Parents' Guide to

Alice: Madness Returns

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gory game based on children's character is for adults only.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Not for the Fainthearted or People that Don't Like Gore

I marked it as easy to play/use. That said, if your kid cannot handle watching R-rated movies, or you do not allow them to watch R-rated movies or anything with large amounts of virus and gore, keep them away from this. There are scenes with asylum treatments that EXACTLY match the kinds of things they did in the Middle Ages through the early to mid1800s in explicit detail, and there's at one point a child with a transected torso, among other things. As a child, my mom never censored movies- I watched the Shining when I was in first grade and was fine- but if your child is easily affected by movies or games, keep them away. Teens- much more likely to be fine with this game, but if they don't like horror movies, they won't like this
age 18+

Very mature

Do not make your kid under 18 play this game. It is 18 plus. There is blood and gore,horror sequences and enough things to give person a nightmare

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (21 ):

It’s tempting to simply write off this continuation of Alice’s tale as a gory exploitation of a beloved children’s character, but there are some interesting ideas at play. As a girl, Alice’s extraordinary imagination takes her to a scary but ultimately safe place. But what will that same imagination do when she gets older and suffers a terrible loss? This game, like its predecessor, puts forth the notion that her capacity to dream will take her to much more terrifying -- indeed, even lethal -- locales.

Unfortunately, the storytelling never moves much beyond this intriguing idea. Worse, the actual gameplay, though well-tuned and intuitive, is rote and repetitive. It’s a shame that there should be such a lack of creativity in a game inspired by a story that celebrates the imagination. Grown-up fans of the classic tale with a taste for dark fantasy may find enough of interest to make the journey worthwhile, but everyone else can leave this one safely on the store shelf.

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