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:

Evil Pumpkin: The Lost Halloween review

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

PC Mac Linux 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.

PC Mac 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.

PC Mac iPhone iPad WiiU 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.

iPhone iPad 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.

PC Mac 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.

PC Mac iPad 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.

PC Mac Casual 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.

PC Casual Aug 21, 2013

Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall review

The haunted Georgian mansion isn't very scary in Nancy's 28th adventure, but you'll have fun puzzling your way through ghosts and family skeletons alike.

PC Mac Jun 5, 2013

Year Walk review

This haunting, surreal journey is a short but intriguing step in the right direction for iOS adventures.

iPhone iPad Apr 10, 2013

Reality Show: Fatal Shot review

This lite but entertaining murder mystery from ERS helps bridge the gap between casual and full-fledged adventures.

PC Mac Casual Mar 11, 2013

Twilight Phenomena: The Lodgers of House 13 review

This surreal lite adventure is beautifully designed, but the story is a head-scratcher and puzzle lovers are out of luck.

PC Mac Casual Jan 23, 2013

The Cat Lady review

The claws come out in this grisly but brilliant independent adventure that will toy with your emotions in a profound way.

PC Dec 12, 2012

Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device review

Nancy's 27th adventure starts out fairly static, but soon amps up to become another compelling mystery.

PC Mac Dec 5, 2012

Gothic Fiction: Dark Saga review

This eerie lite adventure is so lushly designed it never really has a chance to grow on you.

PC Mac Casual Nov 19, 2012

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