The Blackwell Epiphany Finally Happens On April 24th

By Craig Pearson on March 17th, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

What is Joey Mallone's favourite news station? All Jazz-era.

John’s at GDC, so when I was looking for a comment on The Blackwell Epiphany trailer, I thrust the RPS Truthdaphone underneath Adam’s nose, demanding to know if he was excited. He responded with: “I love the headbutt on the cop. Who says point and click games aren’t bad-ass?” Adam is from Manchester.

The Truthdaphone registered 12, so he’s not lying. And I’m not surprised: it’s carefully plotted, keenly written, idea-driven, and beautifully animated bad-assery as well. The conclusion to the venerable adventure series about a medium solving spiritual problems with the help of a Jazz-era ghost. Naughty-donkey trailer beckons.

Oh, I’m getting all nostalgic. I need to rediscover the series, and adventure games in general. I have lapsed from point and clickers (I haven’t even bothered with Telltale’s games, but that was more to do with them not being very good before The Walking Dead), drawn away as I searched for the perfect headshot and the prettiest cockpit. But I always get excited when I see something like this and Gemini Rue. They’re a direct line to a childhood hunched in front of Beneath A Steel Sky, poking away at pixels, and asking my dad for help.

Anyway, to Blackwell. Here’s the trailer I promised.

It’s out on April 24th.

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15 Comments »

  1. FFabian says:

    Meh I’m sad that this series is at an end. One of the best Adventure game series in the last 10-15 years.

    Wadjet Eye Games has made/produced/published/whatevers continually good stuff: Blackwell, Resonance, Primordia, Gemini Rue.

    • unimural says:

      I do understand the sentiment as I’ve enjoyed the Blackwell series. However, I like it when creators have the sense to come to an end. I prefer a solid ending over a story and characters stretched too thin.

      I was surprised to learn the next game will be the last, as the overarching plot has never been that much at the forefront and I feel there’s quite a lot left to resolve.

      • tobecooper says:

        The overarching plot was always ‘seemingly’ in the background but I think it has been trying to get out and wreak havoc for a long time now. I believe there’s enough material to sustain an 8-hour adventure game that would nicely tie up all of the loose ends (and there really has been a lot of them over the past four games).

        Also, I agree that a proper ending is a good thing, even if it’s going to be sad to say farewell to the characters, and I fully expect the story to be an emotional rollercoaster that will end in tears :(

  2. Premium User Badge Bluerps says:

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I’m excited!
    And sad. Sadcited?

  3. kalirion says:

    Only thing that keeps me from pre-ordering on the Dev’s site right now is that I’d rather wait to buy it with my Steam Wallet money on steam instead of spending real $$s.

  4. crumbsucker says:

    The graphics create a nice atmosphere and sense of nostalgia, then they proceed to ruin it with the DRAMATIC music and terribad voice acting. IMO it would have been more effective (and cheaper) to use some nicely crafted oldschool chiptune/midi music and just subtitles.

    • Wonkyth says:

      Believe it or not, but nostalgia isn’t the main draw on this game. :P
      Blackwell stands on its own. :)

  5. Grey Ganado says:

    At least I now know what to do the day before Dark Souls 2 gets released.

  6. Premium User Badge Sinomatic says:

    I still haven’t started the series. It has been lost among the terrifying, never-ending backlog.

    How long (roughly) would each game take to play? I’m gearing up to get a new PC, so saving anything shiny to play on the new gfx card….some low-spec gaming like this might get a look in just now if it won’t take too long to get through.

    • Mokinokaro says:

      The first game will probably take you about 1-2 hours. They each get a little bit longer from there (with Convergence probably taking you 3-4 as it’s significantly longer than the first three.)

      • Acorino says:

        Unbound is the shortest, it may indeed be around 2 hours. I remember Legacy being longer though, around 3 hours.

  7. epmode says:

    For all the talk of the adventure game resurgence, very few of the new games can compare to the classics. Thank you, RPS, for your review of The Blackwell Deception. The Blackwell series is now up there with my favorites since Lucasarts killed itself.

    edit: @Sinomatic
    The games are short. Maybe 3-4 hours each? They get longer as they go but very few of the puzzles are difficult.

  8. Premium User Badge G-Lord says:

    I know I shouldn’t preorder games, but I couldn’t resist this time. An excellent series indeed.

  9. pkt-zer0 says:

    I guess it’s about time to replay the previous games. Looking forward to this, the series has been consistently entertaining so far. I rather liked the climax of Convergence, how it tied multiple games together; I wonder if Epiphany can pull off something similar.

    Also, there’s a missed opportunity with the subtitles. For the third to fifth entries start with C, D, E, respectively, the rest could’ve followed that pattern.

  10. Noviere says:

    I love this series so much… Along with Primordia and Resonance, they are the truest example of “classic” point and click adventure games to come out in the last few years. They have the right balance of puzzle and story, which is something I find most modern adventure games get really wrong.

    My only complaint about the Blackwell games is that the art/animation in Convergence was so great, and was downgraded noticeably for Deception. Apparently they spent way more on art with Convergence but the sales didn’t noticeably increase so it’s of course understandable.