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 (366 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
Helpful customer reviews
87 of 106 people (82%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
“Evil doers beware! I’m Joey Mallone and I command the power of light breezes!”

The Blackwell Legacy represents the first of five parts in the Blackwell series. It is a solid point & click adventure game with an interesting female protagonist and a promising storyline.

While most of the puzzles are easy to solve, some of them do not work out as intended, resulting in a break in immersion (e.g. the dog in the park).

Fun fact: Game developers always hire their family and friends to do the voice acting.

Supplement: After playing all five parts of the Blackwell series I must confess, that it is a very charming adventure with wonderful characters and great writing. And with every episode it is getting better and better.
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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: A-Rank

Details: A-Rank

Puzzles: B-Rank

Story: B-Rank (A-Rank for the underlying storyline)

Controls: B-Rank
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To conquer all achievements of The Blackwell Legacy, you will most likely spend around 4 hours. A detailed achievement guide can be found on the link below.

http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/forum/index.php?topic=1458.0

Achievement difficulty: 1 of 10

Common:
- Singleplayer [+1]
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Blackwell Epiphany (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2014
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197968514473/recommended/236930/
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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
Posted: May 12
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 8
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Such a well done point-and-click adventure for so little money. I just feel it should be more popular. It's a nice start to a series I'm eager to know more about.
Posted: June 28
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
One of the finest puzzle game.
Posted: July 30
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
(For reference, the correct play order is Legacy - Unbound - Convergence - Deception - Epiphany. The series pretty much plays like 5 chapters of a single game, so this review is the same for each.)

You play Rosa Blackwell, who much to her annoyance has inherited the family spirit guide- Joey Mallone, a 1930's gangster type who absolutely insists she spends her evenings resolving supernatural oddities by calming the ghosts causing them and helping them move on to the next world. Of course, only Rosa can see and talk to these ghosts, so traipsing around New York apparently talking to herself is the order of the day.

Right off the bat, Blackwell is sure to evoke nostalgia in those of us who played adventure games back in the day. Remove the voice acting and you could convince me these were hidden Amiga gems that were recently unearthed. The pixel art changes in style between each game but is always crisp, clear, and remarkably detailed- some animations are a little choppy but that's kinda nostalgic too.

The games are easily comparable to the Phoenix Wright titles, and I'd say anyone who enjoyed those will have a good time here. The focus is much more on the story than the puzzles, which usually involve gathering information from the right places and using it to help the ghosts realise their time in the mortal world is over. It rarely falls into the adventure game traps of obtuse puzzles that make no real sense, and the times it does are almost entirely in the first game- in-game commentary from the developer notes that he's well aware of these early stumbles and actively avoided them later.

Probably the point that will discourage those who watched the trailer is the voice acting, which early on is admittedly amateur and clearly done on home hardware rather than in a studio. Please, PLEASE do not let that turn you off the series. If it's a dealbreaker you can turn voice acting off completely in each game, and after the first two games it gets markedly better. I was unsure on Abe Goldfarb's performance as Joey to begin with, but by the end of the series I couldn't imagine anyone else in the role. Just.... Just weather the storm and it'll pay off later, trust me.

All told you're looking at 15-20 hours for the five games (though that depends a lot on how good you are with solving the mysteries) and achievement hunters will play through each one twice, though the second time through is a lot quicker. I became very attached to Rosa and Joey in my time with them and I'll miss them now their adventure is over.
Posted: August 23
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