: The tome you obtain in the Stick Man's "kitchen", which is accompanied by satanic-sounding whispers and incantations. His "cookbooks" must be something like it, given his "food"...
Too Dumb to Live: Hansel, despite being Mentally Challenged he is just too DUMB! There are too many examples to show, but some very prominent ones are that he could literelly swallow a pair of scissors, stand TIP-TOE on a cliff edge, not react to seeing his sister die HORRIBLY and more...
Video Game Caring Potential: In episode 2, you have the choice of saving the people that were captured by the tree. Just... Good luck eating the arm and leg.
Consider also that your host is basically a tree - the acorn, pie, and in fact the apple in the skull's mouth are all made from him. The arm, leg, and fish are not.
What the Hell, Player?: In part 1, shooting continually at Hansel. Considering the very painful and heartrending ways Gretel can die in, the same could be said about players wanting to find all the ways to die. (it's just very painful to watch)
On a humorous note, Knocking of the heads of the robot creators in the Easter Egg room.