Apparently it’s not just us Carrollians who’ve taken notice of the big 1-5-0, game designers have too. Take this for instance, a Gamejolt Jam, which is apparently a challenge to come up with games based on a theme, has a new Alice jam scheduled for June 27 – July 3. The rules are simple:
Base your game on the Alice in Wonderland book or characters
Include the mystery theme (this will be announced at the beginning of the jam)
Create the game within the jam period, including any graphics and audio
Entries can be from individuals or teams
Upload your game to Game Jolt and tag it with #alicejam150
Currently in Beta, there is a new game being developed by PlayparkSEA for both Android and iOS platforms based on Alice. From what we can see in this video, looks like it might be fun Not sure if you can still get in on the beta, but follow on Facebook to see.
The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT is planning a series of Alice-themed children’s events throughout the month of October, including Alice crafts every Sunday, a Queen of Hearts baking contest, and a workshop on how to play croquet. Visit this page for details.
OMG. The Japanese have done it again. They’ve created not only an addictive mobile game, but unbelievably cute toys to go with it. It’s called Tsum Tsum and it is sweeping the globe. And of course, there are Alice toys. In the Japan Disney Store there is a set of nine minis available – originally designed as screen cleaners for your phone. They also have larger sizes for the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and the Baby Oyster. At the US Disney Store, there is only a set of eight (no Baby Oyster).
Who doesn’t like free stuff? There’s a new iOS game with a Wonderland theme available, called WonderGolf. Made by DeNA, help Alice retrieve her stolen MP3 player from the White Rabbit while completing over 70 mini golf games. Download from iTunes here. As with many modern apps, this offers in-app purchases, so be careful.
This just in from one of our Mimsy Minions. If you like crowdfunding (like I do) and you like games (like I do) and you like Alice & all things steampunk (like I do), then you’ll love this! Still four days to go if you want to be a backer. They’ve reached their goal so the game is on! To visit the Indiegogo site for this game click me!
Attention puzzle lovers! We recently received this note that may be of interest to you:
I’m part of a team of puzzlers who spent most of last year writing LOTS of puzzles for the annual MIT Mystery Hunt (http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/history.html), which was this year Alice In Wonderland themed (with other Carrollian and non-Carrollian touches).
We had also noticed the call for puzzles here last June, but we were unable to participate as our writing process is very (almost comically) secretive, and the puzzles and theme were not to be revealed until the weekend of the recent Hunt.
A number of the puzzles we wrote require specific knowledge about MIT, and some aren’t strongly integrated into the theme, though they may still be of interest to you. The entire hunt, including all puzzles and solutions, can be found at the following address: http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/2014
If you have any further questions about specific puzzles or would like to contact the author(s) directly, please feel free to email the team leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org . Enjoy!
One of our mimsy minions has alerted us to a new book by Richard Wolfrik Galland entitled Lewis Carroll’s Puzzles in Wonderland. And here is what our minion had to say:
“Lewis Carroll’s Puzzles in Wonderland (Carlton/Metro 2013) is a bit of a misnomer. There are a few of Carroll’s original puzzles in the text, but most of them are “inspired by” (i.e., adapted to fit) the Wonderland environs, and nicely illustrated with the colored Tenniel drawings. R. W. Gallard has provided an intriguing collection of puzzles, conundrums, riddles, and brain-teasers categorized as “Easy,” “Curious,” and “Harder.””
If you have a Carrollian puzzle-lover on your holiday gift list, this might be a book to consider!
According to TheOxford Times online, some enterprising Oxford College graduates have devised a new board game (how suitably retro!) called Dreaming Spires, in which players can create their own Oxford College–starting back in 1189 and moving forward in time from there. Characters include Oscar Wilde, JRR Tolkien, and of course, our own Lewis Carroll.