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The Art of Alice: Madness Returns [Hardcover]

R.J. Berg
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17 May 2011
Legendary game designer American McGee created one of the most visually arresting games of all time in Alice. Eleven years later, McGee returns with a sequel just as groundbreaking as his critically acclaimed classic - Alice: Madness Returns! Just in time for Madness Returns, Dark Horse and Spicy Horse Games invite Alice fans to take a journey through the wonderland of American McGee's imagination for a look at this magnificent and disturbing world. With text by Madness Returns lead writer and executive producer R. J. Berg, and featuring an introduction by McGee, The Art of Alice offers an intimate look into the artwork behind this blockbuster interpretation of Lewis Carroll's enduring masterpiece.

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (17 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826978
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 23.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, High quality artwork book 24 May 2011
By J. Scott TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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I loved the original American McGee 'Alice' game, and still play it sometimes. I bought the game soundtrack music, and play it all the time. So I was delighted to hear that there was an updated game coming - it will have a lot to live up to!

While waiting for the game's release, I bought this book, not expecting much. What a surprise! Even the weight of it surprised me. It's a heavy book, largely because it's printed on such high-quality glossy paper.

The artwork is an utter delight. Artists (and game designers, I suppose) will find inspiration, and the rest of us will just gaze at these gorgeous pictures and lose ourselves in them.

After the short intro by American McGee himself, there's a minimum of text throughout the book - just enough to set the scene for each section. If you loved the original game, or the new incarnation, or are just a fan of gothic takes on the Alice story, this is a must-have.

I've added a short video, trying to give you a virtual 'flick through' of the book. What the video can't capture is how good the book actually feels to hold and read.

Definitely recommended - I have quite a collection of 'art of' books, and very few of them are up to this standard.

If you have any questions, post a comment and I'll try to answer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't praise this book enough. Go get it now. 10 Feb 2013
I am a big fan of the original Alice game by American McGee. It was a dark and gritty interactive depiction of Wonderland and it's o so many weird inhabitants. Even back in the days when the Quake 3 engine was still at large, the game's art design was exceptional with mind boggling level design, colourful environments and very organic structures. Alice: Madness Returns tried to recreate these wonders for the current generation of consoles. In my opinion the game itself was not nearly as fun as the original game, yet still good in its own right. However the art design was once again the star of the show and I was pleased to see that Dark Horse Books was also going to release an art book for the game... and what an art book this is!

The Art of Alice: Madness Returns features a hard cover binding and its 184 pages are of very high quality. The book feels and looks phenomenal. The Art of Alice: Madness Returns features six distinct chapters and an introduction written by American McGee himself. The art presented in this book ranges from pre-production drawings, to high fidelity environment images (London and Wonderland), character concepts (literally every single character from the game seems to be in this book!), world object design and so much more. Small descriptions beneath some of the artworks will explain the things you'll see, which is a good thing and something I really missed in art books from Blizzard entertainment.

The art in the book can be best described as Wonderland meets HP Lovecraft meets MC Escher. There are so many weird contraptions, impossible structures and otherworldly creatures to be witnessed in this book, that your mind will be blown halfway through the pages.

Please, make no mistake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alice Madness Reurns: 16 May 2012
By Mollie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ever since I was little I have been obsessed with Alice in Wonder land. I have the orginal books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the looking Glass, I had the original Disney motion picture on video, I wish i still had a video player so I could watch it, I haven't got around to buying it on DVD yet. When I heard about Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland, I was over the moon for it.
Then on one of my travels through the inernet I found "American McGee's Alice Madness Returns", I have always been a lover of mixing the dark side with the lovely childhood dreams. So I was looking forward to the game. When it arrived, I thre my school gear down and started playing it, I've got the game on the xbox 360 format, so i'm only talking about this format. The game was amazing, I've only played it on easy, just so I could get a feel for the game. I will continue to play the game at different levels. I also got the downloadable version of American McGee's first Alice game. The graphics are different, but it is still, an amazing game.
Looking concept art books from xbox 360 games to study and re-create for my Art A level, I came across this book. I fell head over heels in love with it before I had even ordered or look at it. From the front cover I could tell that I would love this book.
When the book arrived, I had a quick look before going out, the first few pages were nothing but amazing, when I got home and looked at the rest of the book, I was honestly stunned for words. The book has outdone it's self, I've shown my friend who also bought the game after I explained it to him, he is now so much in love with the game he loved the concept art as much as I did.
If you're interseted to see how the game progressed from a simple idea to the completed game, then this is the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 31 Oct 2011
I got this on halloween 2011 - I couldn't have timed it any better. The book itself is high quality with a hard back cover and glossy pages. As an art book they really did well to make it feel professional - as with some other books I have found the paper quality to be lacking.
The contents are great - I particularly like how they have included some of the original sketches - as a fellow designer I like seeing how an idea started out and its development into the final design. While there is plenty of landscape art I would have like to see some more of the character development. What is there is a highly detailed and very informative look into teh consept art of the game.

A brilliant book for any collector - highly recommended.
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came today in the post, its better then what i expected, was damaged alittle on the corner, but i put that down to postage. apart from that. it's a great book to read, thank you
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Such detail and it is so big. I am so happy with this purchase even though it wasn't even for me. It was an xmas gift and my brother absolutely loved it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by becckii
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice
Definitely recommended - I have quite a collection of 'art of' books, and very few of them are up to this standard.
Published 6 months ago by Igor
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Full of awesome art work from the game very surreal very cool would recommend if you like the weird and wonderful!
Published 8 months ago by sara buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
This book is great for viewing the art of such a great game and ideal of the view on Alice in wonderland, we're all mad here ;)
Published 8 months ago by Shaun Hemmings
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality book!
This is a proper quality book that shows the creative process behind an amazing game. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoyed Alice: Madness Returns.
Published 8 months ago by Chris Percival
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant!
My niece, an art student, wanted this book for her birthday and absolutely loved it. She said that 'the art within is epic!'
Published 12 months ago by Mia
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Simply amazing dark themed book. Remember, this is the art and how the art for the game was created. If you're uncertain about this product, do research first before purchasing it.
Published 12 months ago by David Rankin
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