I enjoyed it. the environments were beautifull and perfect. they envolope you, bring you into the story and they easily affected me emotionally in away. the puzzles were too easy i had no challenge getting through them, yet they still fit the story. However the battles where great. the battle system was a little like previous games ive played, but overall it stood out. I really enjoyed the slicing, smacking, and seasoning. I had a minimum amount of heartbreak putting it in the mailbox
This game reminds me a bit of Psychonauts, a PC game that came out a few years ago. I watched my wife play that game, and I've watched her play over 20 hours of this game for the same reasons: every detail is beautifully art-directed, original, and rendered with care. I was constantly surprised at the level of detail rendered to even the smallest bits of each world.
The art direction in Alice is reason enough to rent it and play through the whole thing, even if linear worlds, puzzle-solving, and the occasional difficult battle isn't your thing. Each of the worlds is completely unique. Each of the baddies has a specific battle style and a specific weakness. The NPC's are characters you really care about.
If you enjoy the one-off games that don't get much attention but you remember for a long time, Alice is a solid rent.
Alice: The Madness Returns just wasn't my cup of tea. I typically enjoy the action platformers, but I didn't enjoy this for long. Combat seemed very clunky at times and it was very repetitive. Each "stage" (for lack of a better term) seemed to consist of the same design: jumping from one stationary/moving platform to another with the occasional diversion when finding a secret room. Let's just say - I got bored really quick.
I'm not going to say that it's a terrible game and that no one will enjoy it so don't waste your time, but I will say that I personally didn't enjoy it. Everyone has their own preferences.