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Rob Franklin

Staff Bio

“Our story begins in a make-believe land called France” - Homer Simpson

I originally wrote for Adventure Gamers in 2004 before taking an extended break to grow up a bit, returning once again with my tail between my legs in 2011.

I live in London with my partner, and work at Disney as a Producer for their Disney Junior channel. I hold a degree in French from Exeter University.

Outside work i’m a keen actor as well as a huge music fan. I’m an avid follower of the band Garbage.

I’ve been playing Adventure Games since I was about 8 or 9. Dad used to bring home fantastic games like ‘the Secret of Monkey Island’ or ‘Beneath a Steel Sky’ and sit there playing them for hours. My brother and I used to pretend to play, but ended up waiting for him to solve a puzzle, just so we could move on a bit.

20 years later and I still love them, although thankfully I don’t need my dad’s help anymore. I love watching the story unfold, or the thrill of solving something that’s been haunting you for days.

Follow me on Twitter @robbfrank

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Articles by Rob Franklin:

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The A.B.C. Murders review Article

The A.B.C. Murders review

The latest Agatha Christie adaptation spins a pretty good murder mystery, though it doesn't take Hercule Poirot to spell out its simple deductions.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Apr 4, 2016
The Park review Article

The Park review

Funcom's Secret World spin-off is a short but effectively creepy horror ride driven by story rather than gameplay.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Nov 13, 2015
Stairs review Article

Stairs review

There are both ups and downs in this scary but uneven supernatural horror adventure based on real-world mysteries.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Oct 26, 2015
Decay: The Mare review Article

Decay: The Mare review

This short horror game may be clichéd in setting, but its chilling touches are plenty sobering.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Mar 23, 2015
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments review Article

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments review

The latest Sherlock adventure has abundant beauty and brains, though it's guilty of a little too much streamlined simplicity.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Oct 8, 2014
Dracula 5 review Article

Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy review

The second installment of this two-part mini-saga does nothing to revive the famed vampire's tarnished reputation.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » Mar 10, 2014
Charles Cecil video interview Article

Video interview: Charles Cecil interview

With The Serpent's Curse just around the corner, we were blessed to catch the series creator on film in a one-on-one behind the scenes interview.

Read interview Nov 15, 2013
Dracula 4 review Article

Dracula 4: The Shadow of the Dragon review

This short, easy, and deceptively marketed episodic prelude drives a nail into the longrunning vampire series' coffin.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » Jul 8, 2013
The Secret World Article

The Secret World

A secret no more, Funcom's hybrid MMO may just expose adventure gamers to a whole new world of story-driven horror/sci-fi/fantasy roleplaying.

Read more May 6, 2013
Testament of Sherlock Holmes Article

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes review

Our rave review of Sherlock's latest adventure is a testament to its greatness.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Oct 5, 2012
Home Article

Home review

This haunting interactive story is light on gameplay, dark in setting, but earns a resounding "yes" as to whether it's worth experiencing.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Jul 12, 2012
Da New Guys Article

Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass review

This wrestling-themed comic indie adventure delivers an entertaining lightweight romp, but some raw technique relegates it to the genre undercard.

Review score - 3.0 Read the review » Mar 14, 2012
Red Crow Mysteries: Legion Article

Red Crow Mysteries: Legion review

There are inventory items to collect in this shallow but richly atmospheric lite adventure hybrid, and they are legion.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Jan 18, 2012
Discworld II Article

Discworld II review

You might kill yourself laughing at this beautiful 1996 cartoon sequel, though you won't reap the benefits of much story or puzzle variety.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Dec 2, 2011

Shadow of the Comet review

You'll be hooked on this classic horror faster than you can say Cthulhu, and Rob tells us why.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Feb 18, 2005

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