The last game in the Blackwell series.
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Data di rilascio: 24 apr 2014
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"The high-point of a consistently strong series, and a great showcase of adventure game design that fits the story's theme."
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29 agosto

Patch v1.1

Fixed bug where you could download the Trollgate app before you knew about it, breaking the sequence of events in Emil's office.
"Softly, softly" achievement can now be activated.
Fixed bug in conversation with Jim Peebles where you could be stuck talking to him with no way to progress or exit the conversation.
Removed duplicate Joey when he reports back to Rosa after finding the ghost in the gym.
Removed duplicate images of Kendra and Mary when tie is used.
Fixed bug where Rosa could end up in her outdoor clothes in Vantini, potentially causing a crash.
Fixed crash when Rosa left the snowy balcony on her own while Tanya is following Joey.
Improved response for asking Heather about Tanya.
Solved tweening glitch which caused "Call" button to occasionally be added invisibly in the bottom right of the screen in the first flashback, causing a crash.
Maggie's parole number is now only added once.
Maggie can no longer be identified before meeting her.

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“It’s pretty much the perfect ending, both wrapping up and nailing a series that’s been going from strength to strength since it first appeared way back in 2006.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“The stakes are immense this time around. Rosa and Joey deal with more difficult cases and emotions than they’ve previously had to tackle. The game seems to be the longest yet and features a wide variety of locations to explore and characters to meet.”
Hardcore Gamer

“Its strong storytelling and solid puzzles will win you over.”
Adventure Gamers

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A dead man’s soul cries out against the force of a ferocious blizzard. He cries for help. He cries for answers. Then he screams as he is torn apart like damp tissue paper.

This wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last.

The police are powerless to stop it, so the duty falls to the only ones who can. What force could be so powerful – and so malevolent – that it would destroy the very core of a life in order to get what it wants? Rosa Blackwell and Joey Mallone mean to find out, even if it means risking themselves in the process.

Requisiti di sistema

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows ME or higher
    • Processor: Pentium or higher
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 640x400, 32-bit colour: 700 Mhz system minimum
    • DirectX: Version 5.2
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: All DirectX-compatible sound cards
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows ME or higher
    • Processor: Pentium or higher
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 640x400, 32-bit colour: 700 Mhz system minimum
    • DirectX: Version 5.2
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: All DirectX-compatible sound cards
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4 persone su 4 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
5.7 ore in totale
The highly enjoyable Blackwell series draws to a close with its best installment
Pubblicata: 28 settembre
Questa recensione ti è stata utile? No
4.6 ore in totale
Fantastic end to a really solid series. I wholeheartedly recommend all 5 games to anyone who likes a good story and endearing characters.
Pubblicata: 3 ottobre
Questa recensione ti è stata utile? No
7.4 ore in totale
If you've played any of the previous Blackwell games and enjoyed them, you'll enjoy the conclusion too. Epiphany is a few hours longer than previous entries in the series, and while some of the plot points are a bit far fetched, it's absolutely worth seeing how it all plays out.

If you haven't played any of the Blackwell games yet, I still highly recommend them. The pixel art looks great (at least in my opinion), the voicovers are good, though some characters in the earlier entries are a little weaker, and the stories of each game are all strong on their own, and even stronger when taken together as each new game has more events to reference back to.

I found the puzzles in this game were a little stronger than previous entries - what I had to do next made sense, without being overly obtuse. I'll admit I did look up a walkthrough once, but even then what I'd missed did make sense. If you do choose to pick up this game, try not to look things up unless you're really stuck - the feeling of solving a tricky puzzle is worth it.

Overall, I highly recommend this series to any fans of old point and click games, ghost stories, or anyone just any game with a good story in general.
Pubblicata: 24 settembre
Questa recensione ti è stata utile? No
1.7 ore in totale
The perfect ending to a great series.
Pubblicata: 14 ottobre
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9.7 ore in totale
Absolutely loved all the Blackwell's! My kind of story/game
Pubblicata: 15 ottobre
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5.2 ore in totale
I'm a fan of the previous blackwell games, though they have some weird quirks that bug me. I really can't get behind Epiphany though. Part of my problem is I just find Joey as completely unlikeable as before and I don't care for the story behind his character. He's just a smarmy jerk. Rosa seems to less fleshed out in this version too. I can't quite put my finger on how but it just doesn't really feel very much like the character I was really liking in the other games.

Without getting into spoilers, the plot is a mess. The creator claims he had the ending planned all along but it certainly doesn't feel that way. Plot holes pop up all over the place and certain characters just all but vanish in the second part of the game. Everything feels very contrived and coincidental. There's also a point where all of the work you've been doing in the beginning of the game is completely wiped out.

