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 (594 reviews) - 90% of the 594 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 13, 2012

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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
29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
I've been hearing a lot about the Blackwell series and their creator, Wadjet Eye Games for years now. As a genuine lover of adventure games, I've always been curious and expectant. This old school, Sierra style adventure game promised to give me a good time and snatch a spot in my list of memorables, I could tell even with one look. Now that I found some spare time to explore the world of Rosangela Blackwell, I am not disappointed.

As you may have guessed so far, Rosangela Blackwell is our heroine. She is a shy, misanthropic yet smart young woman who lives in New York City, all by her lonesome. She writes book reviews for a local newspaper and tries her best to avoid any social contact. She is a silent one, who prefers a quiet and uneventful life, in her quiet and uneventful apartment. Passing of her aunt - and her only living relative that she knew of - marks the beginning of a drastic change in her 'not so silent anymore' little world. Following strange headaches and flickering lights, Joey Mallone makes an appearance and pulls a "Ghost Whisperer" on Rosa. Yes, Joey is a ghost - or rather a ghost guardian, self-titled as "The Blackwell Legacy" - who's been appearing to Blackwell women for generations now and drives them to help lost souls find peace. So, Rosa's actual story begins.

This first game in the series serves as an introduction rather than a full throttle game. We learn about Rosa, Joey, get clues about their backstory and solve a simple, exemplary case real quick. It's more like Ghost Whispering 101. It's a cute game, with some deadpan humor and interesting story waiting to be built more elaborately in the future. Puzzles are ordinary, and with some attention to detail nothing would excuse you on being stuck. You collect clues, combine them and make appropriate suggestions to appropriate characters to progress.

The game also contains a commentary option that appealed to my taste, in sense of presenting behind the curtain information about the development process, straight from the mouth of the horse, namely Dave Gilbert. I found his statements, apologies on recognized mistakes in either the development or story purposes, personally given thanks to visual and recording artists particularly charming. Any error or annoyance that I may point out, is already recognized and explained by Dave Gilbert himself, so... nothing for me to be distasted about anyhow.

I'll be looking forward to the next game in the series, Blackwell Unbound to discover more about both Joey and Rosa. If you are into adventure games also, I recommend for you to give some attention to The Blackwell Legacy whence you wonder what to play next time. It invoked pleasant memories of classic Sierra adventures like Space Quest or Police Quest, and rewarded me with further expectation.

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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
One of the best adventure game series of all time, true classic
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
This game is pretty good. Predictably, my favourite thing about it is the main protagonist. Sarcastic, cynical, city dwelling, socially awkward, nerd chicks (and those who love them) are exactly the target audience for the game.
Overall enjoyable on all points, interesting and entertaining, just nothing spectacular.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
The Blackwell Legacy was my first foray into anything put out by Wadjet Eye Games. To put it succinctly, I was not disappointed. This game is proof the point-and-click adventure genre is in the midst of a resurgance and not relying on the old stalwarts to do so.

You're thrown into things fairly rapidly in The Blackwell Legacy, but not so much that it feels too rushed. As Rosangela Blackwell, a down on her luck journalist scraping by in New York City, you're suddenly greeted by the spectre of Joey, a ghostly fellow who seems a few decades out of place. As the game progresses, you learn why Joey's decided to hang out with you, that you might be connected to him somehow, and what you and Joey are meant to do in the world. As it stands, New York City has a lot more going on behind the scenes than anyone expected.

I'm keeping things especially vague due to potential spoilers, but the story in The Blackwell Legacy is very solid. A tightly knit tale that lays out a spread of characters bound to return in future Blackwell titles, Legacy still manages to stand well on its own, proving more than just a mere set-up for the series. As for gameplay, it's fairly standard point-and-click fare, with the added twist of an online (in-game) search engine thrown in to both fit the setting and avoid more ridiculous combinations of exploration and item scrounging. It's a bit frustrating that you need to return to Rosa's apartment every time you need to conduct a search, but it's still handy having it available.

One of the biggest delights (and tips) going into things, at least for me, is how Joey and Rosa both have distinct abilities and uses for the various situations that come up. While you primarily control Rosa this time around, I highly recommend keeping tabs on Joey's wanderings around each scene, as these frequently tip you off as to things you need him to do to progress. That, and sometimes, it's just funny.

The voice acting is extremely on point, as are the visuals representing those voices and the writing behind them. The Blackwell games changed artistic hands as each follow-up was released, but the core style is always consistent and the entire thing feels like variations on a theme rather than hiring whoever was available.

Absolutely take The Blackwell Legacy for a spin, and save yourself a few bucks by getting the whole series bundle.

(Note: I'm aware my profile shows no achievements for this game despite having 14 hours on record. I'm not sure if I played it on another platform before it came to Steam, or played it on Steam prior to it getting achievements, or let it run at some point to collect the cards, but I submit this video as proof I have played the game through. While exhausted.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX5Zy56m3o0
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2015
Fine game to play a few hours, but a bit too annoying with commentator. Playing this game without this option is highly recommended.
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