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Quern: Undying Thoughts review

While breaking no new ground, the Myst legacy lives on in this highly polished, puzzle-packed indie adventure.

PC Mac Linux Feb 3, 2017

Barrow Hill: The Dark Path review

The unexpected horror sequel treads a very familiar course, but leads once again to some largely effective atmosphere and gameplay.

PC Dec 2, 2016

Monumental review

This indie puzzler is a massive disappointment that hearkens back to the genre's dreary days of poor Myst clones.

PC Jun 15, 2016

Dream review

This surreal adventure largely wastes its potential as a Myst-style sleeper, and a host of bugs serve as a rude wake-up call.

PC Oct 12, 2015

Homesick review

This short first-person adventure is rich in melancholy atmosphere, but its flimsy story isn't much to write home about.

PC Jun 10, 2015

Pneuma: Breath of Life review

While its metaphysical premise seems fresh at first, this 3D puzzler winds up feeling stifled by its familiar formula.

PC Apr 6, 2015

MIND: Path to Thalamus review

This beautiful first-person puzzler looks and plays like a surreal dream, but neither its story nor puzzles will put much demand on your frontal lobe.

PC Mac Feb 11, 2015

Among the Sleep review

This unique horror seen through the eyes of a two-year-old is rich in creepy atmosphere but its gameplay is a bit wobbly on its legs.

PC Mac Linux Jun 24, 2014

realMyst flashback review

The free-roaming version of Cyan's venerable classic took players to a whole new dimension and a short new Age.

PC Mac Jun 16, 2014

The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime review

Updated and re-released, the 2014 edition looks better than ever, though its cosmetic makeover can't hide all of the original game's shortfalls.

PC Mac Linux May 9, 2014

Eleusis review

Steeped in early atmosphere, even optional enemies can't sustain the tension through this 3D horror adventure's weak story and puzzles.

PC Oct 23, 2013

Normality review

Apr 3, 2003

The Crystal Key review

PC Mac Feb 23, 2003

Redjack review

PC Mac Jan 23, 2003

Rose-Colored Glasses

Have we glorified the genre's "Golden Age"?

Nov 18, 2002

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