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Jack Allin

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Articles by Jack Allin:

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Hidden Expedition: Devil’s Triangle Article

Hidden Expedition: Devil’s Triangle review

The latest Hidden Expedition charts a welcome new course into casual adventure territory, with just a little turbulence along the way.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Nov 18, 2009
Avenue Flo Article

Avenue Flo review

Adventure comes to Dinertown in this charming casual title, though you'll likely dash through it with relative ease.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Nov 11, 2009
Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion Article

Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion review

The popular casual game series gets a new chapter on the Nintendo DS, but sometimes loses its way among all the clutter.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Nov 2, 2009
Nancy Drew Dossier 2 Article

Nancy Drew Dossier: Resorting to Danger review

Far from bombing, Nancy Drew and casual adventuring continue to be a match made in heaven... or at least a luxury spa.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Sep 23, 2009
Casual adventuring 4 Article

Casual adventuring: hidden object retail round-up

Seek the names Hardy Boys, Cate West, Mortimer Beckett, and Samantha Swift, and store shelves are now where you'll find them.

Read more Sep 14, 2009
Hardy Boys DS Article

The Hardy Boys: Treasure on the Tracks hands-on archived preview

The teen sleuths are ready to embark on their first handheld adventure, and this sneak peek should grease the rails.

Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel Article

Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel hands-on archived preview

Hope for an English release of this curious Russian mystery lives on, and AG checks in on its progress.

Return to Mysterious Island 2 Article

Return to Mysterious Island 2: Mina’s Fate review

If you were stranded alone on a deserted island with only one adventure to play, Kheops Studio's latest just might be the one.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Aug 3, 2009
Platforming misadventures Article

Puzzling (Mis)adventures: Volume 1 - Braid, And Yet It Moves, and World of Goo

AG hasn't jumped allegiances, but searching high and low revealed puzzles galore in these least expected places.

Read more Jul 10, 2009
Machinarium Article

Machinarium hands-on archived preview

A few parts are still missing from this work-in-progress, but already the new game from Samorost's creator is humming like a well-oiled machine.

A Vampyre Story 2 Article

A Vampyre Story 2: A Bat’s Tale archived preview

Bill Tiller and Gene Mocsy dish the dirt on Autumn Moon's vampiric comedy sequel, with exclusive artwork unveiled.

Casual adventuring 3 Article

Casual adventuring: cross-genre franchises

Don't be fooled by that name on the box! These popular protagonists and more are appearing in hidden object titles.

Read more Apr 27, 2009
Sherlock Holmes: Mystery of the Persian Carpet Article

Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Persian Carpet review

A more casual game is afoot between full-fledged mysteries, but the "adventure lite" gameplay takes a few missteps along the way.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Apr 27, 2009
Secret Missions Article

Secret Missions: Mata Hari and the Kaiser’s Submarines review

Mata Hari seeks the best of both worlds and largely succeeds, dancing the fine line between casual games and traditional adventure.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Apr 27, 2009
Lux-Pain Article

Lux-Pain review

This unique interactive novel is in a class of its own, but it’s far too anti-Silent for its own good.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » Apr 13, 2009

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