The year is 1973. The sound of a lone, ethereal saxophone drifts over the Roosevelt Island promenade, while a series of accidents plague a midtown construction site. The citizens of Manhattan take no notice of these events, let alone think they are connected.
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发行日期: 2012年1月13日

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The year is 1973. The sound of a lone, ethereal saxophone drifts over the Roosevelt Island promenade, while a series of accidents plague a midtown construction site. The citizens of Manhattan take no notice of these events, let alone think they are connected.
Embittered medium Lauren Blackwell and her spirit guide Joey Mallone are the only ones who believe that there is anything strange going on, and they are the only ones who can stop an enigmatic killer from striking again...

系统需求

    • 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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Sarkoth
( 10.7 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:6月3日
Point & Click at it's best with a few wonky puzzles (the telephone calls).
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k2nsl3r
( 4.7 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:6月2日
The sequel to Blackwell Legacy is actually a prequel, but it contributes to the saga in a meaningful way by providing a bit of the backstory. Aesthetically, the game is even simpler and scaled back than the first entry, but this actually improves the ambiance. The soundtrack is excellent, and the side-characters - the ghosts in particular - are among the best in the series.

Rating: 8/10
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BrutolMotent
( 2.3 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:5月13日
Blackwell Unbound is a prequel to The Blackwell Legacy and delivers more of the same high quality graphics, voice acting, and superb slow jazz music. If you enjoyed the first game then you will really enjoy this one to gain some insight in the past. The gameplay and story are very much the same as the first game but has more locations to visit and are all connected to one another very well.
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23 June!
( 2.7 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:5月13日
I played this game for a game club my friends have. It's like book of the month then we discuss about it.
I played the previously purchased one, which is The Blackwell Legacy. I did enjoy it.

Though the main character became Lauren Blackwell, who was initially dead in the previous game. It provided some insight of what her history is all about. For the main focus of this review, I will compare the previous game, Blackwell Legacy, with this game.

So far, Legacy was a precursor to what was about to come, it was just a taste. It focused on that one case, but Unbound focused on two, which seems unrelated till we recognise that there are connections aside.

I liked how Unbound fleshed out the character of Lauren Blackwell, which to most of the audiences, thought she was a strange case of dementia. Her dynamics with Joey Mallone was snarky but when fleshed out, it's fantastic. It is interesting on how their relationship works. I liked the banter between them and enjoyed it the most.

At first though, I seem to get lost with the game. I didn't know what to do, but I started to find my feet after humdrums of clicking them. The stories were interesting. I got really sad about the stories, but I was invested enough to finish the game myself.

I enjoy the game and the graphics seems to be better this time around. At least I can read it. I guess if I play the third game, it would get better,
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Sparrow
( 3.7 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:5月6日
Only lasted 3 1/2 hours and I liked the first one better. But I had to play it to know the story better.
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Cyna | Mel
( 9.6 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月24日
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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lddake
( 7.0 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月23日
The second in a line of classic point and click adventure games. Throws you back in time a little bit to 1970's New York, with half of the lead characters changed but seems to be basically a backstory game to me. Still interesting, still put together well although it did feel a little rushed in some areas. Still a good game though. Overall score 8 out of 10. (10 out of 10 for the series)
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alison
( 2.3 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月16日
This was terrific, better than the first game. It's still a paranormal noir firmly planted in NYC, but the protagonist in this one is more appealing. She's tougher, more self-assured, and bitter and cynical like a private eye should be. Following up leads in the phone book is a nice oldskool touch. And the music is great. Cigarettes and jazz against a starry night, it doesn't get much more atmospheric. Get it if you liked the first Blackwell. Get if you liked 1954 Alcatraz or A Golden Wake. This is where it's at for modern adventure games.
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badhairqueen
( 7.1 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:4月9日
Overview
The 2nd title in the Blackwell series, Unbound is a prequel to the 1st Blackwell game, Legacy. You play as Rosa's aunt and predecessor, Lauren. Game mechanics are pretty similar to Legacy, with the notebook still in use. You get to control both Lauren and Joey. Unbound features 2 cases to solve, and contains several easter eggs and some interesting Steam achievements.

