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Shawn Mills

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Hey, I’m a journalist by trade and I love writing, reading and all things word related. I’m also a proud game designer and I love all things adventure games and I grew up on Sierra’s Quest for Glory and Space Quest series and they continue to provide me with inspiration and enjoyment. I also love RPG’s but I don’t suppose that’s appropriate to say here! I’m married with three children and I try to enjoy watching some TV every so often.

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The Sierra Adventure excerpt #2 โ€“ Conquests of the Longbow Article

Conquests of the Longbow โ€“ An excerpt from The Sierra Adventure: The Story of Sierra On-Line

The next behind-the-scenes glimpse from Shawn Mills's book sets its sights on the development of Christy Marx's 1994 Robin Hood classic.

Read more Sep 20, 2020
The Sierra Adventure excerpt #1 Article

The On-Line Dorm โ€“ An excerpt from The Sierra Adventure: The Story of Sierra On-Line

What really went down behind closed doors? Shawn Mills offers a sneak peek from his newly released book about the legendary company.

Read more Sep 13, 2020
The Secrets of Jesus review Article

The Secrets of Jesus review

This what-if take on the life of Christ attempts to hammer home its Biblical foundation but fails in its execution due to an overwritten script and underwhelming gameplay.

Review score - 1 Read the review » May 21, 2020
Discolored review Article

Discolored review

Nearly devoid of story but enriched by exploration, atmosphere and puzzles, one's appreciation of this indie first-person adventure is no black-and-white matter.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Feb 10, 2020
The Great Perhaps review Article

The Great Perhaps review

Maybe this beautiful side-scrolling adventure would have been better if it had delved more deeply into its dual-timeline mechanics and other promising ideas.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Nov 4, 2019
Odysseus Kosmos and his Robot Quest review Article

Odysseus Kosmos and his Robot Quest review

Its charming presentation will suck you in, but the fun begins to break down before the end of this five-part sci-fi adventure.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Sep 11, 2019
The Idiot’s Tale review Article

The Idiot’s Tale review

Apart from a few questionable design decisions, this highly amusing fantasy adventure lovingly sticks it to King's Quest while establishing a charming style all its own.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Aug 26, 2019
Rogue Quest review Article

Rogue Quest: The Vault of the Lost Tyrant review

There's a deeper, better game buried in here somewhere, but this short and easy retro-style adventure only scratches the surface.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » Oct 3, 2018
Please Knock On My Door review Article

Please Knock On My Door review

This minimalist interactive drama excels with its hard-hitting, intensely personal examination of dealing with depression.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Jul 18, 2018
Odysseus Kosmos and his Robot Quest: Episode One review Article

Odysseus Kosmos and his Robot Quest: Episode One review

The five-part comic sci-fi series launches with a short but appealing debut, though a few rough edges prevent being completely sucked in just yet.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Jun 6, 2018
Karma. Incarnation 1 review Article

Karma. Incarnation 1 review

There's a mix of good and bad to live with in this psychedelically beautiful but often nonsensical Amanita-style puzzler.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Apr 25, 2018
Captain Disaster in Death Has a Million Stomping Boots review Article

Captain Disaster in Death Has a Million Stomping Boots review

This sci-fi indie adventure has a modest retro-styled production but puts its best foot forward with plenty of lively British humour.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Feb 19, 2018
Eselmir and the Five Magical Gifts review Article

Eselmir and the five magical gifts review

What this striking high fantasy epic adventure gives in rich world-building lore, it partially takes away in pace-crawling exposition.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Feb 2, 2018
A Sierra Retrospective - modern Article

A Sierra Retrospective: Part 5 - The Shoulders of Giants

Our article series finale is a fond remembrance (and hopeful anticipation) of the enduring impact of Sierra's legacy.

Read more Dec 31, 2017
A Sierra Retrospective Article

A Sierra Retrospective: Part 4 - Works of Art

From Mystery House to realtime 3D, Sierra faced plenty of challenges in remaining at the forefront of graphics design.

Read more Nov 10, 2017

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