alice-madness-returns
Metacritic (PC): 75/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 70/100
Metacritic (PS): 70/100
Release: Jun 2011
Reviewed on: PC

Alice: Madness Returns

Site Score
8.5
Good: Great length – Bizarre game world
Bad: Little variety makes the game feel drawn out
User Score
8.6
(9 votes)
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Blending platform elements, action gameplay and psychological environments is Alice: Madness Returns. It’s the sequel to the well received 2000 video game, American McGee’s Alice and features a host of improvements to make it a better experience.

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Your adventure in Alice: Madness Returns follows Alice Liddell a girl trying to deal with the trauma caused by the loss of your family. After being released from a psychiatric clinic and placed into an orphanage for the mentally ill you re-enter Wonderland to discover the truth where you’ll battle a new evil force that has corrupted the realm.

Gameplay of Alice: Madness Returns is an even mixture of platforming and hack and slash gameplay with players having several variety of weapons to call on in combat. From the traditional vorpal blade to the pepper grinder that turns into a crank operated machine gun and the two handed sledgehammer. While there isn’t a huge range of choice there is enough to keep things interesting thanks to the upgrade system that lets you improve on your favourites by collecting teeth that drop from foes and breakable objects.

Alice relies on a traditional checkpoint and health system that is represented by rose petals at the top of the screen. If a players health reaches zero they’ll load up at the most recent checkpoint while failing a platforming sequence generally places you on a nearby platform instead and thus less punishing for failure.

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Secrets are in abundant in Alice: Madness Returns with your shrinking potion playing an important role in discovering these by revealing platforms or enabling you to walk through small passages that you find. This adds an extra layer of Alice atmosphere to what already felt like Wonderland and also gives you something to hunt for.

The game oozes Alice In Wonderland, combining this with solid platforming and combat mechanics makes the game a real treat, a treat you’ll get to enjoy for over a dozen hours.

Summary:

  • Amazing Alice atmosphere throughout the entire game.
  • Discover hidden locations with your shrink potion.
  • Use a variety of weapons and upgrade your favourites.
  • Platform and fight your way through various environments.
  • For Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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Alice: Madness Returns, 8.6 out of 10 based on 9 ratings
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