As for gameplay. It drops a lot of the note taking and deduction stuff from the previous games for more nonsensical puzzles. Joey's blowing power either doesn't work on things you'd expect it to work on or does work on things that it shouldn't (Like blowing a surgical scalpel down a long hallway.)

The voice acting and art direction are still top notch as would be expected from a Wadjet Eye game, but in the end it just didn't really interest me the way the previous games did.
Pubblicata: 21 ottobre
Questa recensione ti è stata utile? No
5.8 ore in totale
A hugely enjoyable finale to the beloved series. It doesn't tie up every loose end, and not every plot development makes quite as much sense as you might like, but as a chance to reconnect with these characters and see them through one last, sweeping adventure, it is not to be missed. The voice acting and pixel-art backgrounds have never been better, and the story itself is longer by far than any of the previous entries, giving you chance to really lose yourself in the spectral mysteries and companionable snark of the Blackwell world. If you enjoyed the other Blackwell games, it is unthinkable that you will not get a tremendous kick out of this one.

Q. I liked some of the other Blackwell games, but not all. Which features does this use?
A.You can still swap between Rosa and Joey, you can use inventory objects on the outside world, and you can once again combine entries in your notes to make fresh deductions (a feature I deeply missed). The art is SVGA-ish pixel art, as opposed to the cartoony drawings in some versions of earlier games, and as I say, it's probably the best art in the series (though the oddly stiff walk animation from Deception seems to have lingered just a bit).

Q. Do I have to play the other games first?
A. Technically no- most major plot points are recapped or alluded to in the game. You will, at the very least, be able to follow the gist of the story. But why punish yourself that way? The earlier games are funny, clever, and quick to play, and give the events of Epiphany a real impact. To say nothing of the countless grins and gasps you get from recognizing some long-forgotten plot development suddenly blossom on the screen. Unlike the vast majority or videogames, the Blackwell series has a real sense of *history* to it, and it's a treat worth savouring.
Pubblicata: 19 ottobre
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4 persone su 4 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
8.8 ore in totale
"The Blackwell Epiphany è il finale perfetto per una serie che negli anni è andata via via migliorando, per trama, caratterizzazione dei personaggi e longevità. Un addio malinconico, forse, per i fan del titolo di Dave Gilbert, che chiude definitivamente le vicende di Rosa e Joey mettendo in enorme risalto quanto poco basti – in termini di risorse economiche, sia chiaro – per confezionare un'avventura grafica solida, con una trama e dei personaggi ottimi, degli enigmi piacevoli seppur non complicati, che incentivano l'immersione nel gioco, ed una soundtrack come sempre eccezionale. Alcuni potrebbero obiettare sul comparto grafico in stile pixel art, tra l'altro splendidamente realizzato, o della bassa risoluzione a cui il titolo è vincolato: sciocchezze, in fin dei conti, considerando il basso budget con cui è stato sviluppato e la grande qualità evidenziata su tutti i restanti aspetti. Se amate il genere e non vi siete ancora avvicinati a questa produzione, non possiamo che consigliarvi l'acquisto di tutta la serie, non solo del capitolo Epiphany; impossibile rimanerne delusi."

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Pubblicata: 8 maggio
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20 persone su 21 (95%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
15.7 ore in totale
The biggest and best game of the Blackwell series. If you've played other games in the series you'll know what you're getting into, but to put it simply this is Wadjet Eye's finest work to date - a point and click game that I can easily recommend alongside classics in the genre.

Once again, players take on the roles of both Rosa Blackwell and Joey Mallone, their job is, as always to help lost souls move on, and as before there are a large number of ghosts that need saving, each with a different story to tell. Unlike previous games, all the ghosts in this game tie directly into the primary overarching narrative, adding considerable gravitas to proceedings and helping to shake things up. There is some assumption of prior knowledge of the series, the game doesn't waste time retreading how Rosa and Joey do their jobs but instead dives right into the main course. In terms of gameplay. The dual characters mechanic returns once again and players must make use of both Rosa's and Joey's different abilities to solve puzzles and overcome dialogue based obstacles throughout the game. Puzzles are for the most part fairly simple, there's no hair tearing moments and bizarre solutions to impede your progress - for the most part everything is pretty logical. The clue system from previous games returns, requiring players to combine topics/clues from their in game notes page to determine links and hypothesise potential solutions to problems. This works well for the most part, with Joey again serving as an in-game hints system that the player can utilise as much or as little as they desire. The focus here is very much on the story, there are also plenty of references to previous games for fans yet the game is also strong enough to stand on its own.

