A tightly written great supernatural mystery
Well I've managed to finish the game so unlike another reviewer stated you CAN progress and he obviously didnt try everything.
This is a prequel to blackwell legacy. But you may actually want to play legacy first.
Lauren and her spirit guide joey are tasked with helping lost souls realise they are dead and help them move on to the next world. These spooks are always rather stubborn and confused so this is more difficult than you might imagine.
An interesting and unusual feature of the game is the notebook. You automatically write down topics of interest. This is not a find the key under the doormat adventure. You have to talk to people and grill them on topics in your notebook like a real P.I
The only frustrating point is that sometimes the character won't jot something down that I felt should be there.
Gratuitous use of the phonebook is required.
One thing I'm actually annoyed with is the anticheat feature. If you take a name from an online walkthrough and search the phonebook for it, before you've found the appropriate clue, Lauren will refuse to remember it or write it down. It was funny the first time, but on replays its irritating as you wanna skip some stuff.
The 1980s dos style graphics make my eyes water a bit but they do the job and are good for nostalgia I guess.
I'm also giving less than I would for sound as the voice acting of some of the extras is questionable.
Fortunately the two main characters are both fantastic and I laughed out loud at some of the banter.
I highly recommend the whole series.
December 24, 2011
Not a game for everyone, I guess
Well first off, as i have stated in my reviews of the previous 2 Blackwell games, these are just the best single-player games I have bought this year. That being said, the game obviously only appeals to a certain group of players. Those that don't want things "handed" to them. i.e. ="locked door, go across room, move picture, find key, back to door open, proceed" You need to think in this game, immerse yourself into the Story, not the graphics nor most of the voice-overs, they are very rough, retro. Get into the Story, ask questions, compare notes in the notebook, talk to everyone, ask the same question several times, you may have missed something, Oh and even Really write stuff down in your own real-life notebook to help figure out what to do next. Use the phone book. This is not hard everyone, just different than how most are used to playing. Thank you Wadjet Eye games, please don't leave us hanging, yes each game does have an ending, but there are so many other questions left open, I'd like to see you bring the story around to it's true finality.
November 29, 2012
A totally different game, in the style of the eighties; where you play alternatively a medium or her spirit guide to solve the mystery of two ghosts disturbing their respective neighborhoods. You have to interview people, combine clues, use some creative thinking. There's no hint button, so sometimes, when you get stuck, you have to stop playing for a while and just continue thinking about the game until you figure out what you can try out next. Delightfully challenging without being too hard.
The graphics aren't fantastic. But the voice-overs are awesome, and the story is very very good. If you like adventure games and you like thinking by yourself, then this is the game for you. (I'm going to buy and play the other ones of the series too, I liked this one so much).
January 2, 2013
Played first two Blackwell games prior to this prequel. Took my time on all three to read the witty "one-liner" jokes and absorb the outrageous sarcasm. The very cool artwork is quite unique as well and looks like a needlepoint tapestry.
I'd love to see another prequel that portrays the beginnings of #spirit guide# "Joey". Was he possibly a "gangsta" in his previous mortal life who now has to make amends by freeing other spirits "trapped" in the real in order to earn his own freedom? *sigh*
Since humor is more difficult than horror, kudos to Devs Wadjet Eye Games for their "on-target" humorous script writing. After wrestling myself through hundreds of games, the Blackwell series is refreshing and unique gameplay to simply have fun!!
I can appreciate the frustration in reviewing this "less is more" game. It's kinda like spending oodles of money on toys for your kids and they like playing with the box instead!
Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
September 6, 2012
Fun Retro Graphics, Excellent Story
This game stands out because of its superior voice acting and quality story line. The old school graphics and noir soundtrack are surprisingly immersive. The characters are unforgettable. There should be more games like this!
February 8, 2013
I wish there were more like this!
First of all I'd like to say that no matter how much I loved another game in a series I ALWAYS play the free trial before I buy ANY game. Sometimes I don't like the next one. That being said I have found ALL of this series to be awesome! I absolutely love this series and wish there were more out there like it. The characters find places in your mind almost immediately and long after the game is done you still think about them...or at least I do. I wish I had a "Joey" to help me with some problems, lo! "no progress"???? Oh my, if that were so, there wouldn't be so many rave reviews, no one would buy these games, and the developers would shut it down on this idea! I, for one, highly recommend this game!
April 13, 2013
Love this Series!
It's old school looking but that just gives it charm! Love the voice acting and went on to play the rest of this awesome series!
June 26, 2013
Good old-fashioned adventure game
There are three things about this game you need to know first & foremost:
1) It's a dialogue-heavy, point-and-click adventure game, done in the style of the 90s classics.
If you don't like those, you won't like this game. If you don't know what those are... feel free to try, but your odds aren't that good either.
2) It's a casual game, and as such, it's a lot shorter than games of old. (But then again, it's a lot cheaper, too.)
3) It's a sequel. (And interestingly enough, this review is a copy of the first game's review, save for this very paragraph.)
If none of those points is a problem for you, then congratulations buddy, buy this game and don't look back!
July 30, 2012
Really Good - Back to Old Adventure
I really like this game. It surely made you think about your inventory items and how to progress. There were a couple of times I was stuck and revisiting each area didn't seem to help. After some brainstorming I figured out the next step.
As I said in a previous review of the first game in this series, I really like the "think" requirements. No hunting for an item in a rubble of stuff to get forward progress. No total understanding of what you have to do but you just can't find the inventory item. This game and its adventure puzzles really make you think about the story and what to do next.
Excellent game and enjoyed the old pixelly look from the early days of adventure.
July 15, 2013
follows on from first story/game nicely.but still too short....
This is the 2nd game in the series (legacy being the first) and you need to have played that to understand what is going on in this game. As I said in the legacy review even though these are fairly recent games the developer has decided to go down the retro feel of very early 90s text style adventure games.
I thought the story here was good and there is slightly more to do than in the first game which was very easy if you are an experienced player. Here you have to remember to right click on things to get more information and hit the tab button to change characters. Writing down names is helpful as you then look it up in the phone directory at home. It's a manual save game which you get if you go into your inventory bar at top of screen (right hand side). It's still very straightforward if you are experienced as there are very limited locations, so you just go back and forth most of the time talking to people and trying combinations in your notebook (click on one item then another)
There are 3 ghosts to help - different chapters in the game but the first ghost is by way the longest - the 3rd is over so quickly.
I can't actively recommend the individual games as I feel there is a reason the games are being sold in a bundle elsewhere, this feels like a first chapter of a game. If all 3 games where joined together, I would have if you are looking for a very quirky (but not great quirky), different game and don't mind pixelated graphics that looks like it was made 20 years ago. But each game is SO short, I'm just getting into it when it's over.
I do like the addition of the 'bonus' features in this game - if you take bonus photographs at the beginning of the game at the end you get music unlocked amongst other things. The music especially in ghost 1 was very good.
When I say short this is over in less than 3hrs. Way less if you are very experienced.
I don't do love etc but try and be objective and do it out of 5 hence my 3 star rating.
May 19, 2013