The last game in the Blackwell series.
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Release Date: Apr 24, 2014

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

    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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: All DirectX-compatible sound cards
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Z Chrispian
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Satisfying end to a great little series of point and click games.
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Babumkin
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
A great ending to the Blackwell series; great story, dialog, voice acting, and puzzles that are challenging but never too hard.

If you enjoy adventure point'n'click games, you'll love this one.
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monkeymadness
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
It is finally finished! This beloved series that just keeps growing on ya! I'm extremely impressed by the way that Dave Gilbert developed this story. By the end of the whole series I felt very connected to Rosa, Joey, and the cast of characters from the entire series. It is also amazing to see the games improve as they progressed, getting rid of elements that detracted from the game and replacing them with elements that helped push the game along. I'm not much of a mystery/clue finding type of gamer, so if a game series is able to get me to enjoy something that I'm not that into then the game is pretty special. For this fifth and final installment here are some of the pro's and con's of the game.

Pro's: The storyline is marvelous in this game, lets just say everything wraps up rather nicely. I absolutely love Rosa and Joeys relationship and think that the actor who plays Joey does an amazing job and yes the hilarious banter is still there. The puzzles were fun, as usual. I was glad that this game had some different puzzles that the other four games had not done before and the continued ability to switch between Rosa/Joey. The length of the game was good, comparable to Convergence and Deception (Unbound and Legacy both seemed a little short).

Con's: One word, the art. Still hate it and always will! I also think it is funny that I love and hate the consistency issues. I think that making the necessary changes from game to game is a good thing to do, but it really makes you feel like they should have done that in the previous games and can be a little jarring when Joey is drawn different, the style of music changes, the mechanics change, or the voice acting is different.

As I've said in many of the other reviews, some of these games by themselves are not the greatest (cough...Blackwell Legacy), but if you can get through the first boring chapter in the book then you will find a pretty amazing series one that will not disappoint.

Blackwell Legacy: 6/10
Blackwell Unbound: 8/10
Blackwell Convergence: 7.6/10
Blackwell Deception: 8.2/10
Blackwell Epiphany: 8.5/10

Blackwell Series: 8.2/10

Check out my other point and click adventure reviews on my page!
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BrutolMotent
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Blackwell Epiphany is the epic conclusion to the Blackwell games and it does not disappoint. This is by far the longest (6+ hours) game out of the series and has the most cohesive story put together. The graphics also have been upgraded and look really sharp. The sound, voice acting and music are all outstanding once again in this finale. They did a really great job with this game, it's the best one out of the entire series and does a perfect job closing out the Blackwell series. The Blackwell series is a must play for any point and click gamer, this is a hidden gem and the whole series was a wonderful ride and great experience - I will definitely miss playing Rosa and Joey!
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alison
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Blackwell Epiphany is a very pleasant end to the saga, and a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon adventure game. If you've played the first ones you know what to expect here - decent voice acting, great jazz music, logical puzzles, a touch of fantasy and a splash of NYC. It wasn't my favorite in the series (for me that was the second game) but i enjoyed it about as much as episode four, which was a pretty solid point and click. Definitely worth it for fans of the series and adventure games in general.
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Lacie
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I love all their point and clicks, yet Blackwell is my favorite of them all. This is an amazing and sad ending to the series. I was kinda hoping Tomo would be explained in this one, but oh well.

This one I felt was a bit longer than the last one, but I could have just been slower to the uptake in this one. If you haven't played any of the Blackwell games, I would skip this one until you do. If you're in the mood for a good point and click that's not short, I definitely recommend this one!
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Dom
Posted: April 25
Really superb adventure game. I played the other 4 games in the series in it's bundle last year and hadn't realised there was a 5th. This is the best of an already great series - solid characters, unique premise and engaging story with solid puzzles and detective work. It's also a satisfying length and is longer than the other games in the series.

I'm really impressed at this Indie studio that makes games that are as good or better than some of the classics, and the retro pixel-art style is beautiful. If you like adventure games you will like this one.
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lddake
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
What an ending to the Blackwell series! can't recommend enough! I loved these games but this one wrapped them up so well! Well worth it!
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Cynamel | TAIM
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
The Blackwell series is a very very good point and click adventure with pretty good voice acting.You need to play them all to really feel the story and the depth of the characters. The Finale(Epiphany) was FANTASTIC(you may shed a tear). Its one of those games where the toil of playing all those hours actually felt meaningful in the end. The Voice acting was satisfying enough to make you forget its actually a point and click game.
Some solutions to some puzzles may not be that obvious at first, but if you dont get it,plenty of guides there.

