When 3 NYU students kill themselves, nobody thinks that a sinister force is at work. Nobody but fledgling medium Rosa Blackwell & her new spirit guide Joey Mallone.
User reviews: Very Positive (367 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 13, 2012

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Includes 4 items: The Blackwell Legacy, Blackwell Unbound, Blackwell Convergence, Blackwell Deception

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About This Game

When Rosa Blackwell's only relative dies after twenty years in a coma, she thinks the worst is over.  This all changes when Joey Mallone, a sardonic ghost from the 1930s, blows into her life and tells her that she is a medium.  Whether they like it or not, it is up to them to cure the supernatural ills of New York in this critically-acclaimed series of point-and-click adventure games.
When three NYU students kill themselves one after the other, nobody thinks that a sinister force is at work.  Nobody but fledgling medium Rosa Blackwell and her new spirit guide Joey Mallone.  It's trial by fire as they set these troubled spirits to rest.

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®:5.0
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    • Sound:All DirectX-compatible sound cards
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
It really says something about a franchise when the weakest game in the series is still so enjoyable.

Let me be blunt: The Blackwell Legacy is rife with Early Installment Weirdness syndrome. It's short, full of long info dumps and has frustrating puzzles. To top it off it sometimes fails to give the player any sort of direction or goal, leading to the "try everything" method of gameplay progression so common in old adventure games. Ahh, the nostalgia.

Infuriating progression aside, the story is solid and entertaining. Nothing groundbreaking, but it does a good job of introducing characters and plot threads that get expanded upon over the next four games. There's a healthy amount of snark too, which helps balance out the otherwise grim nature of the story.

If you can forgive a lot for the sake of a good story, then Legacy is for you. If you can't, then you might want to consider picking this one up when it's on sale or in a bundle. Alternatively, you can try watching a playthrough and skipping to Convergence, which is where the series really picks up.

(Also worth noting are the two commentary tracks that come with the game; the original track from 2006, and one from five years later after the release of Convergence. Both are interesting to listen to if you're interested in game design... or if you really just ♥♥♥♥ing hate dog leashes.)
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
I grew up on adventure games. From as early as King's Quest, all the way through Sierra and LucasArts heydays, right through to today with Broken Age and (arguably) the Telltale Walking Dead, I've enjoyed the adventure game genre more than any other.

Which is why I'm confident to say that the Blackwell games are some of my favourite adventure games. It features a great cast of well-defined characters - including a great female lead. The puzzles are clever, sometimes challenging, but rarely impossible. The series also showcases some of the best voice acting in an adventure game - or video games at all. One would assume the worst from an indie game, but developer Wadjet Eye games brings out their A game for the voice talent.

And it all starts here, with Legacy, all culminating to the fifth and final chapter, Blackwell Ephiphany. You would be doing yoruself a disservice by being a fan of adventure games and not playing these. Even better, each game includes some fun achievements, as well as commentary by the funny and humble Dave Gilbert. He shares some great antecdotes on developement and admits to his faults and mistakes throughout the series.
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
I'm not an avid fan of point-and-click adventure games by any means, but for some reason, the Blackwell series really hooked me. I can't quite put my finger on as to why; after all, the story is by no means terribly original and the mechanics are par for the course. However, the game is undeniably fun in its own way (and for such "small" seeming games, the fact that they are all fully voiced is pretty amazing), and I found myself blitzing through the first three games of the 5-part series. Can't wait to play the final two.

This is the first game of a fantastic series (and the mechanics and graphics do improve noticeably as the series goes on). Highly recommended for a rainy weekend.
Posted: September 28
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
it short but
it good
Posted: September 30
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3.4 hrs on record
finished it in just a few hours, but it's a great game! love Joey's jokes. Had to restart the game a couple of times because the dialogues weren't working, but other than that, I loved it! 9/10
Posted: September 28
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21.2 hrs on record
IMHO one of the very best "new" generation adventure game.
(and I'm a maker of such games)
If you like intriguing narratives and great characterization, this Point and click game is a must!
Posted: September 28
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3.0 hrs on record
Pretty good but a little short. Worth it for $5.
Posted: September 28
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2.7 hrs on record
I really enjoyed the story and gameplay. However, the game is REALLY short (easily beaten in three hours) and some of the puzzles make you go back and forth for no reason other than to extend the playtime. Linking the clues together tended to make sense but at some points I was struggling to understand what I was supposed to be doing. Overall a good game but you need to buy the next games after it so you are not left wanting more. I would wait for all 5 parts to be on sale for it to be worth your time.
Posted: September 30
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5.1 hrs on record
The Blackwell Legacy is a nice small-sized entry into the point-and-click adventure category. Taking just a few hours to complete, it offers an enjoyable experience that requires a little brainwork without relying too heavily on Adventure Game Logic. Worth it anyway, and if it's on sale, definitely give it a look.
Posted: October 10
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1.6 hrs on record
this game ♥♥♥♥in sucks.
Posted: September 28
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3.3 hrs on record
The Blackwell games, all five of them, are very strong entries in the adventure game genre. The riddles are nice and reasonable, the writing is well done and the setting and story are really engaging. The sole bad thing about the Blackwell games is their lenght... clocking around 3-4 hours for each installment. Less if you use a guide obviously... but I really would advise against that. The only reasonable thing you can do to counteract that is buying all 5 of them and playing them back to back. It is worth it!