Likes
  • Story - More content here compared to Legacy.
  • Characters - At first I worried I wouldn't like a chain-smoking protagonist, but it all turned out fine. The spooks were also fairly interesting, especially the female one.
  • Setting - This takes place in the '70s; the retro vibe was successfully conveyed.
  • Ability to play as Joey - This gave the game some variation.
  • Music - You can never go wrong with smooth jazz. And a piano.
  • Graphics - Like those classic old-school Sierra games; my type of nostalgia.
  • Voice acting - Lauren does "jaded and bitter" really well. I really liked the female spook too.
  • Easter eggs! - Just like the good ol' days. One involves a floating head!
  • Steam achievements - I didn't bother getting them all, but if you do that'll glean you maybe an hour or more of gameplay.

Dislikes
  • Length - Still too short for my liking. Say 2 hours at most.
  • Too few locations - You backtrack a lot and have to visit the same places over and over. There aren't many scenes to explore. It gets a bit tiresome after a while.
  • A bit one-dimensional - I was hoping for a bit more intrigue plot-wise. Things are too straightforward and spelled too plainly for the player.

Summary
Unbound for me was a definite improvement over Legacy in terms of game length and story breadth, and as you can see from above, there were many other things I liked about it. However the plot was all too clear-cut and lacked mystique and finesse, and game length left much to be desired. As a standalone game I would not pay more than US$2 for this.
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Sydherian
( 10.2 小时(记录在案的) )
发布于:3月21日
Just like Legacy:
Has its flaws, some might find it a bit too narrative heavy. The whole Blackwell series is marvelous.

Astonishing characters, humor, voices and graphics (if you like the style).
A must-play for every point&click fan.
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4.2 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:2014年11月19日
Blackwell系列的第二作,继承了前作的所有特色,依然短小精悍

本作在时间线上属于Legacy的前传,讲述Rosa出生以前Lauren阿姨和Joey搭档做灵媒时的故事,剧情主要是为第三部Convergence作铺垫,作者Dave在做正统续作Convergence时需要回顾一个几十年前的事件,他觉得回顾有点长,干脆单独提出来做成一个游戏好了,于是这就有了这里的Unbound

因为本作是临时决定做成游戏的,所以经费严重不足,虽然剧本没有缩水(本来就短,再缩水就没了),但实在是请不起美工了,以至于本作背景简陋,人物对话时没有头像,在画面上比起Legacy反而退步了,大家凑合着看吧……作者默认玩家玩Unbound的时候已经玩过Legacy了,所以对故事背景人物关系没有任何交代,请新人注意这点

阿姨Lauren是个重度烟瘾患者(阿姨声线好顶赞!没有头像略怨念),家里一堆烟灰缸以便于在任何时候任何地点任何姿势抽烟,游戏里出场就开始抽烟,一闲下来就抽烟,解决事件回家第一件事是先抽根烟放松放松~Joey在Legacy时被玩家指责不断划水存在感低下,于是本作开始他的吐槽能力直线上升,并引入双主角切换功能,很多谜题需要直接操控Joey来完成

故事主要围绕阿姨接下的两个独立的鬼魂事件,钉子户和街头音乐家,玩家可以按自己喜好选择先完成哪个后完成哪个,同时进行也可以;两个事件最后都会指向一个疯老婆子和一个报社的记者,于是……

虽然因为经费问题造成了一些遗憾,但内容上还是比较让人满意的,毕竟是唯一以Lauren阿姨为主角的一作,而且玩完本作也能更好的理解续作Convergence,如果已经跳了Blackwell的坑那么这款当然不能错过
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发布于:2015年1月2日
The Blackwell 系列的第二部,剧情时间线来说是最早发生的一部,讲的是姑妈 Lauren和Joey 的故事。虽然和第一部 Legacy 没有直接联系,但是本作是第三部 Convergence 的铺垫,相关人物也会在后几部里出现,因此还是推荐各位玩一下。

Unbound 这部作品的产生其实纯属意外:制作组在做正统续传Convergence 的时候发现Lauren 姑妈的铺垫实在是太长了,索性独立出来单做一个新游戏比较合适。因为是仓促立项的产物,游戏制作时间不长(仅有2个月),经费也不够,因此和前一作相比,画面有着很严重的退步,剧情也稍微短了一些。本作也是全系列里唯一一部没有头像的作品,如果想看到 Lauren 姑妈真容的只能去玩大结局 Epiphany……不过那里姑妈已经30+,看不到本作的萝莉形态了。

