The last game in the Blackwell series.
User reviews: Very Positive (110 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 24, 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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August 29

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

About This Game

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.

System Requirements

    • 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
The highly enjoyable Blackwell series draws to a close with its best installment
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 24
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Fantastic end to a really solid series. I wholeheartedly recommend all 5 games to anyone who likes a good story and endearing characters.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
The perfect ending to a great series.
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Absolutely loved all the Blackwell's! My kind of story/game
Posted: October 15
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 21
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6.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 19
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
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 .
Posted: April 30
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
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!
Posted: May 19
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
“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.

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).

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

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).

Achievement difficulty: 2 of 10

- Singleplayer [+1]

- Softly Softly [+1]

Blackwell Epiphany (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2014
Blackwell Deception (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2013
Blackwell Convergence (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2009
Blackwell Unbound (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2007
The Blackwell Legacy (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2006
Posted: September 1
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
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!
Posted: June 3
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
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.

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Posted: April 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 27
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
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!
Posted: May 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
A good ending to a great series. This is a game that does something very well.....and that is end well. You definitely can't say that of a lot of major AAA titles these days. This game has the charm of a 90's point-and-click without all the hiccups. By now, the ones who have played the entire series are ready for one more hurrah with Joey and Roseangela. What a team they are. Their banter is hilarious and really keeps the game going. The puzzles really aren't difficult, since it feels like you are solving cases rather than puzzles. The atmosphere of a moody New York City in winter is perfect, along with the soundtrack. For those who haven't played the Blackwell series, you should give it a try. Its fun to see how the story builds and how the game mechanics improve with each release.
Posted: May 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Excellent game, excellent series, I am sorry to see it end. This is one game that is worth paying the full price in hopes that it will motivate the developpers to continue the quality in future games. I have to admit I enjoyed it much more than the other hotly anticipated adventure new release which has much better grafics, but dissapointing characters and puzzles (you know who you are! :() Now to the specifics:
Rich, engaging story, well-developped characters
Loved the subplots and the references to the other games
Enjoyed the puzzles and how they advanced the story.

The grafic interface is not that attractive and it may make difficult to detect hotspots (but somehow that didn't take much out of the general enjoyement)
Posted: May 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
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!
Posted: June 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
The Blackwell Epiphany is... pretty disappointing. It's the decent Blackwell formula most of the way through but the stories of the ghosts are never too interesting in this one, and then towards the end things get really dumb. If you're a fan of the series, which you should be, because Blackwells 1 through 4 are all amazing, its worth playing, but kind of a bummer to end on this lackluster note.
Posted: May 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
The fifth and final entry of the Blackwell series is both thought-provoking, intense and emotionally devastating.

Since this is the last part of the series, it's by far the longest - and it took me roughly ten hours to beat; which is about the length of two Blackwell games. I definitely recommend that fans who play this should do so with small breaks since there's a lot to take in. Literally all of the unanswered questions that have been bothering me - on top of Epiphany's plot, in addition - was crammed in and some bits may have flown over my head in the process.

Thankfully, the mysteries surrounding Joey and the Blackwell family are finally revealed and I was happy to get that closure.

Epiphany pulls out all the stops when it comes to drama, and I found myself feeling weary of what would happen to the majority of the characters - not just Joey and Rosa - which is great because that shows that the other characters are relatable and likable.

The story itself does a complete turnaround and you won't be expecting the culprit behind it all and the resulting ending!

I really enjoyed Epiphany, not quite as much as the others because of the depressing undertones and some of the events that unfold, but it's still a Blackwell game and it holds up to its predecessors.

The only complaint I have is that the events could have been spaced out a bit more so that it wasn't just one thing immediately after another - it felt overwhelming at times. Also, the ending wasn't favorable in my opinion but I suppose it fits.

Be sure to bring lots of tissues...

Thank you Dave and Wadjet Eye for this amazing series and congratulations on its completion!
Posted: May 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
awesome, if you enjoyed the others this one tops it off.
Posted: May 13
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