The last game in the Blackwell series.
User reviews: Very Positive (113 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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Reviews

“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

    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
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Fantastic end to a really solid series. I wholeheartedly recommend all 5 games to anyone who likes a good story and endearing characters.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
The perfect ending to a great series.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Absolutely loved all the Blackwell's! My kind of story/game
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
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.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
this game is verry good and it is a verry good ending to this series of games my only issue is with that you are left with more questions than answers in the ending
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Final episode of the serie, best one ! Fantastic storyline
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8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
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!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
“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/
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
The highly enjoyable Blackwell series draws to a close with its best installment
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
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!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
At 36 years old, I've grown up on adventure games dating all the way back to the original King's Quest. I've loved the games - faults and all - and some of my favourite games include adventure games.

The Blackwell series took me completely by surprise. It had incredibly engaging characters, an intuitive research and investigation system, and puzzles that are challenging, but not impossible.

All of this comes to a head in this fifth and final entry in the series. Its gameplay time is roughly twice or three times longer than previous games, with a lot of room for character, mystery, and puzzle development. Each game in the series improved upon the next, whether it was in puzzle design or its interface. Ending the series on such a high note leaves you wishing there was more, but also feeling satisfied by its tear-jerking finale.

Honestly, if you're reading this and thinking of getting it or the series as a whole, I say yes. Absolutely. I say this especially as a fan of adventure games. The Blackwell games are a gem in the sea of adventure games and you're doing yourself a disservice by not playing them.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
awesome, if you enjoyed the others this one tops it off.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
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!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
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:
Pros
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.

Cons
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)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I've played a few point n clicks in the past and generally, i find the genre to be alright at best. I stumbled upon the Blackwell Bundle in the last sale and thought I'd give it ago (Honestly, I never heard of the series up until it appeared in the sale the other week). So, what was the result???

I binge played all 4 in the bundle (some of them twice), then immediately bought Blackwell Epiphany and binged that too. I then looked up the other point and clickers by Wadjet Eye Games, and bought those also (and will probably be binging those later)... Fanboy??? Perhaps, but what makes the Blackwell Series stand out?

For me, the gameplay is nice, simple and intuitive; and the puzzles can be challenging at times but do make sense once you have solved them (or once you are thinking with spirits :P). The graphics are retro which might deter some people (particularly those with widescreen displays), but they more so appealed to my Amiga days nostalgia. However, what the series really excels at, are fantastic story telling, atmospheric scenes, subtle humour, and the little things such as spam email in your inbox, character chatback, and so on...

While I experienced some minor annoyances when playing (having to adjust my screen to get all the picture on, saves in earlier games couldnt be over-written, low resolution can make it harder to spot some items), mentioning them does feel a bit like nitpicking; as this series truly immersed me in a wonderful story with brilliant characters and evironments... I just could not put it down!

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
A fantastic ending to a fantastic series!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
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.
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