Alice: Madness Returns takes place 10 years after the conclusion of the original game, with Alice struggling to recover from the emotional trauma of losing her entire family in a fatal fire. After spending a decade institutionalized in an insane asylum, she is finally released to the care of a psychiatrist who just may be able to help her conquer the nightmarish hallucinations that still haunt her. Alice embarks on a mission to root out the true cause of her family’s mysterious death, jumping from a gloomy and stark London to a rich and provocative Wonderland.
When American McGee’s Alice hit PCs in 2001, fans of the original Lewis Carroll tale and aficionados of the macabre were delighted. While the technical aspects of the game were nothing outstanding, the then-outstanding visuals, interesting take on the character, and unsettling transformation from childhood familiarity placed American McGee’s Alice squarely into the hearts of many gamers. So ten years later, we are presented with a highly anticipated sequel with Alice: Madness Returns. Alice is long past the mental insanity of the first game, but this sequel chronicles a breakdown for the character, even as she enters her thirtieth year (yep, do the math on the timeline and Alice is in her late twenties or early thirties). Does this contemporary platformer stand up as... Read Review