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American McGee's Alice Official Strategy Guide
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Castle Keep walkthrough
Castle Keep - Portraits
Area Queensland
Game American McGee's Alice
This is the official walkthrough for Castle Keep.


Keep Plaza

Go straight to a large door marked by a glowing heart.

Mirror Gallery

After the door opens, contend with three Spade Card Guards (one straight ahead and two others hidden to the right and left). In the center of this room is a large mirror on a platform. Cross the room via the right or left paths. The large door leads to the Queen's throne room. It's locked. Two Heart Guards defend the door and a switch.

The switch controls the mirror below. Three portraits line the wall around the mirror.

Pull the switch once and the mirror spins to face the Tweedledee portrait. Jump into the submerged area to look at the mirror. Instead of Dee's ugly mug, the mirror displays the image of a Club. Pulling the switch twice more turns the mirror to face the other two paintings. The secret icons on each painting are:

Return to the Keep plaza.

Plaza Gallery, Again

Walk around the room to either the left or right and obliterate the two Heart Card Guards.

Around the back of the wall, ride the steam jet up to the second floor.

Upper Floor

The horseshoe-shaped hallway of this second floor opens onto three doors. Each door is marked with a symbol:

Castle Keep - Doorway
  • Right: Diamond Room
  • Middle: Club Room
  • Left: Spade Room

Each door is unlocked by pointing the mirror at one of the paintings in the Mirror Gallery. Orienting the mirror, therefore, has the following effects:

  • Tweedle - Club
  • Jabberwock - Diamond
  • Mad Hatter - Spade

Orient the mirror toward the Tweedledee portrait and return to the Club Room.

Club Room

Castle Keep - Pathway

Trudge down the dark bridge. When you reach the end of the walkway, the lights come on and the three portraits appear in the air above. Throw your Vorpal Blade at the Tweedledee portrait. One of the three locks to the Queen's Throne Room is now unlocked. Return to the Mirror Gallery and pull the switch to orient the mirror to the Jabberwock portrait, then go to the Diamond Room.

Diamond Room

Go to the end of the walkway and throw your Blade at the portrait of the Jabberwock. The second of three locks is now undone. Adjust the mirror in the Mirror Gallery to face the Mad Hatter portrait and head straight to the Spade Room.

Spade Room

Throw your Blade at the Mad Hatter portrait. The final lock is now released. Return to the Mirror Gallery after fighting two Heart Card Guards who've taken up positions in the keep plaza.

Mirror Gallery, Again

Pass through the now-open door to the throne room atrium.

Throne Room Atrium

Cross the bridge over the pool of blood to the door leading to the Queen's throne room.

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