Alice: Madness Returns gets launch trailer, free app

Those wanting a dark, psychological take on Alice in Wonderland are somewhat limited for options. There's the original American McGee's Alice, of course, and the comics Lost Girls and Arkham Asylum, and that movie Sucker Punch (not to mention Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, or Marilyn Manson's possibly-cancelled Phantasmagoria)... alright, so those wanting a dark, psychological take on Alice in Wonderland are spoiled for choice. But none of those came out this month, whereas Madness: Alice Returns does – and with a trailer and iOS app to go with it, no less.

Here's the launch trailer for the game, with plenty of combat-heavy gameplay footage to supplement the emphasis on the game's grim 'n' gritty story offered elsewhere in the launch campaign. What do you make of it? “Like a Tim Burton movie, but with more third-person combat and a Giant Enemy Crab” is basically what you came for, right?

Above: The app's madwoman-shaving minigame in action

If your interest in Madness Returns tends more toward the madness-and-metaphors storyline, EA has also launched a new iPhone/iPad app containing an “interactive storybook” that bridges the gap between the first game's story and this one. The app, whose background music turns out to be oddly calming while you're writing up a news story, is free from Apple's App Store and will be on Android soon. If none of these options apply to you, you can also play the storybook at the Madness Returns Facebook page. The actual game launches on June 14.

Jun 2, 2011 


  • foxxjeh - June 3, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    Okay, I wonder how long until this game is bashed by the media in a very poorly put together report on how, game look like they are aimed for the youth and end up being something else, along with pictures from the Disney animated film to this game as comparison. I sense a shit storm 'eaded our way lads, 'old on to ye 'ats.
  • jackthemenace - June 3, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    Aw man, this is almost OUT...? The graphics don't look brilliant, but holy crap, that looks mind-raping.
  • number1hitjam - June 3, 2011 4:23 a.m.

    "Those wanting a dark, psychological take on Alice in Wonderland are somewhat limited for options" Don't forget the Czech 80's movie! That was the best.
  • Sy87 - June 3, 2011 4:04 a.m.

    Preordering right now. Oh the wait is too long. I been waiting for this game for so long. Looks so twisted and it has evil dolls. I really don't trust dolls that why I get them first before they get me.
  • therealmaggo - June 3, 2011 3:12 a.m.

    I salute the use of Giant Enemy Crab.
  • EroticInvisibleMan - June 3, 2011 2:37 a.m.

    Ubernoob: There's been like 10 minutes of gameply released for months.
  • sgloomy - June 3, 2011 2:24 a.m.

    Found out about the app last night around 3 a.m. and thought I should just go through it. Maybe it was the timing by it felt very eerie, more than I thought it woUld be. Cannot be more excited about this game.
  • UberNoob - June 3, 2011 1:32 a.m.

    Just release the game already (or at least a gameplay clip)!

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