Alice in Wonderland is a text adventure by Robin Johnson from 1989. I tried to find more info on this Robin Johnson, and failed. It’s not the actress, at least I assume as much. Strangely enough, there’s an IF author with the same name, but it’s not him either. Oh well. I can understand the author not wanting to get known too well. So, the game. You play Alice on her discovery in Wonderland. You know, as in the book. Except, instead of having strange conversations with cats, rabbits and hatters you just die a lot. Hooray for deaths in text adventures.
Alice starts off with her sister reading a book, next to the river. Oh dear, boooooring, the young Alice (who will probably never attain a university degree) thinks, and she is ready for adventure. So you can go south and step into a river, or north or west and get lost in the woods.
I suppose you’ll have to start going east. After stealing and eating some brownies, and sleeping in a hay barn, she sees a white rabbit.
Now, of course, you can follow the rabbit. Turns out it goes down a rabbit hole. Your faithful companion, Dinah the cat (which you can actually name whatever you like – yeah, go wild) jumps down the hole after the rabbit. So Alice can do nothing else but also tumble down. Quite the fall later, you stand in front of a door that is way too small for you. Exploring a bit farther, you find a bottle labeled “drink me”.
Yeah, and that’s about where I gave up. No doubt inspiration to solve this puzzle can be found in Carroll’s book, and no doubt the game gets a lot more interesting once you actually get into Wonderland. But really, I can’t be bothered. Puzzles without clues, the possibility of permanently losing vital items, unfair deaths, mediocre writing. 2/10, lowest score up till now. To be fair, I didn’t totally hate this game, I hope there will be other games with as low a score as this one so it isn’t the one with the lowest score…
If someone wants to play this game, I have started a walkthrough on Google Wave. Email me on [my account name at the blog] @gmail.com for details if you want access or want to help. Or if you want a Google Wave invite, I’ve got a few left.