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.
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Very Positive (619 reviews) - 90% of the 619 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 13, 2012

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

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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
17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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8 of 8 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
The Blackwell series is a very very good point and click adventure with pretty good voice acting.You need to play them all to really feel the story and the depth of the characters. The Finale(Epiphany) was FANTASTIC(you may shed a tear). Its one of those games where the toil of playing all those hours actually felt meaningful in the end. The Voice acting was satisfying enough to make you forget its actually a point and click game.
Some solutions to some puzzles may not be that obvious at first, but if you dont get it,plenty of guides there.

Since almost all the blackwell games have similar mechanics, didnt think of writing different reviews for each of them.

9/10 for the series. Writing this after playing all the 5 episodes.

Kudos to Dave Gilbert and The whole Team.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
The Blackwell Legacy is a classic point and click adventure game that ranks up there with any that have come out in recent years. The characters are well written and voice acted, the story is interesting, and the puzzles are generally pretty intuitive, with few of them possessing that adventure game logic where you're forced to figure out what the designer wants you to do as opposed to what makes sense. The graphics are definitely old school and you could be forgiven for thinking the game was made in 1995, not 2012. But they definitely fit the game, with good art design for both characters and environments. The only real complaint I can make is that the game is on the short side. My first time run-through was less than 3 hours, and although there are achievements and a commentary mode to go through, it's not going to keep you busy for days and days. But what game is there is fun and entertaining.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Generally speaking...
I liked the experience overall, but can't recommend the game in its current state. It's too full of gameplay problems and not something I'd pay good money for.

Bugs, bugs, bugs galore
  1. The game crashes whenever you click outside of the notebook area while in the notebook.
  2. In the notebook, some of the longer "hover text" is cut off, so you can't read the whole thing.
  3. You can't overwrite previously saved files, so your file list just keeps getting longer and longer. And considering how buggy this game is, you need to save often in case it crashes.
  4. If you save during the last interactive scene in the game, it hangs. My cursor became a "clock" icon (which means "wait") and never changed back, so I had to force-exit the game.
  5. You can find more bugs (including those I mentioned above) in the Discussions section for this game.

The story wasn't good enough to compensate
Firstly, the opening puzzle was pretty dumb. (There's even a thread about it here.) Secondly, I was expecting more. When the game ended I was like, Wha... that's it?! Content was kind of sparse, and the story turned out to be really one-dimensional.

That aside...
I did like the characters, the way they were drawn, the great voice acting, the animation, and the way certain puzzles had to be solved - there was some creativity involved here. I also liked the locations and background scenes, especially the park at night which did successfully evoke an eerie kind of mood.

The verdict
Play this only if you're going through the entire Blackwell series and feel a need to know all the stories.
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