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Posts tagged “Spicy Horse”

American McGee’s Akaneiro Is “In The Hole” For $1.7m

American McGee's Spicy Horse studio has spent a touch more on Akaneiro: Demon Hunter than it raised on Kickstarter. Gathering $204,000 back in February last year, it seems they've spent $2 million on the game. I'm not an accountant, but I'm pretty sure that £2m is more than $205,000. McGee has posted on the game's Kickstarter page that it means they'll have to "radically alter"…

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Feature: A Looking Glass Game

Little China Doll: How Spicy Horse Imagined Alice: Madness Returns

This is the latest in a series of articles about the art technology of games, in collaboration with the particularly handsome Dead End Thrills. Alice: Madness Returns is a very special action game, a piece of Lewis Carroll fan fiction conceived by an American (named American, naturally) and illustrated largely by the Chinese, a people not known for their absurdism. Unfortunately it's also a classic…

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Feature: Free To Not Play

A Grim Couple Of Hours With Akaneiro: Demon Hunter

American McGee's Akaneiro: Demon Hunters was Kickstarted only this February. Squeaking past its goal in the eleventh hour, it's only four short months later that a playable build is available. For free, if you go to their own site. Or for money, if you get it from Steam. Huh? This whole odd situation asks some interesting questions about such models, and when is the right…

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Off To Eat Some Innards: American McGee’s OZombies

I was really hoping American McGee's OZombie would turn out to be an undead heavy metal odyssey starring Ozzy Osbourne on a trip of self-discovery/drugs in Australia. But instead, it's fairytales. They've become McGee and Spicy Horse's calling card as of late, always with a sooty spritz of macabre. Alice went goth, Little Red Riding Hood sliced and diced demons, and now Wizard of Oz is…

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American McGee’s Akaneiro: Demon Hunters

We mentioned a while back that American McGee's Shanghai-based studio, Spicy Horse, was developing an ARPG with an odd theme. That theme is Japanese feudalism and the tale of Red Riding Hood. If you're not sure how those two concepts merge, then you can see in a video below for Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, which pitches McGee and chum's proposal to the all-funding eye of Kickstarter.…

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Feudal Red Riding Hood – Akaneiro: Demon Hunters

American McGee. Now that's a name. I would give his parents high-fives, but they're probably eagles who've been surgically attached to giant, forever-billowing US flags. McGee's studio Spicy Horse, however, has a slightly spottier track record. I mean, its most recent big release, Alice: Madness Returns, was chock full of imaginative locales, but it was also overly long, and platforming (kind of important in a platformer)…

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Alice Doesn’t Live Here: BigHead Bash

There's probably some irony in the latest title from a man whose name appeared in big huge letters on the front of so many game boxes involving the word 'BigHead', but I'll be damned if I can tell what it is. BigHead BASH is the latest move from American McGee and his Spicy Horse studio, and it's a forthcoming social network game. I don't know…

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Feature: Rabbiting on

Alice: Madness Returns review

The semi-sequel to American McGee's Alice arrived last week. A timely return to a gothic wonderland, or is too late, too late for a very important date with our hard drives? Come on, down the rabbit hole with you and let's find out... Alice 2 is, I think, pretty much what an only casual observer of videogames believes almost all videogames are like. Mad monsters,…

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Alice: Madness Returns Shots Are (Yes!) Mad

I'll just do a little checklist here. We've got enormous teapots pouring out molten metal, a glutinous tar baby, Alice poking around a Victorian imagining of the Orient with a unicorn on a stick, and a Chesire cat who's stayed largely unchanged from how he appeared in the first American McGee's Alice even though he was killed in that game. Spoiler! It'll be swell if…

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Alice: Madness Returns Footage Is Gorgeous

Back in the year 2000 (which was ELEVEN YEARS AGO, fact fans), I enjoyed American McGee's Alice comprehensively, like you might a bacon sandwich. Foremost in my mind are the environments- the game was a tour through a tattered and bucking dreamscape, with unholy vistas around every other corner. Finally we have some in-game footage of this summer's sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, and it gives…

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McGee’s Alice: Teaser Site, Trailer, Date

EDIT: Turns out the trailer is fan-made, and not official in any way. Which is kind of a shame, because it's awesome. The new Alice game, which will be called Return Of American McGee's Alice, is miles off, being set for release in 2011. It is being developed by Shanghai studio, Spicy Horse. There's not much more to go on at present, other than the…

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