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OZombie Kickstarter Campaign Cancelled

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Jonathan Lester
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Action Games, Adventure Games, American McGee, Kickstarter, Linux games, OZombie, PC games, Spicy Horse, Tablet games

OZombie Kickstarter Campaign Cancelled

American McGee: "It's Been An Interesting Ride"

American McGee and Spicy Horse have cancelled the Kickstarter campaign for OZombie, their proposed action-adventure set in a warped version of The Wizard Of Oz. The TL:DR version: the whole thing was an utter shambles.

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American McGee Takes OZombie To Kickstarter

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action Games, Adventure Games, American McGee, Kickstarter, Linux games, OZombie, PC games, Spicy Horse, Tablet games

American McGee Takes OZombie To Kickstarter

American McGee (him of Alice and Akaneiro: Demon Hunters fame) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an action-adventure set in a warped version of The Wizard Of Oz. Based on the Oz universe created by L. Frank Baum, OZombie certainly looks as twisted and imaginative as you'd expect from the ex-id Software developer.

We've got the trailer, pitch and links after the break.

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American McGee Pitching New Online Alice Game To EA

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Alice, American McGee, Spicy Horse

American McGee Pitching New Online Alice Game To EA

"Alice In Otherland"

American McGee would very much like to make a new Alice game, so long as EA is willing to licence the rights to it. Instead of a AAA game, McGee will be pitching an online cooperative experience that lets Alice descend into user-generated worlds.

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American McGee Retracts EA "Tricks Gamers" Statement

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, EA, Marketing, Spicy Horse

American McGee Retracts EA "Tricks Gamers" Statement

After suggesting that EA were trying to "trick gamers" with the  marketing campaign for Alice: Madness Returns - with the trailers making the game out to be rather more horrific and gory than it actually was - American McGee has moved to clarify his statement and amend his previous criticism.

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Alice: Madness Returns | £3.74 | Impulse | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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EA, PC games, Platformer, Spicy Horse
Alice: Madness Returns | £3.74 | Impulse | PC

I was rather disappointed by Alice: Madness Returns and made no bones about it in my 5/10 review, but it's certainly not a bad game and provides impressive value for Impulse Driven's low price. Indeed, it's a textbook case of style and quantity over real gameplay substance, with truly beautiful visuals masking generic design. For £3.74, it's probably worth a punt if you've been holding out.

Alice: Madness Returns | £2.99 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, EA, PC games, Spicy Horse
Alice: Madness Returns | £2.99 | Steam | PC

For £2.99, even my deep-seated concerns about Alice: Madness Returns melt away into the ether. It's big, looks great and provides more than enough content and value to more than warrant an immediate purchase at this outrageous price level. You'd better get your skates on, though, as the deal expires this afternoon. Thanks to RW91 at HotUKDeals.

Alice: Madness Returns | £4.49 | Impulse Driven | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, EA, PC games, Spicy Horse
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Alice: Madness Returns | PC
Alice: Madness Returns | £4.49 | Impulse Driven | PC

In terms of value, this deal does the business. Impulse Driven's sub-£5 price is one of the cheapest we've ever seen, and a decent saving for a meaty, visually arresting game. On the other hand, though, I was rather disappointed by Alice: Madness Returns and made no bones about it in my 5/10 review. It's a textbook case of style over substance, with truly beautiful visuals masking miserably poor level design and dated, cliched gameplay.

American McGee's Fairytale Game Is 'Crazy Fairies'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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American McGee, Crazy Fairies, iOS games, Mobile games, Spicy Horse

American McGee's Fairytale Game Is 'Crazy Fairies'

Won't Return To Home Consoles Any Time Soon

American McGee (him of id Software and Alice fame) has announced that his fairytale social game teased last week is called Crazy Fairies - and will be a turn-based artillery title reminiscent of Worms. He's also got a dark and twisted mobile verison of Red Riding Hood in the pipeline - and isn't planning to peddle his wares on home consoles "out of the gate."

