Aspyr Media has released
a Universal Binary patch
of a game it first shipped in 2001—American McGee’s Alice. It’s an M-rated third-person shooter that caused a stir when it was first introduced for its twisted take on Lewis Carroll’s fairy tale classic,
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
American McGee’s Alice—so named after its designer, an id Software alumnus—picks up the story of Alice years later, following her parents’ death and her hospitalization in a sanitarium. A teenaged Alice finds herself in Wonderland, but it’s a nightmarish vision of its former self, made horrible through the machinations of the wicked Queen of Hearts. The game was crafted using the Quake III Arena engine and features a custom soundtrack created by Chris Vrenna, former drummer of Nine Inch Nails.
The patch—version 1.1.2—fixes several issues, in addition to adding Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs. It corrects problems with garbled and sped up sounds; fixes some sound panning problems; corects a level loading crash issue; corrects a problem that could cause thin vertical black lines to appear in the in-game conversation text; and corrects a problem that could cause the game to crash when the Mac switches resolutions.
The patch requires the full game in order to work. If you don’t have a copy of the original game, Aspyr says that copies can still be found at some online retailers.