Alice: Madness Returns
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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.
Doesn't deserve the mixed reviews from criticsQuotedTurnip | Aug. 16, 2013 | See all QuotedTurnip's reviews »
A lot has happened in the interim period between the first game and its sequel. Perhaps expectations were too high given the critical success of the original, but, having played both, this is an improvement in every regard.
The visuals are an obvious place to start. It's more than just an enhancement in graphics; all the first game's quirks (meant in a good way) are still present in this one and the advanced hardware of modern PCs has allowed the creators to really run away with the graphics - sometimes I would stop Alice whilst playing and simply pan the camera round. Another good touch is the way her dress changes every level, helping to add to the level's theme and the story's progression.
The story itself deals a lot with psychology, which I haven't often seen really come off in a game that I've played - only Silent Hill 2 springs to mind as being a success in that department. Collecting all the hidden items in each level is tricky and might take several playthroughs or an online guide to get to but it is rewarding in the sense that it really fleshes out the background to the plot and Alice's state of mind.
The locations and enemies are varied enough to keep you interested and the length of the game is just right not to exhaust itself and the player.
Pick it up - Amazing!Plasros | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all Plasros's reviews »
Own this game via Steam for PC with a Logitech gamepad. If you're looking at this game, a controller is a must. This game, if you're into a sort of dark, twisted fairy tail atmosphere, is brilliant. Granted, the graphics could be slightly better, but it still looks great. Lots of secrets to discover, but so far hasn't seemed entirely worth the extra effort (haven't finished it yet though, so I don't know if it unlocks extra bits). It has a nice blend of platforming and action I think, so it doesn't get too repetitive for too long. Only reason I haven't rated it higher are minor issues. Sometimes, the camera just doesn't respond well and leaves you blindsided for a short bit. Also, there's a 'targeting' system that can require a lot of babysitting and quite often, leaves you struggling to attack the foe you want to be attacking. The game kind of makes up for this by not making a big deal out of dying. If you're looking for a fun hack'n'slash, action game, sprinkled with some puzzles, with a great, dark, artsy atmosphere that only Alice in Wonderland can really offer, then pick it up
It's not Alice in wonderlandsimodeso | July 15, 2013 | See all simodeso's reviews »
Very great adventure game, a bit scary with all of these monster that you have to kill with a butcher knife and various weapon that you find in your quest. It's very funny to play, there are some puzzle and it has a great story. The idea is fantastic, in a world for babies, everything could kill you. It doesn't cost too much and for me it's an AAA game,if you like adventure games, this is perfect. It's the sequel of the first game, so you have to play the first episode before this, the plot a bit continues.. Hope you will enjoy this game!
Competent plataformer with a lot of varietyCJV | May 27, 2013 | See all CJV's reviews »
I have never played the prequel to this game and that may be why I didn't really care for the story. Like the story, the game has a dark tone to it but it plays like a colorful plataformer, where you have a lot of collectibles and hidden secrets. The game is in the most part a 3D plataformer with combat elements, but it has some sequences to mix things up a bit, like a scene where Alice is a giant and can smash the enemies or when you must control a doll's head. But what sets the game apart is it's beautiful art, each level has a particular style that makes them enjoyable to explore and prevents the game from feeling repetitive. And for a 12 hour campaign, avoiding repetition is kinda of important.
A very good sequel of the first episode...Luckmuche | May 23, 2013 | See all Luckmuche's reviews »
There is a lot of years between the first episode and it, but despite of this, the magic remains the same ! To be honest, main advantage of this game is his artistic direction, if you've seen the Tim Burton's Alice, you'll not be in unfamiliar territory, it's just amazing and this is the real force of this game, so get it !