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 (391 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 13, 2012

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"Deeply affecting, supernatural Joseph Mitchell-esque exposes, inspiring and bittersweet. (first game posted as a stand-in for the entire series)"
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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
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
In order to complete the whole bunch of great WadjetEye games, I started with the Blackwell Series. Like every adventure these are nice little stories to examine. Besides the resolution is bad, the graphics are well painted. It seems Blackwell is a remake series from LucasArts which made great adventures in the past.
The first part Blackwell Legacy is kind of introduction of Rosa Blackwell. Just a small story around her died aunt and arrival to New York. Amazing is the outcome she is a medium talking to a ghost called Joey. All the humor and fun comes up argueing with your house- ghost Joey. There are little riddles and quick time actions to solve. But if you work precisely it won't be hard.The game is quite short but a good introduction in the following adventures ...

PS: A little bit annoying was to play the game in commentary mode to get a special achievement.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Love this game so much. Great story, excellent voice acting, and a lovely cast of characters. Short but really sweet to play. If you love adventure games this is a necessary addition to your library. :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This is not a good adventure game. The dialog is terrible, the voice acting is atrocious, and the story is corny. The protagonist, Rosangela, is so sour and boring that I found it difficult to care about her family or her predicament. I thought her pal Joey was tiresome and did not hit the charming, old school gangster schtick they were going for. There are some ridiculous conversations in a mental hospital ("we had to gag the patient") showing the writers weren't really familiar with the subject matter. The puzzles are just OK - they're not particularly imaginative. There is a lot of "make work" back and forth clicking to solve things. There was some filler, such as repeated dialog scenes when opening and closing conversations.

I could accept the game looking like it was made in 1998 (it was actually released in 2006) but it doesn't work very well. It doesn't seem optimised for higher resolutions, and it frequently would start bugging out on me so I'd have to quit the game and restart it again. I'm not sure it works well with Steam - I played for over 3 hours and Steam is showing that I only played for 2.1. The credits at the end are not skippable and you must watch them unless you want to force close the game.

If you're really bored and want to spend three hours solving some basic adventure game puzzles, and this game is on sale for $0.99, then go for it. Otherwise I recommend giving The Blackwell Legacy a pass.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
An old school point and click game with a great story and interesting puzzles. I'm looking forward to completing the sequels.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
A neat point and click adventure with a good sense of place. A bit frustrating to solve the puzzles (even if you have made a correct deduction, you can't do anything with that deduction unless it's been "recorded" in your notebook - this stopped me up a few times in the beginning). The game really wants you to solve the puzzles in a step -by -step manner, and if you get ahead of it or go out of order, you're forced to retrace your steps simply to get the correct piece of "evidence" in your notebook. There is really very little free will; your choices are steps that lead you towards an ending, and do not have a bering on the plot other than to speed you along or slow you down. That said, it was entertaining and a great use of $2.50. I'm excited to check out the other entries in this series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Great story, but a rough start. If you can get past the incredibly annoying NYC-isms, and the unlikable main character, you'll find yourself enjoying the story. The main character becomes relatable after the first chapter, but her unwillingness to take action in the beginning was quite annoying. Still, it leads to a great little story, and some very neat puzzzles. Its worth hacking your way through to get to them. 9/10ths of the game is excellent, its only the beginning where one must trudge through all the groundwork. I'd say its definitely worth playing, and I'm looking forward to the followup games.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The only thing more annoying than the characters is the protagonists name.
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0 of 14 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Purchased this game in a bundle, from the time that i played i regret i did.
the resolution was horrible, just like the graphics. normally click an play games are nice but this one is completely diffrent!
if you dont want to get a seizure then i wont recommend it.
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
If you're a fan of point and clicks the Blackwell games are a must play. A lot of fun.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is a good, old-school point-and-click adventure with a couple tricky puzzles. It's quite short, but it's just the first in a series of 5 games.
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6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is a nice short game with an interesting story, smart puzzles and well-developed characters. I enjoyed it, despite the fact that I had to play through it twice to get all the achievements.

PROS:

Low price;
Cute nostalgic graphics;
Well-crafted story;
Smart and fully voiced dialogue.

CONS:

Some may consider this game too short;
Needed to play the game twice to get all the achievements;
Minor issue with commentary - some clips played more than once;
Some puzzles are not as straightforward as they could be, creating confusion instead of offering a fair challenge;
Have to retrace steps much more than should be needed.

