Merlina McGovern

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When I’m not copy editing high-tech research (yes, that’s about as exciting as it sounds) or relaxing with my wonderful family, I love whiling away a rainy afternoon playing adventure games (the spookier, the better). Now that my daughter is a toddler and possessed with an all-consuming desire to rearrange Tupperware and pots and pans, my life has essentially become one big adventure game. Let’s see, what combination of items will best soothe a crying baby? Hm…there’s a Curious George here, but he’s missing his hat. And, the logical place for that hat would be, ah ha, right here inside the sauce pot under the counter. Click hat on monkey, click monkey with hat on baby, and voila . . . happy baby!

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Articles by Merlina McGovern:


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Gray Dawn review Article

Gray Dawn review

Holy smokes, this heavily religious-themed, first-person horror adventure is equal parts gorgeous and disturbing.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Dec 19, 2018
Shrug Island review Article

Shrug Island: The Meeting review

There's no feeling indifferent about the beautiful watercolor art and music coming together in this short but relaxing, meditative experience.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Aug 1, 2018
The House of Da Vinci review Article

The House of Da Vinci review

The many rooms of Leonardo's workshop are filled with intricate and often challenging, if sometimes finicky, inventions to manipulate and puzzles to solve.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Feb 26, 2018
Bear With Me: Episode Three review Article

Bear With Me review

The three-part comic-noir mystery ends up stuffed full of gags, mature themes and old-fashioned adventuring goodness.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Oct 23, 2017
The Mystery of Haunted Hollow review Article

The Mystery of Haunted Hollow review

Though its ghostly presence warns you away, casual adventure fans should discover a mildly diverting experience filled with puzzles.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Oct 16, 2017
The Mystery of Haunted Hollow 2 review Article

The Mystery of Haunted Hollow 2 review

Its story and challenge are largely immaterial, but casual fans may want to take note of this ghostly sequel.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Oct 16, 2017
Little Briar Rose review Article

Little Briar Rose review

The Sleeping Beauty fairly tale is reawakened in this light but lovely stained glass adventure.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Mar 20, 2017
Royal Trouble: Honeymoon Havoc review Article

Royal Trouble: Honeymoon Havoc review

This easy, lighthearted casual sequel should leave you feeling satisfied while it lasts rather than happily ever after.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Jun 20, 2016
Downfall remake review Article

Downfall (redux) review

Reimagined in the style of The Cat Lady, Rem Michalski's first adventure is a brutally effective psychological horror with just a few reservations.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Mar 2, 2016
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise review Article

Agent A: A puzzle in disguise review

This '60s-era iOS spy puzzler is a fun little diversion but ends just when you're starting to bond with it.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Jan 11, 2016
Beyond Eyes review Article

Beyond Eyes review

This lovely watercolour journey demonstrates how beauty can still be in the eye of the beholder even when the beholder is blind.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Oct 7, 2015
The Trace review Article

The Trace review

With a high body count and low puzzle count, this mobile exclusive is a light but enjoyable murder mystery.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Aug 3, 2015
Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness review Article

Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness review

The teen sleuth's 31st adventure is a chilling Icelandic mystery, though it doesn't shine as brightly as some of her best.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jun 8, 2015
Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies review Article

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies review

The teen sleuth's Greek mystery plays like a familiar chorus, but it's undermined by some tragic puzzle tedium and disorienting storylines.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Dec 8, 2014
Evil Pumpkin: The Lost Halloween review Article

Evil Pumpkin: The Lost Halloween review

Puzzle lovers may want to bag this seasonal casual adventure that serves up plenty of brainteasing goodies.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Oct 20, 2014

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