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"The ant told me that the frog is bad."
"The frog told me that the cat is bad."
"The cat told me, no, the rabbit is the worst of them all."
"So I…"
Alice Mare is a Wolf RPG Editor adventure game with a tiny bit of horror made by Miwashiba (creator of LiEat and 1bit Heart).

You play as a young boy named Allen who has been sent to a special facility after losing his memories. While there, he forms a bond with the other children there, as well as their kindly caregiver Teacher. While investigating some strange things happening at night, he finds himself in another world where he ends up exploring the "hearts" of the other four children in the facility. Aided by a mysterious creature calling himself the White Rabbit, Allen must find his way out of the dream; but the mischevious Cheshire Cat is trying to obstruct his progress...


It was translated into English by vgperson. You can find it here. It is also available on Steam.

A novelization of Alice Mare is available on Amazon here. An English translation has been provided by vgperson, found here.

Alice Mare has examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The light novel adds extra details the game didn't go into, such as Allen and Teacher's first meeting. There's also a couple months gap between Allen arriving at the facility and the Dreams happening, enough for Allen to befriend the other kids.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Allen.
  • Alice Allusion: The Dreams are known as 'Alice Worlds', and the Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit call anyone within them 'Alice'.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Stella
  • Amnesiac Hero: Allen
  • Big Bad: The Cheshire Cat. Although he hints he’s working under someone else, Teacher is ultimately just a pawn of his.
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  • Bishōnen: Stella notes that Allen has a pretty face.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Most of the endings entail somebody dying in order to save the others from the Dream, leaving their soul to be devoured by the Cheshire Cat.
    • The light novel, which happens after the events of the game. Teacher is still alive, but he is trapped in the Dream World. In the end, Allen successfully saves him and wakes him up from his coma...exchanging his life to the Chesire Cat so that it could happen.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Chelsy towards the end of her Alice Dream.
  • Body Horror:
    • In the Cheshire Cat's ending, we see him without his hood and he reveals that he uses parts of the bodies of the children he ate to replace the parts he lost.
    • Near the climax of each of your friends' Alice Worlds, their body changes in some way to reflect their mental state.
  • Cats Are Mean: The Cheshire Cat is not a nice kitty-cat man... thing.
  • Character Portrait: Full-body pixel portraits stand next to dialogue boxes. Their facial expressions can change to reflect whatever they're saying.
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  • Continuity Nod: It was implied that Alice Mare and Li Eat series takes place in the same universe. Hinted during the first Li Eat game by Rosalie herself as she mentioned the Nightmare syndrome.
  • Crime of Self-Defense: When the 'nice man' came after her after murdering her grandmother, Chelsy wound up killing him in self-defense. Allen can decide she deserves to die for this. This is subverted as of version 1.05. It's revealed in the extra segment that it was her father that killed the 'nice man,' not her. He was so violent about it that he still hacked the guy in two with an axe, traumatizing her. She still blames herself because if she hadn't brought the 'nice man' to Grandmother's, her father wouldn't have blood on his hands.
  • Crying Wolf: Joshua would often tell all sorts of lies to get his mother's attention, but she eventually stopped paying attention. Having repeatedly told her that his father "had gone cold during the night", she didn't believe him when it really did happen until his siblings discovered it themselves. His ending is even called “Crying Wolf.”
  • Cute Bookworm: Allen
  • Deal with the Devil: Factors into the Cheshire Cat's ending. It doesn't end well.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • In Joshua's backstory, it's revealed that his father committed suicide after their family fell into financial ruin. The Cheshire Cat implies that his mother hanged herself as well.
    • Teacher's sister chose to kill herself rather than sacrifice his life in order to escape the Dream.
  • Downer Ending: In the Cheshire Cat ending, Allen's attempt to make a deal to save the others becomes a Senseless Sacrifice, as the Cat gloats about how eating the others will make what remains of Allen fall into despair sooner.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: The Cheshire Cat claims to have stolen the keys under someone’s orders, implying that he’s merely The Dragon. That person turns out to be Teacher. However, their conversations in the novel make it clear that the Cat is really in charge.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: Chelsy fills her room with teddy bears.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: Each of the children's worlds are based on fairy tales; Letty's is Hansel and Gretel, Chelsy's is Little Red Riding Hood, Joshua's is The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and Stella's is Snow White. And of course, the story as a whole references Alice in Wonderland.
  • Guide Dang It!: You need to find the Shards of XXXX to get the "Recipient Of Love" ending but they can be easily overlooked so if you miss one of the shards, you have to start over to get them.
  • Golden Ending: The "Recipient Of Love" End. It's the best ending that one can get despite the bittersweet undertones. Word of God confirms that this had been the happiest end for the game itself.
  • Hair Decorations: All of the girls wear some form of hair decoration.
  • Hero of Another Story: Teacher had been trapped in the Dream once before.
  • Heroic Mime: Allen. The only time he ever speaks is in Teacher's two endings. Though averted in the light novel, where he speaks with more regularity.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When Teacher was younger and got trapped in the Dream himself, his sister sacrificed herself to let him escape by stabbing herself with a key. Teacher ends up doing the same to allow Allen and the others to get back to the real world in two of the endings. Allen tries to do it in the Cheshire Cat ending, but it goes terribly wrong.
