A new film opens to rave reviews, despite its bloody history. A beautiful uptown office remains unoccupied, despite its prime location. A downtown artist berates himself for selling out, while a Wall Street investor congratulates himself on a job well done. Just normal life in the big city?
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Release Date: Jan 13, 2012

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About This Game

A new film opens to rave reviews, despite its bloody history. A beautiful uptown office remains unoccupied, despite its prime location. A downtown artist berates himself for selling out, while a Wall Street investor congratulates himself on a job well done. Just normal life in the big city? Or is somthing more sinister binding these events together?
Bizarre connections are a dime a dozen for the Blackwell family, but just how far back to they go?  Medium Rosa Blackwell and her spirit guide Joey Mallone are about to find out.

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:64 MB HD space
    • Sound:All DirectX-compatible sound cards
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Very Positive (201 reviews)
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Kainminter
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This is the 3rd game in the Blackwell series, and probably my favorite one of the 5.

Just like the others, the plot is very well writen and sucks you right in. It feels like they are getting better at what they do with each chapter.
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edgesasha
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Fantastic game, as are all the Blackwell games. The ending credits song is now my favourite tune!! I was late to the party, but thoroughly enjoyed this whole series. worth buying
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k2nsl3r
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
The third - middle - entry in the series is probably the weakest, because it doesn't advance the gameplay in meaningful ways. That said, the story itself is quite interesting, since it ties in with real-life New York history and its legendary citizens. The art style feels a bit drab, and the new mechanics almost feel like a step-down from the previous entries in the series, so overall this feels like the low point in the series, but only by a small margin. Nonetheless, it is well worth playing.

Rating: 7/10
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BrutolMotent
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Blackwell Convergence follows up from The Blackwell Legacy and does a great job continuing from the first game and even from the prequel. This game improves from the first two with it being a little bit longer, more locations, more characters, some improved graphics and a really solid storyline. If you enjoyed either of the first two games you will really enjoy this one to continue the story. The series so far has been a really enjoyable and is quickly climbing my list as a top tier point and click game series.
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CynaMel
( 8.7 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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lddake
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
The third in a line of classic point and click adventure games. If you have made it to this game I'm sure you don't need me to recommend them anymore. If not, I do recommend starting with Blackwell Legacy; which is the first one. I rate the series 10 out of 10, you should give them a try.
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alison
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
I'm currently playing through all the Blackwells in order, and playing this way the third instalment has really disappointed me. It's not that it's a bad point and click game per se, i mean, it has good pacing and logical puzzles and decent voice acting. The graphics are certainly a step up from the first two. But Rosa is a much less likeable protagonist than Lauren, and it's a major bummer that the whole episode was based around a hackneyed "big bad" storyline. I really enjoyed the more cynical Dead Like Me meets Veronica Mars in NYC vibe of the first two episodes, so it's a shame that this one took a turn toward run-of-the-mill urban fantasy/horror. I hope episode 4 shows some improvement in the storyline.
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badhairqueen
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Overview
The 3rd in the Blackwell series, Convergence picks up from where the story left off in Legacy, the 1st Blackwell game. You play as either Rosangela Blackwell or Joey, her spirit guide. The notebook is still in use, but you no longer have to match one topic to another in order to develop a new lead.

The Good
  • Story - More content and mystery here compared to the previous 2 Blackwell games. Loose ends are tied up, and there's a pretty good climax.
  • Replayability - You have to make choices at a few points in various parts of this game which will affect the consequences. This makes it worthwhile to give the game at least a 2nd playthrough to see the alternative outcomes.
  • Characters - There's quite a variety of different people and ghosts, including some from previous games. More importantly, I was amused to discover that some characters actually existed in real life!
  • Setting - A few of the locations featured are actual, real life ones. I had a bit of fun googling them after the game ended.
  • Ending - Particularly satisfying, especially if you've played the previous Blackwell game (Unbound).
  • Graphics - Done in the same style as before, so is consistent with what players of the previous 2 Blackwell games have become used to.
  • Voice acting - Always consistently good.
  • New puzzle-solving ideas - POSSIBLE SPOILERS ==> Access "Oogle", the game's search engine, to find out more about someone or something, and hack someone else's "Bmail" account to see what secrets they hide!

