After being sucked inside a kid’s computer game, a family can only return home if they win the game–which entails outwitting classic fairy tale characters, fighting killer beasts, and the wicked fairy they’re playing against–all before the laptop’s battery dies and they perish along with it. A fairy tale mashup.
Inside The Game script
INSIDE THE GAME takes place in a computer game called Fairy Tale Land and is a comedic adventure fantasy infused with magic, heart and damn scary thrills. What, you don’t think fairy tales are scary? They’re sissy baby stuff?
Hah! Let’s see if you make it out alive when you’re trapped in a small cottage with three hungry and very pissed off bears who want to rip you a new one for eating their porridge and busting up their fine furniture. Oh, and you’re also trapped in a ludicrous too tight dress with Goldilocks’ curls fused to your skull. This is the family’s first game challenge in the deep dark scary forest and dad bravely, kinda, faces it.
And it only gets worse. Much worse. Can you say man-eating ogre and fire breathing dragon?
But that ain’t all. Besides the bizarre killer creatures trying to annihilate them, the poor family must also play against their opponent, Vileena, the most wicked, disgusting and vile fairy in the history of history. Hell, she would send Darth Vader screaming into the night.
But it isn’t all brave heroic feats of derring-do you have to do. Nope. You gotta have brains and be clever with ‘em. Besides the role playing tasks, you score points in this wacked out game by outwitting and out guessing what the eccentric fairy tale characters are going to do before they do it. Or you have to figure out what objects they’re going to want to trade for. There’s no money involved, just crazy trades, favors and plots.
Perhaps the Three Little Pigs demand something in Little Red Riding Hood’s cottage. This, of course, means dealing with that killer Wolf. There’s actually a logic to everything, but it’s a twisted kaleidoscopic logic that’s a challenge to decipher and changes from one fairy tale to another and in different sections of Fairy Tale Land and I’m getting a headache just thinking about it. Let’s just say it ain’t predictable and it’ll twist your brain with a corkscrew and keep you guessing and on your toes. But the heart at the heart of this story isn’t found in the exciting game–it’s found in the family. A frayed and fractured modern family who are at the breaking point just before they get zapped inside. Thusly, we have a couple of the most compelling themes in story telling unfolding here: the classic journey back home, and a family’s rediscovery of their love for each other, as they learn to work together again as a caring team. There are also morals and wisdoms hidden amongst the fun, but don’t tell anyone. Hmm, kinda like they do in fairy tales, now that I think about it.
As I was saying, before rudely interrupting myself, this family, the Millers, were being pulled apart by the all too familiar pressures and distractions of today’s hyped-up-always-on-online-modern life. The three Miller siblings are constantly fighting and bickering and teasing, or even worse, totally ignoring each other’s very existence.
Maya, 5, extends an olive branch by asking her sister to play the Fairy Tale Land game which was recently improved by her new little friend, Alice, an alien (more on the sweet alien family later). But her sister won’t even glance away from her own computer, and Maya complains “but you’ve been Facebooking for hours and hours. Play with me a minute.” No way.
Maya goes to her brother, but he’s hypnotically chained to his multiplayer Xbox Live and is slaughtering his online Halo3 nemesis playing in China. Maya shoves her laptop in his face, but he just pushes it away and doesn’t even notice her game is now bulging right out of the freaking screen!
And dad is the worst. He hit the big 5-uh-oh!, and is having a mid-life melt down. When he’s not at a gym trying to prove he’s still Superman, he’s down in his dungeon music studio trying to rekindle his rock god dreams. Instead of spending quality time with his family, he’s playing with online musicians like ShredChick69 and mom isn’t happy about that in the least.
And poor mom is working as much overtime as possible to try to make ends meet and nobody is connecting with nobody no more and this family is just falling apart at the seams.
Then they get zapped inside the game where if they don’t learn to work together again, they’ll surely die. So that’s a decent incentive, don’t you think?
Say, did I mention the Millers have to score 100 points to get out of the game and expert Maya has never scored more than 33 points? So the odds say they’ll die. Say, did I mention that even as they begin to get a handle on playing this loony game, the characters begin to morph and become untethered independent thinkers because the organic alien electronics in the laptop are kinda Pinocchioizing everyone?
Oh, I forgot to tell you about the sweet alien family vacationing in the colorful Vermont countryside. Well there’s no time now. This wacked synopsis is way longer than regulations say a synopsis should be for the short attention span consumer you probably are.
So you’ll just have to read the story yourself, won’t you, my pretties? Yep, there’s no time to tell you about the family’s ally, Mother Goose, who is probably insane but the amazing thing is —