Merlina McGovern Staff Bio

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:

Bear With Me review

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

Read review Oct 23, 2017

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.

Read review Oct 16, 2017

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.

Read review Oct 16, 2017

Little Briar Rose review

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

Read review Mar 20, 2017

Royal Trouble: Honeymoon Havoc review

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

Read review Jun 20, 2016
PC

Downfall (2016) 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.

Read review Mar 2, 2016
iOS

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.

Read review Jan 11, 2016

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.

Read review Oct 7, 2015

The Trace review

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

Read review Aug 3, 2015

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.

Read review Jun 8, 2015

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.

Read review Dec 8, 2014

Evil Pumpkin: The Lost Halloween review

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

Read review Oct 20, 2014

Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion review

It's Nancy Drew-meets-reality TV in a weak installment that only shines in bits and pieces.

Read review Jun 30, 2014

Tengami review

Its story is paper-thin, but this beautifully meditative pop-up adventure book is a page-turner of a different kind.

Read review May 12, 2014

DEVICE 6 review

This iOS text adventure's unique presentation and gameplay mechanics are sideswiped by a story that's a little too surreal for its own good.

Read review Jan 15, 2014

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