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(Fushigi no Yume no Alice)
Fushigi no Yune no Alice is a cute platform game developed and published by Face. The action takes place in a strange imaginary world heavily based on Lewis Caroll's classic novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The game stars Alice in person and tells her amazing story, as she continuously challenges strange creatures and characters from the other side of the mirror, from hostile flowers to the popular Queen of Heart's personal guards. Interestingly, Face took some liberties and also borrowed their inspiration from other classic children novels and fairy tales, such as the gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel where an evil wooden Pinocchio-like evil puppet awaits for Alice. Face took other liberties as well, and the game also features odd balls such as evil clowns or a large dog playing the tuba. Interestingly, Alice is not really equipped with any weapons to defend herself... instead, she can jump over her opponents' heads or charge up a rather unusual, and yet powerful, sneeze attack. This attack comes with a draw back though, and if Alice charges it for too long, she then turns dizzy and becomes vulnerable for a short amount of time. But Alice has another trick up her sleeves and she can cast spells from a magic book she carries around (however, they can't be used during boss battles). Only one spell is available to her at the beginning of her journey (she can reveal hidden treasures and bonus items with it), but more become available later in the game. Fushigi no Yune no Alice consists of four large areas made out of several sub-stages each, all punctuated by a boss battle.