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Jack Allin

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Articles by Jack Allin:

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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
Fenimore Fillmore’s Revenge Article

Fenimore Fillmore’s Revenge review

The once-comic cowboy returns again, all grown up with vengeance on his mind, but this time he's shooting blanks.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » Apr 6, 2009

A World of Little Hopes for the Genre

Faced with a trio of challenging uncertainties, there's still plenty of hope for the genre if it's able to adapt.

Read more Apr 4, 2009
Ankh 3 Article

Ankh: Battle of the Gods review

The third installment is often charming in this comic adventure series, but it hasn't yet conquered its ongoing flaws.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Mar 27, 2009
Aaron Conners and Chris Jones Article

Aaron Conners and Chris Jones interview

With Three Cards to Midnight almost in hand, AG talks to the acclaimed Tex Murphy designers to see what they've got up their sleeves.

Read interview Mar 18, 2009

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