尽管制作粗糙,画面残念,本作还是有不少亮点的。一是双主角系统。本作中的Joey哥终于摆脱了前作中酱油挡路男的形象,无论是剧情还是解谜中的存在感都有所上升;使用Joey穿墙看东西也成了本系列的经典解谜方式之一。二是新加入的搜索系统。本作中很多解谜需要查电话本才能继续推进剧情,虽然很现实,但是由于各种原因这也导致本作和后面的 Convergence 变成了烦躁的不断回家查电话本/电脑,这一点差评。另一点是剧情的自由分支。为了不让玩家们厌烦这种典型的发现鬼魂-寻找原因-超度鬼魂的三板斧模式,本作加入了自由分支系统,两个案子可以自由选择破案顺序。虽然依旧有着分支比重不同,而且由于流程过短导致模式化的感觉更明显的弊病,但这种尝试无疑是值得好评的,制作组在最后两部中也套用了这个模式。

最后说说剧情。其实本作的剧情没太多好说的,不过可以从许多细节中推测出来The Blackwell 原始故事的大概:Lauren 的梦里有一些是在第一部 Legacy 中出现过的场景,估计是原始故事的一部分。感觉这个工作室的故事很受劳伦斯·布洛克的影响,除了笔力实在和大师有所差距……Lauren 姑妈的性格简直是不傲娇的女版马修·斯卡德:颓废+烟瘾,对走无常事业也只是被动接受。而Joey 则是继承了傲娇+超级热心肠。本作也揭示了走无常工作的另一面:终身制、没报酬、工作量大,而且还有犯法的风险,看看天朝……唉。

尽管游戏质量只能说是差强人意,但是对于已经跳坑的各位而言,《Blackwell Unbound》依旧是不容错过的作品。和系列其它作品一样,本作依然是有卡有成就,而且打包能到75 OFF,推荐各位买来刷刷看。

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8.4 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:2014年11月6日
这个游戏我在Steam上一共玩了五部,分别是Legacy、Convergence、Unbound、Deception、Epiphany,每部游戏其实很短,大约2小时左右的游戏时间。
主角Rosa Blackwell有一天发现自己能看到鬼魂,在Rose的姑妈死去后,一个打扮古老的鬼魂Joey找到她,自称是她姑妈的搭档,现在要和她一起工作。Rosa这才知道,原来她的家族有独特的血统,世代都有人能够成为“通灵者”。所谓通灵者,往往和一个长期行于凡间的鬼魂成为搭档,一起去帮助那些迷失在人间无法升天的灵魂,这些灵魂大都因为某种偏执的信念,死后回到某地,长期徘徊在那里不离去,而通灵者和搭档帮助这些人明白自己已死,引领他们升天。
于是Rosa尝试和Joey一起去“解脱”这些魂灵,在这个过程中,他们往往还要担负起侦探的工作,不是所有的鬼魂都能靠近,而且她们大都不轻易接受劝解,往往需要了解到他们偏执的东西,或是找到与之沟通的方法,才能够真正说服这些魂灵,为此她们时常陷入危险,也经常发现阴谋,但这都是值得的。
好像日本漫画关于地缚灵有很多类似的情节,但和一些故事不同的是,游戏中的鬼魂大都不是什么特殊人物,其中有不肯接受拆迁的大妈,有公司破产了老婆跑了跳楼还不甘心的老板,有单纯想念女友的艺术家,等等,他们执着的也未必是什么天大的冤屈,大多数都是自己想不开。游戏展现给玩家的,是平凡人所能面对的困难与疑惑,这点和《地狱先生》里面那种惨动天地的“地缚灵”故事有所不同。而游戏的重点也是在去调查这些魂灵的过去时解除谜题寻找真相的过程,询问证人有关线索、组合关键词发现奥秘、寻找有关的场景和电话等等,一个案子相当于一集美剧的故事量。
游戏对话比较简洁,整体玩下来很流畅,情节也够扣人心弦,要说缺点,就是游戏画面有够复古,可能有人会忍受不了。

《失去束缚》的两个案子都是小人物,但又出现了伯爵夫人。
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5.0 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:2015年8月17日
Blackwell Unbound is the second installment of Blackwell series, and it is a prequel to the first game. Here, we take the chance of experiencing the previous generation of the Legacy, with Lauren Blackwell. I have to say that the previous game left me with such great expectations, I rushed to play this one and first, was quite confused not the find Rosa. The city, the time, even Joey's attitude was different. Then I realized that finding Lauren instead, was a welcoming surprise in the end.