Since almost all the blackwell games have similar mechanics, didnt think of writing different reviews for each of them.

9/10 for the series. Writing this after playing all the 5 episodes.

Kudos to Dave Gilbert and The whole Team.
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Tosha
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Just buy this. But start at the first one, Blackwell Legacy, and work your way up the series. It will be so much better.
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badhairqueen
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Overview
This is the epic conclusion of the Blackwell series. In terms of story, graphics and characters, it's pretty much similar to all the other episodes that came before, but this one felt more extensive, perhaps due to the breadth of content and the complexity of some of the ghost cases involved.

If you've played the previous Blackwell games...
I would recommend that you play this one too so you know how things end. You can pretty much expect more of the same as before - there are a bunch of cases to solve, and a bigger mystery to unravel.

If you've not played any of the previous Blackwell games...
Then you should before playing this one, otherwise things will make no sense at all, because almost everything mentioned in this episode draws upon bits of the story mentioned in previous episodes.

Summary
To be honest I expected a better ending. There were lots of loose ends still remaining at the end of the game, and I didn't like what happened to the main characters. However the events, animation and build-up leading to the conclusion were done quite well. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy solving the individual cases involving the spooks - those were pretty interesting.
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Superb
Posted: March 30
I really hope this isn't the end of legacy... I want more Blackwell series.
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Sir_Meowsalot
Posted: March 23
An Ending of a Great Series.

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the Blackwell games because of the neat stories and enjoyable characters. A lot of time was spent building and crafting a great world and characters that seem "alive" (PUN!). The voice acting for all the characters is great and fits each person very well. If you enjoy a little some light supernatural story in a modern setting then the Blackwell games are for you. Now for Blackwell Epiphany - a fitting way to end the series with a polished engine and a story that leaves you wanting more.

I'm really happy I picked up the Blackwell games on a whim. I hope to see more games coming out from the creator in the future. :)
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Sydherian
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Would have been perfect if not for the "end of the world" part.
It doesn't matter if you like point&clicks or not. Just play the whole series for the damn story. If you're not a slow-thinker, it's a bit like watching a very, very, very good movie.
Until the conclusion. Final conclusion indeed...

As always:
Has its flaws, some might find it a bit too narrative heavy. The whole Blackwell series is marvelous.

Astonishing characters, humor, voices and graphics (if you like the style).
A must-play for every point&click fan.
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sisseltorikki
Posted: March 21
not gonna lie, the ending made me cry, this is a great conclusion to a great game serise.
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Kefala
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
There are very few video games that have made me question and look introspectively at my life and the Blackwell series is one of them.

In between the devastating and the heart wrenching is a story about a friendship and a love-letter to New York City.

The Blackwell series have been my gateway drug to adventure games, but since my adventures have begun nothing has quite captured a place in my heart like they have.
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MW2K
Posted: March 18
The good
Moving story
Although low-res, gives a good night time city vibe
Clever puzzles
Makes you think
It was cheap (thanks Humble Bundle)
Characters are appealing

The bad
Deliberately retro, low-res. May put off people. It did me, at the start
Lots of dead ends
Makes little sense if you haven't played the ones before it
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rjazz2
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
This game is soooo good. What a bittersweet ending :SPOILER: It was the chalupa. THE CHALUPA DID IT
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Kid Icarus
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
I haven't finished it yet, but I can already say this is a great conclusion to a great series.

My partner and I have really enjoyed playing through this series together, and as we finish the final game I have really been struck by how well put-together Blackwell has been. The story becomes strangely compelling, the characters feel right, the music is immersive, and the gameplay is top-notch for this genre.

I have been legitimately haunted by certain parts of the story, and have had deeper feelings about the characters in this series than almost any game I've played. I feel like the story walks a fine narrative line between cheesy and heavy handed that is quite difficult to achieve.

