Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 22, 2013
    70
    A suggested short story that speaks of loneliness, desperation, and a world that has to fight against two inexorable enemies: nature and human kind. If you look at the gameplay, there's not such a great challenge, but, on the other hand, you may find dramatic and deep storytelling.
  2. Feb 27, 2013
    70
    Thankfully Richard and Alice do manage to engage, the awkward stiltedness to their early conversations naturally easing into a more flowing rapport. Neither are as a delight to read as Alice’s son Barney, however, whose perfectly captured five-year-old’s speech patterns provide both humour and heartbreaking moments of poignancy.
  3. Oct 2, 2014
    65
    In a game that brings a little of the very best of retro point and click gaming nostalgia and also some of it's worst, only a decent narrative and a big plot twist can save Richard and Alice from a far worse fate than living in an ice world.
  4. Mar 19, 2013
    60
    Richard & Alice both have their stories to tell in a dying world covered in snow. But the story is too obviously trying too hard to bring forth emotions, and the point & click gameplay is far from being perfect. This clearly undermines the global experience.
  5. Jul 7, 2014
    50
    There's some strong writing in Richard & Alice, and a little bit of intrigue in the way the story's various threads wind their way back together. But when the game fails to convince us of its own high stakes, its Cormac McCarthyism loses its gloomy appeal.
  6. Mar 15, 2013
    50
    It isn’t a terrible game by a long stretch, and it is possible to like it if you don’t mind playing through what amounts to an interactive novel. It does have a few memorable moments.
  7. Mar 6, 2013
    50
    Haters of happy endings—or happiness in general—are in luck, because Richard & Alice is a game so bleak and dreary that it’s hard to find any other purpose for seeing it through to the bitter end.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 8, 2015
    10
    Richard and Alice is quite an unique game that I'm very happy to have played. In the game, the planet has been introduced to a second ice age.Richard and Alice is quite an unique game that I'm very happy to have played. In the game, the planet has been introduced to a second ice age. Snowing is constant. People form gangs. People loot, kill and rob. We follow the story of Richard and Alice, two people who are trapped in jail and who want to escape. The gameplay consists of either controlling Richard during the escape, and Alice during her flashbacks of her backstory and her son, Barney.
    Some people believe that the graphics are primitive, but in my opinion, I kinda enjoy the pixelated, simplistic look. I thought that the puzzles were decent enough. And plus, there are five available different endings to discover! What's more intriguing is that a single tiny difference in the way you play can totally change the outcome. It also comes with some emotional baggage!
    To summarize, Richard and Alice is a great game everybody should try. It's unique and despite short-length, it surely delivers a great story. Too bad people are so negative about this game.
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  2. Nov 19, 2013
    7
    Richard & Alice has a great mature plot but the short game length, basic puzzles and primitive graphics holds the game back. Definitely worthRichard & Alice has a great mature plot but the short game length, basic puzzles and primitive graphics holds the game back. Definitely worth a look if you can get it cheap though and another good example of the AGS engine's capabilities. Full Review »