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Release Date: Jan 13, 2012

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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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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 | TAIM
( 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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ataristadept
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
3rd instalment to the by now established Blackwell series. Wadjet Eye gets it spot on again. Must-play for adventurers

In this, the third in the series of Blackwell games, you once again alternatively play Rosangela Blackwell and her spirit guide Joey Mallone. Set in New York this retro-style point-and-click will haunt you for a bit.

With much more storylines and personas this is the best in the series yet. Voice acting is still on the very fine level that was a trademark of the two previous games.

Mature, at times witty, and well-balanced the game is another real gem for adventure game aficionados. Graphics and music are somewhat smoother and nicer than before; as always they enhance the overall gameplay atmosphere. Though less 'noir'than Blackwell Unbound the script is another show of good psychological study into characters' motives with some fine detective puzzles (nothing really challenging) to boot.

What can I say Wadjet Eye nailed it again. I hope they continue to produce great adventure games.
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blastoff
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
This is one of the best adventure games I ever played. Very good storyline and game mechanics. It kept me up late at night several times because I just wanted to know how the story ended. The only bad thing I can say about it, is that the story ended after part five. But that is probably a good thing because you do not want to ruin a good story by stretching it thin.

You play this adventure with two main characters: Rosangela Blackwell and Joey Malone. Part two is kind of a prequel in which Rosangela is replaced by her Aunt Lauren Blackwell.
Rosangela and Lauren are mediums and Joey Malone is their spirit guide. Together they help the souls of dead people (ghosts) that are stuck in this world to move on. Doing so they encounter a number of persons/ghosts who play an important role in the story later on.

Joey is a ghost himself so he can reach places that Rosangela cannot, but he cannot wander off too far because he is bound to Rosangela. He also cannot touch anything so he needs Rosangela for this. This poses some interesting situations in which Joey needs to get Rosangela into locked rooms/buildings.

A very interesting game mechanic is that you have to cross-reference pieces of information. By cross-referencing the right information you will learn new things which will help you to further progress into the game. Some information you have to lookup on the internet (in game) and emails play an important role too in this game.

The Blackwell series consists of five separate parts:

1. The Blackwell Legacy
2. Blackwell Unbound
3. Blackwell Convergence
4. Blackwell Deception
5. Blackwell Epiphany

Be sure to play them in that order because it is in fact one big story divided over five parts.
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nekobun
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
For round three in the Blackwell series, The Blackwell Convergence jumps back to present-day (or close enough) and the first game's heroine, Rosangela Blackwell. Over the course of the game, she encounters several of the spirits her Aunt Lauren dealt with before getting out of the medium game, as well as some other issues haunting her family's past.

As with the first two games, The Blackwell Convergence shifts a bit in art style. However, this remains just as satisfying visually as the prior two iterations; Wadjet Eye really knows how to pick 'em. As a midpoint for the Blackwell games, most of the plot feels like tying up loose ends more than casting out or dealing with many new ones, though there are a few new ghosts and their stories to be told.

Also in line with the prior Blackwell games, Convergence is a solid experience through and through. The puzzles are stimulating, with only a couple that might throw you for a bit, and in most cases those get hung up on order of operations. Other than that, not much to say that I haven't been saying since the first one, except keep playing 'til you're done them all.
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Phayzon
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
A Succint Review:
Better than the second.
Interesting cases.
Great story.
Interesting characters.
I'd give to the Joe Gould Fund.
Joe Gould A+ Hairstyle.
What is art anyway?
Fun as always.
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ESB
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 27, 2015
Great narrative game with puzzles that toe the line between fun and frustrating.
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[KTA] Setsudo - Ready to die
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2015
The story continues and keep me interested.

I like the fact that we can see the portraits talking again. The graphisms are more detailed too.

But I find this opus very linear and there is no difficulty at all. I guess that doesn't change so much... This game isn't focus on puzzles or others enigms.

I can jump on the other chapter now :)
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Krystal.Godlike
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2015
This game is very well thought out. I love the plot and game style. The visuals add a lot to the overall feel of the game. I loved playing this game but you'd need to play the whole series to fully u seedy and what's going on in Blackwell Convergence.
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monkeymadness
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
This Blackwell Series is an interesting one. As each game progresses, the storyline becomes more and more polished, the art gets better and better, and the puzzles and clue finding get more interesting. In this third installment you get much of the same as Blackwell Unbound. Here are some of the pro's and con's of the game.

Pro's: The storyline is evolving into a rather interesting and mysterious one. Rosa and Joeys relationship is more defined, which allows for better interaction between the two characters, much like Lauren and Joey from the second game. The puzzles have become much more fun, even for someone like me that is used to the "Use banana with three headed monkey", I am really starting to get used to this puzzle style and believe that the puzzle style is the right one for this type of game. I also enjoyed the music and the length much more in this game from the previous two.

Con's: I still hate the art. Sorry, I just don't like it. The consistancy between the games on a number of aspects is not good. On the one hand some of the changes are good, but some of them are not and you have to get used to a new style every time.

