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 (564 reviews) - 90% of the 564 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 13, 2012

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"RPS's 18th best adventure game ever (for the Blackwell series as a whole)"
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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
21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
This is the first part of a five game saga. That said, all Blackwell Games are relatively short and with all of them launched by now you can approach them as any episodic adventure game. Legacy introduces the main characters and premise and while short it feels complete. There are extras like comentary, different endings and achievements. I resembles what I liked in both 90's Sierra and LucasArts. Legacy is probably the weakest link, but it's sure worth it to play.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This being one of the first Wadjet Eye Games, I didn’t know how high I should set my expectations going in. Just to be sure I set them at rock bottom, and the game ended up being a pleasant surprise.

Much of the presentation is weak, like the pixel art, the music, the voice acting, and that it crashed 3 times. But the most crucial elements, the story and the puzzle designs are good. It’s short and easy, but not boring in the least. The characters hooked me immediately, which was enough for me to overlook all the other weaker elements. So if you, like me, is only just now thinking of playing the Blackwell series, playing them from the start is just fine.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Enjoyable little game, although it was much shorter than I was expecting, meaning there weren't that many puzzles. However, the ones that were in the game were logical and fun to solve.
A handful of things bothered me - the options menu is a bit woeful (you can't change the sound at all) and for some reason although I played it all the way through (and left it running a bit longer than that too) I didn't get any trading cards. The sound quality of the voices was not great and the music I quickly started to find irratating.
The story was what pulled it through though, so I'm looking forward to playing the next in the series.
Edited: I know have the trading cards, having left the game to run in the background overnight, so I think this is an issue with Steam and the amount of time you now need to play to get the cards, not an issue with the game.
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