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 (135 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 13, 2012

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Includes 4 items: The Blackwell Legacy, Blackwell Unbound, Blackwell Convergence, Blackwell Deception


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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
5.5 hrs on record
Background: Played back to back with the first 3 in the series.

The Good:
* Setup options vastly improved.
* Plot, characters and voice acting the best yet.
* Some improved visuals in the interface and locations.
* Notebook mechanic is back!.. but still not used enough.
* Decent length and mostly good hint system.
* Joey's ghost skills put to the best use so far.

The Bad:
* Visuals feel like a step backwards for characters and notebook.
* Hint system sometimes too helpful and other times misses steps.
* At least 1 dead-end caused by an action you have no way of knowing to perform before you do it.
* If you havent played the first 3 games there is little introduction.
* The 2013 update takes the character portraits backwards in design.
* Alt Tab on Win7 would lockup (CTRL ALT DEL to break out)

Recommended for: Blackwell fans and old school PnC fans. PLus anyone into interactive detective murder mystery plots.

8/10. Wonderful characters and storytelling.
Posted: October 6
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4.9 hrs on record
Made a baby face plant into a door 10/10
Posted: October 6
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3.9 hrs on record
After Convergence I was more then leary about Deception. But it managed to pleasantly surprise me.
It doesn't veer into fan-fiction territory like Convergence. The notes system returns, and while there's not as much "cross reference" gameplay as I would have liked, it does a good job of tracking information. It doesn't list every relevant issue, so you'll still be requiered to keep notes of your own for the ocasional memory puzzle and in-game word search.
Utilizing Joey's ghostly powers in puzzles is a bit more prominent then in previous games. And the creative use of his limited abilities fules a few of the best puzzles in the game.
The Blackwell series does a good job of presenting small mysteries with a cast of rounded characters, and Deception is no exception. The three incidents you investigate are engaging and the characters you interact with feel like they have some depth beyond providing obstacles or clues. They didn'y feel as fleshed out as in previous games, but dialog is still the main arsenal in investigations.
The metaphysical aspect is the weak part of the series, in my opinion. But Deception manages to handle it better then all the other entries. Some of the backstory from previous games gets a broader significance at last. And there's a bit of intriguing refrences to the implication of the metaphysical on the world.
The villain is again pretty weak. It's better then the last two games where "I'm just crazy" was the main motivation of the antagonist, but it is still a weak villain.

As I see it, the Blackwell's series achiles hill is it's over-reliance on tropes. The whole "releasing ghosts from the mortal plane by resolving their earthly affairs" and "new york gangster lingo" really come off as clishe'. But Deception managed to engage me, and it was honestly fun to play.
Posted: October 8
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9.3 hrs on record
I feel like I'd be a broken record if I said all the good things about this game. Uhh. The graphics got a bit of a new coat of paint, the game's a bit longer than the past ones. It's still really good and all. You're probably only even playing this one if you played the past three and if so you're going to like it, so.
Posted: October 16
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
“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
Posted: September 1
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Alot of ghost kissing and fighting.
Posted: August 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
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!
Posted: June 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
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. *****
Posted: August 24
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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
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.
Posted: June 13
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
I dont know when i bought it, but its good.
Posted: May 24
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
A creepy man in a fedora drops sick negs on a woman to save the day. A+++ would buy next chapter
Posted: July 5
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 15
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
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
Posted: July 6
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1.2 hrs on record
grate and now has trading cards
Posted: April 30
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4.5 hrs on record
All the blackwell games are amazing, with the best writing I've ever experienced in a game, regardless of budget. I think the series might actually be the best plot setting for an adventure game ever made.
Posted: April 30
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3.4 hrs on record
+ game is fun and exciting
+ voice actor is really great
+ you can use google in game
+ you can talk to dead people
- puzzles and mistery in this game are easy too be solved
- only 4 hours to beat this game entirely with all achievement
Posted: May 12
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
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3.9 hrs on record
The Blackwell games are ALL worth it! Old school adventure game charm is still alive.
Posted: May 28
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