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American McGee Teases Potential Jack And The Beanstalk Game

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Alice: Madness Returns, American McGee, Fairytales, Jack and the Beanstalk, Spicy Horse

American McGee Teases Potential Jack And The Beanstalk Game

It would appear that American McGee's Spicy Horse studio have been busy at work on a new fairytale game, with a sliver of concept art making its way onto Facebook yesterday from another children's story: Jack and the Beanstalk.

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Alice: Madness Returns | £6.50 | Greenman Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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EA, PC games, Platformer, Spicy Horse
Alice: Madness Returns | £6.50 | Greenman Gaming | PC

I was rather disappointed by Alice: Madness Returns, and made no bones about it in my 5/10 review. It's a textbook case of style over substance, with truly beautiful visuals masking miserably poor level design and dated, cliched gameplay. However, GamersGate have matched Origin's shortlived sub-£10 deal... who were then undercut by Greenman Gaming by another quid. This makes for excellent raw value coupled with the seriously meaty campaign.

Alice: Madness Returns | £10.00 | Play.com | PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, EA, PS3 games, Spicy Horse
Alice: Madness Returns | £10.00 | Play.com | PS3

I was not duly impressed with Alice: Madness Returns, and said so in my 5/10 review. It's a classic case of style over substance, with truly beautiful visuals masking miserably poor level design and dated, cliched gameplay. However, it's also phenomenally good value and contains the original game (that may not be quite as great as you remember) - and this price is certainly appropriate for its quantity.

Play.com are killing it today.

Alice: Madness Returns | £7.49 | Origin | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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EA, PC games, Platformer, Spicy Horse
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Alice: Madness Returns | PC
Alice: Madness Returns | £7.49 | Origin | PC

I was not duly impressed with Alice: Madness Returns, and said so in my 5/10 review. It's a classic case of style over substance, with truly beautiful visuals masking miserably poor level design and dated, cliched gameplay. However, it's also phenomenally good value thanks to a meaty campaign  and Origin's nifty download price.

Alice: Madness Returns | £10.00 | Play.com | PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, EA, PS3 games, Spicy Horse
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Alice: Madness Returns | Playstation 3
Alice: Madness Returns | £10.00 | Play.com | PS3

I was not duly impressed with Alice: Madness Returns, and said so in my 5/10 review. It's a classic case of style over substance, with truly beautiful visuals masking miserably poor level design and dated, cliched gameplay. However, it's also phenomenally good value and contains the original game (that may not be quite as great as you remember) - and this price is certainly appropriate for its quantity.

Alice: Madness Returns | £14.95 | Zavvi | PS3 / Xbox 360

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Action Games, EA Games, PS3 games, Spicy Horse, Xbox 360 games
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Alice: Madness Returns | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Alice: Madness Returns | £14.95 | Zavvi | PS3 / Xbox 360

The price for this one is really starting to fall now. Zavvi's latest deal for American McGee’s return to Wonderland is currently the cheapest around, and as such PS3 and Xbox 360 owners can save themselves almost £3 in comparison to the next best offers from ShopTo.

That said, is the price of admission value for money? As Jon stated in his review, it seems more like style over substance with this one, playing to the nostalgia of its predecessor a little too much. It’s by no means a terrible game, but there are so many more enjoyable experiences out there for your money. Still, if you want to give it a go this is currently the best deal. Thanks to nunofgalexandre @ HUKD!

Alice: Madness Returns | £18.95 | The Game Collection | PS3

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Action Games, EA, PS3 games, Spicy Horse
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Alice: Madness Returns | Playstation 3

Alice: Madness Returns | £18.95 | The Game Collection | PS3

While I’m sure not everyone will be rushing to get a copy, this deal from The Game Collection for American McGee’s return to Wonderland is currently the cheapest by a fair margin. As such, PS3 owners can save themselves a fiver in comparison to the next best offers from The Hut and Zavvi.

