K R Parkinson

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K R Parkinson has been a gamer his entire life, and became a dedicated adventure game fan after discovering Riddle of the Sphinx at CompUSA in the summer of 2002.

When not gaming, he can be found writing, reading, and reading about writing, and occasionally, programming.

While he refreshes his long-neglected online presence, you can still contact him at krp AT galvanicspiral dot com

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The Black Watchmen: Season 2 review Article

The Black Watchmen: Season 2 - Enduring Conflict review

An improved second iteration of the paranormal thriller captures the essence of alternate reality gaming and never lets go.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Jun 24, 2016
Red Comrades Save the Galaxy: Reloaded review Article

Red Comrades Save the Galaxy – Reloaded review

The 1998 screwball comedy adventure from Russia gets all dolled up for its Western debut, but is flagged for a few too many design breakdowns.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » May 9, 2016
A Short Tale review Article

A Short Tale review

Although story and characters are given short-shrift, this escape-the-room adventure toys with charming puzzles and nostalgia-inducing fun.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Apr 27, 2016
The Black Watchmen review Article

The Black Watchmen review

The truth is right here: there are puzzles and paranormal phenomena aplenty in this substantial alternate reality game.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Nov 4, 2015
Shades of Black review Article

Shades of Black review

Carol Reed's eleventh mystery tries something a little novel, but its lacklustre story overshadows its brighter moments.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Aug 21, 2015
Subject 13 review Article

Subject 13 review

Puzzle lovers are in luck with Paul Cuisset's new sci-fi adventure, but will rarely be put to a serious test.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Jun 12, 2015
Tormentum: Dark Sorrow review Article

Tormentum: Dark Sorrow review

The art style provides a visual feast, but a casual approach hurts this macabre adventure somewhat.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Mar 9, 2015
Grim Fandango Remastered review Article

Grim Fandango Remastered review

Back from the land of the dead, what was already a masterpiece is now a remasterpiece for all adventure fans to enjoy.

Review score - 5 Read the review » Feb 13, 2015
Puzzling (mis)adventures: Volume 13: Where is My Heart?, Back to Bed Article

Puzzling (Mis)adventures: Volume 13: Where is My Heart?, Back to Bed

Your perspective on puzzling platformers may just be turned in unexpected ways in these two stylish offerings.

Read more Dec 5, 2014
Pyst Article

Pyst review

This 1996 parody offers a few amusing chuckles, but the absence of any real gameplay might leave even the most die-hard Myst hater feeling what the title implies.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » Jun 20, 2014
The Samaritan Paradox review Article

The Samaritan Paradox review

A few rough edges may leave players wanting, but there's plenty of good to be found in this intriguing retro thriller.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » May 26, 2014
Bosch’s Damnation review Article

Bosch’s Damnation: A Carol Reed Mystery review

The tenth Carol Reed adventure offers a few enjoyable chills, but doesn't fully atone for an underwhelming story.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Apr 9, 2014
Detective Case and Clown Bot review Article

Detective Case and Clown Bot: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon review

This oddball retro whodunit has an entertaining plot and characters, but its gameplay and jokes lack any real punch.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Jan 13, 2014
Contrast review Article

Contrast review

This stylish puzzle-platformer will keep you on your toes with its clever light and shadow-based gameplay and surreal atmosphere.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Dec 2, 2013

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