Alice: Madness Returns Starts In London And Gradually Transforms Into Wonderland

By Spencer . March 9, 2011 . 3:17pm

HobbyHorse_crushAn interesting tidbit about Alice: Madness Returns is levels do not begin in Wonderland. You start off in London and control Alice as a regular girl. Stages, or "realms" as Spicy Horse call them, morph into Wonderland as you explore them. Look carefully and you can still see elements of London within the madness, so to speak.


The reason for the transition is Alice sinks into fantasy when she can’t deal with the real world. In London, Alice has no special powers, but in Wonderland she becomes a superhero of sorts. This is Alice’s way of facing her demons and eventually discovering the reason behind her family’s death.


Another tidbit – Alice begins the game totally unarmed. She has to find the Vorpal Blade in the first level.


For more on Alice: Madness Returns check out our hands-on impressions.

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  • Testsubject909

    Vorpal Blade… If this was DnD, she’d have a 50% chance of decapitation at every hit…

    Actually… I think she probably does have a pretty high chance of decapitating every one of her enemies in the game. Which means: I can’t wait to see the rest of the armaments!

    • WizardoftheBlueOrder

      You do know that D&D got the “Vorpal” attribute from Lewis Caroll’s Jabberwocky, right?

      It was in Alice (Through the Looking Glass, specifically) first.

  • Interesting… I always enjoy plots about insanity and escapism. I think this is a good way to implement it. It reminds me a bit of Silent Hill 2, where the Other world pops up on you when you least expect it. (Except Alice sounds like kick assery, and James was never a superhero. He curb stomps like a girl.)

  • Xeahnort

    Alice is definitely on my radar.Neverland never looked so good.

  • And at the end of the game she realizes she’s just been wandering the streets of London with a butcher knife and handgun.


    • Chow

      Spoilers, guy. >:(

      (yes, I’m expecting that ending too :)

  • Aiddon

    looks a million times better than Tim Burton’s attempt at Alice

  • kyuketsukimiyu

    While I never had any doubt that the game would be interesting, my concern lies with the controls. I had a rough time time playing the first game because of the controls. I am sure they will be better this time around, but I will be waiting for the reviews to hit before I purchase.

    That said, Artbook has already been pre-ordered. I am very excited for that.

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