Review New Alice's Mad Tea Party
Jump down the rabbit hole and create an epic tea party
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 25 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Interesting art design, in-depth mechanics
Slow pacing, long tutorial, convoluted gameplay
New Alice's Mad Tea Party for Android is an interesting casual "city" builder with an interesting twist. Getting the obvious Alice in Wonderland premise of the game out of the way, you're not simply building a city. In fact, you're not building a city at all; you're building a garden. Specifically a garden to host the most epic mad tea party of all.
I'll be honest, there is a lot of gameplay here, and not all of it is obvious when you first pick up the game, especially if you skip over the painfully long tutorial. For instance, you don't make money simply by building items that produce it. Instead, you're growing resources from seeds. As you grow and explore you'll come across "markets" where you can then sell the resources you've gathered. This kind of makes the beginning expansion pretty important. You don't want to expand in a direction that doesn't have any markets.
To be frank, I found the gameplay to be slower than other games in the genre. It usually takes minutes before you'll be harvesting your resources, and you don't earn enough money or resources to make a significant difference the first time you collect the resources.
The art design is definitely different, and while the game seems like it would be bright and colorful, it's actually pretty muted. I like it because it's unique looking, but it also kind of makes the game feel a bit less modern.
Overall New Alice's Mad Tea Party is a fun game on its own merit in that it's a pretty different premise. That said, the pace of the game is a bit slower than I really enjoy. It's great if you don't have a lot of time to dedicate to the game, but at the same time you don't get enough resources to expand much without paying attention to collecting resources.