8 Well-Known Games that Began Life in Print

Alice and Alice: The Madness Returns

Novel by Lewis Carroll

Okay, okay, so this game (and its predecessor) are very loosely based on the works of Lewis Carroll. Unless you've been hiding under a stone for most of your life, you've heard of Alice in Wonderland. Whether you've read the book or seen one of the films, you know that the basic premise of the series focuses on a curious little girl who follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole -- only to be faced with a whole menagerie of strange creatures in a world called Wonderland.

I'm not going to dwell on the well-known adventures of Alice, but instead skip forward a few years to where renown game designer American McGee starts off his first Alice game. The events in the game take place after the known stories of Alice, and go on to explore what happened to her next. Events in her life force her to go seek help at a local asylum, but she is forced back into a Wonderland that's been corrupted somehow -- and only Alice can undo the damage and save her friends.

Alice: The Madness Returns also sees Alice go back to Wonderland. But on this occasion, she finds out that someone is trying to take over Wonderland and she must do everything in her power to stop it!

These psychological horror games aren't actually that far removed from the original plot, given some of the scenarios Alice is put in -- but American McGee adds his own macabre twist on things to create a couple of games that are truly weird and disturbing.

Alice was originally released on PC only, but was later released on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 when Alice: The Madness Returns dropped for those consoles and PC as well. The latter is still available to download on Steam.

The Alice in Wonderland books and its sequels are still going strong today and can be purchased from pretty much all book retailers.

Published Jun. 16th 2017

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