Alice in The Secret Castle was created during Global Game Jam in 2011 so I didn’t expect polish. This free iPhone game came with no instructions, so I died many times before figuring out what to do. I didn’t like the death sound, the sound of keys being mashed on a piano, as it didn’t fit in with the otherwise 8-bit sound effects. The joypad suffers the same way, it pulled me out of the pixel art experience. The time between player death and level restart, combined with the piano key slam frustrated me too much to play for long.