Right from get-go, you can tell this one is going to be best played after a few tokes off the old bonng. It’s very trippy and dark. Alice is a young girl in an insane asylum, and you basically have these trips where you’ll enter Wonderland: A dark land filled with haunted forests, underwater cities, rivers filled with blood, lava filled tunnels & floating landscapes that look eerily similar to a Salvador Dali painting. The different landscapes pave way for unique platforming mechanics.
I wanted to check out Alice after I read a colorful review in a gaming mag, and thought it would be a fun 3d platformer, which is pretty much what it is. It also mixes in hack n slash elements, button mashing, and other action/adventure elements like collecting hidden objects/secrets.
Alice is quite nimble, so you’ll put those platforming skills to the test. She has a nice floaty triple jump and can hover a bit like Princess in Mario 2, using her dress. Instead of collecting coins or orbs, you collect teeth…yes, teeth. You also use a butcher knife and horse head on a broomstick as your melee weapons of choice and slash with X & Y for a variety of combos and use LB as a nice teleport evade. B can deploy a small detonator mine.
You also have this sweet over-sized pepper grinder, which is basically a gatling gun, which was awesome. Targeting enemies was fluid, and gameplay was polished. Most of the time you jump around the levels trying not to fall in a pit, then fight some guys, come to a boss, etc.
The problem I had was the identity crisis of the game. It's M rating is way too dark for kids but the game is way to simple for adults or teens... So who the heck are you targeting here? The kiddy premise of Alice in Wonderland creates overly simplistic enemies, puzzles, and level design. Thankfully the campaign is VERY long, and if you want to spend time collecting thousands of hidden items, this will take a long time to complete.
OK I came into this game with high hopes, and it delivered, stunning graphics, an ok story, and big level's, think kingdom hearts syle levels. There are a few flaws, with this game, camera control could use polishing, as well as the target system. Other than that each level almost has the same puzzles as the previous level, Like i don't know how many times I had to go down a slide, flip a switch here and there, play chess, etc. There are a few times where it changes up and becomes a little mini game. On top of the flaws it was a great game! I can see it being a pain in the butt if you decide to play it at a higher difficulty. Other than that if you were skeptical upon renting this title don't. Rent it and beat it, send it back, that's why we have gamefly. But this title is definitely worth a rent!