As far as gameplay goes, Blackwell avoids many of the pitfalls of the point-and-click adventure. There is little to no backtracking, and you don't have to watch your character walk through the same stale environments over and over again while you try to figure out what you missed. When you are stuck, it is often a matter of figuring out how to connect information, rather than some obscure hidden object puzzle. Everything in Blackwell has some connection, and you have to use real-life experience and some detective skills to solve problems in your environment. I feel like this game has been a great example of what a detective/mystery game can be.

Blackwell is a shining example of less-is-more. It knows what it is and it executes it well.

If you like ghost stories and adventure games, please give this series a try.
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keeveek
Posted: February 19
Blackwell Epiphany concludes one of the best point and click adventure series in years. It's amazing how the series developed for all this time. Each game in the series kept getting better and better. And this applies to every aspect of the games - the puzzles, the graphics, the sound design and dubbing cast and so on.

The story in this one takes a really dark turn and it takes it graceully. The ghost stories are moving and much deeper than anything you've seen in games made by Telltale per example.

One thing's for sure - I will miss Rosa and Joey very damn much.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Blackwell Epiphany is the epic conclusion to the Blackwell games and it does not disappoint. This is by far the longest (6+ hours) game out of the series and has the most cohesive story put together. The graphics also have been upgraded and look really sharp. The sound, voice acting and music are all outstanding once again in this finale. They did a really great job with this game, it's the best one out of the entire series and does a perfect job closing out the Blackwell series. The Blackwell series is a must play for any point and click gamer, this is a hidden gem and the whole series was a wonderful ride and great experience - I will definitely miss playing Rosa and Joey!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
It is finally finished! This beloved series that just keeps growing on ya! I'm extremely impressed by the way that Dave Gilbert developed this story. By the end of the whole series I felt very connected to Rosa, Joey, and the cast of characters from the entire series. It is also amazing to see the games improve as they progressed, getting rid of elements that detracted from the game and replacing them with elements that helped push the game along. I'm not much of a mystery/clue finding type of gamer, so if a game series is able to get me to enjoy something that I'm not that into then the game is pretty special. For this fifth and final installment here are some of the pro's and con's of the game.

Pro's: The storyline is marvelous in this game, lets just say everything wraps up rather nicely. I absolutely love Rosa and Joeys relationship and think that the actor who plays Joey does an amazing job and yes the hilarious banter is still there. The puzzles were fun, as usual. I was glad that this game had some different puzzles that the other four games had not done before and the continued ability to switch between Rosa/Joey. The length of the game was good, comparable to Convergence and Deception (Unbound and Legacy both seemed a little short).

Con's: One word, the art. Still hate it and always will! I also think it is funny that I love and hate the consistency issues. I think that making the necessary changes from game to game is a good thing to do, but it really makes you feel like they should have done that in the previous games and can be a little jarring when Joey is drawn different, the style of music changes, the mechanics change, or the voice acting is different.

As I've said in many of the other reviews, some of these games by themselves are not the greatest (cough...Blackwell Legacy), but if you can get through the first boring chapter in the book then you will find a pretty amazing series one that will not disappoint.

Blackwell Legacy: 6/10
Blackwell Unbound: 8/10
Blackwell Convergence: 7.6/10
Blackwell Deception: 8.2/10
Blackwell Epiphany: 8.5/10

Blackwell Series: 8.2/10

Check out my other point and click adventure reviews on my page!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Blackwell Epiphany is a very pleasant end to the saga, and a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon adventure game. If you've played the first ones you know what to expect here - decent voice acting, great jazz music, logical puzzles, a touch of fantasy and a splash of NYC. It wasn't my favorite in the series (for me that was the second game) but i enjoyed it about as much as episode four, which was a pretty solid point and click. Definitely worth it for fans of the series and adventure games in general.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
The Blackwell series is a very very good point and click adventure with pretty good voice acting.You need to play them all to really feel the story and the depth of the characters. The Finale(Epiphany) was FANTASTIC(you may shed a tear). Its one of those games where the toil of playing all those hours actually felt meaningful in the end. The Voice acting was satisfying enough to make you forget its actually a point and click game.
Some solutions to some puzzles may not be that obvious at first, but if you dont get it,plenty of guides there.

Since almost all the blackwell games have similar mechanics, didnt think of writing different reviews for each of them.

