Alice: Madness Returns

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Alice: Madness Returns
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"Come on Alice, don't doddle. You've already missed the train."
Protagonist: Alice Liddell
Genre: Platformer, Hack and Slash, Horror
Platforms: Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Developer: Spicy Horse
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Previous Game: American McGee's Alice

Alice: Madness Returns is a psychological horror themed platformer and the sequel to American McGee's Alice.

Why It Rocks

  1. A lot of interesting and surreal environments, such as an underwater village made out of wrecked ships, a steampunk factory world and a world made of East Asian artwork.
    • On top of that, Alice has a unique outfit for most of the game's levels to go along with the theme.
  2. Dark and dreamlike atmosphere.
  3. There is a well made tonal shift at the beginning of the game. Starting off in a seemingly tranquil forest before the darker atmosphere fully kicks in.
  4. Decent combat.
  5. Impressive and beautiful graphics due to the surreal environment.
  6. The weapons are creative, including the Vorpal Blade, the Pepper Grinder (which functions like a Gatling Gun), the Hobby Horse (functioning like a mallet) and the Teapot Cannon.
    • All of the following can be upgraded.
  7. Interesting story.
  8. You can collect fragments of Alice's memories with provide some interesting backstory.
  9. Lots of replay value.
  10. Excellent platforming that allows the player to glide and jump multiple times in the air.
  11. Falling off of platforms doesn't instantly kill you.
  12. When Alice is nearly dead, she can enter a hysteria mode. Which functions like as a last stand rage ability.
  13. Alice can shrink in size to not only walk though small spaces, but to also reveal invisible writing and platforms.
  14. The artwork in the cutscenes is interesting.
  15. Excellent sequel to the original American McGee's Alice

Bad Qualities

  1. You can't purchase this game on Steam anymore.
  2. The Ending is abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying.
  3. The combat, while solid, can get repetitive sometimes.
  4. Sadly, the game did not sell well at release and another sequel is not likely because of this.