Simplistic ghost adventure game lets you solve mysteries.
Common Sense Media
26 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that The Blackwell Deception is a point-and-click computer adventure game. This game intentionally recreates the look and feel of the 1990's vintage games, giving it an "old-school" aesthetic. The story revolves around a girl's unique ability to see spirits that have been trapped between this world and the next, and it is her job to set them free. There are references to violence and death in the story but no violence is depicted during gameplay.
Conclusion: Despite my earlier sneer at the game for irritating me so much at the start, I did end up being hugely impressed by The Blackwell Deception . It’s seriously one of the best adventure games I’ve played in years that has words in it (I’m looking at you, Machinarium ). It doesn’t just tell a good story, it’s tightly plotted too. If this were a film or book people would be going crazy about it. They’ll just have to go crazy about a point ‘n’ click adventure instead.
Excerpt: The Blackwell Deception is the fourth game in the series, and it's a shame I haven't been following it before now. The visual style hearks back to the 90's when titles like Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis , Full Throttle , Day of the Tentacle and the original Monkey Island and Sam and Max games were being released. The low-rez look matches perfectly to those games, and anyone wanting a new experience with that old-school feel will easily find it here.
Excerpt: The Blackwell Deception is the fourth game in the Blackwell series from Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye games. Gilbert has established himself as a prominent indie game developer and publisher, receiving both commercial success and critical acclaims for his retro styled games. Games such as Bestowers of Eternity, The Shivah, and Emerald City Confidential explores ghostly and mystery themes that he also explores in the Blackwell series.
Excerpt: Let’s not beat around the bush; point-and-click adventure games are largely a thing of the past. Games focusing on narrative are still present, but most have evolved mechanically past simply pointing at objects with a computer mouse. However, Wadjet Games apparently has not received the memo and produced a series of point-and-click adventure games anyway. The Blackwell Deception is the fourth game in the Blackwell series.
Pros: Delivers exactly what fans of a point-and-click adventure game expect, Unique story provides mystery and intrigue, Well-crafted dynamic between characters
Cons: Game mechanics don’t evolve past point-and-click, Could’ve used more complex puzzles
Conclusion: With a little more challenge and visual polish, this could have been a truly great adventure, but instead settles for being another solid supernatural mystery. If you’re not impressed by VGA-style pixel artwork in 2011, you may wish to try to the demo before parting with your hard earned cash exclusively at the official website, but if you’ve been looking for an intriguing, nostalgia-tinged, character-driven ghost tale and are happy to spend $14.99 for the privilege,...
Excerpt: Trying to find a great point-and-click is like trying to find the perfect ramen shop – everything has to be just right. Noodles can’t be too soft or firm, soup has to have the right amount of seasoning and not heavy on the salt, and there has to be a harmonious presence of proportions when you combine the two, topped with the right blend of meat and veggies that won’t go soggy on you.
Excerpt: Inconnu du grand public, Blackwell en est pourtant déjà à son 4ème épisode et depuis 2006, les joueurs assez curieux pour trouver leurs doses d'aventure en terres indépendantes se délectent de sympathiques enquêtes surnaturelles. Coup de projecteur aujourd'hui sur The Blackwell Deception, le dernier volet en date d'une série qui ne manque pas d'atouts pour séduire.
Summary: Blackwell Deception intéressera les amateurs de point'n click : énigmes solides sans être frustrantes, très bon duo de personnages et chouette histoire. Si vous ne connaissiez pas, songez à découvrir l'univers de la série par le début. Seul regret : il manque une bonne direction artistique pour lui donner un vrai cachet.
Pros: Le thème fantastique, Le duo de personnages, Bien dans l'ensemble
Cons: Manque une touche de génie, Direction artistique très plate