A Trip Down The Rabbithole You’ll Never Forget

So far this year we have been handed a slew of anticipated games that ended up being sub-par: “Brink,” “Bulletstorm,” “Dragon Age 2,” “Hunted: The Demon’s Forge,” and “inFAMOUS 2.”  Now we have “Alice Madness Returns,” the sequel to American McGee’s “Alice.”

“Alice Madness Returns” takes place eleven years after the events of the first game.  Alice has now been released from the asylum and lives in Victorian London under the care of her psychiatrist Doctor Bumby, although it appears that Alice hasn’t taken care of the traumatic memories of her parents’ deaths in a fire, as they continue to haunt her.  Alice goes out to pick up supplies for Dr. Bumby, and she finds herself once again falling down the rabbit hole.

Level design is beautiful, creepy and twisted, but beautiful.  Every level you try to survive is riddled with secret avenues and collectibles to find.  Chapters are long!  Just when you feel like you’re about to finish a level, you realize that you are actually only about halfway through it.  The whole time you’re playing you are actively searching for the collectible memories, hoping that they will unlock clues as to who killed Alice’s family and why.  Controls are super easy to use, and that’s great because the levels can be a little treacherous at times.  I feel as though the camera could have been a little more responsive, especially when it comes to preforming the double jump glides onto invisible moving platforms.

Character design is original, super-detailed and beautiful.  The Cheshire Cat is back as Alice’s guide, steam punk Mad Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse, and the rest of the gang are all here.

The only real glitch I came across so far was during the cut-scene where Alice is falling into Wonderland for the first time, there were quite a few glitches mainly with her hair.  Aiming can be a hassle as well when multiple enemies are on screen at once, but provided you keep dodging you’ll be sure to come out of it with just a few scrapes.

Although the game is great, unless there is going to be DLC where more chapters are introduced, I can not in good conscience say people should run out and buy “Alice Madness Returns,” BUT everyone should be playing it!

Final Verdict for American McGee’s Alice Madness Returns:

3.5 out of 5