Everybody has a favorite story, be it a bedtime story their parents read to them when they were children or something from a television show. Even if you've already outgrown your old storybooks, seeing a familiar character will likely trigger feelings of nostalgia. Now, what if someone were to tamper with those stories and give those characters a quick demise? Surely, you'd want to do something to ensure that things stay just the way they are.
In Fiction Fixers: Alice in Wonderland, you get to do just that. Your job is to keep watch over beloved literary works. Join Alice in her exciting adventure. Solve puzzles, play mini games, search for clues and uncover secrets as you trek through beautiful landscapes in this hidden object adventure. It's up to you to keep Alice's quest running smoothly. Or at least, as smooth as it was in the classic book.
As Wondrous as Wonderland
At the start of Fiction Fixers, you learn that The Hall of Fiction has had a recent break-in. As a new cadet for the police force that protects stories, you are given this case to test your mettle. Just like all great stories, this one has villains to liven things up. Watch out for nasty surprises -- an agent of the Illiterati is always just a step away.
Thankfully, baddies aren't all you encounter in this adventure. Familiar characters such as the Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts also make an appearance to help or hinder Alice on her quest. There's also Fixer Phoebe who will stay by your side all the way. Think you're ready for the challenge? Undo all of the Illiterati agent's mischief and preserve Lewis Carroll's timeless tale. If you don't, then say goodbye to the Mad Hatter's tea party. You won't even make it to the trial.
Find the Treacle Tarts or It'll be "Off with Your Head"
As the tale of Alice in Wonderland is the theme for this Fiction Fixers, expect the puzzles and hidden objects to play croquet and be tasked to find the White Rabbit's gloves. While it does take some liberties when it comes to its script, the story is close enough to be enjoyed by fans of the classic. For those who have already played a hidden object game or two, there's no need to resort to walk throughs just to get past the puzzles.
They can be a tad tedious for those who simply wish to rush through as a few key items require some backtracking, but that's all. None of the puzzles are particularly frustrating and even at a relaxed pace, the whole game can be finished in under five hours. The mini games are plenty and quite varied as well. Save for the keyhole turning, barely any two of them are alike so you can enjoy mixing drinks, matching gems, painting roses and more throughout your adventure.
A Tale for Both Kids and Adults
The visuals are excellent in terms of art, though they may seem dated for those who have gotten used to AAA console game graphics. The menu layout can also use some sprucing up but that's hardly game breaking. There is a fair amount of reading in Fiction Fixers: Alice in Wonderland which certainly fits the theme of the game. The liberties it takes in terms of the story's events are amusing to say the least. It's sufficiently entertaining to keep adults interested and yet, manages to be simple enough for young gamers to enjoy.
Now, if you're new to hidden object games, this game is perfect for you. There's no need to worry about getting stuck as there are indicators (trails of sparkles) to keep you on the right track. Hidden objects segments are tricky but the game does have a hint system to ensure you don't get stuck for too long. The scenes are not cluttered with a thousand small things either. This means that getting your hands on that Allspice isn't going to be hard enough to give you eye strain.
All in all, Fiction Fixers: Alice in Wonderland gets two thumbs up from us. It's entertaining to read and play, perfect for a wide variety of hidden object players and isn't lacking in mini games. It does have a few flaws, such as its dated 3D renders and unimpressive menu layout but those barely make a dent in what is sure to be a treat for the whole family.