Street psychics. Their blinking neon signs are everywhere, promising love and wealth and happiness. They make a fortune preying on the gullible and milking them dry. So when these victims begin dying and leaving confused spirits behind, it can only take a genuine psychic (and her wayward spirit guide) to clean up the mess.
User reviews: Very Positive (142 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 13, 2012

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"The Blackwell Deception is a very strong addition to the point and click genre. The series definitely one that any fan should have in their collection."
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About This Game

Street psychics. Their blinking neon signs are everywhere, promising love and wealth and happiness. They make a fortune preying on the gullible and milking them dry. So when these victims begin dying and leaving confused spirits behind, it can only take a genuine psychic (and her wayward spirit guide) to clean up the mess.
From seedy downtown nightclubs to penthouse apartments to a luxury yacht on the Hudson River, Rosa and Joey will unearth the truth about the underground world of street psychics. Including some secrets that Joey would rather be left buried.

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:350 MB HD space
    • Sound:All DirectX-compatible sound cards
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Congrats, Wadjet Eye-- while the previous Blackwell games play like shoddily made rush-jobs, 'Deception' is a damn fine experience. Bravo! I'm glad to finally be able to recommend something from this series-- just wish it didn't take 3 previous flops to get to this point.

Adding more artists to the repertoire definitely paid off. The change in visual style for the 4th installment in this series is refreshing; all my previous gripes with the art (rough animation, bad perspective/pixelation, flat atmosphere) have all been fixed-- and beautifully. The art/animation in 'Deception' is tight, stylish, and consistent.

The upgrades on sound (FINALLY; a pop filter! ...and proper mixing!) are fantastic. Gameplay is more refined & intuitive; a nicely updated GUI with more preference controls has been added-- even the writing & dialogue/timing are more solid and entertaining.

Newcomers, grab this one! If you're curious about the earlier games, I can only suggest buying the 4-pack Blackwell bundle if Steam offers it on sale again-- otherwise, you're better off watching a "let's play" of the the first three chapters.

There are multiple references to previous storylines that may otherwise be lost on the unfamiliar in 'Deception'-- but all in all, it stands alone as a fun & original supernatural mystery that any adventure gamer can enjoy.
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Blackwell Deception is the fourth game of the series. It has a bit of a slow start, but when it picks up, boy does it. The graphics have relegated a little bit since Convergence, but the story and gameplay's picked up, going straight back on-track. Thankfully, the game feels far more fleshed-out and proper in terms of its length and accompanying puzzles, which was something Convergance was lacking. By the extremely effective cliffhanger of an ending, it's likely straight to buying the final game of the series, Blackwell Epiphany. Something is to be said for a game that has that power, and it's almost entirely due to its fantastic narrative and writing.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Fourth entry in the series and I still love. Can't think of many AAA series that can say the same. The lenght makes the series ideal for binge-playing.
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9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
My personal score 8/10.

Here we have another game in Blackwell series. If you are not familiar with these series let me introduce you to the Bleckwell world. These are Adventure - Point&Click games with many great puzzles that will make you think hard. You are in a role of psychics that has to help the lost ghost(s) to find a way.

About the Blackwell Deception:

It's a 4/5 game in Blackwell series. You get in a role of Rosangela Blackwell that is working for a City Post. You and your companion Joey have to stop a guy named Gavin from killing inocent people. To do that you will have to resolve various puzzles, and save some lost ghosts on their way. On your way you will get a chance to:

- Face plant a baby in a door
- Blow on random people just for fun
- See the ghost kissing
- See ghosts having sex (almost)
- And many, many more

I would recomend you playing this game, and all the games from Blackwell series.
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5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I love this series. Every episode it gets even better.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
“Spiritual services, huh? Why do I always end up with the nuts?”

The Blackwell Deception is the fourth of five parts in the Blackwell series. In comparison to the predecessors the atmosphere and story are presented in a more serious and sinister way. Another strong point is the development of the sophisticated and charming characters.

The ability of combining clues has been reinstated and well implemented in a few conversation puzzles. Another improvement is the introduction of the mobile phone, which allows you to search for clues and information on the run, instead of travelling to the PC in your apartment.