Overall the game is nicely done, enjoyable although with a few issues. Also, even though I had to play the game the second time to get the commentary achievement, the commentary itself offers nice insights into the development of this game and issues and successes the author had during the course of making this game happen. Outside of replaying it for the commentary the game does not really offer any replayability, which is common for the adventure games, so it's not a big deal.
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10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
There's just something charming about this first foray into the Blackwell universe. It's not a terribly long game, nor are the puzzles that difficult, but it has loads of heart. The Blackwell Legacy's most enduring achievement, however, might be in it's restraint--the way it gives you just enough to leave you yearning to know more about the its mysteries, and it's flawed, compelling protagonists. Buckle up, bright eyes. You're in for a haunted ride.
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6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
The Blackwell Legacy is a point and click adventure game, in a retro style with an interesting story.
You play as the everyday socially-awkward Rosa Blackwell, who's turned spirit-medium detective when the "Blackwell legacy" is passed down to her. A spirit, named Joey.

The story of the game, which involves a mixture of the super-natural, a classic detective story and some other things too, is very interesting, and it leaves loads of room for development, which I hope they'll use in the sequels.
The gameplay is fun, but can be fiddly sometimes. The music's good, and all lines are voiced.

The game does have flaws though. It starts off rather poorly, and there's a few things in there that can be considered a bad move in adventure game design.

But overall, the interesting story, fun characters and the feel the game manages to build up is enough to make up for the flaws. I'll defiantly be giving the sequels a go, to see where the story leads.

Plus, the game has some behind the scenes bloopers, as well as commentary tracks, which gives an interesting look into the making of the game (plus also some admissions by the developer himself on some of the games flaws which makes them even easier to overlook) which gives some replay value to things.

A good package for just 3.99.
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
An introverted spiritual medium who is forced to be social to solve mysteries? My kind of horror mystery game. 5/5
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I really enjoyed this one. While it was kind of frustrating that I got stuck because I didn't discover a dialogue choice at first, I still enjoyed the puzzles, the story and the overall atmosphere. Medium Well Done!
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8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
This whole series is great and I defiantly would recommend buying it. The Blackwell legacy proves that you should not judge a game by it's cover. I learned to enjoy the graphics over the course of the games. Everyone you meet has great character, especially Joey. The blooper reel alone was worthy payment for playing the game, but the notes system makes it all worthwhile. There are a few bugs where the sound clip does not match the text, or it does not play any at all, and there are some confusing puzzles that I would not have gotten without a tutorial. In the beginning puzzle, getting told no by your own character is very frustrating, and some other puzzles just don't seem right. However, this is a game worth playing. 8/10
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5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
The Blackwell games are very strong in story. There are a variety of themes, each one more heart breaking than the next. The basic premise is that you follow a ghost named Joey and a woman named Rosa as they proceed to help souls filled with regret to recognize and accept their death. Unlike typical adventure games, the Blackwell games attempt to have puzzles revolving around information. This means you'll have less randomly clicking on items in order to solve problems but you'll have to rememeber to "Oogle" people and places in order to get more information.

Mechanics wise the game starts of weaker, but it grows in strength with each successive title.

If you enjoy Crime Noire stories and enjoy games with a strong story angle, this game and all the others in the series are an ideal way to spend a week.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This game would be right at home with a demo of an old Sierra game. Kings Quest style point and click with a half decent story and an unfortunate helping of that lovely old school "rub everything against every other thing" frustration that leads to reaching for the FAQ.

This game is short. It feels like the tutorial chapter of a game in a lot of ways. I was expecting the rest of the game to actually start, only to be met with credits.

The notebook mechanic has a frustration level of artifically replicating thought processes that the player likely has already made. I kept forgetting that it was there until I got stuck and the FAQ reminded me of it.

It's worth about a dollar, so if it's on a good sale and you like point and click Kings Quest style games, yeah, sure, pick it up and kill an hour. If you want something more, give it a miss.
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3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
A good game, it definitely made me want to play the rest of the series but beware it is terribly short and at times it can be really inconvenient. I would have also hoped it would explore some of its themes more especially concerning the ending (which reminded me a little bit of Jacobs Ladder)

I recommend it anyway especially because you can get it bundled with the next 3 games (shame the last game isn't included in the bundle yet though).
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Just one heck of a solid old school adventure game. Great start to the series and I'm glad I got around to actually playing it.
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