Flashback: American McGee’s Alice

Still kicking, 23 years later!


A WORD ON THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REFERRED TO IN THIS ARTICLE: It is my understanding that there is nothing illegal about following the instructions contained herein. Not only does American McGee’s Alice fall under the category of “abandonware”, but the full content was originally included in Alice: Madness Returns and it appears that its removal was not intentional.

NOTE: Alice: Madness Returns is on sale right now until August 10th, and you’ll need it if you want to play the original American McGee’s Alice!

A Chat with the Cat — Screenshot from American McGee’s Alice

The Original Works

Once upon a time — about 150 years ago — there was a little girl named Alice Liddell, who inspired a rather quirky math teacher named Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson to write a book about her adventures in Wonderland.

That book, along with its sequel (also inspired by an Alice, but a different Alice), has become a cultural touchstone for most of the generations since its publication, and has led to a wide variety of spin-offs, reboots and re-interpretations.

Regarding questions about the personal lives of the author and his inspirations, I prefer not to engage — here are a bunch of great articles on the subject, [1], [2], [3], and there are many more like them — and I must admit to personally being influenced and won over by the phenomenal work of art that is Bryan Talbot’s Alice in Sunderland, who brings the world of Lewis Carroll vividly and most exquisitely to life.



Adam Fisher / fisher king (@therightstuff)

Software developer and writer of words, currently producing a graphic novel adaptation of Shakespeare's Sonnets! See http://therightstuff.bio.link for details.