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The Living Legends are series of hidden object games based on fairy tales with much Darker and Edgier twists developed by 4 Friends Games.

  • Living Legends: Ice Rose — the first game in the series based on "The Snow Queen". You play as a girl whose lover Edward Grand went missing after uncovering tragedy at the frozen town of Rosemount. Journey throughout the land to stop the Ice Queen from succeeding in her goal and save your beloved. A remastered version has currently been released.

  • Living Legends: Frozen Beauty - based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. You play as an older sister of a girl named Elizabeth. Elizabeth is chosen to become the queen's successor and both of you set off to live in the palace. However, something in the world is too good to be true and you must save your sister from the queen's nefarious plan.

  • Living Legends: Wrath of the Beast - based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You play as Goldlocks' son who must save the town of Fortress from the attack of the bears from the forest while uncovering the truth behind your mother's death.

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  • A fourth game Living Legends: Bound by Wishes is based on Rumpelstiltskin. You play as the fiancee of Jack who goes to Wishvale to find her beloved. Once there, she must uncover the secrets of the town and its Mayor, Tom, as roses guard something beyond the walls.

  • The fifth game Living Legends: Beasts of Bremen is based on The Bremen Town Musicians and elements of Rapunzel. You play as the sister of aspiring musician attending Bremen's festival. But when a dark fog blankets the town and people are turning into animals, you must uncover what sinister magic is at play.

  • The sixth game Living Legends: Uninvited Guests is based on Beauty and the Beast. You are the cousin of the prince Leo, and you're invited to a wedding! But your reunion is derailed by the appearance of a mysterious beast in the castle that controls everything in its walls. You must break into the castle to find out what happened to your cousin and the guests.

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  • The seventh game Living Legends: Fallen Sky is based on Jack and the Beanstalk and Puss in Boots. You play as the sister of a botanist on your way to hear about his latest discovery of magic beans. But when you fid him missing and the land attacked by a giant, you must track down a collection of stolen magical items to set things right in the Sky Kingdom and save your brother.

  • The eighth game Living Legends: The Crystal Tear is based on Cinderella. You play as a friend of the bride-to-be of a prince invited to the Crystal Kingdom. But when midnight strikes, the castle and its inhabitants are engulfed in crystals. With the curse threatening everything, you must uncover the hidden story behind the crystal slipper to save your friend.

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     Shared Tropes 

  • Darker and Edgier: The games are more grim than their source materials.
  • Deal with the Devil: Courtesy of the Alchemist and Mayor Tom, as much as their Lawful Evil status allows.
    • In the first game, it turned out that the Ice Queen made deal with the Alchemist that if she helps him growing the blue roses and turns the land into eternal winter he'll bring back her parents.
    • In the second game, the Alchemist made a deal with Queen that she'll fetch the Flower of Life from the Gnome Maze for him in exchange for an apple that allows her to be the fairest for all eternity. When the Queen was defeated, he kidnapped Elizabeth and gave the same deal to the protagonist but for her sister's life instead.
    • In the third game, the Alchemist made a deal with Amaretta that if she aids him in resurrecting his beloved Morgana, he'll give her a love potion that bends Jarett's heart to her. He lied.
  • Downer Ending: The series itself is rather fond of this trope.
    • For the original Snow Queen Tale, Kai and Gerda managed to sealed the Ice Queen and shattered the mirror that is the source of her power but because of their daughter curiosity of wanting to meet the said Queen they're all doomed.
    • For the original Snow White Tale, the queen succeeded in her goal and took Snow White's youth, froze her soul within her body until the protagonist released her.
    • For the original Rumpelstiltskin Tale, Mayor Tom's contract with Augustine was not optional, and he attempted to kill her to take back his magic spindle.
  • Scenery Porn: Like other games of this type, each scene is made of highly detailed bitmaps.

     Living Legends: Ice Rose 
  • Freudian Excuse: The real reason of that the Ice Queen tries to turn the world into eternal winter is because she wants to bring back her parents from death.
  • Harmless Freezing: Averted. Being frozen for long period of time killed the victims.
  • No Name Given: Averted for the Ice Queen who is given a name (Angelique de Leroy) here. Played straight with the Alchemist.

