It originally came out in 2006 on PC & the point and click series gained a minor legion of loyal fans. It was released at a time when point and click adventures weren’t a dime a dozen. But thanks to tablets – classics like Monkey Island and Broken Sword gained new life and reignited interest in the genre. While The Blackwell Series was never as big as the above mentioned titles it’s clear it has a lot of the same charm.
If you have ever played a point & click game you know what to expect. You must navigate environments, collect objects, solve puzzles and progress the plot in order to uncover the truth and solve mysteries. The Blackwell Series is in no way a strikingly attractive title. It’s 16 bit graphic style may put a few HD junkies off but the art is perfectly retro and feels like a good old amiga title.
The character voice acting can sometimes come off a little flat but that can add to the retro feel. Puzzle solving is not a brain ache (thank god) and animations are adequate if not spectacular. The story is what drives the game forward and it’s a good one. From investigating murders to NPC banter the game will take a good few hours of your time but it will reciprocate with an entertaining ride.
Touch controls are a mixed bag. The game is better run on an iPad due to the way the game has been ported. It has been scaled to fit a tablet and the iPhone 5′s 16:9 shape means there’s black bars either side and a small interface bunches everything close together and makes it difficult to tap certain objects. Holding your finger down on the screen allows you to highlight all the interactive items which helps identify them a little easier but the iPad is the best place to play due to the 4:3 ratio.
However there are still a few glitches and it can sometimes take several taps of the screen before you get an adequate response. These bugs were few and far between but still a factor. Rosa is a great protagonist however and the build up and background story is superbly handled from her initial interactions with the psychiatrist to her eventual skills being realised, she is never dull and a great person to carry the series along. The Blackwell legacy is a great hark back to point and click adventures of old with a great story. The minor bugs and aspect ratio hold this back from greatness but still worth the money.
MLG Rating: 7/10 Format: iOS Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of Blackwell Legacy by the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of one week on an iPhone 5 and iPad. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.