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#907658 - 08/13/13 04:58 PM american mcgee's alice
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I've had this game for ages but am just now seriously attempting to play it. (Dabbled with it years ago.)

Played for an hour and a half that flew by. Playing in Easy Mode as I have never actually played a Darkside game yet. I have to keep looking at the booklet to see what key/mouse I should be using. So far, fun but nerve wracking. I had to exit the game after several attempts trying to get from one portal doorway to another.

That's it. Not asking for any suggestions or helpful hints/info at the moment (although they would be welcome). Just making conversation!

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#907660 - 08/13/13 05:06 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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And a great conversation it is! American McGee's Alice is one of my all time favorites - I think I've played it 3 times. It can get frustrating, but if you persevere, it's worth it. I remember trying to get from one place to another by jumping across a checkerboard that appeared and disappeared and it taking me at least 3 days!
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#907662 - 08/13/13 05:19 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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I know you like it and was surprised that neither it nor Zanzarah show up on your top 13 list.

Even though I had never played this game (Alice)and didn't know if I ever really would, I did purchase the sequel (Madness Returns) when it came out also.

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#907674 - 08/13/13 08:21 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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I needed a Top 20 list to include several of my other favorites like The Hobbit!
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#907859 - 08/14/13 06:40 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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This game is going to make me crazy! I was only able to play for 20 minutes so far today and had to get out. I did get past the place where I was yesterday but not much further. Am now in the Fortress of Doors (or trying to get there I guess).

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#907861 - 08/14/13 07:12 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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bravo for making some progress! Each step is a victory wave
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#907868 - 08/14/13 09:19 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Well 30 more minutes and not any progress to speak of. I am getting motion sick. I killed somebody and went up the stairs and jumped across the boards (whatever) but am not sure what I am supposed to do next. I tried unsuccesfully to try another jump several times to a bridge with a revolving portal door that doesn't actually look like it leads anywhere. Is that where I need to go? I wish the game would actually let me save where I want to save. I will have to start that section over and kill that flying thing again!

Shoot. I am so dumb! I think I could have saved where I was but forgot to click on a save slot. I saw the pic of the beginning of that section and thought that was what would save. ARGH!!! I don't know if I can kill that flying thing again.


Edited by oldbroad (08/14/13 09:24 PM)

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#907869 - 08/14/13 09:28 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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oldbroad, let me load up the game and see if I can figure out where you are. In the meantime, try these video walkthroughs to help you out.

Alice Video Walkthrough
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#907871 - 08/14/13 10:17 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Thanks for that link Draclvr. I am in Part 2 and I see that yes, I do have to make the jump that I had been trying unsuccesfully to do. It's about at 6:33 into the video.

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#907873 - 08/14/13 10:22 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Well, good luck! The first time I played this one, it really tried my patience!
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#908058 - 08/16/13 12:13 AM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Ah, I just played this game a few weeks ago.

For that jump, you want to wait for the board to tilt as far back/upward as possible, then run forward and jump just as you're hitting the end. If the board is too far down, she'll miss.

Also, for those flying banshee things, I use the cards--about 3-4 throws gets them, I think.

Later on in the game, the jacks are very effective, FYI.

The game does get rather frustrating. I save very often, every other minute or so, even less if I'm in a very hard platforming area.

Have fun! smile
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#908059 - 08/16/13 12:27 AM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Thanks Dreamer1990. I didn't make it into the game today but will use your suggestions when I play tomorrow.

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#909890 - 08/24/13 11:04 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Okay, I cannot make the jump into the skool. Any helpful suggestions?

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#909895 - 08/24/13 11:40 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Oldbroad, I haven't played this. I know that several of our members have. wave
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#909912 - 08/25/13 01:11 AM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Well, I managed to get in the Skool. I was in the wrong place for jumping. Somehow I had jumped over the wall so I had to climb back up onto the wall and make my way over to the window.

I think I was supposed to pick up a billy club somewhere but I missed that and got the dice, however, I then was killed and don't have them anymore. I've played all I can for tonight!

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#909976 - 08/25/13 11:12 AM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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You sound exactly like me the first time I played this game!
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#909988 - 08/25/13 01:02 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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bravo Oldbroad wave Onward and Upward?
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#910001 - 08/25/13 02:14 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Perseverance is the key!
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#911554 - 09/02/13 05:43 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Well, I picked up the mallet/club thing but have no idea where the dice are and keep getting killed. I'm about to give up on this game. I can't get past this level in the skool. I find it very annoying to have to start it over every time. I thought the booklet said you can save but you can't! It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't getting dizzy. Then to top it all off, I also started playing URU last week. Didn't realize it has jumping in it. Might be giving up on that game too!

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#911568 - 09/02/13 09:24 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Some of those Uru jumps are hard, but I did them so I know you can too. luck
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#911577 - 09/02/13 11:40 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Thanks for the vote of confidence looney4labs. I will keep trying with both games but I think they will not be the only games I'm playing. I will have to just go back to them for short periods of time. I do like both games but the motion sickness and frustration just don't make me have that "I can't wait to get home and play" feeling.

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#911949 - 09/04/13 09:06 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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OK... finally had some time and loaded up this game on my Windows 8. Just got to the place where I have to jump across the moving checkerboard to get to the other side. Think I've died at least 10 times already!

EDIT: And you can save any time.. not sure why you're having problems there. Finally got through to the other side... Hopefully, I will get to the Skool soon!
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#912133 - 09/05/13 09:03 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Well, what am I doing wrong with the save? I escape to the save/load menu, then what? Am I supposed to be pressing the save button and then the picture will change to show where I'm at? It is the picture I think that keeps confusing me. It shows where I started and I think it is just going to save at that same place if I hit save. It seems to have done that to me a couple of times. Saving will help with some of the frustration.

And thank you for loading up your game to help me out. As I stated in my first post I am only playing in easy mode. What mode/modes have you played in Drac?

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#912138 - 09/05/13 09:55 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Just escape and then click on the S for save. It will make a new save with a new picture. Plus, it keeps all the old ones so you can load up a previous save if you want. I am a chronic "saver" when it comes to games like this and have dozens of them.

I'm playing on the hard setting right now, but I remember not being able to get through the big boss fights in the easy setting the first time I played unless I used cheats!

Some day I'll get up the nerve to play it on the nightmare setting!

I have a gazillion saves, so let me know if you're having any problems in a sticky place.
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#912268 - 09/06/13 01:18 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Thanks Drac wave luck Oldbroad
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#912331 - 09/06/13 11:52 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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I did it! I did it! I got out of the skool and into the pool of tears (and then out of the game for tonight). Thanks Dracl and looney. I don't know why I keep forgetting how to save. Several posts up I was having that same problem and figured out what I was doing wrong then forgot again.

The game is pretty nerve wracking but I do like it. I like watching the wt videos you linked me to after completing a part because then I can see stuff I missed. When you're fighting for your life, you can't take everything around you in.

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#912380 - 09/07/13 10:15 AM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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Yay! I'm in the pool of tears not too. I'd forgotten how hard this part can be. I dearly love the voice acting in this game and Alice's
"cheeky" dialogue.
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#912410 - 09/07/13 01:41 PM Re: american mcgee's alice [Re: oldbroad]
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thumbsup you guys! bravo
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