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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包含 4 件物品: Blackwell Convergence, Blackwell Deception, Blackwell Unbound, The Blackwell Legacy




"Actually the second game in the series, a very well-written experience with a good story and the amazing protagonists. Both memorable and enjoyable."


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...


    • 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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4.0 小时(记录在案的)
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16 人中有 16 人(100%)觉得这篇评测有价值
5.0 小时(记录在案的)
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 story 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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4 人中有 4 人(100%)觉得这篇评测有价值
1.4 小时(记录在案的)
After the first Blackwell game I was hooked on the story, but had things I wished future entries would improve on. I'm glad to say the second game was just the kind of leap forward in quality I was hoping for.

The music was borderline inappropriate in the first game, and here in the second game it's just perfect. The art is better, the game is more stable, and the puzzle designs are more ambitious, without turning into a complete pain in the ♥♥♥. Like the first game it’s short and easy, which is perfectly fine for the story it’s trying to tell. I had a great time with it.
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3 人中有 3 人(100%)觉得这篇评测有价值
12.3 小时(记录在案的)
I wish (like many others) that Steam gave 'meh' as a review option. I don't want to say 'not recommended' as it's not actively bad, but it's not great either. So I'll just summarise a few of the pros and cons and hopefully that will help you decide whether this game is for you or not. As context, I played Blackwell Legacy immediately before I played this, and I started off liking that, but by the end of the second game I think some of the mechanics are wearing a little thin.

- Music much better than Blackwell Legacy (which was pretty irritating and there seemed to be no option to turn it off)
- Interesting enough story/concept
- Characters OK-ish, writing OK-ish
- Good to be able to swap between the main characters this time around
- Good to have two cases to solve rather than one this time.

- The game is too short for the price and quality. It's being sold on steam as five separate games, but really they are ,pre like episodes and probably should be billed as such
- I did not enjoy the graphics. I am a loverof classic point and click games and I realise that's where they were going with the style, but to me it felt they went a little too far back in time. The graphics style just didn't seem to fit.
- The vast majority of the game is walking back and forth to the same destinations to talk to the same people to see if you can ask them anything else that will incrementally advance the game. It feels pretty repetitive.
- The voice acting and sound quality is terrible. Really terrible. You can hear breathing/distortion from their mics (something I've never before noticed in a game - apart from Blackwell legacy...) and the voices themselves for the most part are cringeworthy, to the point that it felt comedic when it wasn't supposed to. One of the characters almost sounded like the 'Drugs are bad, mmmkay' chap from South Park. There were a few terrible 'old lady' impressions. This game would be improved by not having any voice acting at all. (And it would fit more with the retro point and click vibe to have no in-game speech, so I'm honestly not sure why they included it)

In short, I don't honestly think this game is worth the money at full price, it's aleady short and a lot of the game feels like back-and-fort padding. You will probably only enjoy it if you are a die hard fan of the genre (like me!). There are other games which are much better value, all round brilliant point and clicks such as Time Gentlemen Please! or Deponia. If you can pick it up in a sale though it might be worth a look, for the story.

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2.7 小时(记录在案的)
Your choice is really simple actually. If you enjoyed the first game of this series, "The Blackwell Legacy", you'll find this one even more enjoyable. It has "better" design, comparing to the previous installment, of course. It serves as a prequel, and follows a part of Lauren Blackwell's life, Rosangela's aunt. The soundtrack is much more improved and I really love the addition of Jazz and what not. Just get the entire bundle on this series, you will not regret it. Voice acting is basically equal to the previous title, and I love some of the recorded voices (especially Joey Mallone's). Please keep in mind that if you are not a fan of the point&click genre and if you mind playing a game with low resolution and low quality (pixelated) graphics, then the Blackwell series is not or you. I mean, the whole of WadjetEye's are not for you. Cuddos for The Shivah's easter egg. Really recommend this title.
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