“Ever wondered what it is like to be Alice in Wonderland? Jump down the depths of the Rabbit Hole and find out! ‘Alice Free Fall‘ [game for the iPhone] lets you re-experience the dreamlike and strangely awesome decent, which Alice made in pursuit of the White Rabbit. Just as in Lewis Carroll’s novel your journey through the Hole will be accompanied by mysterious Cheshire and lots of other strange things – both helpful and peculiar. Sure enough, the game will unfold your own memories and fantasies of the times, when you were reading or watching Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Moreover, it was our intention to make it this way – a dreamy and entertaining tribute to the great work of the great author. For now, the path to the Wonderland is open, adventure awaits…”
“Lewis Carroll and Alice Play Call Our Bluff” by Alan Lance Andersen and Rebecca Ann Edwards appears in the July issue of Games Magazine, which will be on newsstands around May 15th. This nicely illustrated piece is a feature article/puzzle in which the reader tries to solve the puzzle in the text—to determine which of the many tidbits of Alice history are true and which the authors made up—and these are based on, to quote Mr. Andersen, “quirky trivia” about Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell. [Though some Carrollians might have one or two quibbles with the information in the article.]
Check out Yasmin Sethi’s Alice-inspired chess set! “Inspired by [Through the Looking Glass], the chess pieces have an opaque mirror finish, when they touch the surface of the board they magically turn transparent and reveal the identity of the piece contained inside them. When removed from the board they revert to being opaque, hiding the identity of the piece. This is a comment on how a chess piece has no value unless it is in play on the board. …the White Knight only works when placed upside down, a reference to the book where the White Knight talks about how he thinks better when he is upside down.” Designed in response to a brief set by Schott UK Ltd. for final year students of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, one hopes that it will soon be on the market!
Frank Beddor has added yet another aspect (see Bits & Bobs) to his Looking Glass Wars “empire”: a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game called Card Soldier Wars. “Strategize to become the most powerful general in Wonderland and place your queen upon the throne!”