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Alice: Madness Returns

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The events of Alice: Madness Returns begin where the previous game America McGee's Alice left off: desperately struggling with her own mind, Alice is now in an establishment for children with psychological problems, and memories of her whole family dying in the fire haunt her. Now another threat - which appears as a giant train - seeks to destroy her Wonderland. Alice will battle through stages to stop the train and find out its true meaning. There are five large chapters in Wonderland each with different themes and different types of enemies.

The gameplay can be described as 50% platform-jumping and 50% hack-and-slash combat. Unlike the previous game, the emphasis is on fighting with melee weapons, although there are also means (and necessity) to shoot enemies. Melee attacks are strung together with a vorpal blade (quick attacks) or a toy horse (slower, but more powerful and able to break through enemy defenses), and a pepper grinder or tea cannon is used for ranged attacks. The grinder has a cooldown time and can also be used to activate switches from a distance. Alice has a timed bomb as well and can dodge incoming attacks by briefly turning into a cloud of butterflies. A focus mode can be triggered to keep a specific enemy in view and in this mode Alice can deploy an umbrella to reflect incoming projectiles. When she is low on health, a monochrome hysteria mode can be triggered where much more damage is dealt and Alice can harvest enemies for health instead of teeth, the main currency left behind by enemies. For the many platform sections she can triple jump in the air and glide down. During her travels Alice will visit both XIX century London and imaginary worlds. One of the novelties of the game is Alice's ability to shrink herself anytime, allowing her to enter small pathways and detect otherwise virtually invisible platforms and objects. It is also used to receive clues about the next goal. From time to time players need to complete various mini-games, such as 2D side-scrolling platformer, a rolling ball game in both 2D and 3D, and side-scrolling levels with a submarine. Some characters from the previous game make their appearance here, and the game also introduces several new creatures from Lewis Carroll's novels.

It is a single-player game only. Alice's weapons are upgradable three times with new abilities and stronger attacks. The price is teeth that she collects on the journey. A total number of roses that stand for Alice's health bar can also be increased by finding and completing special challenges called 'radula rooms' and by solving Cheshire Cat's riddles. There are a lot of hidden objects to find, such as various memories and bottles; collecting them will unlock certain galleries in game's menu. A New Game+ option with increased difficulty is available once the game is completed.


Alice: Madness Returns PlayStation 3 Chasing the white cat will yield strange results.
Alice: Madness Returns Windows Alice has an unlimited supply of clockwork bombs
Alice: Madness Returns PlayStation 3 Interaction with objects during adventure mode is limited and scarce at best.
Alice: Madness Returns Windows Cutscenes are drawn in this 2D technique

Alternate Titles

  • "Return of American McGee’s Alice" -- Working title
  • "Alice: Retour au Pays de la Folie" -- French title
  • "Alice 2" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Very nice artificially prolonged collage. Windows hribek (38)
One of my most favorite games I played. PlayStation 3 Mae Spencer (5)

The Press Says

360 LIVE Xbox 360 Jul, 2011 8.7 out of 10 87
We Got This Covered PlayStation 3 Jun 17, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Jun 21, 2011 7.7 out of 10 77
GameGavel.com PlayStation 3 Jun 30, 2011 B 75
Splitkick Xbox 360 Jun 29, 2011 7 out of 10 70
AusGamers Windows Jul 01, 2011 6.5 out of 10 65
Brash Games PlayStation 3 Jul 18, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Gamekult PlayStation 3 Jun 20, 2011 5 out of 10 50
GameCola.net PlayStation 3 Nov 17, 2011 5 out of 10 50
gameplay (Denmark) PlayStation 3 Jul, 2011 5 out of 10 50


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A prequel of this game - a free app called Alice: Madness Returns Storybook for iTunes, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch - was released on May 20, 2011. It covers the main events of American McGee's Alice while telling the story of Alice in the asylum (which is largely based on American McGee's Alice: Casebook, a text supplement to the first game). It is an interactive storybook, which means viewers must interact with objects like in a point-and-click adventure game. You can also view the storybook online here without some functions appearing in iTunes, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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