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
Much like the other game, a disappointment
Much like the other game in the series, this game is a total disappointment. It promises great things but just cannot deliver. It is WAY too short and although the storyline is brilliant, it doesn't provide enough entertainment to be worth the money.
I honestly found it VERY easy so I'm not sure what that other reviewer is on about 'not progressing'
January 11, 2012
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
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
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
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
I tried 2 seperate times and Blackwell Legacy games when do u learn??
Yes I said that to myself both times I tried a Blackwell game. I am an astute learner with an higher than average IQ. To me that means squat if I make decisions like this 2 times then read reviews thinking of doing it a 3rd time. Thank you other reviewers I've been saved.
Oh, and I do understand about loss of game progression, when u play this game u have a lot of repeating to do, annoying.
May 12, 2012
There is no progress!
What ever you try, you never get any furher, I wasted 30 minutes on this game and that is enough for me!
December 22, 2011
This game is way to old for the computers of today.
Yikes, BigFish needs to put the creation date some-where near the tile or spec's page. "Enough Said" Perhaps BigFish did not make enough money on this one so they are keeping it around a while. But if I did not know better and this game was one of my early purchases, I would be moving on to one of the other sites. out there. I really like Large-File games but wow are they hard to come by these days.
April 24, 2013