In this game we play as Lauren Blackwell, Rosa's witty and daring aunt back in 1970s. She is a chain smoker, a lady with an attitude and she has the guts that Rosa lacked in the previous game. She takes the day as it comes, and doesn't rest until a case is closed. Alongside Joey - the famous legacy himself - they investigate many potential cases and guide restless spirits to their after lives. In this specific period of their partnership however, they shall meet a strange old lady and end up witnessing a darker shade of what being a medium actually means.

This game is a bit grim in tone compared to the Blackwell Legacy. Dialogues carry sharp, two sided meanings, heavy with bittersweet feelings and a burdening suspense. The nature of the cases, and their resulting situation reveals a darker, shadier side to the medium business. Since we already know how Lauren's story will end eventually, seeing her venturing further down into her end is somehow heartbreaking.

Lauren is a strong character, as I briefly described before. She is so driven and so courageous, she ends up being downright suicidal sometimes. Her relationship with Joey is completely different whence compared to Rosa's relationship. We experience the advantage that Lauren and Joey already knew each other for a long time. So there is no awkwardness in their relationship. There is no "Oh no, ghosts are real?" period. I wondered if there would even be a little romance between them! I personally think this was a great opportunity to discover further background and in-depth personality to Joey and Lauren Blackwell.

The gameplay is nearly the same as before, yet the loveliest addition to the game is that Joey has become a playable character now. You are welcome to send him through walls or use his perception to check on the environment to catch a small nuance that may help you to progress in the case. I have to add that the voice acting was remarkably improved compared to the first game also. Alongside the commentary feature which we are already familiar with, you can enjoy some backdrop jokes, concept arts and various unused recordings when you finish the game.

All in all, I liked this one and now I feel more attracted to the Blackwell series altogether, witnessing Lauren and Joey in their time. Whence you look up on a family tree and compare the generations, it is not possible not to connect yourself better with given history. I cannot wait to play the third part and see what Rosa has been up to!

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2.8 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:2015年3月22日
Perhaps The Blackwell Unbound’s biggest contribution to the series, is giving it a far larger scope and nuance than what was only hinted at in the first game.Long before Rosa Blackwell ever met Joey Mallone (or had even been born for that matter), Unbound follows her aunt, Lauren, Joey’s previous “hostage” and an experienced medium at the point we find her. Unbound isn’t so much about her adventures with Joey though, as it is a foreshadowing of what we already know happens to her.

In many ways she’s the spitting image of her niece, though certainly more confident and assertive than the depressed Rosa we met in Legacy, yet tied by the common thread of having largely given up on the world. Lauren has devoted herself to helping lingering ghosts move on to the afterlife, but otherwise is unsure for what purpose she’s living for. Or at least that’s what she tells herself, but when caught up in an investigation she becomes a wholly different person.

Lauren is persistent and dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to finish a case, no matter if it means pressing people for information they’d rather forget, or putting her life on the line to catch a killer. Maybe it’s because she feels she has no other purpose that she’s able to so readily move forward, unafraid of how dangerous it could become. By abandoning her worry she’s able to fully embody her role as a medium, as if she too was a ghost and nothing could harm her. She’s a refreshingly capable heroine in a landscape of unstable sex objects, who manages to be tough without losing her humanity. There’s the feeling she’s still scared underneath her fearless exterior, and allows herself to become vulnerable at times to avoid a complete breakdown, but she’s always in control of any situation she puts herself in whether interrogating a witness or firing back when Joey gets brash.

It’s in the final moments of Unbound though that are the most affecting. We’ve already been told what eventually happens to Lauren in Legacy, but it’s seeing it and hearing Joey’s ignorant condolences that made me almost angry at what his presence has done and continues to do to the Blackwells. It casts Lauren and Rosa’s relationship with him in a different light and made me question his every word, now unsure if I could trust him the way I was, wondering if he had a more nefarious purpose for being there all along. Much of Unbound feels inessential, like another episode in a show you enjoy but could afford to miss, but its implications on the larger whole of the Blackwell saga is perhaps the most significant bit of exposition in the series thus far. Suddenly things have become a hell of a lot more complicated.

