Katie Smith Staff Bio

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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Articles by Katie Smith:

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.

Read review Apr 25, 2016

The Slaughter: Act One review

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

Read review Mar 14, 2016
PC

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.

Read review Dec 4, 2015

Fran Bow review

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

Read review Oct 5, 2015

Her Story review

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

Read review Jul 3, 2015

House of Caravan review

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

Read review May 18, 2015

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.

Read review Oct 6, 2014

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.

Read review Jul 28, 2014

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.

Read review Mar 5, 2014
PC

The Novelist review

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

Read review Jan 8, 2014

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.

Read review Oct 25, 2013
PC

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.

Read review May 13, 2013

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.

Read review Feb 18, 2013

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.

Read review Jul 30, 2012
PC

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.

Read review Mar 2, 2012

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