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:

Royal Trouble: Honeymoon Havoc review

This easy, lighthearted casual sequel should leave you feeling satisfied while it lasts rather than happily ever after.

PCCasual Jun 20, 2016

Downfall (2016) review

Reimagined in the style of The Cat Lady, Rem Michalski's first adventure is a brutally effective psychological horror with just a few reservations.

PC Mar 2, 2016

Agent A: A puzzle in disguise review

This '60s-era iOS spy puzzler is a fun little diversion but ends just when you're starting to bond with it.

iPhoneiPad Jan 11, 2016

Beyond Eyes

This lovely watercolour journey demonstrates how beauty can still be in the eye of the beholder even when the beholder is blind.

Xbox OnePCMac Oct 7, 2015

The Trace review

With a high body count and low puzzle count, this mobile exclusive is a light but enjoyable murder mystery.

iPhoneiPadAndroid Aug 3, 2015

Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness review

The teen sleuth's 31st adventure is a chilling Icelandic mystery, though it doesn't shine as brightly as some of her best.

PCMac Jun 8, 2015

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies review

The teen sleuth's Greek mystery plays like a familiar chorus, but it's undermined by some tragic puzzle tedium and disorienting storylines.

PCMac Dec 8, 2014

Evil Pumpkin: The Lost Halloween review

Puzzle lovers may want to bag this seasonal casual adventure that serves up plenty of brainteasing goodies.

PCMacLinux Oct 20, 2014

Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion review

It's Nancy Drew-meets-reality TV in a weak installment that only shines in bits and pieces.

PCMac Jun 30, 2014

Tengami review

Its story is paper-thin, but this beautifully meditative pop-up adventure book is a page-turner of a different kind.

PCMaciPhoneiPadWiiU May 12, 2014

DEVICE 6 review

This iOS text adventure's unique presentation and gameplay mechanics are sideswiped by a story that's a little too surreal for its own good.

iPhoneiPad Jan 15, 2014

Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy review

With spy gadgets galore, the teen sleuth's 29th adventure offers a surprising glimpse into the previously secret Drew family history.

PCMac Nov 6, 2013

Alone in the Park review

Blending text and graphics framed entirely within a journal, this treasure hunt with off-color humor may tantalize, but the gameplay is rather pedestrian.

PCMaciPad Oct 9, 2013

Nightmare Adventures: The Witch’s Prison review

The first two Nightmare Adventures may be casual in nature, but both prove to be a puzzle-lover's dream.

PCMacCasual Aug 21, 2013

Nightmare Adventures: The Turning Thorn review

The first two Nightmare Adventures may be casual in nature, but both prove to be a puzzle-lover's dream.

PCCasual Aug 21, 2013

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