Blackwell (series)

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Blackwell
Blackwell cover.png
Artwork for the Blackwell Bundle compilation.
From left to right: Convergence, Unbound and Legacy.
Genre(s)Graphic adventure
Developer(s)Wadjet Eye Games
Publisher(s)Wadjet Eye Games
Creator(s)Dave Gilbert
Composer(s)Peter Gresser, Thomas Regin
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android
First releaseThe Blackwell Legacy
December 23, 2006
Latest releaseThe Blackwell Epiphany
April 24, 2014

Blackwell is a series of five graphic adventure video games from independent game developer Wadjet Eye Games, created by Dave Gilbert. The plots of the games generally focus on Rosangela Blackwell, a spiritual medium, and her spirit guide Joey Mallone, who work to help ghosts transition to the afterlife.

Gameplay[edit]

All five games are point-and-click graphic adventure games.

Games[edit]

The Blackwell Legacy[edit]

As the first game in the series, it was released on December 23, 2006. The protagonist of the game is Rosangela Blackwell (Rosa), who is a young freelance writer living a solitary life in New York City. Soon after her only close relative, aunt Lauren Blackwell, dies following years of coma in the local hospital, she is asked to write about a suicide in a college dorm for a small online publication. Rosa experiences headaches throughout the day and it culminates in a ghost named Joey Mallone making an appearance in her apartment. He explains that she is a "medium" like her aunt and that her job is to help ghosts that are stuck in the real world "move on". Reluctantly she accepts the explanation and proceeds to solve a case about the girl whose ghost is now haunting a dog park. She soon discovers that the girl is one of three close friends and that two of them have already committed suicide after they summoned a restless ghost with a ouija board. She learns how to and helps the ghost "move on". The third girl also attempts to commit suicide but is taken to the hospital, where Rosa finds her and the restless ghost. She then helps the ghost move on as well.[1] Afterwards, Rosa asks Joey why did Lauren stop being a medium. Joey says it's because Lauren wanted to raise Rosa after the latter's parents died in a car accident. Pondering this, and with her writing career going nowhere fast, Rosa decides to follow in her aunt's footsteps and become a medium full-time.

Blackwell Unbound[edit]

The Blackwell Convergence[edit]

The Blackwell Deception[edit]

The Blackwell Epiphany[edit]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
Game Year GameRankings Metacritic
The Blackwell Legacy 2006 79%[2] 80/100[3]
Blackwell Unbound 2007 85%[4] -
The Blackwell Convergence 2009 76%[5] -
The Blackwell Deception 2011 81%[6] 73/100[7]
The Blackwell Epiphany 2014 84%[8] 83/100[9]

Adventure Gamers gave 3.5/5 to the first four games,[10][11][12][13] and 4.5/5 to Epiphany.[14] Gamezebo gave 3.5/5 stars to Legacy and Unbound, 4/5 stars to Convergence and Epiphany, and 4.5/5 stars to Deception.[15][16][17][18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wadjet Eye Games (23 December 2006). The Blackwell Legacy (PC).
  2. ^ "The Blackwell Legacy for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Blackwell Legacy for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Blackwell Unbound for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Blackwell Convergence for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Blackwell Deception for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Blackwell Deception for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Blackwell Epiphany for PC". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Blackwell Epiphany for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Review of Blackwell Legacy". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  11. ^ "Review of Blackwell Unbound". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "Review of The Blackwell Convergence". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  13. ^ "Review of The Blackwell Deception". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "Review of The Blackwell Epiphany". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  15. ^ "Review of Blackwell Legacy". GameZebo. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  16. ^ "Review of Blackwell Unbound". GameZebo. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  17. ^ "Review of The Blackwell Convergence". GameZebo. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  18. ^ "Review of The Blackwell Deception". GameZebo. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  19. ^ "Review of The Blackwell Epiphany". GameZebo. Retrieved August 22, 2015.

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