In honor of the series long awaited (by me at least) return to gaming in 2 weeks, I present a very quick review of one of my favorite all time games: American McGee's Alice for the PC released in October 2000.
The game is presented in a 3rd person action adventure format, while it is nothing revolutionary it plays smoothly and adds to the best part of the game: the environment. If you like Alice and Wonderland at all then you owe it to yourself to play this game. This is what Tim Burton should have aspired to when creating the unnecessary Disney movie last year.
You play as Alice who has been sent to an insane asylum after her parents died in a fire, her insanity has warped wonderland into a brilliantly twisted version of its former self and your task is to go back through and fix Wonderland. You play though 9-10 levels ranging from a giant forest vale where you meet the caterpillar, the Mock Turtle, and must slay the Duchess; to city where the floor is a chessboard and you must move around according to chess piece rules. Almost every character from the Alice books makes it into the game and the story is presented so well it feels like a sequel that an opium smoking Lewis Carroll would approve of.
The game comes for free with any purchase of the new game Alice: Madness Returns due out June 14, make sure to pick it up if you are a fan of well thought out and presented environmentally rich games.