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.
We're all mad here...Obsessor | Nov. 6, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
When you strip the crazy setting you get a decent 3D platformer. It features nice combat system, many secrets and hidden collectibles. When you add the mad story, insane Alice Lidell, characters looking like inhabitants of some creepy fantasy asylum... The game gets even better.
There are few cons however. Major of those being the presence of many and more invisible walls across the levels. Some places that Alice would, and should be able to go through are blocked by invisible barriers. Also, jumping on a kind of mushrooms that launch Alice into the air is a bit frustrating, as you can't control her up to the moment when she starts falling. It's either perfect timing or falling into some pit and dying. The checkpoint system however is so good, with checkpoints aplenty, that you usually get to repear that one fatal jump only.
The music and voice acting is, in my opinion, very good. Same for graphics, even though some textures could be in higher resolution. That's especially visible in close ups.
90/100 and a trip to Wonderland.
Charming plaformer.Furrek | Aug. 3, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »
Everyone know probably about Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, but this is kinda different from what you might know as kid. It's much more deep and dark story. What I think is wonderful in this game is... Wonderland. Exploring every next level is a great experience. Each level have a unique atmosphere and style, so you won't get bored after playing few hours in one sitting. Beating every next level will reward you with some nice clother for Alice! It's nice to see that main character wear something more than 1 pair of clothes.
The levels are also made well for platformer game - you will have sometimes a hard time looking for a way to move forward. The only one boring thing are 2d scroll levels - there are way too many of them and they are similar to each other. Anyway, not only platformer mechanics are good, but also the fighting system is made well. Fighting every enemy is different, and you will need to use other weapons than just default knife.
What's left is music, it's nice but not something that you will remember. If you are looking for nice looking and enjoyable platformer with good fighting system - it's game for you. The good thing is that if you are fan of unlocking every possible thing, you will need to play this game more than just one time. So many hours for this much is reasonable offer.
Pretty good game ;)CARLEST | June 28, 2014 | See all CARLEST's reviews »
This game is good, just good. It sometimes is a little bit spooky, creepy or weird but not too much. Sometimes it is weird, really really weird but it makes the game different from others. Some people have said that you should play the first game before this one, but it isn't necessary. I don't even know the first one because it probably isn't available in my location. Anyway, if you want great adventure that blows your mind, then get this game! Even if it is for Origin, get it and start playing!