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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Anna’s Quest Vol. 1 Article

Anna’s Quest: Vol. 1 - Winfriede’s Tower review

This charmingly offbeat fairytale trilogy kicks off with plenty to wrap your mind around.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Nov 5, 2012
Azada 3 Article

Azada: In Libro review

Despite its paper-thin story, it's worth booking passage to Azada for its beautiful worlds and plethora of puzzles,

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Aug 8, 2012
Dark Alleys: Penumbra Motel Article

Dark Alleys: Penumbra Motel review

You may not want to check into the abandoned titular motel, but you'll definitely want to check out this haunting (and hidden object-free) lite adventure.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jul 9, 2012
Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen Article

Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen review

Nancy's 26th adventure unearths plenty of ancient Egyptian intrigue, but it starts to unravel due to its increasingly aged presentation.

Review score - 3 Read the review » May 28, 2012
Amber’s Blood Article

Amber’s Blood review

The eighth Carol Reed mystery has a modest presentation, but spins a bloody good yarn full of twists and turns.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Mar 5, 2012
Shine of a Star Article

The Shine of a Star review

This Samorost-style lite adventure sometimes twinkles with surreal charm, but it falls short of shining in its perpetual darkness.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Feb 20, 2012
Cardboard Castle Article

Cardboard Castle review

It's easy to be drawn into this creative cardboard fantasy world, but its flimsy story and repetitive puzzles aren't all they're cut out to be.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Jan 30, 2012
Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes Article

Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes review

Nancy's 25th PC adventure should spark plenty of interest, as her dreams of a welcome homecoming disappear in an entertaining puff of smoke.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Nov 25, 2011
Drawn 3 Article

Drawn: Trail of Shadows review

Plenty of highlights shine in this artsy, shadowy prequel, as the third Drawn installment is another short but sweet casual excursion.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Nov 1, 2011
Count of Monte Cristo Article

The Count of Monte Cristo review

The latest Enter the Story adaptation tackles Alexandre Dumas's classic with a vengeance, but ultimately falls victim to a lack of gameplay.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Oct 18, 2011
Age of Enigma Article

Age of Enigma: The Secret of the Sixth Ghost review

This entertaining lite adventure rises above its haunted house premise with a wide array of ghostly past lives to explore.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Sep 21, 2011
Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse Article

Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse review

Monster folklore and puzzles abound in a remote Bavarian castle, but the hopes for a compelling mystery are rather grim.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Jul 25, 2011
Dream Chronicles 5 Article

Dream Chronicles: The Book of Water review

The fifth casual adventure installment looks as beautiful as ever, but the well of creativity and substance has run dry.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Jun 15, 2011
Aspectus Article

Aspectus: Rinascimento Chronicles review

This supernatural lite adventure seeks the perfect blend of puzzles and art, but some serious blemishes destroy the fun.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » May 3, 2011
Black Mirror 3 Article

Black Mirror III review

The final Black Mirror is the fairest of them all, as the dark mystery series concludes with an impressive finale.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Apr 13, 2011

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