     Living Legends: Frozen Beauty 
  • Artifact of Doom: The cursed comb given by the queen to Elizabeth early in the game is this: comb your hair with it and lose your consciousness immediately. Like the original tale, removing the comb will break the spell.
    • The corset ribbon is this as well: the queen used it to bind Snow White's soul, preventing her from ascending to afterlife.
  • And I Must Scream: Those fall for the queen's deception suffers this fate: being frozen alive and unable to move on to the afterlife should they are full of unfulfilled wish. Near the end of the main game, Elizabeth suffers this but is saved thanks to the queen's defeat.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: As part of the deal with the Alchemist, the queen must allows him to grant one wish for each of those who forfeited their life. It's the only way to defeat the queen, by wish for her to be the fairest one of all.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: The Gnomes were firm believer of this, so they placed a spell to prevent anyone except the fairest of all from be able to retrieve the Flower of Life from the maze. The protagonist even lampshades this in her note.
  • Evil Is Petty: A partly justified example: the Queen stole the Gnomes' oil can to prevent them from burning down her magic apple tree.
  • Fairest of Them All: The Queen's ultimate goal in the game is to become this by tricking the fairest of all at the time (Snow White, Three Ladies, Your mother, Elizabeth and You) into eating youth-draining magic apple that allow her to do this to you.
  • Irony: The only way to defeat the queen "once and for all" is to wish for her to be the fairest of all.
  • Kill It with Fire: The only way to destroy the queen's magic apple tree.
  • MacGuffin: The Flower of Life which the Alchemist requires you to obtain from the maze in exchange for your sister in the bonus game.
  • Magic Mirror: As in the original tale, the Queen uses the mirror to locate the fairest maiden in the land in her quest to become the fairest of all. The protagonist successfully destroys it at behest of the spirit of her mother.
  • Missing Mom: One of the plots in the game is to find out what happened to your mother. She was the last victim of the queen who promised her with wealth should she accepts the deal and her daughters will live in comfort.
  • Mystical White Hair: The mysterious woman holding the magic apple in the screen. It's your mother after being frozen alive.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Averted. In this case the dwarfs in this story are replaced by Gnomes, who resembles normal human anyway.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The queen not only likes fancy dresses, she seems to wait until her victims are dressed to the nines as well. Even Elizabeth gets a pretty fancy dress when she arrives.
  • Pretty in Mink: The queen has an ermine-trimmed cape, and you come across other women wearing fur-trimmed ballgowns.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Snow White.
  • Rule of Seven: The Queen's ultimate goal of becoming the fairest for all eternity requires her to drain youth from seven fairest maidens in the world.
  • Sadistic Choice: The queen offers one to Elizabeth to choose between her own life or her sister's that will eat the magic apple. Elizabeth chooses to save you.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Snow White, then the three ladies,your mother, Elizabeth and you. It's also another plot point since only the fairest one of all can receive the Flower of Life from the Gnome Maze.

     Living Legends: Wrath of the Beast 
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the original tale Goldilocks is a girl who snuck into the Bears' house for curiosity. Here, she is the heroine who saved Fortress by snucked into Land of Magical Bears and stole the Fury Crystal to save her hometown from plague.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Goldilocks, Sheridan and your daughter Jenny
  • Last Minute Hook Up: The protagonist and Sheridan get married at the end of the main game. Their adventure with their daughter Jenny continue in the bonus game.
  • Last of Their Kind: The protagonist and Sheridan are the last of magical bear people after Morgana slaughtered them in her quest for power.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Amaretta's love for Jared drove her to kill her best friend Goldilocks in jealousy and she tried to get rid of you, for that Jared only loves you and Goldilocks.
  • Killed Off for Real: After failed in his last plan to bring back Morgana, the Alchemist committed suicide by falling into lava.
  • The Reveal: The game finally reveals what the Alchemist uses the three Mac Guffins for: they are used to resurrect his lost love, Morgana.
  • Rule of Three: The Alchemist needs three items to revive Morgana from her frozen slumber: The Ice Rose, Magic Apple, and Flower of Life.
  • Spanner in the Works: As it turns out, Goldilock was the reason that the Alchemist's plan to revive Morgana was delayed due to the fact that she stole the Fury Crystal and used up most of its power to save the people, as well as raised and protect the bear prince (the protagonist) from him.

