Blackwell Unbound

Blackwell Unbound artwork

Blackwell Unbound

Blackwell Unbound is the second game in the Blackwell series by Wadjet Eye Games and thus a sequel of sorts to the excellent Blackwell Legacy indie point-and-click adventure game. Then again it also happens to be an enlightening prequel to the Blackwell Legacy, taking place in a brilliantly stylized version of New York during the early 70s. This time around you wont be helping the shy Rosangela and her ghostly guide Joey solve supernatural problems, but will instead be guiding her rather outspoken and definitely more confident aunt, Lauren Blackwell, and her ghostly guide Joey solve two, obviously ghost-related, cases.

blackwell unbound - gameplay screenshot

The game is thus slightly longer that Legacy and feels even more so, as the inclusion of a couple new mechanics, make for a far more taxing experience. Not that the game is difficult, mind but the ability to switch between Joey and Lauren, a few newly integrated simple inventory puzzles and looking up names and places in a directory do help mix things up. After all, making sure that a deceased jazz musician, a half-crazed ghost and an incredibly sad villain find their respective ways, shouldn’t be that easy.

blackwell unbound - gameplay screenshot

Great gameplay aside, Blackwell Unbound also sports the signature excellent writing quality of the series, amazing music, spot-on voice acting, interesting characters and some truly beautiful pixel-art graphics, for that authentic classic adventure feel. The only thing sadly missing are those character portraits the Blackwell games seem to do very well. A shame really, but the developer commentary and a few more extras will definitely make this up for you.

Oh, and New York and its multitude of people and cultures do get another love letter in the form of this brilliantly written and quite touching interactive story, that never fails to be funny when the situation allows.


Verdict: An excellent game and a truly rare chance to adventure in a ghost-infested version of New York in the 70s. Get the Blackwell Unbound here.

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Konstantinos Dimopoulos

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4 thoughts on “Blackwell Unbound

  • October 11, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Having just finished Beneath A Steel Sky, I was looking for my next adventure game fix. This Blackwell trilogy might just fit the bill. The first one is only five dollaridoos!

  • October 12, 2010 at 3:07 AM

    And you will really enjoy it Marc. I'm quite certain for that.

  • October 13, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    I was tempted to try it, but since it costed roughly the same as Monkey Island Special Edition twopack on Steam, well, I went for the reimagined classic instead.

  • October 13, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    I can see the logic behind that Barts, but can't help and suggest you give the Blackwell Legacy game a go. It sells for 5$.

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