It is rare that a good mystery game comes up. It is even rarer that a cheap game with a great story comes up. Blackwell Deception handles both of these in one suspenseful, thrilling point and click adventure game.
In Blackwell Deception, you can switch back and forth between two characters, Rosangela Blackwell and Joey Malone. You can switch between the duo by pressing tab, or clicking R or J respectively at the top of the screen. Joey is a ghost, who uses some magic tie to send other ghosts to the after life, and can blow on things to move them around (try blowing on the first ghost you see. trust me), and Rosa is a human who seems to be one of the few TRUE psychics who can talk to ghosts. Both pass average jokes that are pretty funny because they really aren’t funny, but they also annoy each other a lot. They work together to help ghosts realize that they are actually dead, so their spirits can move on to the after life.
The games controls are very simple. Just left click objects to interact with them, and right click objects to look at them. You can also left click somewhere to move there, but you won’t be needing to do that a lot, because most of the game’s environments fit onto the single screen. Rosa has a myPhone that can be used to search the web, call your contacts, or review clues you have found throughout the mystery.
The game starts you off in a tutorial like level where your goal is to find out why the yacht is mysteriously piloting itself every night. Right after you complete this task, the game throws you into a much deeper mission, that requires you to solve the murder of a close friend of Rosa’s. It was almost impossible to put the game down because I just HAD to know what happened to Jeremy (the recently murdered friend of Rosa).
The graphics are nothing special. Each area generally has the same color scheme, and nothing really stands out. The character portraits during dialog help portray emotion between the characters, but the characters them selves lack a sense of emotion. Rosa falls every time a ghost moves on, and the animation for her falling was bad enough just to mention.
The sound isn’t that special either. The music helps add to the mood, whether it be depressing, or tense, but when you are just in an average room nothing special is happening. The voice actors do a great job at making you believe they are a receptionist in a bad mood, or a scam artist psychic.
If you are looking for a thrilling story line, Blackwell Deception is for you. This game won’t last you long, but will be worth the experience.
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