The commentary mode has also been improved by providing icons on the screen you can click upon, resulting in a less intrusive way of telling background information.

My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Characters
- Details
- Puzzles
- Story
- Controls

Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:

- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).

Atmosphere: A-Rank

Characters: A-Rank

Details: A-Rank

Puzzles: A-Rank

Story: A-Rank (S-Rank for the underlying storyline)

Controls: A-Rank

To conquer all achievements of The Blackwell Deception, you will most likely spend around 5 hours. A detailed achievement guide can be found on the link below (thanks to Link).

Achievement difficulty: 1 of 10

- Singleplayer [+1]

Blackwell Epiphany (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2014
Blackwell Deception (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2013
Blackwell Convergence (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2009
Blackwell Unbound (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2007
The Blackwell Legacy (PC) – Adventure game + Point & Click
(Fantasy) – 2006
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Alot of ghost kissing and fighting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Made a baby face plant into a door 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
The is the fourth game of the series. This is my favorite one so far and it has the best storyline of all.

You have alot of new gadjets to play with and alot less backtracking. It is also alot longer than the other Blackwell games and has some very interesting characters. The voice acting of the new characters are kinda meh though, I can still hear that cheap microphone noise, but their story is amazing! The puzzles are more complex than the previous ones and it's just enjoyable as usual!

I really like where this series is going and I cannot wait to play the fifth to finish the story! The only real con to this serie was the resolution, which hopefully will be improved in their future games!

All the Blackwell games are worth playing for their stories, consider the series if you like point-and-clicks! Be sure to start with ''Blackwell legacy'' of course!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
As always with the Blackwell games, it is a fantastic classic point and click adventure game. You should play the whole series if you like the genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Another great addition to the Blackwell series, Deception is nice and familair (in terms of narrative style and what you can expect the game to look and feel like). It's good to see some more back story in this one to reignite your intial interest in Joey's character and help round out the characters and make them seem more real. The script in this one is great for interactions between Joey and Rosa (banter, as Dave Gilbert describes in the commentary) and the introduction of a new type of threat (besides a rogue ghost) makes it tantilising to think of what the next game will contain. Great soundtrack and visuals on this one, and I do like that they brought back the 'notebook' clue management system with Rosa's phone. As a side note, it's good that they limited the amount of content in the commentary mode for this one, there was just way too much in the last game when you found the unlock for them. Also nice to see what the voice actors look like but they never do look how you'd imagine compared to how they suit their characters. *****
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Amazing graphics, awesome music, the sudden realization that you're in over your head and yet... there's nothing you can do about it... it's all here in this, the fourth installment of the Blackwell series. If you haven't played the other three games before this, I would recommend doing that first as they all tie tobgether and things can get confusing if you don't. But you should definitely play them all if you're a fan of adventure, point-and-click games.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
A creepy man in a fedora drops sick negs on a woman to save the day. A+++ would buy next chapter
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Blackwell Deception is the fourth (and possibly the one before last) instalment in the Blackwell series of point & click adventure games which follow the adventures of a medium and her spirit guide, who try to find lost spirits and help them to move to the afterlife.

While the previous games were a reminiscent of those indie titles that followed the footsteps of the classic Sierra games, Deception feels more like an indie copycat of the LucasArts adventure games. The graphics and audio went over a huge, huge improvement from the previous games, and the puzzles are more item oriented than before… though thankfully the clue interface is back again to make us feel like we are in a mystery game not just a run-of-the-mill point & click adventure.

Though the individual cases really show us how brilliant the writing can be – and they are easily the high point of the game –, sadly the need for an overall plot has its disadvantages.
This disadvantage culminates in the last part, where the simple premise turns into a major supernatural conspiracy, which, no doubt, will make up the majority of the next (and possibly) final game.

Overall, the technology behind the game improved a lot but sadly the storytelling is starting to slip. This is a bad sign but it may also let the fifth game to improve again and let us show why the Blackwell series is so loved among its fans.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This game was one of my huge regrets from the Steam Summer Sale 2014. It is a very basic point & click game, but unlike the other reviews suggest (and caused me to purchase the bundle) - I wasn't able to find the great story. I can't honestly recommend this game to anyone at any price - it would work as a f2p game for people who are REALLY into this genre. In short, the series works best as a filler game in a bundle.

