Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Nothing Wrong with Tedium
I DID like this game...The upside is that it's lovely to look at and after espying the magnifying glass with the PLUS sign in it...DUH...I went closer in on a scene and could actually SEE the objects. As my title states, some, like most of it, requires alotta patience because of solely of hit and miss. I don't care...I found that a little tedium some how is relaxing.
I bought the game for $2.99 and I am having fun, albeit tedious, time!
October 23, 2013
Whimsical Game that Follows the Book
I tried this game to see if it was really as bad as the other reviews said. It's not. :)
I don't understand the complaint that was made about the graphics. I thought the backgrounds were beautiful, and the hidden objects no harder to find than is usual in hidden object games. If you have a laptop, it may help to tilt the screen at a different angle (as with other hidden object games). And after all, you can ZOOM in this game! That helps a lot. :)
As for the comments about the plot - well, I don't see how you can complain about that when it's very openly following a famous novel. If you don't like the book, you won't like the game. It's that simple.
The game is whimsical and nonsensical, like the book. Although I didn't enjoy is as much as the "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" game by the same people, it held my interest, and I found it a pleasant way to pass a few hours. :)
December 28, 2011
Good Interpretation of Alice in Wonderland
It's actually not as bad as many of the previous reviewers said. The storyline follows Alice in Wonderland pretty well. Although some objects are hard to find, I'm finding almost all of them. They do allow you to keep up to 6 hints at a time, and I found I have been keeping 6 the majority of the time. It's important to keep your brightness up on the computer. There are a few mini games that are keeping with the theme of the story. So far I have had to skipped 2 of them, which at least is an option. I'm enjoying playing the game although I can see how it could be tough for some younger children as you do need to be diligent in finding many of the objects.
April 20, 2012
Wow! This game does NOT deserve the prior baaaaad press!!!
It's not for everyone.... but it's a nice relaxing little game with plenty to do. It's a really good game for kids or for adults who just want to pass the time with little challenge.... kinda like Solitaire, y'know? I'd have given it 3.5 stars if I could've, but couldn't really give it a full 4. It's not terribly challenging but not soooo easy that you can just breeze through without a thought either. There's little animation, but the graphics are still well done. The story follows the book, as stated before.
April 20, 2012
It was Okay
Graphics were grainy. Many of the hidden objects were difficult to identify due to the quality. As the game progressed, the puzzles became more challenging. That was the best feature of the game. Overall I found it tedious. I would recommend downloading it and trying it for the hour before you decide to purchase. It's not a bad game. However, I do not think children would like it at all. The objects are too hard to find and the jigsaws may be to difficult.
April 20, 2012
I Bought It
I didn't expect this to be a good game. Guess what? I had played through the trial period and my time had run out before I knew it. It had kept me that interested, so I had to buy it. It is different and interesting, and I like it. :)
April 20, 2012
Nope, not as bad!
I tried this when it was on sale and for 3 dollars it's absolutly worth the money! It's a cute Alice story and I think the feeling of a pop-up book is fun since my daughter, who is named after this charachter, had exactly such a book as a child. It's a simple game suitable for children or like me very childish adults. The graphics are nice and the HOS are easy. No scary monsters or horrors, so it's a game you can play with your children!
April 20, 2012
Just an okay game
I read all the other reviews and decided I wanted to try this game anyway. The graphics are nice and some of the HOG's are fairly difficult.
It was just boring. While the story does follow the Lewis Carroll story, it was just so what for me. It was click, click and click.
I am a big fan of most types of HOG and adventure games, but this one is lacking in any kind of excitement.
April 21, 2012
Just ok.Some fun puzzle to many jigsaw type ones. Sorta of a 3D effect in some.