9/10 for the series. Writing this after playing all the 5 episodes.

Kudos to Dave Gilbert and The whole Team.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
There are very few video games that have made me question and look introspectively at my life and the Blackwell series is one of them.

In between the devastating and the heart wrenching is a story about a friendship and a love-letter to New York City.

The Blackwell series have been my gateway drug to adventure games, but since my adventures have begun nothing has quite captured a place in my heart like they have.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Overview
This is the epic conclusion of the Blackwell series. In terms of story, graphics and characters, it's pretty much similar to all the other episodes that came before, but this one felt more extensive, perhaps due to the breadth of content and the complexity of some of the ghost cases involved.

If you've played the previous Blackwell games...
I would recommend that you play this one too so you know how things end. You can pretty much expect more of the same as before - there are a bunch of cases to solve, and a bigger mystery to unravel.

If you've not played any of the previous Blackwell games...
Then you should before playing this one, otherwise things will make no sense at all, because almost everything mentioned in this episode draws upon bits of the story mentioned in previous episodes.

Summary
To be honest I expected a better ending. There were lots of loose ends still remaining at the end of the game, and I didn't like what happened to the main characters. However the events, animation and build-up leading to the conclusion were done quite well. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy solving the individual cases involving the spooks - those were pretty interesting.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 19
Blackwell Epiphany concludes one of the best point and click adventure series in years. It's amazing how the series developed for all this time. Each game in the series kept getting better and better. And this applies to every aspect of the games - the puzzles, the graphics, the sound design and dubbing cast and so on.

The story in this one takes a really dark turn and it takes it graceully. The ghost stories are moving and much deeper than anything you've seen in games made by Telltale per example.

One thing's for sure - I will miss Rosa and Joey very damn much.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
You want ending? Blackwell will give you ENDING. The Blackwell Epiphany is the final round of Blackwell adventuring, and they make a point of going out with one, if not several, bangs.

Rosa and Joey are back once more, even more dedicated to their cause following the events of Blackwell Deception and tracking a case that feels a bit heavier than their earlier workload. Things quickly spin into an even more grim situation, where bad times seem contagious and things are steadily getting less and less good, both for our plucky protagonist and, eventually, all of New York City.

Of the entire Blackwell series, I'd say this round's change of sprite art is my favorite, and the portraits are up there in the ranking as well. Puzzles felt a bit easier this time around, but it could just be having gotten used to Blackwell logic after already finishing four other games in the series. There's not much I can say beyond that without spoiling, though I will say you might expect at least one twist if you've been paying attention thus far.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Possibly the best adventure game I have ever played? Nearly all Wadjet Eye games are brilliant. Really poignant end to the Blackwell series which I think is an absolute must for any adventure game fan.

-Puzzles are of perfect difficulty
-Voice acting great
-Art beautiful
-Writing wonderful
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76 of 79 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
It's not very common for a video game to have a totally satisfying and conclusive ending, even more so if it’s a series. The Blackwell games managed to stick the landing completely and Epiphany makes for one of the best conclusions I've ever seen in a video game.

Do yourself a favor and buy the whole series right now and start from the beginning. The series grows and gets better with each installment. Epiphany is just a great culmination of everything that came before it mixing great writing and logical puzzles into an overall fantastic game.

Epiphany has quickly become one of my new favorite games. I also would say that The Blackwell Series as a whole easily rivals the adventure game classics. Fans of the series should buy this game ASAP and for those who haven't played them I reiterate to just buy the whole series now if you're interested, you’re in for a memorable ride. I definitely won't be forgetting it anytime soon.
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47 of 56 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
God, I haven't seen a movie in forever... - Rosangela Blackwell

Blackwell Epiphany is... or was... - gosh, I cannot believe that I'm putting this fact in words, my heart literally breaks - is the final installment in Blackwell series. You've been prepared for this final act throughout the whole series, and when you face it... you will know there could be no better ending. It is not the ending you want. It is not the ending you asked for. You keep whispering to yourself, even screaming in your head that this shouldn't happen! Yet you know that there is no better ending that this title deserves. We go out with a bang. It leaves you with a bittersweet sensation. We have to acknowledge that it is our time to say goodbye.

