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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Article

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP review

This memorable audio-visual journey of discovery emphasizes experience over gameplay, but combats tendencies of pretension along the way.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jun 12, 2012
MacGuffin’s Curse Article

MacGuffin’s Curse review

An abundance of crate pushing may cause howls of protest, but this charming story-driven indie adventure is a lock to win over puzzle lovers.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Apr 23, 2012
1112: Episode 3 Article

1112: Episode 03 review

The third episode is a step up from its iOS predecessors, but the gameplay remains weak and the story still doesn't add up.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Oct 3, 2011
Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse 5 Article

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse - Episode 5: The City That Dares Not Sleep review

The dramatic season finale is a wild romp that ends on a high note.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Aug 30, 2010
Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse 4 Article

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse - Episode 4: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls review

The fourth episode unleashes comical cloning mayhem, but can't match its own early season inspiration.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jul 20, 2010
Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse 3 Article

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse - Episode 3: They Stole Max’s Brain! review

The third episode is absurdly amusing, but a few no-brainer puzzles make it little short and easy.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jun 22, 2010
Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse 2 Article

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse - Episode 2: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak review

The Freelance Police are sent reeling back to the early 1900s for maximum fun in this creative second episode.

Review score - 4 Read the review » May 18, 2010
Sam & Max: Devil’s Playhouse 1 Article

Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse - Episode 1: The Penal Zone review

There’s little to penalize in this mind-blowing start to an all-new season of Sam & Max adventures.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Apr 15, 2010
CSI: Deadly Intent Article

CSI: Deadly Intent review

The latest CSI installment is a return to the earlier series formula, but largely fails to execute even its modest ambitions.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Dec 16, 2009
Machinarium Article

Machinarium review

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, as Amanita's mechanical masterpiece is firing on all cylinders.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Oct 19, 2009
Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper Article

Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper review

Part fact, part fiction, the great detective vs. the great unsolved mystery is an intriguing showdown, but some of the filler could have been cut.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jun 20, 2009
Still Life 2 Article

Still Life 2 review

There is indeed still life left in this popular franchise, but the sequel's compelling story includes some torturous gameplay frustrations.

Review score - 3 Read the review » May 29, 2009
Life of D. Duck Article

Life of D. Duck review

Its doodle art makes it an ugly duckling, but there's lots of offbeat charm nestled deeper down.

Review score - 0 Read the review » May 11, 2009
Lost City of Malathedra Article

The Lost City of Malathedra review

This downloadable adventure is a competent indie effort but far too generic to break any new ground.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Nov 29, 2008
Penumbra: Requiem Article

Penumbra: Requiem review

This download-only expansion pack marks the end for Penumbra, but it's levels removed from its predecessors.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Sep 30, 2008

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