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 (373 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
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11 of 11 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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.)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I'm having difficulties allowing myself to give this a negative review, as I definitely love the story so far, but the first game is definitely not that encouraging.

The first game leaves a lot to be desired, having numerous questions unanswered and apart from some insanely frustrating and nonsensical puzzles that could possibly even leave you stumped for hours, it's fairly short. It definitely relies on having a sequel rather than standing on it's own very well. It hardly feels like little more than a quick prologue to the games that follow it. It's good that the games are being sold in a bundle.

Even with how short it is, I definitely love the characters, story, and the humor. But the puzzles in the first game are so horrendous that I have to give it a thumbs down. I'm just going to list out the three I couldn't have figured out without aimlessly screwing around forever. At least the following game has you use some logic, rather than being a festival of trial and error.

SPOILERS BELOW

1. Talking to your neighbor
I ask you, how is this so hard? Firstly, it's insane you have to go through this in the first place. Secondly, she's your frigging neighbor. Wave at her, say hi, anything. I know you're not a social butterfly, but it doesn't take much to catch a person's attention if they happen to know your face anyway. Also you are being blocked out of your own home. Either way, the last thing I'd think to do is circle around a lamp post to get her dog's leash caught, just so it would bark at me and catch her attention. Also why does she cut the leash to get her dog loose?


2. Steal the damned notebook
Ok, stealing from the dead, nice. How does 'metal face' over there keep us from taking it when she isn't even looking at us the entire time? Oh, and I can pretend to use her phone so you can talk to Joey? That's a clever and sensible solution, I give props for that. Now why the hell can Joey not think of a way to distract her on his own? I have to tell him to do the one thing that he can physically do, which I can only know about if I exhaust all his dialogue options at the apartment before hand. I guess spending years hanging over a comatose madwoman can turn you into a really forgetful schmuck.


3. Take the dog for a walk
What? Just politely ask to take the dog for a walk. Why does everything involving your neighbor have to be a federal ♥♥♥♥ing issue? So not only do we have to drug her dog to make it have to pee, in order to actually get the drug we have to think to randomly revisit someone after just having spoken to them and exhausted their dialogue options. As far as I know that's the only way to get the pills from them.


END OF SPOILERS

All I can say is that The Blackwell Legacy is a very rough start to what seems to be an otherwise good series. Unbound is pretty good and I'm certainly hopeful for the rest of the series as I continue to play through it. I would recommend playing the first as it's necessary to play the beginning of any series you're getting into, but you'll probably want to just look up the answers to some of the more crazy puzzles for this one.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
it short but
it good
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0 of 4 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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5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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.
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6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
A nice little point and click,
I bit short as i beat it twice in the 6.8 hours steam says i played, once just playing and a second for mopping up achievements.

worth the price in my opnion but if you dont want to pay the full price for a shorter game i would highly recommend getting if when it go's on a sale.
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Cool story, neat art, and minimal adventure game ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. Fun game with some neat design.
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3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Very well designed adventure game.

There's a cool "information as inventory" mechanic, which lets the story and the puzzles blend really seamlessly (and eliminates the need for big inventories full of junk). There was one puzzle that I found frustrating because I feel like the game misdirected me pretty hard, but overall, progress came smoothly, without feeling super obvious or patronizing.

Personally, I am not enthralled by the somber ghostly aesthetic, or the mundane realism (of the non-ghostly parts). The whole game felt very mellow, as opposed to the many zanier adventure games out there. But even though I kept thinking "Maybe I won't finish this," I found myself intrigued enough to keep playing until I'd finished it in one sitting. (BTW, it's not long, which shouldn't be surprising for the price or the fact that it's part of a series). There is a very balanced amount of backstory intrigue and core progress-making to keep it interesting.

If you're interested in a good point-and-click adventure game, I can't not recommend this.
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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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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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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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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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.
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2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
A lot of fun!
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3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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.
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9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
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.
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I really enjoyed this game and I am continuing to enjoy the continuing series. As of writing this I am about half way through the second game.
It's short, but it has a very interesting story and is full voiced. Totally worth a few bucks if you can spare it.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Decent point-and-click adventure game with a surprisingly catchy soundtrack.
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Paul Chuckle approved
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
The Blackwell Legacy game, being in the Point and Click(PaC) style of gameplay, would easily turn off hard-core gamers from this title. And the pixelated graphics do noight to give it justice. But, stripping that all away, It's a very challenging game that is very entertaining and has a gripping storyline That will want you coming back for more. The first part of the game may be frustrating because of the main character refusing to take certain actions, but taking into account that this game was made so that we connected with the main character, it makes sense. All in all, it's a very good start to the series and I think everyone should play through the whole game themselves at least once.
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