     Living Legends: Bound by Wishes 
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Rumpelstiltskin
  • Adaptational Heroism: The miller from the original tale of Rumpelstiltskin was a liar who boasted that his daughter could spin straw into gold. Here, the miller Hans is portrayed as a loving father to his daughter Augustine and a good husband to his wife Martha.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The original tale has Rumpelstiltskin showing the Queen some mercy by allowing her to guess his name in exchange for not taking her child. Mayor Tom's contract of taking Augustine's son in exchange for his spindle however, is not "optional".
  • Art Evolution: The 3D movies are now done smoother than in the previous games.
  • Big "NO!": Tom, once Augustine took over his power as the Wish Master.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Played with as it is not what you wish for that is the problem but what contract you can fulfil for that wish. Also, if you somehow cannot fulfill your deal, then your wish will be revoked upon your death until someone fulfil it for you.
  • Disney Villain Death: Once Augustine claimed the power of the Wish Master from Tom, she had the roses throw him out of the tower.
  • Exact Words: The Rose Casket's power can defend Augustine from anyone but not anything as shown when she was poisoned by Tom's spinning stick
  • Foreshadowing: Mayor Tom's insignia is a capitalized "R" foreshadowing that his true name is Rumpelstiltskin
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Due to being the youngest son of the five brothers, Prince Phillipe wanted to be recognized as hero of everyone which Mayor Tom granted his wish of being the hero of Wishvale in exchange for exterminating the Rose Beasts around the town. The bonus game also reveals that this was the exact reason why Tom wanted to become the Wish Master in the first place.
  • Laser-Guided Karma
  • Reused Character Design: Mrs.Violet from the Mayor's notebook is clearly Aloise from Immortal Love: Letter from the Past. Several portraits found in this game are also characters from the previous games.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Jack is the long lost son of Augustine and George, and thus the prince of the fallen kingdom.
  • Shout-Out: Prince Phillipe is named after Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty.
  • Something About a Rose: Wishvale is a town renowned for beautiful yet demonic roses in which the villagers fear them. They are the manifestation of the Rose Casket's power to protect Augustine from Tom.
  • Spanner in the Works: By wishing for Tom's magic spindle, Augustine basically took half of Tom's power as the Wish Master. Also, Martha's wish to prolong Augustine's life delayed Tom's plan of reclaiming his spindle for a few decades until he found Jack.
  • The Chosen One: Mayor Tom claimed that Jack is the one destined to vanquish the roses of Wishvale.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: The protagonist herself will die the moment that her husband Jack failed to fulfill his end of the deal with Tom or dies himself.

     Living Legends: Beasts of Bremen 
  • Girl in the Tower: Rapunzel, but it was against her will because the townsfolk believed her to be a witch due to the dark fog emanating from her.
  • Revenge: Rapunzel uses the fog and the artifacts to get her revenge on the town of Bremen for her imprisonment.

     Living Legends: Uninvited Guests 
  • Act of True Love: Beatrix uses the magic roses to trade half her life to restore Leo.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Leo was accidentally turned into a beast via magic potion which was meant for Beatrix.
  • Cain and Abel: Clara and Beatrix, but the latter didn't know this.
  • Domino Revelation: As each Soul Stone is used with the Mirror, it becomes clearer and clearer who the culprit behind the events really is, thus exposing Clara's malice.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Clara
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Clara giving the player Beatrix's Soul Stone only served to help them find Beatrix and acquire part of Clara's Soul Stone to expose her.

     Living Legends: Fallen Sky 
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The giant in the original Jack and the Beanstalk was a cruel giant who loves eating humans, even grinding their bones to make bread. In Fallen Sky, he's actually decent and just wants to protect the cursed treasures from hurting anyone. The only reason he ever attempts any harm is because the mayor forced him to work for him.
  • Cursed Item: The treasures of the Cloud Kingdom.
  • Curse Escape Clause: The only way to undo the curse on the victims is to return the treasures back to the chest.
  • Greed: The mayor's fatal flaw, which endangered Etherfall in the first place.
  • Good Victims, Bad Victims: Jack, Candy, Tom and Peter are among the victims of the cursed treasures, with the latter two regretting accepting a portion from the mayor. The same can't be said for Mayor Smith and Grace, though.
  • Mayor Pain: Mayor Smith becomes such a Jerkass the moment he got hold of the treasures, even trying to hinder you from breaking the curse.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Mayor Smith refused to let Candy marry Jack on the grounds of being poor. He went so far as to try to set his daughter up with Peter as her husband.

     Living Legends: The Crystal Tear 
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Past Cinderella is horrified at what her future self had become and what length she'd do to get revenge.
  • The Girl Who Fits This Slipper: It's a tradition in the kingdom to test bridal candidates via fitting into the crystal slippers.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Taken Up to Eleven when she not only tricked the prince into accepting her daughter as his bride, but she later poisoned the prince.

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