In Blackwell Deception you'll be once again playing as medium Rosangela Blackwell and her spirit guide Joey as they face new challenges involving ghosts in New York and the crimes that created them.
With a deep story, strong writing and interesting puzzles the fourth chapter of the series is yet another great adventure game.PROS:
-good and captivating story
-satisfying ending leaves you wanting for more and prepares you for the final game of the series
-Rosa and Joey are great characters: Rosa especially feels even more socially awkward and a prude than usual, with amusing results
-good retro graphics
-fully and nicely voice acted
-puzzles are still enjoable and well-designed, this time Joey also has a more active part in solving themCONS:
-the backgrounds seem to have lost a bit of detail and are somewhat barren when compared to the previous game
-still sports a fixed resolution
-searching for thing on the phone or writing passwords can be awkward at times if you're stopped by an upper-case letter or can't figure the proper wording to enter
-playing the game in commentary mode will litter most scenes with buttons you can interact with to hear commentary/bloopers, sadly said buttons are very distracting and do not disappear once clickedhttp://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=483567488
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the game as the story slowly unfolded through the cases I tackled and eventually let me in on what exactly what happening behind the scenes and how it was connected to Rosa and Joey's past: Deception expands upon the previous titles by providing more complex puzzles and expanding on its length a bit thus giving you more bang for your buck.
The fact that Joey now has a more active part in gathering information and solving puzzles, being able to pass through doors, read notes without people noticing and move small objects by blowing on them, is a welcome change and adds some more depth to the gameplay.
I fully recommend Blackwell Deception and the Blackwell series but, as always, be mindful you'd play the games in order to properly enjoy the various references and overarching plot.