I've since changed Blackwell Legacy from a thumbs down to a thumbs up. The first game still lacks in many aspects, but it sets everything up and the series as a whole up to this point is at least a 7.8/10 in my book (and that is saying something because this doesn't fit my conventional style). And as I have said before, if you love mystery and clue finding then this series is one of the best out there, making it a must buy. If you're more like me, you could go without this game and be fine, but you won't regret buying it either.

Check out my other point and click adventure reviews on my page!
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tqwert14
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
Blackwell games' reputation as classics is well deserved
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lewrker
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 9, 2015
Last part of the series available on Linux as of today. If you are hooked on the series you know what to expect - characters, as always, fantastic! I personally think the music was best in the prequel/sequel (Unbound), but here it's still enjoyable.
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Bonk!
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 30, 2015
Point/Click Adventure games are such a dieing breed now. I am so glad there are some people trying to keep it alive. And the whole Blackwell series did a very good job at that.

The story throughout was entertaining and you really felt for the main characters struggles with what's happening in the game, and with each other.

All of the games in the series are worth playing through. Seriously give them a chance if you enjoy Point/Click Adventure games, or are new to the genre and want to give them a try. The dificulty isn't too easy where you don't have to think about the solutions and not too hard where it could leave you so stumped you want to look up a guide to help you out.
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Mithras O_+
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 17, 2015
Blackwell Convergence!

The third in the blackwell series and like the past 2 games it seems to be exactly the same in terms of:
>Voice acting,
>Gameplay
>8 bit graphics
>Interesting story
Which to be fair are all decent.

The duration of this game also appears to be longer than the previous 2.

Overall its a basic point and click game nothing really special, i think they should just add all the games in the series into a bundle.

5/10
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SimontheLionHearted
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 8, 2015
This is the second Blackwell Series game I have put some time into.
The whole game is only a few hours,
and the story that unfolds is worth the time and effort.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
This Blackwell Series is an interesting one. As each game progresses, the storyline becomes more and more polished, the art gets better and better, and the puzzles and clue finding get more interesting. In this third installment you get much of the same as Blackwell Unbound. Here are some of the pro's and con's of the game.

Pro's: The storyline is evolving into a rather interesting and mysterious one. Rosa and Joeys relationship is more defined, which allows for better interaction between the two characters, much like Lauren and Joey from the second game. The puzzles have become much more fun, even for someone like me that is used to the "Use banana with three headed monkey", I am really starting to get used to this puzzle style and believe that the puzzle style is the right one for this type of game. I also enjoyed the music and the length much more in this game from the previous two.

Con's: I still hate the art. Sorry, I just don't like it. The consistancy between the games on a number of aspects is not good. On the one hand some of the changes are good, but some of them are not and you have to get used to a new style every time.

I've since changed Blackwell Legacy from a thumbs down to a thumbs up. The first game still lacks in many aspects, but it sets everything up and the series as a whole up to this point is at least a 7.8/10 in my book (and that is saying something because this doesn't fit my conventional style). And as I have said before, if you love mystery and clue finding then this series is one of the best out there, making it a must buy. If you're more like me, you could go without this game and be fine, but you won't regret buying it either.

Check out my other point and click adventure reviews on my page!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
This game is very well thought out. I love the plot and game style. The visuals add a lot to the overall feel of the game. I loved playing this game but you'd need to play the whole series to fully u seedy and what's going on in Blackwell Convergence.
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23 of 26 people (88%) 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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16 of 17 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 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
Blackwell Convergence is the third game in Blackwell series and it continues at the same pace, still being adventure point-n-click. Another solid title of ghost-helping, albeit with removed Notebook combination feature that was making it more unique.

The game still runs on quite old adventure engine, even if it's updated. It still means that you may encounter small glitches, though... I don't remember any, unlike Blackwell Legacy. The engine still has this anti-aliasing applied to scaled sprites, ruining pixel-art somewhat, but scaling is rarely used in this part. Pressing Shift+Tab, commonly used for Steam Overlay, will make the game to instaskip all the dialogues, you can fix it by just pressing Tab. No real support for widescreen, but at least image isn't stretched.

The game has quite a modern game design to it, as you can't die or get stuck in a dead end because you didn't pick some item hour ago. The game keeps ability to switch between Rosa and Joey (sidekick ghost who can only blow air). Ability to combine clues in notebook is gone completely this time around, which is shame, as it was unique part of it. Notebook is still there though. But it added investigative feature where you can search Internet (and mail), which means that you get to type things that you may figured out, great!

Pixel-art and animations are better than in Legacy, this time even backgrounds look top-notch. Animation for character portrait is missing though. The setting is taking on more of rainy and yellow color this time around and it keeps a bit of jazzy feel in music of Unbound but more modern, relaxing. Though, it feels more forgettable. I still think that soundtrack in Legacy was superior.

