Excerpt: The original American McGee’s Alice was a twisted turn on Alice in Wonderland, where institutionalised young Alice Liddell descends into a mental world of her favourite book after witnessing her parents die in a housefire.
Excerpt: The twisted version of Wonderland presented in Alice: Madness Returns is easily the game's greatest asset. Environments are simultaneously whimsical and grotesque, and American McGee's Spicy Horse studio is to be commended for achieving such a feat.
Conclusion: But if your looking for a decent platformer to hold you over for a few days, check this game out. I loved Alice and all her insane thoughts. I'd reccomend it to anyone who's looking for something a little different. I was really hoping for more of a story, but we all can't get what we want.
Conclusion: Alice: Madness Returns is a delightful diversion from the norm. The platforming is entertaining and the combat is great. While it outstays its welcome in the game mechanic department, the visuals never let up. It proves that art outshines the greatest graphical technique.
Excerpt: Way back in 2000 there was a game called American McGee's Alice released for PC. It was one of those titles that flew under the radar of most people, but at the same time managed to garner quite a cult following over the years.
Excerpt: Weird worlds full of twisted characters and lots of imagination often make for some very special gaming experiences. We’ve had the likes of BioShock, Silent Hill, Epic Mickey and Deadly Premonition, to name but a few.
Conclusion: A wonderfully realised fantasy world that is equal parts entrancing and disturbing. The story is well realised and will keep you enamoured until the credits roll. There are a few niggles here but nothing to stop Alice: Madness Returns from being a wonderfully different slice of entertainment.
Excerpt: Dear American McGee, The original Alice was my favorite game of 2000 and I've spent the last eleven years imagining what the sequel to that excellent dark fantasy might be. This month, with Alice: Madness Returns , I finally found out and between you and me, I've got mixed feelings about it.