Summary: A decent single player game. Voice-acting is solid and the Cheshire Cat is perhaps the most memorable character. The protagonist, Alice is difficult to forma connection with at any point in the game. The gameplay is highly repetitive. Gameplay is also very linear.
Conclusion: If You like Tim Burton's style, weird, emo or goth elements You may like the game. It felt like collage of good games (though some elements seemed original) so skilled players may found how their favourite games look in Wonderland. But the game is very artificially prolonged, story is dull and it is not for casual player, because it is very hard at several places.
Pros: Graphics looked good and I liked the style. Some graphic was funny . Card level was great. It felt good to find secrets. Game elements are made of story motives. For example: 2 weapons are teapots, some enemies are teapots and some teapots made air current which moved Alice up... I liked mini-games where you had to survive waves of enemies and survive for some time. There were many hints, so it was hard to get lost. Hints were visible when Alice was shrunk, so you get...
Cons: Dull story. I did not care about characters. Physics sometimes sucked. Once a trigger which opened path after You kill all enemies did not occur. Some jumps were too hard and I did them almost by accident. "Memories" I found were boring. Repetition. There were too many mini-games and similar sections; It felt like they tried to make game much longer. On the other hand some mini-games were fun (side-scroller, Ballance-like mini-game). Escape from card reaper played bad...
Summary: Don't get me wrong. Alice: Madness Returns is definitely a break from the normal. It has an imaginative art style, a creepy innocence, and an intriguing premise. The things I find wrong with this game is the fact that it's nowhere near as dark as the first one. it's too long for it's tedious gameplay, and the story could have been delivered so much better. It's mostly bogged down by bad design choices.
Summary: Alice, madness returns is a good game with some very nice features never before seen in video games, however, the character you play is annoying in the cut scenes, there are almost no boss fights, there are few monsters, but the environments are fine. The last sad things are that the game is short and is not horrible at all. Three year olds could play it. The ending sucks.
Summary: I rented this game, and I'm glad that's all I did. Now, to be honest, it doesn't look like a bad game, the mechanics seemed good, and it seemed a fairly decent platformer. However, it is definitely weird and disturbing. I started off playing, and before long I decided I really didn't want to play it any more - not that it was bad as a game, just disturbing as a story. So, while I wouldn't say that it's a bad game for an adult to get (definitely not one for the kiddies!