Each one of the games has 3 steam card drops

The characters aren't very likable
The controls are bizarre & counter-intuitive half the time
The voice acting sounds like it was recorded on a webcam
Even for retro graphics - it's pretty bad
The story isn't very entertaining or grabbing
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Obligatory header to the review: I focus on four primary areas whenever I review a game: gameplay, story, graphics, and sound/audio/general things that go into your earholes. Gameplay and Story get a rating scale from 1 to 10, and the AV stuff gets a rating from 1 to 5. My philosophy on this is that there are some instances in which a game may not necessarily have that much in the way of gameplay (take Amnesia for example), but the story/atmosphere/whatever it may be is reason enough to pick it up. Also, take the cumulative score with a grain of salt; it's just a numerical feeling about the game as a whole. That's part of why I do these subscores. Also, keep in mind that I'm not going off of school grade based rankings. A 5/10 denotes what I feel to be an average game. Likewise, 7/10 is a game that I think is pretty cool, and something that gets a 2/10 is near-abomination level. Pinning scores to an even further obfuscated rating scale is kinda senseless, but for the sake of my backloggery, I'll repeat again that 1.0-2.7 is a one-star game, 3.0-4.7 is a two-star game, 5.0-6.7, 7.0-8.7, and 9.0-10 are three, four, and five stars, respectively.

Additional note: This review will be shorter and will be written in respect to the first and second in the series (Blackwell Legacy and Blackwell Unbound), since this is an episodic sort of series.

Gameplay: This game kinda reverts to the puzzle design that I'm not so much a fan of that I've talked about in past reviews. That's not to say that they didn't make sense, but I do question the viability of some of them (for example, the key puzzle; I'd have a bit of a hard time believing that a key can fit so easily under the door). This time around, there's dialogue puzzles; a puzzle variety I'm not so much a fan of as oftentimes it comes down to running the same conversation loop over and over until you get the right answer. I didn't really feel accomplished/clever after figuring out the puzzles; I just felt like I would be done rubbing items together for a little bit. That may just be me, but I still stand by what I say in that puzzles just aren't fun in point-and-click adventure games. 6/10.

Story: A bit of a disappointment coming from Convergence. I dunno; this story didn't have the same spark of intrigue that Convergence did. The first half of the game is same old, same old, but the second half does manage to catch a few embers. These few embers aren't enough to create a fire, though. 7/10.

Graphics: Yup, another art style change. As I said in the Convergence review, the same artist worked on Deception and Epiphany, so once I get around to that game, I finally won't be able to talk about that aspect. They've gone for a more realistic style this time, which honestly works best for the game in my opinion. Convergence's comic style was nice and all, but a realistic style does seem like it works better. 4/5.

Sound: There weren't really any standout tracks in this one. The soundtrack is still quite good, but it's more of a uniform good. More emphasis was put on ambient sounds this time around. Again, the VAs have good recordings and again they did a good job with it. Even if I did want to punch a few characters in the throat because of their voices and the way they talked. But hey, if they're making me have any emotion, that's a job well done. 4/5.

Overall scores are: 6/7/4/4; cumulative score of 7.0/10. If it weren't for the second half, I'd say that you don't need to play this game at all. However, the ending to the game is a not so subtle lead-in to what's probably gonna go down in the finale. I said in the last review that I probably wouldn't be able to wait the week on average I give myself between these games, but I think I will be able to do that between this and Epiphany.
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4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
An excellent adventure game. Reminds me of old Lucasart classics, as this one also has a good story and characters, clever puzzles and on top that, a pretty unique setting. Rosangela and Joey make up for a pretty memorable duo.
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game and all the others in this series are definitely recomended. When I picked all four of them up for only $3 during the sale, I was almost certain that they wouldn't be any good. I can very gladly say I was wrong. These games are masterpieces of a now almost dead genre, they are intelligent, amusing and quirky. The graphics, although being retro in style, do not hinder the atmosphere of any of the games at all. These games were an amazing experience and I can't wait to play the fifth and final game "Blackwell Epiphany", which I will very gladly pay the full $15 for. 10/10.
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I love the Blackwell series. Each story is fairly short so I found it best to play them back to back.
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