In terms of game length, the game feels longer than previous entries, I think Wadjet has finally hit upon the optimal length for its games with Epiphany after previous entries were criticised for their short length. The narrative and writing quality are consistent throughout, Wadjet Eye have been going from strength to strength with this series and Epiphany is no exception. I did notice a new mechanic in play early in the game, where the two leads would spontaneously begin short, unprompted banters discussing their current location, etc, not unlike the party banter systems employed in several rpgs. Sadly this fizzled out quite quickly and is only seen in the first third of the game.

The artwork in Epiphany is fantastic throughout, it's building on a similar aesthetic to Blackwell Deception but everything is more detailed and beautifully rendered in pixel art. They've found a really great style to use (and artist to bring it to life) and they neatly sidestep the animation issues that many other modern point and clicks exhibit because of it. Hoping to see future games maintain the same style and level of quality.

The music is nice and fits well with the tone of the game for the most part, it did seem to be a little on the quiet side this time around and is very much in the background for most of game. In terms of other audio - Wadjet's voice acting on the technical side of things has come a long way now, there's none of the issues the plagued earlier entries to be found here which is great. All series regulars reprise their roles in Epiphany and they all give solid performances.

In terms of story, this being the final game in the series, Epiphany wraps up the Blackwell series and answers most of the questions you might have had. I won't lie though, I wish we'd have seen some more entries to the series before the finale.

Sadly there is one significant dropped plot arc which occurs (or rather should have occurred) between Deception and Epiphany that I felt hurt the continuity between those two games somewhat. Based on the ending of Deception and where Epiphany picks up it felt that we'd skipped a step in the story of Rosa and Joey and just leapt from there to the series finale, which is an unusual and unfortunate misstep. Aside from this one issue the series as a whole flows nicely from one game to the next. I won't talk about the ending here as I think that's something best experienced and I don't want to colour anyone's view on it, suffice it to say I felt it was a fitting ending but it's not the one I would have gone with.

There's always been a certain sense of familiarity with the Blackwell series and the protagonists thankless task of helping the dead move on all the while the hustle and bustle of New York. There's something that's quite grounded in reality about the series that makes it quite endearing and relaxing to play, this is underlined through Dave Gilbert's commentaries that are embedded within each game you really get a sense that you're experiencing these locations through his memories and the series as a whole just really has a sort of personal touch that's difficult to describe and I don't often see/feel in most games. That, married with the real world setting really heightened the experience for me across the Blackwell series.

Ultimately, Blackwell Epiphany is highly recommended, as a fan of the series this was a deeply satisfying game to play. If you've never played the Blackwell series before, or if it's sat in your Steam backlog, start with Legacy and work forwards from there - if you're a fan of the genre, you won't regret it.
Pubblicata: 27 aprile
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8 persone su 10 (80%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
12.3 ore in totale
The final game in the series , really a heart breaking one .
Plenty of strong moments , if you are a fan of the blackwell series and have played the previous games get this one .
Pubblicata: 30 aprile
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4 persone su 4 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
9.7 ore in totale
What a journey it has been. This is the final and BEST game in the series. Some pretty awesome twists and revelations for long time fans. The VO was superb and the writing was excellent as well. Great music all around. The puzzles were fun to figure out too. Any fans of the Blackwell series NEEDS to play this and see how this ends. Thank you WadjetEye Games for giving us one of the best adventure game series out there. I love Rosa and Joey!
Pubblicata: 19 maggio
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5 persone su 6 (83%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
9.1 ore in totale
“Well, everyone already believes you are crazy. Becoming homeless is the next logical step.”

The Blackwell Epiphany represents the last of five parts in the Blackwell series. The most interesting aspects of these games, next to the excellent storytelling, are the characters and their development.

A suitable example is the female protagonist. At the beginning Rosa’s behavior could be described as awkward and nervous. At the end of her journey she has become a confident woman, who is proud of her special gift.

Overall the Blackwell saga is a very charming adventure with wonderful characters and great writing.
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My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Characters
- Details
- Puzzles
- Story
- Controls

Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:

- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
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Atmosphere: A-Rank

Characters: S-Rank

(Run, run, run. Like a hamster on a wheel.)

Details: A-Rank

Puzzles: A-Rank

Story: S-Rank

(I know dear, I know dear. You can look, but not touch.)

Controls: A-Rank
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To conquer all achievements of The Blackwell Epiphany, you will most likely spend around 6 hours. A detailed achievement guide can be found on the link below (thanks to Liquidsnakehpks-joa).

