The ESRB descended into Alice: Madness Returns and pointed out a few enemy types from Spicy Horse’s game. In addition to card guards, players will fight teapots and doll creatures with exposed brains.
This is an action-adventure game in which players assume the role of Alice Little, an asylum patient attempting to understand her past while struggling with an unbalanced psyche. As they traverse between the real world and Alice’s imagination (i.e., Wonderland), players use pepper grinders, knives, and other weapons to attack fantastical enemies (e.g., trolls, puppets, living teapots, doll-like creatures) in melee-style combat. Battles are accompanied by cries of pain, slashing sounds, and large splashes of blood that stain Alice’s body and the ground. Some enemies can be decapitated, and certain attacks cause them to explode into pieces; in one sequence, young doll-like characters are depicted with bloody wounds that expose their brains. During the course of the game, the dialogue contains occasional references to prostitution (e.g., ‘I saw you down at the bloody whore house,’ ‘Where’d she be without me? On the streets selling her backside,’ and ‘Where’s me money?’/’Get those fat-a*s whores out on the street . . .’). The words ‘f**k’ and ‘c*nt’ can be heard in dialogue.
When we saw Alice: Madness Returns a Spice Horse staffer explained each stage begins in London, which transforms into Wonderland as she loses her grip on reality. Search stages and you can find Alice’s repressed memories. Could the whorehouse the ESRB leaked be one of them?