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American McGee's Alice

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MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
78
1.9
Windows
85
4.0
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Description

Shortly after Alice returned from the miraculous trip through the Looking-Glass, her house was burnt down, and her parents died in the fire. Alice was the only survivor of the terrible accident. After repeated attempts at suicide, she gets locked up inside a mental institution and is slowly wasting away there before she is summoned to Wonderland again by the White Rabbit. But this time it's a Wonderland gone seriously bad and gory. The only chance for Alice to restore her peace of mind and find out more about the death of her parents is to fight through Wonderland and free it from the evil powers.

American McGee's Alice is a direct sequel to Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass, itself a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The player controls Alice as she tries to find her way and eventually escape from the demented surroundings of her own fantasy world that she's been thrust into. The surreal environments utilize themes from Lewis Carroll's original books, applying a noticeably darker and more violent edge to them.

The gameplay is third-person action with platforming, shooting, and light puzzle-solving elements. Alice starts with a knife, which can be used as a melee weapon or thrown at enemies. Later she acquires other weapons, such as a staff that shoots bolts of energy, dice that emit deadly gas, a time-stopping watch, and others. Weapons have an alternate fire mode, which usually inflicts more damage but depletes Alice's magical energy. The latter, along with Alice's health, can be restored by collecting the essence of defeated foes.

The game also features platforming sequences, during which Alice has to jump over gaps, avoid obstacles, or climb in order to reach her goal. Puzzle-solving usually involves manipulating the environment rather than using inventory items.

Screenshots

American McGee's Alice Windows The loading screen also displays Wonderland's map
American McGee's Alice Windows Falling down a hole, to Wonderland
American McGee's Alice Windows Only in Wonderland...
American McGee's Alice Windows Alice: you really think I'm THAT dump, cat? >(

Alternate Titles

  • "爱丽丝梦游仙境" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Америкэн Макги: Алиса" -- Russian spelling
  • "Ailisi Mengyou Xianjing" -- Chinese title

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Lewis Carroll goes all goth n' gore. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (588)
Would you like some tea with that? Windows Pixelspeech (943)
Wonderland gone REALLY bad Windows MZ per X (2940)
Alice the Homicidal Maniac Windows Terrence Bosky (5237)
Painting the roses red…with blood. Windows BJ Hoskins (10)
Alice for those who fell out of Wonderland a long, long time ago. Windows The Cheshire (6)
Disturbing Windows Aapo Koivuniemi (43)
Incredible design but think what it could have been Windows Shazbut (158)
Impressive as a visual experience but ultimately shallow as a game. Windows Zovni (9384)
Style over substance... but that's not COMPLETELY bad... Windows Dr.Bedlam (53)

The Press Says

Electric Games Windows Feb 02, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
4Players.de Windows Dec 12, 2000 90 out of 100 90
ActionTrip Windows Dec 13, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Power Unlimited Windows Feb, 2001 8.9 out of 10 89
Fragland.net Windows Sep 18, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Mac Addict Macintosh Nov, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Windows Jan, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Aug 21, 2001 7.75 out of 10 78
Gamer Lobby Windows Aug 05, 2007 78 out of 100 78
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Mar, 2001 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Sequel on its way 3 hydra9 (3853)
Feb 20, 2009

Trivia

Alice statue

Rogue Entertainment still has one of these aforementioned Alice statues, along with the Cheshire cat, in its Dallas offices. Only three (of Alice and the Cheshire cat) were created.

Cancelled port

A PS2 version was also in development but was canceled causing Rouge Entertainment to shut down, a decision which infuriated American McGee.

Extras

  • The game came with a "Casebook" that described how Alice got admitted to the mental asylum and how her doctor tried to cure her.
  • EA supplied an Alice statue to selected retail outlets for promotion. It was an evil looking Alice bearing a butcher's knife in bloody hands, and her skirt was bloody, too. In Germany however, the knife and blood were gone, instead, she was holding some playing cards.

Cover art

Later releases of the game in the U.S. had an altered cover art. In the original, Alice was seen on the cover holding a bloody knife, with blood stains all over her apron. There were two revisions to this; in the first one she can be seen holding an ice wand, and in the second revision she's holding a deck of cards. In both of them her apron is stain-free. The Cheshire Cat next to her even looks less skeletal in the new cover art.

Cut content

An early version of the game gave you the chance to summon the Cheshire Cat to fight by your side, but this feature was removed from the final game. You can still find some early pre-release screenshots around the net that showed this however.

Merchandise

As of 2004 a line of action figures based on the game is currently in stores.

Ratings

According to an Wired interview with American McGee this game was Electronic Art's first 'M' rated release

References

On the "load/save" screen, you get three buttons to load, save or delete a game. Next to each button is a one-letter abbreviation of it's function. Did you notice that this spells out "LSD"?

Sales

According to an interview with American McGee, Alice sold over 1 million copies on the PC platform alone, contrary to reports saying it sold poorly.

Soundtrack

  • The original musical score for Alice was created by Chris Vrenna, former drummer for the band Nine Inch Nails.
  • There was a soundtrack for the game released when the game came out, which included music from the game, with dialogue from the various characters. As of 2004 you can still buy it from various retailers for $10, brand new.
  • The name of the soundtracks in the musical score are not completely correct. For instance, the musical score features a track named Battle with the Red Queen, but actually that track appears in the Skool level.
  • The musical score feature an "extra" track called Taking tea in Dreamland (the reason why it is called "extra" is that it doesn't appear in any levels throughout the game.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2000 – Special Award for Graphics
    • 2000 – Special Award for Music
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 11/2005 - #6 Game Which Absolutely Needs A Sequel (it eventually got one in 2011)
Information was also contributed by Foxhack, Lev Epshteyn, Karthik KANE, phlux, S M, Roger Wilco, Zack Green and Zovni

Related Web Sites

  • A White Rabbit, A Crazy Alice, and Mac OS X (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Alice, with commentary being provided by Michael Rogers, president of Aspyr, the company responsible for porting the game to that platform. The article also provides a brief "Visitor's Guide to Wonderland" as well as general information about the game, including a brief background on Lewis Carroll.)
  • Walkthrough (A complete guide on Gameboomers from the beginning to the end of this game! (English))
Contributed to by Corn Popper (69521) and Cam Guest (127)