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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez


March 20, 2018  (originally published October 18, 2011)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Alice in Wonderland (1951 animated version)
Developed by: Digital Eclipse
System: Game Boy Color

In 1951, Walt Disney released one of his most divisive films yet: Alice in Wonderland. Originally, it was seen as a poor adaptation of the classic Lewis Carroll book about a young girl and her adventures in the land of wonder. In the last few years, Disney's Alice in Wonderland has gone from a nearly shunned feature film to being almost up there with the likes of Snow White, Peter Pan, and Beauty and the Beast in terms of popularity. What it lacks in a coherent, dramatic story it makes it up with visually captivating concepts, catchy music and pure, enchanting nonsense. In some cases, Alice is just as recognizable as the Disney princesses, and the rest of the characters are just as beloved. In 2000, Nintendo along with Digital Eclipse, gave us the video game adaptation of the feature film, and the results were quite pleasing!

You play as Alice as the game follows the events of the film. You will start in the real world and end up in Wonderland through the famous rabbit hole. In here, you will encounter many of the characters seen in the movie, such as the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and, of course, the Mad Hatter. The gameplay is a classic 2D platformer consisting of various levels based on some of the famous locales of both the classic Lewis Carroll book as well as the Disney feature film. It is a typical way to adapt a Disney movie, sure, but for Alice in Wonderland it worked really well. Each level has you completing a mission, such as evading the books and other items that liter the rabbit hole and even interacting with Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. You will even grow small and large just like in the story!

The levels are straightforward enough that anyone can easily figure them out, but they have enough creativity that they manage to be as whimsical and creative as in the feature film. Many nods to the movie, such as the "drink me" bottle, and portraits of the main characters can be seen through each of the levels. In order to further capitalize on the story, throughout the game you will see very colorful and detailed cutscenes that add just enough story to familiarize the players with the plot and its zany characters.

Speaking of which, Alice in Wonderland was released as a Game Boy Color exclusive. In 1998, Nintendo released an updated version of their famous Game Boy featuring a color screen. The added graphical prowess gave developers the chance to create vivid games with larger than life characters and creative uses of color. With Alice in Wonderland featuring beautiful artwork by the great Mary Blair and fantastic Disney animation, it is no surprise that Digital Eclipse tried their best to replicate the film's quirky aesthetic in digital form. And it worked. The character sprites move fluidly and are very detailed. The levels are very colorful and like I mentioned, cutscenes adorn nearly every level.


In terms of sound design, Alice in Wonderland surprisingly lacks some of the film's most iconic songs. However, the original music created for this game is just as whimsical as the tunes heard in the feature film. It is still unfortunate that we didn't get a Game Boy rendition of tunes such as "The Unbirthday Song."

Alice in Wonderland is a great story to make a game out of. This Game Boy Color adaptation works well enough that anyone can get into it, whether they love the original concept or not. The appeal of its characters and the colorful environments make this a great treat for Game Boy fans young and old. Best of all, you don't need to follow the White Rabbit in order to enjoy the beauty, madness and fun of Wonderland.


Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy

Tangled, the Video Game
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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