I'll only hint at some of the moments of American McGee's Grimm: Cinderella
that I found particularly hilarious, as these moments are best experienced firsthand. For those who need a refresher on the girl with the glass slipper, Cinderella
is the story of a virtuous young woman whose mother succumbs to illness. Her father almost immediately remarries to a disdainful old hag, whose two daughters take the concept of vanity to incredible heights. Poor Cinderella is forced to keep the house clean while the mooches do whatever they please. When the Prince announces a royal ball is to be held in the palace, Cinderella is left at home to cry (something she does quite a bit in both light and dark versions). A prayer to her deceased mother (no Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo here) gets her some fancy threads and a pumpkin coach, and then she makes it to the ball, where she and the prince fall in love with each other. The magic of the night doesn't last, and Cinderella flees in a hurry, leaving behind a glass slipper. The prince's infatuation with Cinderella becomes an obsession that results in him trying the shoe on every girl in the kingdom. The Prince finds Cinderella, and they live happily ever after.
After you watch the "Light" version of the tale, Grimm predictably expresses his disgust at the story's happy ending and, naturally, would like to see more suffering and punishment. You take control of the impish miscreant and lay waste to the story, scene by bloody scene. This game relies on sight gags more frequently than King Midas, and it works - Grimm's first task is to kill Cinderella's mother by making her even more sick than she is. The contrast between her "demure" death in the "Light" version and the horrifying spectacle created in Grimm's version is incredible. The rest of Grimm's version of the story revolves around transforming Cinderella from a downtrodden young woman into an avenging angel. There are some seriously messed up images in Grimm's tale, the most disturbing of them being the Prince. He not only has an incredibly unsettling smile fixed on his face, but he also suffers from haemolacria (look it up if you want to spoil it for yourself).