October 6, 2000: American McGee’s Alice released
Game designer American McGee spent plenty of time on the front lines of game design, particularly with id Software, before he achieved his first major solo hit: Alice. This horror-based retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, captured plenty of attention some 13 years ago, not only for its story, but also for its then-stunning visuals. In the game, Alice is haunted by her own insane visions through which she envisions and must save a rather morbid version of Wonderland. Many characters from the novel make appearances through the game to help or hinder Alice as she fights her way to the Queen of Hearts. Despite the macabre nature of the experience, the game was praised by most critics for its imaginative approach, and it remains a favorite with players. Its sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, was released in 2011.
Have you played Alice? How do you feel about the recycling of old stories in new games? Are there any classic novels you’d like to see in video games form? The comment section is ready for your ideas!