And once again the game will start with quite a motion, this time with included short intro case, so you will have easier time starting playing than in Legacy. Then you are off to mostly wandering and chasing a mystery, maybe even saving some ghosts, getting your villian along the way, and a familiar one at that. The scope of a game feels larger and you will even get to explore moer unique locations and character. It does have one loose end that never got properly explained: why certain ghost babbles like another character sometimes. Yea, it's hinted how it got there, but never clearly explained. But yes, it's a little bit more on wandering side. The puzzles make sense by now fully and you getto type your clues in computer.
Also, Rosa trying to act more confidient and doing strange jokes is still cute.

And yes, once again it comes with a commentary mode, great! Well, if forget that once again the focus is on voice acting. Also comes with extra voice acting bloober. Nothing as much of extra content as in Unbound.

Another solid adventure, another solid game which has it's own charm. This and Blackwell Unbound are connected by plot, so try to not play Convergence before that one. Though this one felt as weakest entry for some reason, but technically it's a good game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
if your into point and clicks adventure games you can't go wrong with the Blackwell series.
they are ghost / detective stories where you'll need to swap between the 2 to hunt for clues.
kinda of serous stories with humor based on dialog between a shy shut in girl and her disgruntled ghost.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2015
This installment switches focus back over to Rosangela and Joey as they continue solving cases to help spirits pass over. A little time appears to have passed between Legacy and this game as the relationship between Rosangela and Joey is somewhat more relaxed. Characters from the past two games make appearances, though with different voices in some cases. The voice actors aren't worse, the characters simply sound a touch different than they did before. The combining of clues to form new conclusions mechanic is missing (and missed), but the interface is a hybrid of the past two games with clues appearing in the notebook and the search function (changed from the phonebook to the internet) prompting a typed word. Despite these rather large changes, the commentary is less robust than in the previous two games. No explanation is given for more than one recasting, but the removal of a key element of the series is touched upon. The art is steady improving from game to game and the puzzles are becoming more intuitive while maintaining their interest. Plot lines are closed a little better in this installment and so the need to immediately start the next game isn't as strong as it was with the past two. All these complaints are in comparison to the games that came before it, on its own, Convergence is just as good as the other two and a fitting installment in the series.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2013
Rosangela Blackwell is a struggling author living in New York, and a medium. Enter Joey Mallone, a ghost and spirit guide tied to the female members of the Blackwell family. When Rosa's aunt, Lauren Blackwell, passes after being in a coma for decades, Joey is 'released' from Lauren and enters Rosa's life. Details are revealed throughout the five installments of the Blackwell series regarding the female members of the Blackwell family, how Joey came to be, what happened to Aunt Lauren to trap her in a comatose state, etc. Together, Rosa and Joey seek out and help tormented ghosts trapped in the physical world cross over to "the other side" throughout the series.

In BLACKWELL CONVERGENCE, this installment takes place about six months after the events in Legacy. Rosa's neighbor, Nishanthi Sharma, convinces Rosa to visit an art gallery viewing. There, Rosa and Joey meet a film company director who later reveals that an actor in a recent film died. Murdered is a more accurate statement, they come to find. While working on the mystery, they stumble upon an old murder case whereby the victim's research work was stolen to benefit a rival company. Finally, on the art gallery's opening night, a familiar 'person' makes an appearance and murders the artist. In all three cases, Rosa and Joey learn that the same venture capitalist foundation funded the three separate companies. Rosa and Joey have their work cut out for them to solve the mysteries, help set the tormented ghosts free, and live to tell about it ... well, Rosa, anyway.
Note: CONVERGENCE features two real people included in the cast of characters: writer Joseph Mitchell returns, as well as New York eccentric Joe Gould.

To enjoy the story at it's best, the games should be played in order of creation. 1st 'LEGACY' -- 2nd 'UNBOUND' which explores the events and time that Lauren Blackwell and Joey were working together in the 1970s (while Unbound turned out, unintentionally, to be a prequel to Legacy, it should be played after Legacy to not only help enlighten the player as to what happened in the first installment, but also gives the player clues as to what is coming in future installments) -- 3rd 'CONVERGENCE' which takes place about six months after the events in Legacy -- 4th 'DECEPTION' which takes place some time after Convergence -- and 5th 'EPIPHANY', which is the final installment in the Blackwell game series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
I enjoyed this short adventure game, which is the third in a series. It had a nice story, was relatively short (~3 hours for my first play through), and not too difficult. It seems like older style games I remember, where you make choices from short menus in order to advance the story. But if you miss some important points along the way, you'll have to backtrack a bit to get them before you can advance again. Luckily, the story is rather linear and it didn't look like the game could be put into an unwinnable state, so you can keep trying. And there are some achievements, so there's some replay value here to get them and perhaps see more of or a different aspect of the story. Pretty good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I enjoy this game almost as much as I enjoyed "The Blackwell Legacy" aka the first game. The story was good as usual, but the option of not moving so much around was kinda boring, and not be able to visit the dog, as we cound in the first game.

I liked that you could go on the computer and brows, and use the telephone, but the hints from the company people were kinda hard to understand. Some other things was also a little bit hard to understand, and sometimes it was idiotic much back and forwards between people. I know you are playing a "detective", and you need to ask much around, but sometimes its kinda stupid (at least in this game).

Otherwise, i liked it! :)
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