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Disney Alice in Wonderland
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Disney Alice in Wonderland is based on the Tim Burton's film of the same name. It has inventive puzzles and a great sense of adventure, but these gentle explorations are frequently interrupted by frenetic, inescapable battles. You are in control of 5 characters and can fight with a variety of weapons and magical ablilites to defeat the card soldiers of the Red Queen as well as boss characters of the Bandersnatch and Jabberwocky. The intense combat, accompanied by sound effects of clashing swords and cries of pain may turn off kids who simply like puzzle adventures. Gauge your kids' interest accordingly.
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What's it about?
In Disney Alice in Wonderland, based on the Tim Burton movie of the same name, a completely new story unfolds as the Alice of Lewis Carroll's literary works once again falls down the rabbit hole. Just now, Alice is 10 years older and the Red Queen is a despotic ruler of Underland. In Alice's absence, the White Rabbit, the Dormouse, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Hat have banded together to form the Underland Underground Resistance. They need Alice's help to defeat the cruel queen. Kids can switch between playing as the 5 Underland characters. Each character has its own magical ability including the ability to alter or slow time (White Rabbit); the power of telekinesis ( March Hare), the power to become invisible or make hidden objects visible ( Cheshire Cat), the power to create optical illusions ( Mad Hatter); and the power to fight ( Dormouse). Switching between characters is the key gameplay mechanic, and it serves as the basis for most of the environmental puzzles. The game also has intense times of combat, including boss battles.
Is it any good?
These psychedelic environments filled with highly saturated colors contain some of the cleverest puzzles found in video games. You will have to slow time to be able to read directional signs; and line up two scenes so that as you look through them you discover a new perspective and, perhaps, an undiscovered pathway. This adventure is exciting as you meet and interact with a series of quirky characters.
But the navigation can occasionally get frustrating. And the inclusion of intense, unpredictable battles can be off-putting for kids who were enjoying a gentle puzzle adventure. Vortexes open in tranquil scenes and out of them pour ferocious Playing Card Soldiers. The scary, toothy Bandersnatch just suddenly appears and tries to eat Alice. You must play through these combat scenes and succeed, a process that may take several attempts. These battle scenes are easier if you play with a friend, and the game supports the ability for another player to drop in and then drop out.
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