I found myself wishing for a novel adaptation / continuation of this series while playing the games. This is how engaging the premise / world of Blackwell was to me.
Posted: September 30
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2.7 hrs on record
A good point n' click adventure game, but incredibly short one at that (about 1 - 2 hours).

The puzzles make sense, but players may find hard time trying to figure out what to do. Sometimes, you have to go through certain conversations before you can even get a chance to advance.

One thing that this game does right is removing any tedious elements about some of the downsides of point n' click adventure games. The game will tell you if there are any clues left without telling you what they are, and remove access to any locations you don't need anymore. In that sense, even though the game was running on a dated engine, the game was a breeze to play.

The interactions between the two main characters are genuinely funny and intriguing, the voice acting is generally good and characters do not have characteristics of rock. They are all around well designed to say the least.

However, the game is not completely a full experience because the pasts of the major characters aren’t well explained. If you are going to play this game, make sure to have other Blackwell series in your library as well.
Posted: September 30
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2.6 hrs on record
Not as good as the later Blackwell games. The more adventure gamey elements clash with the story and with the puzzles that have more logical solutions. But it's still one of the better adventure games I've played.
Posted: October 1
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2.2 hrs on record
A lot of fun!
Posted: October 2
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3.3 hrs on record
This whole series is just...wonderful. Gets bigger and better throughout the five games. I rarely feel such a love towards games but this one will be remembered forever.

I didn't even realise I liked this genre of games but maybe this one is special.

-The story is gripping, the characters are loveable, hateable and understandable. (Great VA too!)
-The atmosphere is incredible, even with the minimal pixels. You almost feel there.
-The puzzles are smart and challenging (I admit to using walkthoughs at a few points).

Maybe not the best gameplay, but the story drove the game into being one of my favourites.

Tl;dr: Play it.
Posted: October 3
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0.9 hrs on record
This game reminds me of the old dos point and click games, that is not a bad thing. I like the fact that it is a bit challenging but was sad when the game was over. I want it to go on well past the point where it ends.
Posted: September 26
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0.9 hrs on record
This game reminds me of the old dos point and click games, that is not a bad thing. I like the fact that it is a bit challenging but was sad when the game was over. I want it to go on well past the point where it ends.
Posted: September 26
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3.4 hrs on record
I'll start off by saying, I bought a bundle of the Blackwell series during the Steam summer sale. I only wanted something new to play, I couldn't get my head wrapped around any of the games I had in my possession, and it was at a good price.
The Blackwell games give you an extremely cute, intriguing, point-and-click adventure. I'm a big point-and-click game fan, they serve up good stories, and can make you feel like a genius for figuring out puzzles. This game delivers both. The player-character, Rosangela, is a unique, relatable, character. Coupled with her 'lovable jerk', spirit guide, Joey. The story's intriguing, I really enjoyed the puzzles.
Though there are some glitches, and it's understandably a small game. It's definitely worth a play if you like old-school adventure games, and the series only gets better.
Posted: September 26
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3.0 hrs on record
Very rough edged game, but enjoyable for P&C fans.

+1 Graphics will remind you of those 90's interactive cd games.
-1 Music is annoying and there's no way of muting it.
+1 Story is not too long nor too short.
-1 Not much in the puzzle's department
Posted: September 27
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9.4 hrs on record
Generally by rote I hate low res 'retro-graphic' indie games, I feel its a cop out on the graphic designers side, but this one won me over, after all I grew up playing Sierra adventure games like Black Cauldron, so who's the gamer gourmand in me to take away Captain Keen's basketball if it begins an adventure. I did not even like the characters personalities when I first started playing, but I warmed to them, and ended up enjoying the story and the puzzles. If the Designer, Dave Gilbert, succeeded in one thing it was giving a feel for the NY attitude/atmosphere/lifestyle, this will make it easier for me to identify and kill them when they show up in my town. What really made this game for me was actually listening to the commentary on my second playthrough there is a whole lot of Insight into game design which made me appreciate this project perhaps x3 times more than what I saw it as at face value a 'retro adventure game with spooks' I ended up playing through the entire catalog of the Blackwell 'Bundle' and enjoyed watching the series evolve, in truth I now look forward to more work by this author.
Posted: October 8
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