Product Type: Disney Interactive Nintendo DS games
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Alice in wonderland
Alice in Wonderland (DS)
Member Name: doriee
Alice in Wonderland (DS)
Advantages: quirky styled game, follows the film quite well, easy for children
Disadvantages: complexity level, only aimed at children. frequent character swapping
Alice in wonderland is a quirky game we see kicking around on a few consoles these days, this game is what some people may call a "game of the film". Alice in wonderland follows the rough plot of Tim Burton's Alice in wonderland where Alice returns to underland to restore order and defeat the red queen. As always Alice slips into underland via the rabbit hole and along her way meets array of bizarre characters including tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum, the mad hatter, Cheshire and more.
Starting the game to my surprise I didn't actually play the character Alice, I started playing the game by controlling the white rabbit and throughout the game I could switch to play the mad hatter, Cheshire cat and the Caterpillar. Each character has special abilities which you will need to sue as a team to help solve puzzles and help Alice to reach her destination.Alice will obediently follow the player but let her stray away and the queens red troops will kidnap her.
At the engining of the game the white rabbit(you) and Alice are in the strange garden being instructed by the tweedles on the controls, here we beat our first set of red troops and collect our first puzzle piece to add to the Oraculum map. Throughout the game there are puzzle pieces to collect, this will start to make the Oraculum map complete allowing you to explore new places and create shortcuts to old destinations if need be. Through the game we have armour to collect ready to battle against the jabberwocky, chests to open and pictures to collect.
The white rabbit has the ability to slow time down or up. Things in the game that are purple indicate when you can use this ability IE - speed time up to make a purple chandelier fall to the ground so you and Alice can step on it. Absolem has the ability to stretch out and create Bridges so Alice can walk over water spots too deep to cross. Cheshire has the ability to make things vi sable and invisible. The mad hatter, where there is a floating orange hat, the mad hatter has the ability to change perspective to create new locations.
The graphics are quite restrained keeping them a simple 2D design mad up of mostly black and white striking lines to make a bigger impact with subtle coloured background and objects making each level seem Erie and strange like underworld should be without attempting to replicate the look of the film they have managed to capture ghostly and mysterious feeling when playing this game. The music helps set the scene on Alice IN wonderland too. Complete orchestra in the usual Tim Burton style the music is slow tempered and gives off a supernatural vibe.
The game roughly follows the film plot, the music helps set the scene but uh-oh. The controls aren't the best. For anyone who loves playing with the buttons you'll Eb disappointed to find out this is completely com trolled by the touchscreen option and you have to play with the stylus on the screen. You have to place the stylus on the screen in the direction ouw ant to walk, jump and fight. To me this is annoying, all the way through the game I forgot and started trying to play with the buttons, getting frustrated and then remember why it wouldn't work. This games seems to be strictly aimed at children due to how easy the game is. The levels are not so complex and are fairly easy to follow and back track if you have gone down the wrong dead end.
Over all Alice in wonderland is a good game to waste time with. To me it wasn't very exciting and it didn't hold my attention for long I played this little and not often but I never gave up and did finish the game. The levels after a while because a little repetitive due to the same fight scenes with the red troops, Alice being annoying and not following you. I also notice that towards the end of the game having to swap characters due to their much needed abilities became more frequent and in the long run annoying.
Summary: overall a good game but not one to stay on my shelf.