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=254726542

Achievement difficulty: 2 of 10

Common:
- Singleplayer [+1]

Special:
- Softly Softly [+1]
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Blackwell Epiphany (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2014
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Blackwell Deception (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2013
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/80360/
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Blackwell Convergence (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2009
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/80350/
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Blackwell Unbound (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2007
http://steamcommunity.com//profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/80340/
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The Blackwell Legacy (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2006
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/80330/
Pubblicata: 1 settembre
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3 persone su 3 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
7.8 ore in totale
The Blackwell series as a whole is one of my favourite adventure "games" ever, probably second only to the original The Longest Journey game. It's really amazing how everything ties up in this finale, we get to meet a lot of memorable characters one last time from the previous episodes and it feels like that all those previous episodes contained clues and sidestories that foreshadowed what's to come in the conclusion. All in all Epiphany was everything we could have hoped for, it didn't really change compared to the previous games, but I don't think that anyone expected it to. Same, simple point&click gameplay with the characters we got to care about during these years. I strongly recommend playing the whole series (in order!) for anyone who likes these types of games even a little bit. I for one can't wait to see what Wadjet Eye Games comes up with next!
Pubblicata: 3 giugno
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4 persone su 5 (80%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
14.7 ore in totale
I never played one of the Blackwell games, and i don’t usually play point-and-click games because most of them are ridiculously portrayed with weird animations, voice acting, characters, and the ridiculously hard puzzles that would make you just click everything on the screen for something to happen, but then this came along, and thought, after seeing the pictures and trailers, “I like this” and was reluctant to play it but tried it anyway, and so after finishing Blackwell Epiphany i was glad and thankful to play this beautifully crafted game, and now have hope more games like this may come. Blackwell Epiphany is by far the best point-and-click game i have ever played.

More info on http://www.ksalue.com/main/2014/04/blackwell-epiphany-review-the-good-the-bad-the-money/
Pubblicata: 30 aprile
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2 persone su 2 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
9.6 ore in totale
Blackwell Epiphany is most certainly a fitting end to the series. The game has so many great emotional moments, especially the last hour or so. Dave Gilbert and the rest of the team at Wadjet Eye Games outdid themselves with this one. If you haven't picked this up yet, do yourself a favor and do so. You won't be disappointed.
Pubblicata: 27 aprile
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3 persone su 4 (75%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
13.7 ore in totale
The last - and definitely the best games of the Blackwell series. A truly classic and practically flawless adventure game. Recommended to everyone - however, the knowledge of the four previous games is highly recommended as well!
Pubblicata: 3 maggio
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
9.7 ore in totale
Hmm...what to say. They really raised the bar in this one, as you no doubt have noticed in the trailer. The game is the final in the series of 5 blackwell games. It has such a memorable cast of characters that it's hard to ignore such a great game. I enjoyed every moment of it (even those frustraiting moments of being stuck like I get in all point-and-click adventure games) and I enjoyed it all.

The ending is not what I would've wanted and I'm kinda bummed at it, but I believe it was possibly one of the best ways to end it, all things considered. I have been a massive fan of this company and though I wasn't too fond of the ending, that hasn't turned me off to their works. I hope to see more in the future.
Pubblicata: 10 luglio
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
7.5 ore in totale
awesome, if you enjoyed the others this one tops it off.
Pubblicata: 13 maggio
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
7.7 ore in totale
Blackwell Epihapny is worthy end to a very good Adventure Seriies, but falls short of its direct predecessor in some ways.
While the art is on the level of the third part again (the fourth fell a litte short) and the score is as always gorgeous, the seemingly big development hinted at the end of Deception isn't there.

So on the one hand, we gave this final conclusion, tying in all previous titles, but totally forgetting somehow the big finish of Deception, only shortly touching this Subject.
I really would have hoped they would explore this way more, it kind of feels like, Epiphany is the sixths part of the series, with the fifth missing.

So it is still a good game? Yes, and a worthy finis nonetheless.
But this one plothole stills bugs me.
Pubblicata: 27 aprile
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1 persone su 1 (100%) hanno trovato questa recensione utile
8.2 ore in totale
This game is one of the few that I find very special from start to end. The story is very good and the puzzles are sometimes hard to figure out. The ending is more than satisfying. I really love the way they tied everything in. They are definitely a few surprises in the game here and there. At least two of them had really caught me off guard and that is what i like from this game. This game is among my top ten favorites. I strongly recommend anyone who loves a game with storytelling, puzzles, and great endings. I give this game a rating of 11/10!
Pubblicata: 3 giugno
Questa recensione ti è stata utile? No