The Bad
  • Previous 2 Blackwell games must first have been played - You can choose not to, but you'll miss out on the full experience if you just jump into Convergence directly.
  • Backtracking / Time-wasting - You have to keep going back to Rosa's apartment in order to check stuff on the computer. It's the digital age, for Christ's sake. Just have her carry a smartphone!
  • Length - My 1st play took around 3 hours. A lot of that time was spent going back to Rosa's apartment to check stuff on her computer. (Each time you go home you have to access the computer, bring up search, enter it, wait for results to show, then close computer, exit apartment, wait for elevator, and go to map.) Minus that and total gameplay duration would be a lot less.

Summary
Despite its flaws, Convergence should overall still be an experience every old-school adventure gamer will enjoy. The story and puzzle-solving mechanics make sense, and the availability of different outcomes (based on the player's choice) at different points of the game keeps things fresh, so a 2nd play could still yield a fresh result.
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Sydherian
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Just... go... get... it!

Like for previous games:
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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Junaid
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
"Nothing else for us to do, except to cool our heels and relax" ~ Joey ! :D
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2015
Blackwell Convergence is the third installment of Blackwell series, and it continues the story of Rosangela Blackwell, a couple months after the first game left her. Convergence drags us further into the legacy of Blackwell family, shedding some light on the nature of their responsibilities, raising many more questions that we will chase after in later installments. The more I play these games, the more I sink into Rosa's shoes, leaving me with a feeling of uneasiness and even suspicion for our age old companions.

Several months after the Blackwell Legacy, we learn that Rosa did quit her small book review job and desperately tries to publish a "fiction" novel that tells of her experience about her first case: "The Devil and the Deacon". Frustrating enough, fiction novels are not exactly on great demand. While pursuing a career as a blossoming author, she keeps investigating several cases with Joey, following Lauren's footsteps. After a fairly basic case, she attends a gallery opening as she promised to her neighbor and only living friend, Nishanthi Sharma. The incidents to follow this fairly generic social event will complicate Rosa's life within only a five days period. She is to meet an old adversary, pursue a murderer, rub shoulders with her aunt's circles and encounter a mysterious madam who asks her help in turmoil.

I'd like to define the first game as mystery that tips its hat to folklore, and the second was basically a noir movie with supernatural elements. This third one, however is surreal in tone, and philosophically inclined to dabble with notions as responsibility, family, trust, cause and consequence. Nearing the end of game, there is a whole part weaved with metaphors and symbolic apparitions only. I felt a great sense of respect towards Wadget Eye Games and their golden boy Dave Gilbert when they used Joseph Mitchell, legendary journalist and an expert on human soul in Blackwell Unbound. In this game, they add Joe Gould, namely Professor Seagull to the equation and bring in the big term that shall dominate the storyline from now on: the collective unconscious! This installment was a downright early Christmas present for nerds like me, who are greatly interested in social sciences.

When we take this second glance on Rosa, we are quick to realize that she is more experienced now. She stands her ground and tries her best to get the job done. She is still an odd duck, but more open to interaction and takes steps on either bonding with other people, or at least persisting on what is right. Her dynamic with Joey is becoming better in synchronicity as a gradual process. But it is safe to assume that she is not there yet. I couldn't believe my eyes when I realized that she was even trying to make actual jokes, different from her passive aggressive sarcasm that we encountered in the Legacy! Rosa is becoming a strong female character, just as Lauren was, with personal standing, a sense of justice and an in-depth personality as she grows up. With her cheesy grin, baggy clothes and nerdy glasses, she is a refreshing figure compared to the sexually exaggerated female protagonists that we encounter nowadays. This is a good example of character development.

As far as the game itself goes, it is evident that everything is improved. Graphics are prettier, and the atmosphere is more carefully arranged to establish an eerie setting, strengthened with beautiful soundtrack. Adding clues sequence is completely removed from the game, yet we are encouraged to use technology more to progress during case investigation. We use Rosa's computer to find an address, get into people's mail, and gather information and so on. Joey hasn't been very effective in this game, but he is still a controllable character with the option of consultation.

This series is like a symphony; starting sleepy, speeding to raise suspense and dive into a crescendo. What next? Only the fourth game will tell. At this point, I insist. Please give this game a chance, if you enjoy adventure games. Everything will become personal so fast, you will wonder when that happened.