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7.4 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:2014年12月31日
Short Verdict: Blackwell Unbound is the second installment in my favorite point-and-click adventure series in this century. The Blackwell series definitely has a special place in my heart. BU tells the story of Lauren Blackwell, a medium, and Joey, a spirit stuck with the Blackwell family, and they both go about solving mysteries in the 70's, if I'm not mistaken, and investigating cases related to ghosts who have problems moving on to the afterlife. It's definitely better than The Blackwell Legacy, but the sequels are even better. It's really fun and brings you back to old-school adventure games, while still bringing fresh elements to the table. If you're into classic point-and-click games, you most definitely have to try it! I had played it a few years ago and it was still fun to replay it now. Don't forget to play The Blackwell Legacy first! While you could play BU as a standalone game, you'll miss a little bit if you haven't played TBL.

Pros:
  • Despite having ghosts and all, characters are very realistic, well-developed, deep, interesting, funny, and loveable
  • The story is interesting and solving the mysteries is really fun
  • The puzzles are kept to a sober level of difficulty, but there's no handholding, either
  • The dialogues and the voice acting are really outstanding, I can't stress it enough. And this game has no problems with different volumes like its prequel.
  • Has a very interesting mechanic in which you combine clues instead of items to solve puzzles, and that works really well with the investigation theme
  • This time you get to control both Lauren and Joey, adding a lot to the puzzles
  • Beautiful retro graphics
  • BGM is awesome, way better than the already good tunes from TBL

Cons:
  • Sometimes the audio played doesn't match the text written
  • The low resolution annoys me a bit (you can set it to 1280x960, though, but that option is hard to find)
  • While the game itself is a lot more polished than its prequel, they didn't take the time to properly proofread the dialogues, especially the ones with a character named C.

Bought on: PC and Android Bundle 11 by Humble Bundle for an average of US$ 0.55 (roughly R$ 1,46). It's also totally worth its full price, which isn't high at all!
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4.8 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:2014年5月13日
“BOO! Oh, look. I scared it to death. Wait. No. Hold on. It was already like that.”

Blackwell Unbound represents the second of five parts in the Blackwell series. On its own it is a prequel dealing with the past of the first game. Compared with its predecessor it has a better balance between gameplay and storytelling.

Other strong points are the mature characters and their witty dialogues. In addition the puzzles are more logical and the voice acting remains top notch. While the main story is not as strong as in Blackwell Legacy, the underlying storyline profits from this flashback.

Trivia:

The storyline of Blackwell Unbound was originally a part of Blackwell Convergence, but due to budget issues it was decided to release the game content as a stand-alone.

Achievements:

Estimated time for 100% completion: +3 hours

Singleplayer achievements: 10
Multiplayer achievements: none

Chronology:

Blackwell Epiphany (PC)
Adventure + point & click
(Fantasy) – 2014
Link to Steam review for Blackwell Epiphany.

Blackwell Deception (PC)
Adventure + point & click
(Fantasy) – 2013
Link to Steam review for Blackwell Deception.

Blackwell Convergence (PC)
Adventure + point & click
(Fantasy) – 2009
Link to Steam review for Blackwell Convergence.

Blackwell Unbound (PC)
Adventure + point & click
(Fantasy) – 2007

The Blackwell Legacy (PC)
Adventure + point & click
(Fantasy) – 2006
Link to Steam review for The Blackwell Legacy.
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4.3 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:2014年1月1日
Not the biggest fan of the games of this series. While they are alright bite-sized adventure games I never really liked the characters very much (other then Joey). The puzzles were alright and the dialog...decent but I never got hooked on the story as a whole. Think this might be in the better half of the Blackwell games but as I cant really recommend any of the games seperatly as you should play all four as a whole you'd have to experience everything no matter what.

Has some tricky achievements that will require some extra focus (especially the smoking achievements). If you dont plan ahead during your first playthrough or use savefiles in a clever way you will need to beat the game twice. Also make sure, like all Blackwell games, to turn on the commentary track during your first playthrough.

Time to 100%: ~3-5 hours
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3.1 小时(记录在案的)
发布于:2013年11月6日
This is a great prequel to Legacy. All of the investigation flows really smoothly and I only consulted a walkthrough for one minor thing that I missed. Really satisfying.
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