  • Intangible Theft: The Cheshire Cat's a thief capable of stealing away things like emotions.
  • It's All My Fault: A running theme is playing the blame game.
    • Letty got blamed for her family's problems by her abusive stepmother, and created Rick as a coping mechanism.
    • Chelsy blames herself for trusting a 'nice man' who wanted to visit her grandmother, leading to her witnessing him murdering her.
    • Joshua gets accused by the Cheshire Cat of causing his mother's suicide.
    • Stella feels Survivor Guilt over watching everyone else in her hometown die from a mysterious illness, wondering why she's still alive.
    • The Cheshire Cat likes to encourage this sort of attitude, and several of the endings hinge on Allen deciding which of his peers is the most guilty and deserves to die.
    • Teacher had to watch his sister sacrifice herself in order to save him from the Dream before. He also let his obsession with finding a way to end Nightmare Syndrome endanger the children he'd taken under his care.
  • It's Up to You: Some of the kids will blatantly tell Allen to handle all the work of solving puzzles and whatnot. Justified when Teacher explains that it has to be somebody interfering with the heart who solves the puzzles.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Stella's world is the last of the children's worlds you go into to retrieve a World Key, and unlike the others, her world doesn't have any notebook scraps except the one you get at the end. There's also Teacher's world, which seems to be based off of his old school rather than a fairy tale.
  • Karma Houdini: Although their plans have been foiled, both the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit are still free to continue feeding on innocent children.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Stella; Joshua implies that Allen is a male version of this as well.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The later endings reveal that the White Rabbit's been working with the Cheshire Cat all along.
  • Meaningful Name: Teacher's real name. It's David, which a cutscene mentions means 'Beloved'. Teacher felt that in spite of giving love to everyone he knew, no-one loved him in return.
  • Mind Screw: Stella's backstory is the most difficult to figure out, due to her tendency to speak mostly in metaphors and the fact that her world, unlike the other worlds, doesn't have any notebook scraps except for one at the very end.
  • Mind Screwdriver: Version 1.05 contains an extra sequence which gives the player access to, among other things, special storybooks that detail everyone's backstories.
  • Multiple Endings: Seven altogether.
    • Two of Us: Letty is sacrificed to save the others. Her journal is filled with innocent musings about candy and sweets, until she mentions accidentally using Rick's diary, and stating that she knows why she burned their house to the ground.
    • The Color Red: Chelsy is sacrificed to save the others. Her journal talks about her fears and nightmares, comparing one of her Teddies falling apart to the horror she witnessed before.
    • Crying Wolf: Joshua is sacrificed to save the others. His journal talks about some of the pranks he's pulled and his desire to be noticed, as well as how difficult it's become to keep all his stories straight.
    • Poison Apple: Stella is sacrificed to save the others. Her journal is filled with drawings and doodles. The last entry wonders why Teacher's eyes are the same as the ones she remembers people having back home.
    • Cheshire Cat: Allen agrees to let the Cheshire Cat take his soul in exchange for saving everybody else. However, after merging with him, the Cat decides he's going to 'clean up loose ends' by eating all of the others, and gloats about how this will send Allen into despair.
    • Good Night: Teacher takes the key from Allen and stabs himself with it, sacrificing himself to save his charges. Allen looks at his face and sadly bids him goodnight.
    • Recipient of Love: After Teacher's Heroic Sacrifice, Allen manages to figure out his name by looking at his notes. Teacher's journal reveals how he struggled to cope with losing Fiona, his friendship with Cliff, and how he still felt like he lacked XXXX in his life... in other words, Love. Afterwards, Allen and the others continue to live under Mr. Cliff's care, continuing Teacher's research and sending him the love he thought he never had.
  • Nice Hat: Joshua wears one.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Teacher, though in one route you have to find out his name to solve the game's final puzzle. It's David.
  • The Power of Love: Turns out what the Cheshire Cat stole from each of the children except Stella in order to trap them in the Dream so he could eat their souls were their love.
  • Rule of Three: Messing up an important question three times can have deadly consequences in an Alice World.
  • Sadistic Choice: After getting all the World Keys back, Allen learns that there are only two ways to escape from the "Dream". Either stab someone with the last key, trapping their soul in the "Dream" to be eaten by the Cheshire Cat, or make a pact with a demon.
  • Scrapbook Story: The Story Breadcrumbs detailing the various backstories are presented as pages from a storybook.
  • Shrinking Violet: Chelsy.
  • Slasher Smile: The Cheshire Cat has one.
  • Split Personality: Rick is Letty's second personality, and it is later revealed he was created as a way for her to cope with her stepmother's abuse.
  • Sweet Tooth: Letty seems to be one, as she at one point mentions wishing her house were made of sweets, and her journal mentions wondering if flowers taste sweet, or wishing it was raining candy.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Teacher.
  • The Un-Favourite: Joshua felt he didn't get as much attention as his brother and sister, and became a prankster and liar because that was the only way that seemed to work.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: The White Rabbit, who was Evil All Along and working with the Cheshire Cat.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Shows up in Letty's world, where it's revealed she caused Letty to create Rick as a defense mechanism against her abuse.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Cheshire Cat specifically preys on the souls of children because they are the easiest to be influenced.
    • On a lesser extent, The White Rabbit might be considered to do this since he is working together with The Cheshire Cat.


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