That said, is the at-last sub-£20 price of admission value for money? As Jon stated in his review, it seems more like style over substance with this one, playing to the nostalgia of its predecessor a little too much. It’s by no means a terrible game, but there are so many more enjoyable experiences out there for your money. Still, if you want to give it a go this is currently the best deal. Thanks to bobcsg @ HUKD!

Alice: Madness Returns | £19.99 | Amazon & Play | PC

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Tom Silkstone
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Action Games, Electronic Arts, PC games, Spicy Horse
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Alice: Madness Returns | PC

For any literary geeks out there the chance to walk around Lewis Carroll's Wonderland is almost irresistible, so it's a shame this game's only average at best. The artwork and visuals are pretty good, as is the combat, but that really doesn't make up for the boring experience this one provides. Amazon and Play are parting with PC copies of the game for £19.99, which'll make you a saving of £3 on the next best offer coming in from Gameseek.

Alice: Madness Returns | £16.99 | Base.com & Affiliates | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, EA, PC games, Spicy Horse

I was not particularly impressed with Alice: Madness Returns, and said so in my 5/10 review. It's a classic case of style over substance, with truly beautiful visuals masking miserably poor level design and dated, cliched gameplay... and we didn't fall for it. However, Madness Returns is also phenomenally good value and contains the original game (that may not be quite as great as you remember) - and this price is certainly appropriate for its quantity.

Base.com, 101CD and their affiliate network are charging £16.99 for the PC version, which is a major saving at the time of writing.

Alice: Madness Returns | £21.99 | GAME & Gameplay | Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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EA, Platform games, Spicy Horse
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Alice: Madness Returns | Xbox 360

I was not duly impressed with Alice: Madness Returns, and said so in my 5/10 review. It's a classic case of style over substance, with truly beautiful visuals masking miserably poor level design and dated, cliched gameplay. However, it's also phenomenally good value and contains the original game (that may not be quite as great as you remember) - and this price is certainly appropriate for its quantity.

Alice: Madness Returns | £25.85 | ShopTo | PS3 & Xbox 360

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Tom Silkstone
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Deals
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Electronic Arts, Games deals, PS3 games, Spicy Horse, Xbox 360 games
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Alice: Madness Returns | Xbox 360

This one had so much potential, after all the chance to explore Wonderland is nearly irresistible, especially when it's got a slightly darker edge, which was what made the game's trailer so intriguing. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes boring, despite its vibrant look and enjoyable combat. You can get hold of a PS3 or Xbox 360 copy of the game from ShopTo for £25.85, which is almost £11 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from Cool Shop UK. Thanks to biddilybah @ HUKD.

 

Alice: Madness Returns Review | Madness Returns, Blandness Remains

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action platformer, Alice: Madness Returns, Derivative, dull, EA, Padding, PC games, PS3 games, Spicy Horse, Xbox 360 games
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Alice: Madness Returns | PC | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Hysteria-bloody-vorpal

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: Spicy Horse

Publisher: EA

Here we go again. After literally murdering her own madness in the decade-old original, Alice's insanity has returned (hence the title) in the form of the menacing Infernal Train: a burning cathedral on wheels that's laying waste to the imaginary realms of Wonderland. Though a hypnotherapist is doing his best to help her forget the rogue memories, our heroine soon finds herself wandering the streets of London and periodically descending back into the twisted nightmare world between flash-forwards to reality. It's a decent enough premise for a reunion tour.

The visuals are the first thing you'll notice. Madness Returns looks absolutely gorgeous, which is partly due to atmospheric lighting and detailed texture work courtesy of the ever-reliable Unreal Engine. However, it's mainly testament to the consistent quality of the art direction. Wonderland is as bonkers as it is beautiful, and each thematic zone (such as deep blue ice fields or hellish industrial complexes) is packed with deeply surreal imagery, enemies and design elements. A preternatural sense of wrongness and horror underpins tragically innocent and childlike themes. It's a banquet for the senses, and regardless of where you point the camera, your eyes will pop and your mind will blow.

Once you've wrapped your brain around it, though, you'll realise that the surreal chicanery is just camouflage surrounding one of the most dull and conventional action-platformers to have released in recent years.

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