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!
The black and white cartoon mystery roars back to life with a much bigger second installment.
The Sleeping Beauty fairly tale is reawakened in this light but lovely stained glass adventure.
This easy, lighthearted casual sequel should leave you feeling satisfied while it lasts rather than happily ever after.
Reimagined in the style of The Cat Lady, Rem Michalski's first adventure is a brutally effective psychological horror with just a few reservations.
This '60s-era iOS spy puzzler is a fun little diversion but ends just when you're starting to bond with it.
Jan 11, 2016
This lovely watercolour journey demonstrates how beauty can still be in the eye of the beholder even when the beholder is blind.
With a high body count and low puzzle count, this mobile exclusive is a light but enjoyable murder mystery.
The teen sleuth's 31st adventure is a chilling Icelandic mystery, though it doesn't shine as brightly as some of her best.
The teen sleuth's Greek mystery plays like a familiar chorus, but it's undermined by some tragic puzzle tedium and disorienting storylines.
Puzzle lovers may want to bag this seasonal casual adventure that serves up plenty of brainteasing goodies.
It's Nancy Drew-meets-reality TV in a weak installment that only shines in bits and pieces.
Its story is paper-thin, but this beautifully meditative pop-up adventure book is a page-turner of a different kind.
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.
Jan 15, 2014
With spy gadgets galore, the teen sleuth's 29th adventure offers a surprising glimpse into the previously secret Drew family history.
Blending text and graphics framed entirely within a journal, this treasure hunt with off-color humor may tantalize, but the gameplay is rather pedestrian.