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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
Wrapped this one just now. Lovely game and a massive improvement over the two earlier games, the dev said himself that he spend a 2-3 months on previous games, and this one took almost two year.

You still need to play the earlier games first, else the story won't make any sense, and this is very much a story driven game. Puzzles are almost non-existent, with most of game time being spent either on conversation or cutscenes.

Artwork is still 320x240, but it looks simply stunning, very much on par with late Sierra games (too realistic to compare with LucasArts output). Music is great as well, main motif gets arranged into various, mostly jazzy tunes. Only low point was the ending nu-rock song, which completely didn't fit the rest of the game.

Commentary mode has ~30 minutes of content, but I must say, I'd prefer if it wasn't as much focused on voice acting - roughly half of the entries deal with stories about that.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
Short Verdict: Blackwell Convergence is the third installment in my favorite point-and-click adventure series in this century. The Blackwell series definitely has a special place in my heart. BC tells the story of Rosangela Blackwell, a novice medium, and Joey, a spirit stuck with the Blackwell family, and they both go about solving mysteries in NYC and investigating cases related to ghosts who have problems moving on to the afterlife. It's considerably better, longer, and more clever than its prequels. 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 Legacy and Unbound first! While you could play BC as a standalone game, you'll miss a lot if you haven't played them, especially Unbound.

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.
  • This time you get to control both Rosa and Joey, adding a lot to the puzzles
  • Beautiful retro graphics
  • BGM is awesome, way better than the already good tunes from Legacy (although I prefer the 70's stuff from Unbound)

Cons:
  • 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 prequels, the proofreading of the dialogues could still improve.
  • This is probably a matter of personal taste, but I think the credits song totally ruined the moment for me, for I thought it was completely out of place and didn't match the game's atmosphere really well.

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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
Blackwell games' reputation as classics is well deserved
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
“Oh, watch out! She is so sharp, she could cut herself.”

Blackwell Convergence represents the third of five parts in the Blackwell series. While maintaining the style and level of quality that defines the Blackwell games, it feels much more refined than the first two instalments. The focus clearly lies on the strong story and further development of the charming characters.

On the other hand the amount of puzzles and their complexity were reduced. In addition the combining clue feature has been removed, which was a nice option to interact with the different dialogue information.

Trivia:

While the first two Blackwell games had a rather short development cycle of two to three months, the third part took almost two years.

Achievements:

Estimated time for 100% completion: +3 hours

Singleplayer achievements: 12
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

Blackwell Unbound (PC)
Adventure + point & click
(Fantasy) – 2007
Link to Steam review for Blackwell Unbound.

The Blackwell Legacy (PC)
Adventure + point & click
(Fantasy) – 2006
Link to Steam review for The Blackwell Legacy.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
This game has a really high quality production value, especially for an indie title. As with the two previous games the characters are charming and appealing, amazing voice acting and very solid writing. The graphics were wonderfully upgraded, so looks way better while still maintaining the style that defines the series. The puzzles aren't really challenging, so that might be a negative to some people. The music is really lovely, and I think one of the game's strongest points. Another great ghost story, highly recommended.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
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 third part Blackwell Convergence is quite more balanced than the other parts. The riddles don't concentrate just at the ending. In the beginning you will also solve a couple of ghost quests. The story develops in the middle when you reveal first monetary links between the studio and the art gallery. It has a fabulous ending in the ghost world where you are in an American Diner arguing with some ghosts from the past. And a great fight scene on the rooftop, which is also famous for WadgetEye games (like in th Shiwah).
PS: A little bit annoying was to play the game in commentary mode to get a special achievement.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2013
Wow. This series just keeps getting better. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
This is the third game of the series. As I mentioned in my previous two reviews, I love those games!

The story is absolutely fascinating. Those games have a little something that's so addictive, I cannot stop playing them until they are done. Now about this one in particular... You have alot more options than in the previous ones and you start to see where the serie is really going. I obviously cannot write a big review about it, because it's a story based game... What I can say about it is that the tutorial has improved, it has more technology to interact with and a very good ending.

I still find it sad that those game have really low resolution and a buggy steam overlay... But, oh well, I hope the new ones will improve that!

All the Blackwell games are worth playing if you like point-and-clicks, if you are tempted to play the series, be sure to start with ''Blackwell legacy. ''
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 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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