Alice: Madness Returns Finds A Novel Use For The iPad, iPhone

With 10-year-plus gap between the new Alice: Madness Returns and its predecessor, American McGee's Alice, maybe you could use a little refresher on what's been going on in Wonderland and in Alice's head. Good news? There's an app for that.

If you own an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you can download a storybook that fills in some of that decade-long gap leading up to Alice: Madness Returns. That interactive storybook is free to download right now, if you're in the United States. It features neat tricks like a Cheshire Cat "smile recognition" feature via the iPhone and iPad 2 camera alongside an original storyline and fancy schmancy art.

And if you're not in the United States or are not an owner of an iOS device, don't worry. Sounds like EA has you covered.

Electronic Arts writes on the official Alice Facebook page that "in the next few days, it will be available: to international iOS users, on Android smartphones and in a Facebook app" with the catch "but not all at the same time".

Alice: Madness Returns is slated to hit the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on June 14 alongside a downloadable version of the original game.

Alice: Madness Returns for iPad [iTunes]


    And what about those without iOS, Android OR Facebook? :P

    Don't plan on using any of those things any time soon, thanks.

    My preferred formats are gramophone, Egyptian hieroglyphics and toaster, and I shall direct self-righteous disdain towards anybody who dares not release their product on my personally preferred formats.

      Missing the point. I'm sitting at a desk with hundreds invested in tech. If the only channel they're offering to traditional PC owners is Facebook, and I'm not interested in using Facebook or anything other than basic communication, they're missing a chance to make their pitch to me. Not my problem.

        Not their problem either considering how small a market people like you really are to them.

        They've been running all sorts of marketing (including ARG stuff) through social media channels for a while now, so anyone who /really/ cares about the game pre-release will have Facebook.

    I really love the art and style for this app, and feel that interactive story books to promote videogames will continue to be an upcoming trend for iPads. Those of you that use the iPad for this app or other games may want to consider checking out iBallz, if you are wary of using your iPad for a videogame console. This case alternative has four foam balls that slip around the edges of the tablet and will protect it, if you drop it. It also gives the tablet a more comfortable grip and the cool color selection also gives your iPad a touch of flair (google iBallz for more information)… This way the games never have to end =)

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