Expansive interactive world
- Co-op play is a nice addition
- Polished and fun!
You donít die, you only lose points making it a bit too easy for
- Upgrades are a bit of work to obtain and donít make much
- Why canít this thing be on the 360 or PS3 so I can see those
beautiful backgrounds in high resolution?
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Score: 8.0 / 10
Itís not often that I really enjoy playing
a licensed movie game. You know the track record. Itís pretty much a
cash grab with the poor studios tasked with developing these things on a
tight budget and a fixed timeline that usually equals disaster. There
have been exceptions over the years, but I have to admit I wasnít
expecting to find that exception here.
First of all, I will admit that the game
gets a little repetitive after a while Ö and itís way too easy. However,
itís targeted towards kids.
The game sees you playing the roles of up to five characters with
different abilities. The March Hare can use Telekinesis for example,
allowing you to move bricks and create bridges for your character to get
across. Often times you will have to switch back and forth between
types to implement certain things to defeat
enemies. Like any typical third person action game on the Wii, youíll
use the Nunchuk to move and the Wiimote to control special features.
Good use of the Wiimote is used with a requirement to shake, rattle and
roll being used from time to time. Not too much, not too little, itís
just right. Like porridge.
The game makes use of quick time events like many of its bigger and
badder cousins but does so in an effective way.
So what makes this game different? Itís hard to tell really. I havenít
seen the movie yet so I canít say that I was drawn into the connections
of the Tim Burton-esque art style. I just found that wandering around
the world was fun. I wanted to find out what was behind the next door. I
kept playing much longer than I ever thought I would.
The game is not without issues. I still donít understand why in 2010 we
have to have ďsave pointsĒ. But hey, game developers, if the
techno-behemoth of God of War III can use them I suppose we have to let
Alice in Wonderland get away with it. You collect coins for upgrades
that you can only get if you find the corresponding chess piece Ė
wherever the heck they are and why theyíre not on the board is never
really answered but after you burn a few times in the game (trying to
figure something out) you donít really lose lives but you start losing
these coins. Thatís a bit frustrating but I suppose everything in the
world has a cost.
If youíve got pre-teen kids they are going to love this game and the
co-op mode will allow you to join in the fun. When the kids are not
around, and you think nobody else is looking, pop the disc in yourself.
You just never know what youíre going to find down that rabbit hole.
- Syd Bolton
(April 10, 2010)
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in thousands
of classic video games at the Personal
Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.