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.
Great Madness indeed!Nexxolae | Jan. 14, 2014 | See all Nexxolae's reviews »
The story of Alice in Wonderland the way it should be! Great game, lovely story and creepy. This is a good hack 'n slash/platforming/puzzle game. It has a lot of variety in gameplay and can be pretty difficult. This is the 2nd game in the serie. The story kinda continues, but it is still followable/playable if you haven't played the first game. I recommend this game to everyone who likes a good RPG.
Great environmentsgforcesa | Dec. 24, 2013 | See all gforcesa's reviews »
I really enjoyed this game.It's so fun and kinda scary.The gameplay is a hack and slash but there are some fun mechanics.You can also make yourself small in order to go into some small doors and explore them.Some enemies are kind of a pain in the ass to kill and sometimes it gets repeditive.Also the environments are really well done and every level is more unique than the previous.For a 10-12 hour campaign Alice:Madness Returns is a must play.
A wonderful surreal journey with some issuesAntix | Dec. 11, 2013 | See all Antix's reviews »
Alice Madness Returns is a game I really love, but don't recommend easily. It's a 3D platformer based on the classic story of Alice in Wonderland, and mostly takes place in a surreal rendering of Wonderland twisted through the mind of a deranged young girl.
The platforming gameplay is what you'd expect from a modern platformer. The level design is solid, new puzzles or mechanics get introduced from time to time but some areas feel like they overstay their welcome. There are hidden collectibles in every level. Some give you fragments of Alice's memory and you can usually directly make the connection between these and the workings of Wonderland, adding an extra layer to exploring Alice's mind. Unfortunately there are also some minigames you have to play a few times that are really not as fleshed out as the rest of the game and the one in the final area can be a bit frustrating.
There are some minor annoyances when it comes to the combat too, like the lock-on camera not always being cooperative or how you are required to lock on to be able to use the umbrella to reflect certain projectiles. This can become somewhat frustrating when a lot of enemies gang up on you, each requiring a different method of weakening them before being able to do damage, but overall the combat is solid for a platforming game. It's no Devil May Cry, but it's challenging and varied enough to keep you on your toes.
The thing that sets this game apart is its presentation. The storytelling itself makes use of the fact that Alice is mad, sometimes making hard to tell just how much of the real world you're seeing is actually reality and it will also not tell you everything at face value. There some strong themes in there you usually don't find in video games. Each area in the game has its own visual theme and it's presented in a gorgeous way. The art design that is simply fantastic and it will likely make you stop a few times just to admire the scenery. The atmosphere is one of a kind. Well, two of a kind actually, since the prequel was very similar. Either way, this game is something really unique and if you're someone who values atmosphere, witty writing and bizarre quirkiness, then despite its flaws, you might just find one of the hidden gems of the generation in this game.
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