Alice in Wonderland
Publisher: Emme Interactive
Developer: Lexis Numerique
Year Released: 2001
This game is meant for ages 8 and up. I felt, playing throughout, that the game is geared more toward females than males, but the game is rather enjoyable if you can look passed this aspect (if you are a male). The puzzles are fairly simple, but some take a little thinking even for adults. The best feature, to me, was that the puzzles were a bit challenging, and there was no violence or profanity used anywhere in the game. I suspect many adventure gamers would like this aspect as well; a nice change of pace.
Alice in Wonderland, the game, comes from the same folks who brought us the Uncle Albert games. For those who have played any of those, perhaps this game will be as entertaining (or, in my opinion, more entertaining).
Alice is played by a real actor (a young girl). The remainder of the game consists of beautifully drawn backgrounds and characters. The lines spoken are quite humorous which adds to the enjoyment of playing. The worst thing said, which some may find to be offensive, is the Queen of Hearts' use of "Off with their head" phrase. This line is said numerous times throughout the game, but that was the same with any Alice in Wonderland story, etc.
A rather nasty problem of this game was the lack of subtitles. For the hearing impaired, this is a big problem. There are many puzzles where clues or rules are given vocally. I have written a walkthrough, also posted on Gameboomers.com, where someone who is hearing impaired can get through the game with the use of the walkthrough. Else, someone will need to be playing with them to help them along in the game.
Minus some sound-sync issues, the game ran flawlessly for me (on Windows XP). Ultimately, I recommend this game to anyone who likes adventure games, and the lack of adult themes and/or profanity. The humor makes playing this game rather fun. The puzzles are just challenging enough to not frustrate you, and to keep you interested in continuing. Of course, the game is geared towards younger crowds, so don't expect the puzzles to be too challenging. Experienced puzzle solvers could probably get through the game in a few hours. Others, perhaps, a few days (depending on how much time you have free).
Reviewed by: Gamehound
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