A couple months after the events of Blackwell Deception, we learn that Rosa has established a symbiotic relationship with Detective Durkin. She has become a silent informant for Durkin, as he helps Rosa to reach inside information on cases that she works on. Durkin doesn't ask questions, Rosa doesn't impose answers. We catch up on this partnership when Rosa is sent to investigate a rundown hotel by Durkin. A casual enough "ghost whispering" case occurs and finds resolution by Rosa and Joey's already tried abilities. Just as Rosa was leaving the scene, she witnesses a dreadful murder! The next day, not a word is spoken on the news about the said murder and Rosa's suspicions do raise by the minute. Does the police cover up the story? Why? It is time for us to chase another mystery... Maybe our last.

In this final game, we encounter many old friends, enemies and familiar bystanders. Sometimes we smile, sometimes we pout, other times we wish that we'd be capable of throwing a punch through our screen. We live through our saddest, happiest, weirdest, cruelest encounters yet. But in the end, what rests with us the most are no other than Rosa and Joey. We witnessed their growth, both in character and relationship step by step. Now we are able to see that Rosa has fulfilled her potential, and we can finally claim that we know who Joey Mallone is. They are the kind of characters that you'll keep carrying with you long after their stories are told. Rest is "a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".

Gameplay wise, the game contains the longest playtime compared to all other installments as you can expect. There are many things to reveal, explore or dabble with. I'd say one play through would take around 8-10 hours, which would completely worth the full price. We are already familiar with all options and controls that the game has in store for us. Nothing changed. If I were to complain about one thing, I'd say there was some relevantly periodic backtracking which concerns casual visits to police station. Aside, I am silent on the complaint department.

There are thousands of words that I wish to write about this masterpiece of an adventure game, but sadly the contents elude me as I ponder on. This was it. The one big finale. The grand exit. Literally no more Blackwell games to wait for. I found myself holding my breath as the story unwraps its countless unexplained mysteries one by one. Each crisp of information blew my mind. Each answer that I have been given, I anticipated for more. Flashbacks, metaphors, oddly exchanged dialogues, the gravity of choice and the collective unconscious; they all came back to present us the finale that we were waiting for. And that finale, was excellent!

Just as I realized "what the hell was happening", the credits started to roll. I felt tears filling my eyes, and I cannot say this for a lot of games. Well done, Dave Gilbert. Well done and well played! I bow before you! I'll be missing everything about this game.

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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Oh, where to start?! If you've never played a Blackwell game before you really should start with The Blackwell Legacy (or even The Shivah, which ties-in) because this is the fifth and final part of a story arc, and it just won't mean anything to you unless you've done the others. It is a fairly typical Wadjet Eye game - good characters, a deep, rich plot, great music and some lovely art that mixes modern with retro styles - and it comes with the flaws you expect from adventure games, i.e. moon logic and a rigid progression structure... ah, whatever. It doesn't matter.

If you liked the earlier Blackwell titles, this will cap the story for you and you just... have to. Seriously. BUY IT.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
111 reviews, only 15 bucks, published way back in April... how unfortunate.

Only one guide for this game. One. The only one that I could find anyway. I only really looked for it because I had a slight difficulty with something I missed. I'd seen what I needed to do earlier, I just didn't remember, probably because I'd run out of coffee quite a while ago.

Anything I could rag on this game would pretty much be nitpicking. In all honesty, if this game made any screw-ups, they are no worse than certain AAA titles that get stupidly enormous amounts of undeserved praise. The ending wasn't perfect, I kinda saw it coming, but it gripped me and it didn't ♥♥♥♥ me off. Granted, yes, a few holes were left unfilled, but ultimately they can somewhat be ignored due to the way things were wrapped up being quite final. It did seem a tad abrupt, though, but I've seen far worse endings, believe me.

The gameplay tries to draw elements from all the previous titles and succeeds rather well. I felt it was a bit of a challenge without being completely convoluted and irrational as torturing your neighbor's dog for no reason, so I'm happy. At no point did I really need a guide, but nothing was excessively easy. This and the last game both did this pretty well, unlike Convergence which felt rather too straightforward to me.

