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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:


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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
Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion review Article

Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion review

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

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Jun 30, 2014
Tengami review Article

Tengami review

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

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » May 12, 2014
DEVICE 6 review Article

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.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jan 15, 2014
Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy review Article

Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy review

With spy gadgets galore, the teen sleuth's 29th adventure offers a surprising glimpse into the previously secret Drew family history.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Nov 6, 2013
Alone in the Park review Article

Alone in the Park review

Blending text and graphics framed entirely within a journal, this treasure hunt with off-color humor may tantalize, but the gameplay is rather pedestrian.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Oct 9, 2013
Nightmare Adventures 2 Article

Nightmare Adventures: The Turning Thorn review

The first two Nightmare Adventures may be casual in nature, but both prove to be a puzzle-lover's dream.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Aug 21, 2013
Nightmare Adventures Article

Nightmare Adventures: The Witch’s Prison review

The first two Nightmare Adventures may be casual in nature, but both prove to be a puzzle-lover's dream.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Aug 21, 2013
Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall Article

Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall review

The haunted Georgian mansion isn't very scary in Nancy's 28th adventure, but you'll have fun puzzling your way through ghosts and family skeletons alike.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jun 5, 2013
Year Walk Article

Year Walk review

This haunting, surreal journey is a short but intriguing step in the right direction for iOS adventures.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Apr 10, 2013
Reality Show Article

Reality Show: Fatal Shot review

This lite but entertaining murder mystery from ERS helps bridge the gap between casual and full-fledged adventures.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Mar 11, 2013
Twilight Phenomena Article

Twilight Phenomena: The Lodgers of House 13 review

This surreal lite adventure is beautifully designed, but the story is a head-scratcher and puzzle lovers are out of luck.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Jan 23, 2013
The Cat Lady Article

The Cat Lady review

The claws come out in this grisly but brilliant independent adventure that will toy with your emotions in a profound way.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Dec 12, 2012

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