Alice: Madness Returns (NA)
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"it's the most darkly fun and gloriously batty game I've played since Psychonauts. I can't think of any higher praise." - StrategyInformer.com
"Alice: Madness Returns delivers a fun, unforgettable journey in color, design, and images." - PCGamer.com
Eleven years ago a horrific fire took Alice’s family from her and left her mind horrifically scarred. Afterwards she was confined to Rutledge Asylum, where she struggled to confront her demons by slipping further into her fantasy world of Wonderland. Now, after ten years, she has finally secured her release—yet she still bears the heavy psychological burden of that tragic event.
With her mind in tatters, she is unable to resolve the fear prompted by her strange memories, dreams, and visions. Perhaps she’ll do better in Wonderland. She always has. She travels there, seeking what the “real” world can’t provide: security, knowledge, and the truth about the past. But in her absence, Wonderland too has suffered. Something has gone horribly wrong, and now a great evil is descending upon what once was her beautiful refuge. Can Alice save Wonderland—and herself—from the madness that consumes them both?
Intense 3rd person action: Use multiple upgradeable melee weapons, including the explosive Teapot Cannon, the punishing Hobby Horse, and the classic Vorpal Blade.
Explore a dark and shattered Wonderland: Encounter familiar but now strange characters, including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar and the Red Queen.
Magical abilities: Obtain peculiar abilities in Wonderland such as floating with Alice’s dress, shrinking, or growing to towering sizes in order to crush enemies.
Interactive puzzles: Intuitive and rewarding puzzles such as transforming obstacles, musical memories, chess, and picture blocks.
A criminally overlooked work of artvipe_1 | Dec. 3, 2014 | See all vipe_1's reviews »
I'll start with this: I never played the original game, or actually had even heard of it. Upon looking at Alice: Madness returns, I was intrigued, and immediately wanted to play the original and this sequel.
I'll leave the original for a different review, but Madness Returns is a pretty terrific 3rd person platformer that may not be as original as the first, but is surprisingly beautiful and dark at the same time.
Graphics are top notch for it's time, and the game runs very well. Sound is equally well done, and it's apparent that this game is well made despite the little fanfare afforded to it. Keep in mind a controller is basically required for this game.
The story picks up several years later than the original, but the game does feel a little different than the first game. Expect a game with puzzles, action, and solid platforming that has a style all it's own. The enemies are varied enough, and the larger enemies challenging, but the beauty is in the details, story and mood. Highly recommended, but play the first Alice before diving in to this!
Atmosphere at its best884okeoJ | July 3, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »
Alice Madness Returns is an underrated and atmospheric masterpiece. In a gritty reinterpreting of the classic fairy tale, Alice is in a mental asylum and must go to Wonderland to save her fantastical world. The graphics are not the best, but the art style is fantastic. It's a macabre and grim world you must traverse, and it is designed beautifully.
The combat is much better than the clunky controls of the original Alice. It plays more like a hack and slash than its predecessor, which is a definite improvement. There are many platforming improvements as well. You can now double jump and glide, making the platforming much more interesting. In conclusion, Alice Madness Returns is a great game that will take you 10+ hours to beat.
A great dark platformernightassassin1 | Sept. 17, 2013 | See all nightassassin1's reviews »
This game is great. It is a dark/demented view on the children's Alice in Wonderland (do not get this for kids!) and it is just amazing. It can be considered a part platformer, part action/adventure RPG game. I played the first one back when I was pretty young and then I picked this one up about a year after it released. It follows the story of the original very well and improves on basically everything. The graphics are improved ten-fold compared to the last and on top of that it has support for Nvidia Physx. This was one of the earlier games that supported Physx so there was not a very large amount of Physx integrated into the game, but the small amount of particle and fluid areas that did use the Physx looked great.
The only real problem is that there were a few bugs where you can get stuck on rocks or in an endless fall, but reloading a save can fix this. It was a very big hassle to have to redo some things due to a bug glitch, but the game play was so great that even with those bugs, the game comes out with a pretty high rating.
If you enjoyed the first you will love this one. This game is also great for anyone who enjoys the darker side of children's stories. I loved this game and it is one of my more favorite recent games. I give it a 94 simply because those bugs are very annoying.
Often overlooked and funforgot2shave | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all forgot2shave's reviews »
For starters, the art style of the game is excellent. It has a kind of creepy cartoonish style that fits well with the developer's take on the classic tale. As many others have stated, the controls can be a little iffy but there has been worse out there. The story is pretty neat regardless though. This is not a game of the year by any means but there is a lot here that can still be enjoyed.
Better than the first one by far!!!!!!!!Oblaque | July 29, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »
I loved the first Alice game so much. The idea was great but the game was far from flawless. I still clocked it though. Now, the new one comes along and it is much, much better than the first game and yet somehow scored so low! I don't understand how it is worse than any other AAA game. Okay, maybe I do. It can get a bit repetitive sure, but that doesn't mean the game deserves 6! It easily deserves 8 out of 10 imo because of its amazing atmosphere, music, very good gfx, art style, nice dialogue, and reasonable action gameplay. I personally was expecting gameplay to be worse and as minimal as the first game but it actually surpassed my expectations. Though, I would like to be more puzzles like the first game. I am 3 hours or so into it and so far no serious or fun puzzles. But this game is a great action/platformer with art style that is unmatched. The amount of imagination put into this just is mind boggling and that is exactly what you expect from an Alice game. A bizarre world! Don't believe in the critics. Especially if you have played the first game and liked it.