Alice is Dead: Episode Three
The finale to Mike Morin's popular, twisted point-and-click take on the old fairytale is here. Alice is Dead: Episode 3 continues after the events of the second game and finds you (that is, the White Rabbit) closer than ever to finding out what happened to your memory, and why a certain blonde moppet tried to do you in. Dig a little deeper into the underbelly of Wonderland, and you could find all the answers you're looking for... or someone could find you first.
Played like any point-and-click game, you use your mouse to interact. There's no changing cursor, unfortunately, so you might have to do a fair bit of clicking around if you find yourself stuck. Hearts signify navigation, and clicking on one when you see it will let you move to a new area. To use the items in your inventory, just click on it at the bottom of the screen, and then click where you want to use it. Operating on "Wonderland logic", the game can be a bit hard to figure out at times. There isn't a whole lot of direction given, and it can frequently feel like you stumble on success by accident; when it seems like you have nowhere else to go, all you can really do is retrace your steps and hope you've triggered something elsewhere. Fans of the series will also be glad to see that its signature sense of dark humour is still intact, along with its fantastic production values.
What you might not be so happy to find out is that the ending is not only abrupt, it raises more questions than it answers, and feels rushed to boot. It's not putting a period at the end of the story, it's taking a cleaver to it, and, combined with how short the whole thing is, what's left is potentially unsatisfying after all the plot elements introduced in this episode alone. Undoubtedly creator Mike Morin and his creative team were under pressure from fans to produce, but you might have preferred to wait another year (or longer) if it meant a more succinct resolution.
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It's sad to see the end of one of the most imaginative and quirky series, especially since it feels like there's so much more potential in the world and story it crafted. Will we ever see this Wonderland again? Maybe. I'd offer that there's a possibility we might see another episode down the road based on all the loose ends. Regardless, Alice is Dead is still definitely worth a play, and we can hope... and sulk. Mostly the sulking.