April 6, 2012
It could've been so much better
Unless you really REALLY love the story of Alice in Wonderland and don't mind inferior quality to your gameplay, then I would strongly advise you not to get this game. I liked the book well enough and the game looked pretty for my taste, so I tried it but lasted only about 10 minutes of the trial. There are just too many things wrong with it. For one thing, the developer is not a popular one among seasoned gamers, and I found that other games I'd played by this dev used the same subpar interface. The items in the scenes are incredibly small and you need to adjust the brightness before you can make out any of them. Although they give you a magnifier, the zoom feature is not always helpful and can leave you frustrated. Especially in one scene with the rabbit that is so surreal that it actually made me nauseous. It made me feel like I had vertigo.
But for some strange reason, I kept thinking about this game even after deleting it. Maybe it was because I wanted something different in my game collection besides the usual dark themes that make up the majority of them. And I loved the fairy tales from my childhood so I decided to give it another chance and finished the demo. And I was surprised to see that not all of it was bad. The game follows the story well enough and its puzzles and minigames incorporate the details of the story quite well, although some of them cannot be skipped. This is a major fault of this game because two of them may take a long time to do if you don't like this type of puzzle. One is finding a series of four matching pictures behind many doors and although I happen to like concentration games, this one can take some time if your memory isn't so good. And the one of "painting the roses red" is a nightmare. You have to paint something like 58 white roses red and many of them are so tiny that you're sure to throw a fit. Hints are available but take some time to refill but by then your patience is gone. And although there are two modes of play, timed and standard, I implore you to NOT use the timed feature as you'll run out every time and it's infuriating. Case in point, the game where you have playing cards shooting out in a general mess and you have to find 15 heart cards within 3 minutes. Even with the magnifier and using hints, it's extremely difficult to find all of them and I've always run out of time with a few seconds left. The one time I did manage to find all of them with 2 seconds left, I couldn't even glory in my triumph because I now had to find 15 face cards in the same pile of mess within the same 3 minutes. Only thing is that once time ran out on the second set, the whole game got reset to finding the 15 heart cards again! So you can't proceed until you do the entire thing over even when you'd finished the first set in time! It's like you're getting punished for doing it right the first time but failing afterwards. This is not a good way to get someone to keep playing, so the best way to get through this game is to play in standard mode. At least you'll be able to finish it.
Even after all that, I did find some things to like about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was very colorful and offered some fun puzzles. Most of them are jigsaws, which is one of my favorite kinds. They start easy and get progressively harder although none are too difficult, save for the one of the gears which I always skip. Most of the other jigsaws are actual illustrations taken from the original book which I thought was a very nice touch. Two sliders, a match 3, and a couple of target shoots make up the bulk of the remainder and I liked all of them but wished there were more of a variety and just more in number to fill out the time better. The best part of this is that you can replay all of the minigames at any time after you've finished the main game, but like I said, there aren't many overall (23 total). An interesting feature that I hadn't seen in any previous game I'd played before this one, is the horizontal movement in some of the scenes. The opening scene is an example of this, where items may be hidden behind other parts of the scenery. You see this better illustrated in later scenes and I thought it was very clever and unique.
The biggest glaring fault, however, is in the game controls themselves. Game instructions were unclear and icons were nondescriptive. In addition, to move a jigsaw piece, you have to use one game button to select it and another one to rotate it. For experienced gamers like myself, I found the sequence very awkward and caused mistakes with selection and rotation. Other games make use of the left and right mouse button to alternately select and rotate pieces, so why can't this game use it too? This is just one of the many things that irritate the advanced gamer and even beginners might have a problem with it too.
The game is short overall, taking a little over 2 hours for me playing in untimed mode and skipping one puzzle. The negative aspects I described above seem, to me anyway, to be the developer's way of lengthing the gameplay. They could have done that better just by embellishing the story with more details or providing more puzzles. It would have made for a better game and a longer one at that. I used a free coupon for it after reading all the negative reviews here and in the forums so I'm pleased with my "purchase". I wouldn't have wanted to pay more than $2.99 for it and I don't think the quality is worth a half off sale price either. But don't take my word for it as I don't pretend to speak for anyone. Try it out for yourself and see what you think. The one hour trial is long enough for you to tell if it's something you'd like to play.
May 27, 2013