Alice returns to Wonderland driven to learn what happened 10 years ago when her parents were killed. The game is in fact a murder mystery, the investigation of which takes place in her imagined world. There are six unique domains to Wonderland, each of which reflects Alice's increasingly disturbed state of mind as she gets closer to the truth about her parents killer. Alice actually already knows what happened, but must unlock those memories from the depths of her subconscious. This demo showed how she does that by exploring Wonderland and defeating the guards protecting the clues. Alice runs and jumps around the world like many other adventure games. The creative environments hold the potential to add unusual new obstacles to get past such as bounce mushrooms. Alice also now possesses the ability to shrink herself at will, rather than needing special potions. Special shrink flowers indicate specific areas where she needs to do so to advance. And once shrunk otherwise unseen avenues become visible. BOOM video 8333 To take on the various enemies she faces, Alice wields four weapons at any given time. She arms herself with magical versions of things in her real life. There's a pepper-mill gun and the teapot cannon for instance. In a fight, the strengths of these various weapons must be brought to bear against the weakness of whatever is being fought. For example, against the demo's card guards, circling around the back of the enemies to stab a jeweled weak-spot was only possible after a stunning blast from a teapot. The demo concluded with Alice facing one the Queen's henchmen known as the executioner. She looked to be at a size disadvantage before munching a slice of cake, after which she grew to several times the size of the foe who had looked so formidable moments before. The screen went dark just before the boss fight could start, but with unexpected "things are not what they seem" tricks like that and solid action-exploration fundamentals, Alice: Madness Returns looks to be shaping up well.
Escape the menacing Wonderland all over again.