Alice Madness Returns: Game Review

If you thought C.S. Lewis' version was dark, wait until you play this.

Despite it’s female main character, this game is not just for girls

This reimagination of Wonderland starts in a run-down part of London where Alice has grown through her teenage years at an orphanage. We learn her family died in a house fire, she was the sole survivor. Since then, she’s worked with a professional on her mental health issues. These “episodes” she has are only comparable to psychosis or dissociation of some sort… dragging the character into a false reality of her own making which we see as Wonderland. The whole gameplay is fragmented; split between her time in the real world versus the hallucinations she escapes into.

Game play like no other third person view point. 

New monsters, setting and characters; levels like no other.

An innovative new spin on the loved C.S. Lewis stories. 

Each level in Wonderland pays homage to the original novellas with the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen making guest star appearances. 

Along your way, your power up your Wonderland Weaponry consisting of a boiling kettle, pepper shooter, a very sharp knife and a hammer horse. 

The gothic dark twist to the storyline follows the tragic life of Alice as she dips in and out of hallucinatory psychosis. 

It seems the mind of Alice escapes into this fantasy land as a defensive coping mechanism protecting herm from the brutal truth of the trauma she experienced. The dangerous creatures of Wonderland are nothing in comparison with her memories. 

 

Alice in Wonderland is an action-adventure video game published by Disney Interactive Studios. Based on Tim Burton’s 2010 film of the same name, it was released in the same week as the film for the Wii, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows and Zeebo, with the soundtrack being composed by video game music composer Richard Jacques. The DS game is completely different from the Wii and PC versions.

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