Maybe the series could have kept going, wrapped a few more loose-ends up, but overall I think this was a fine conclusion to an excellent series. It's a shining light at the end of it all.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
This review stands as a full review of the entire Blackwell series. I was introduced to this series a meager four days ago. I was intrigued by the old-school point and click "talkies" I had grown up with on old CD-ROMs from Fate of Atlantis through the Monkey Island series all the way to the newer Telltale Games products. I hardly knew what I was getting myself into.

The Blackwell series stars the Blackwell family, mainly Rosa and introducing her Aunt, Lauren, in Unbound. At some point in the past, their Grandmother suddenly became saddled with a ghost, Joey, who was her spirit guide. Unable to take the pressure (limiting plot spoilers), she died and Joey passed onto the aunt. It turned out he is a spirit guide, destined to guide Mediums like the series protaganist Rose to lead lost spirits to the final destination.

This is where the puzzle element comes into play. Like most adventure games, you interact with the environment through investigation, item manipulation and conversing with other characters. The first game in the series, Legacy, is fairly light on puzzles and is easily completed, but the series quickly grows into a satisfying old-school adventure title as the series progresses. Epiphany is the masterstroke of the series in this regard, with multi-threaded and complex puzzle threads that still fit well within the realm of logic.

However, where the series truly shines is in the storytelling. The writing, character development and accompanying voice acting is near perfection. The series easily hooks you into the characters and makes you care about them. The slow reveal of the history, feelings, pain and emotion of each character over each of the five games easily drew me into the Blackwell world. With Epiphany, the entire series wrapped up in a way few games, movies or even television shows could ever hope - satisfying, even if bittersweet.

There are a couple of hiccups in the game, primarily in code bugs in Unbound that cause voice tracks to trigger improperly, one being an ugly spoiler mid-way through that gave away part of a conversation from the game's finale, but otherwise is solidly coded and well designed. The graphics may also be a bit of a put-off to more modern gamers since it is intentionally created in a low resolution, non-widescreen format to mimic the old CRT monitors some of us older gamers were stuck with nearly two decades ago. But the artwork presented in close-ups, photos, desktop backrounts, and other areas is fantastic and feels alive.

I whole heartedly recommend the entire five game series. Go back to the Blackwell Legacy and pick it up from there and don't stop until you finish up Epiphany. The game is a well build emotional ride with solid puzzle mechanics fit for a good old school adventure game. From someone used to adventure games being the high-energy comedy like Day of the Tentacle, The Blackwell series was a huge surprise. Though the surprise was pleasant and I believe it will be so for everyone else who gives this a try.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: April 27, 2014
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.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Incredible ending to a great series.
Cried like a baby at the end lol
If you like great writing, dialogue and characters, this series would be right up your street.

Sad that it's over but glad that I got to experience it.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2015
Rosangela Blackwell is a struggling author living in New York, and a medium. Enter Joey Mallone, a ghost and spirit guide tied to the female members of the Blackwell family. When Rosa's aunt, Lauren Blackwell, passes after being in a coma for decades, Joey is 'released' from Lauren and enters Rosa's life. Details are revealed throughout the five installments of the Blackwell series regarding the female members of the Blackwell family, how Joey came to be, what happened to Aunt Lauren to trap her in a comatose state, etc. Together, Rosa and Joey seek out and help tormented ghosts trapped in the physical world cross over to "the other side" throughout the series.

In BLACKWELL EPIPHANY, the fifth and final installment of the game series.
Rosa’s now fully embraced her quest to find trapped spirits in New York and help them to move on. We finally discover the origins of the two most prominent characters of the series, and learn a little more about a shadowy organization that is the antithesis of everything Rosa and Joey stand for. Many answers to things will be brought to light which have been hanging over the series since it's inception. The Blackwell series has always been focused on human stories, which has made this series so special. It definitely stands strong on its own merits with the incredible writing of Dave Gilbert.

EPIPHANY begins and immediately takes a serious dark turn when people's souls are ripped apart right in front of Rosa and Joey's eyes. And there's the ghost of a little girl which hits Rosa and Joey harder than others -- but, for the most part, not treated as all that different or special than the others along their journey. Death is unfair. Rosa and Joey know and accept that. It's the race to get the little girl's ghost ‘safe’ before whatever is destroying souls can take her death as easily as it took her life. There are other ghosts to be dealt with, too. From the TV news anchor desperate to leave her past behind, to the brother and sister striving to deal with childhood abuse.

