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Andrea Morstabilini

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It all started on a hot, sultry summer afternoon, about eleven years ago. Back in those days, my uncle had an old PC in his torrid garage: there, we used to play a lot of games together - I remember Wolfenstein 3D, the first Doom, even Dune. None of these games excited me, intrigued me: so, in a sweltering mid-summer day, I went with him to a local store in search of a new treat to fill my afternoons: sifting through the shelves, I was struck by a cover depicting the savage scream of a fanged man shrouded by a gray-white drape. The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery: my first adventure, and love at first sight… It all started there.

Maybe there’s nothing, ever, that can equal the recollection of having being young together

Favorite Games: Gabriel Knight Series
Favorite Authors: Marcel Proust, Alan Hollinghurst, Michael Cunningham
Favorite Filmmaker: David Lynch

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Articles by Andrea Morstabilini:

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Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures Article

Book Review: The Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures

Though heavily subjective, this comprehensive review guide through the genre's glory years is recommended reading.

Read more Jul 15, 2011
Tale of a Hero Article

Tale of a Hero review

This modest fantasy adventure follows in the footsteps of giants, but is tripped by a slew of little design problems.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Oct 25, 2010
Hotel Article

Hotel review

There’s lots of room for improvement in this casual thriller, as its simple gameplay and muddled storyline don't register much interest.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Oct 6, 2010
Urban Runner Article

Urban Runner review

Coktel's interactive B-movie adventure has atmosphere in spades, but you'll need to think quick and click quicker to survive it.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jul 16, 2010
Casebook Special Edition Article

Casebook Trilogy: Special Edition - Sam Clarkson interview

The book is reopened on this intriguing FMV mystery series today, and AG is on the case with Areo's Creative Director.

Read interview Jun 24, 2010
Hidden Mysteries: Titanic Article

Hidden Mysteries: Titanic - Secrets of the Fateful Voyage review

There are plenty of puzzles aboard this casual adventure, but it springs some deadly leaks in the story department.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Apr 26, 2010
Pepper’s Adventures in Time Article

Pepper’s Adventures in Time review

There's no time like the present for discovering this educational yet entertaining Sierra classic from the past.

Review score - 4.5 Read the review » Mar 5, 2010
EcoQuest 2 Article

EcoQuest 2: Lost Secret of the Rainforest review

Sierra's "Discovery Series" sequel is a solid edutainment title, though a few key issues put a damper on the experience.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Jan 22, 2010
3 Cards to Dead Time Article

3 Cards to Dead Time review

The sequel deals up another intriguing casual story game, but a few key issues prevent it from trumping its predecessor.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Jan 6, 2010
Dark Seed Article

Dark Seed review

The dark, disturbing worlds of H.R. Giger nearly carry this macabre horror, but getting through the punishing gameplay flaws can be a horror in its own right.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Nov 27, 2009
Casebook 3 Article

Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass review

The third episode proves well worth investigating for the best story yet, though the gameplay slips back to its simpler roots.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Nov 16, 2009
Phantasmagoria Article

Phantasmagoria review

Roberta Williams' controversial horror is disturbingly dark in tone but dangerously light on gameplay.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Nov 13, 2009
Void, The Article

The Void review

This genre-defying title has plenty of colorful ideas, but the story and gameplay pale in comparison.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Nov 4, 2009
Drawn: The Painted Tower Article

Drawn: The Painted Tower review

The stunning new casual title from Big Fish draws ever closer to traditional adventure gameplay, and largely rises to the challenge.

Review score - 3.5 Read the review » Sep 11, 2009
Diamon Jones: Amulet of the World Article

Diamon Jones: Amulet of the World review

Even those jonesing for a new treasure-seeking adventure will find Diamon's debut to be buried in one trouble after another.

Review score - 1.5 Read the review » Sep 4, 2009

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