No it's real, we got that set around here somewhere , I never played it, and I'm not sure my dad and brothers have either.
We're a chess family for sure. We get " chess life magazine", and before I was born my dad owned a coffee shop in downtown Niagara Falls called " The Chess Corner". The old man plays tournaments and plays online alot, and one of his prized possessions is an old Alice through the looking glass chess set. Not sure how old it is.
He told us there was a hundred dollar prize if my bros or me beat him (it was huge money when I was 7). We have yet to win though.
Always fun to break out the shot glass chess set too. Lose a piece, do a shot.
That game would TOTALLY work. You could have 2 or 4 people play. If I played it'd be last player standing, and when you lost, your pieces remained on the board and could be over taken by another piece, but no one could move them. Simply removing the pieces would open up options that could quickly turn a strategic placement into a crappy location, or vice versa.