How does one end such a phenomenal series? When you get to the last act, everything kicks into high gear heading for the finish line ... the grand finale. And, wow! What a finale! The very last scene is ... dare I say ... perfect!
Thanks, Dave, for such a wonderful experience over the past decade with the Blackwell series. Kudos!!!

(To enjoy the story at it's best, the games should be played in order of creation. 1st 'LEGACY' -- 2nd 'UNBOUND' which explores the events and time that Lauren Blackwell and Joey were working together in the 1970s (while Unbound turned out, unintentionally, to be a prequel to Legacy, it should be played after Legacy to not only help enlighten the player as to what happened in the first installment, but also gives the player clues as to what is coming in future installments) -- 3rd 'CONVERGENCE' which takes place about six months after the events in Legacy -- 4th 'DECEPTION' which takes place some time after Convergence -- and 5th 'EPIPHANY', which is the final installment in the Blackwell game series.)
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: May 17, 2015
So this is the final episode of this great adventure game series. I just love the whole saga. Story is very enthralling, never boring. And 2 main characters, you will just fall in love with them. Alas the ending of the last game is really hard to accept emotionally. It makes sad. The game gives emotion, will make you feel empathy for main characters. I seriously recommend this saga to anyone who likes old-school, pixelated point'n'click adventure games.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2015
Overview: Blackwell Epiphany is the fifth and final installment in my favorite point-and-click adventure series in this century. The Blackwell series definitely has a special place in my heart. Epiphany tells the story of Rosangela Blackwell, an experienced medium (aka Bestower), and Joey, a spirit stuck with the Blackwell family, and they both go about solving mysteries in NYC and investigating cases related to ghosts who couldn't move on to the afterlife.

Pros:
  • Despite having ghosts and all, characters are very realistic, well-developed, deep, interesting, funny, and loveable
  • The story is interesting and solving the mysteries is really fun (despite the whole game being really on the depressive side)
  • Great and unpredictable ending to the series--I've read some bad reviews about it, but I thought it was awesome
  • Everything you've ever wanted to know about the series will probably be answered
  • The puzzles are kept to a sober level of difficulty, but there's no handholding, either--if you're used to the series, you shouldn't get stuck or need any guides
  • The dialogues and the voice acting are really outstanding, I can't stress it enough.
  • Has a very interesting mechanic in which you combine clues instead of items to solve puzzles, and that works really well with the investigation theme. This feature is even improved in this game, as good as in Deception or probably slightly better.
  • Once again, you get to control both Rosa and Joey (whose roll is even bigger then in Deception), adding a lot to the puzzles
  • Like in Deception, having the smartphone to do research and calls makes the game flow even better than the first three games
  • Really gorgeous retro graphics, always going up in quality throughout the games
  • BGM is awesome

Cons:
  • No in-game way to change the resolution
  • Alt+tabbing and alt+escing kinda screw the game (keyboard stops being recognized, some dialogues get cut down in a split second and you can't listen to/read them anymore), so you'll probably have to quit it and load it again to solve this issue
  • A few minor inconsistencies, like characters not reaching the conclusion at the right time, or combining clues not working until after it was reasonable for it to work and stuff like that (most of those were indirectly justified in the commentaries, like "this was added in the last week of production" or something like that)
  • IT'S OVER!!! =(

Bought on: Steam Store for R$ 11,19 (US$ 5.99 in the US at that time). I would've bought it last holiday sales even if it had no discount (and I wouldn't be disappointed).

Verdict: This is the last game in the series. Epiphany is considerably better, deeper, longer, more clever and more emotional than its prequels. Definitely the most serious, depressing (in a good way) and enjoyable game in the series. It's really fun and brings you back to old-school adventure games, while still bringing fresh elements to the table. Epiphany also imerses you in this intricate plot in a way like no other Blackwell game does (and they were already good at that). If you're into classic point-and-click games, you most definitely have to try it! Don't forget to play the other titles first! While you could play Epiphany as a standalone game, you'll miss a lot if you haven't played the other games. So don't do it! Start at the beginning. One thousand thumbs up!
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
You dont want to know how Blackwell saga ends.



Trust me, sweetheart.



I warned you.
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