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Katie Smith

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My first video game was a 50 cent copy of “Ages of Myst” that I bought at a yard sale sometime before 2008. Now I love video games, including adventure and turn-based strategy.

My favorite type of adventure games is horror, like the Dark Fall games. I have a wonderful husband named Louie.

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The Last Door: Season Two review Article

The Last Door: Season Two review

The four-part horror sequel is a welcome re-entry into Victorian era London filled with Lovecraftian-style chills and improved gameplay variety.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Apr 25, 2016
The Slaughter: Act One review Article

The Slaughter: Act One review

The three-part Victorian era murder mystery eases into what looks to be a ripping good yarn to come.

Review score - 0 Read the review » Mar 14, 2016
The Last Crown: Midnight Horror review Article

The Last Crown: Midnight Horror review

Light on actual horror, this short but sweet Halloween-themed interlude treats fans to enough goodies to tide them over until Blackenrock.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Dec 4, 2015
Fran Bow review Article

Fran Bow review

Cleverly seasoned with a blend of dark themes with childlike innocence, this surreal indie adventure finds the recipe for success.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Oct 5, 2015
Her Story review Article

Her Story review

This unique video database mystery is a testimony to the combined strengths of FMV and text adventure.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jul 3, 2015
House of Caravan review Article

House of Caravan review

This Gone Home-style adventure is rich in atmospheric exploration but keeps you feeling largely in the dark.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » May 18, 2015
J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars review Article

J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars review

The enhanced edition of this interplanetary sci-fi puzzler can be probed more deeply and enjoyably than ever.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Oct 6, 2014
The Last Door review Article

The Last Door review

The commercial Collector's Edition bundle is a great way to get your foot in the door of this riveting four-part retro horror series.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jul 28, 2014
Tales from the Dragon Mountain 2 review Article

Tales from the Dragon Mountain 2: The Lair review

Puzzle lovers will feel right at home in this casual fantasy sequel that sacrifices story for gameplay.

Review score - 3 Read the review » Mar 5, 2014
The Novelist Article

The Novelist review

This haunting family drama offers a different type of Choose Your Own Adventure in between its stealth-based gameplay.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Jan 8, 2014
Montague’s Mount: Episode 1 Article

Montague’s Mount: Episode One review

This dark horror trilogy faces an uphill climb after a debut installment with no real story, puzzles, or scares of note.

Review score - 2.5 Read the review » Oct 25, 2013
Anna Extended Edition Article

Anna - Extended Edition review

The puzzles are much more logical in the new, improved version, but the still-vague story and now-dangerous supernatural encounters may yet drive you insane.

Review score - 3 Read the review » May 13, 2013
Haunting at Cliffhouse Article

Haunting at Cliffhouse review

This casual puzzler offers up a pleasant locale for an overnight getaway, but its story and characters fail to really register.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Feb 18, 2013
Anna Article

Anna review

It's hard to know what's scarier in this short but beautiful indie horror: its startling frights or illogical puzzles and confusing plot.

Review score - 2 Read the review » Jul 30, 2012
J.U.L.I.A. Article

J.U.L.I.A. review

There's nothing artificial about this genuinely intelligent sci-fi adventure, which cleverly blends a host of varied gameplay elements into one unique whole.

Review score - 4 Read the review » Mar 2, 2012

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