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Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
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Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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In sum, The Blackwell Deception offers up an intriguing ghost story set within the New York City environs. The game will keep you riveted for about 10-15 hours at a minimum. This is a must play for any gamer who loves indie and classic adventure games. When the game is finally over, you will get a warm and satisfying feeling of solving a compelling mystery.
Indie Game Reviewer (Oct 12, 2011)
All of this combines to make “Blackwell Deception” challenging without being frustrating. Not many adventure games manage the balance between difficulty and narrative progression, but Wadjet Eye pulled it off quite nicely. This is an easy recommendation for fans of the genre, and a good way to introduce old-school adventure gaming to newbies without scaring them off.
The Blackwell Deception is a welcome addition to one of the most enjoyable adventure game series ever made. It can sometimes become unclear what you should be doing next and missing a clue can often result in aimless wandering – but for the most part the story unravels at a brisk clip that continually excites and delights. Yet the real reason you should play The Blackwell Deception is for Rosa and Joey – an adventure gaming duo made in heaven. A polished, engaging adventure that, although not short by any means, is over far too soon. Roll on Blackwell number five!
Thunderbolt Games (Oct 12, 2011)
The Blackwell Deception will definitely add more followers to its ranks, enticing its new recruits to try out the previous installments. Newbies will attest that this is one of the better point-and-clicks ever conceived, while fans will agree that this is the best Blackwell game yet. To come up with any sort of an excuse to miss out on this delightful romp would be the only deception at work here. Open your mind, and start believing.
GameZebo (Oct 12, 2011)
Blackwell Deception is an excellent addition to the Blackwell saga. If you have played and enjoyed any of the previous games, I highly recommend checking this one out. If you haven’t played any of the other games in the series, I still recommend playing this one, but I’d suggest playing Blackwell Legacy first to get the full backstory.
Game Watcher (Oct 29, 2011)
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. It may look a little ‘90s, but if you want to experience an intelligent, cleverly designed game that makes you think (with both story and puzzles) I advise you to pick it up. If you’re looking for a good story, you won’t regret it. And it’s got crime-solving ghosts in it, which automatically ups the score.
Game Vortex (Oct 19, 2011)
While I didn't play the first games in the series, I didn't feel too lost coming into Blackwell Deception. There were parts of the characters' history that I didn't know, but the game seemed to do a good job of spelling these parts out if it was necessary for progressing the story. As a result, I would highly recommend Blackwell Deception to most adventure gamers, especially if you like the old-school visual style, and you don't, strictly speaking, have to have played the previous games in order know what is going on in this game.
82 (Nov 02, 2011)
Con Deception, Wadjet Eye Games ha finalmente trovato la giusta confidenza con i personaggi e le atmosfere della serie Blackwell, dando vita a un'avventura parecchio solida per narrazione e complessità degli enigmi. Certo, non manca qualche difetto che sarebbe stato facilmente evitabile, come alcune scelte stilistiche incoerenti o un finale forse troppo raffazzonato, ma in generale gli appassionati della serie e delle avventure grafiche retrò non potranno che restare soddisfatti.
80 (Sep 29, 2011)
Das ist letztlich Detektivarbeit, die zum Glück nicht nur in bloßes Absuchen abgleitet. Um ans Ziel zu kommen, müssen die Beiden ihre Fähigkeiten kombinieren. Zum Schmunzeln wird’s immer dann, wenn Rosa und Joey in Gesprächen aufeinander prallen - da sie schon ihr ganzes Leben zusammen sind, reagieren sie wie ein altes Ehepaar. Um hier jeden Seitenhieb zu verstehen, sollte man aber schon gut Englisch beherrschen. Dann erlebt man ein intelligentes, mitfühlendes und erstaunlich interessantes Abenteuer.
Gamernode (Oct 12, 2011)
If gamers are looking for a quality point-and-click adventure with a unique blend of characters and a distinct narrative to drive the action, they should seriously consider picking this up. It doesn’t offer the hardest puzzles or the shiniest graphics, but its strong points, the story and dialogue, are strong indeed. And since this is supposed to be the main selling point of a point-and-click adventure game, The Blackwell Deception proves to be a fine piece of interactive media.
80 (Oct 15, 2011)
The Blackwell Deception er rett og slett et knallspill. Det leverer en herlig kombinasjon av underholdende, troverdige og tilfredsstillende gåter og et mysterium som bare blir mer og mer spennende jo mer du graver i det. I tillegg er Rosa og Joeys New York befolket av et figurgalleri som er langt mer interessant enn det vi vanligvis får i spill, og selv om spillet er befolket av tragedier er det alltid lys i enden av tunnelen – bokstavlig talt.
Calm Down Tom (Oct 18, 2011)
Perhaps the clearest indication of how much I enjoyed The Blackwell Deception is that it made me want to go back and play the previous games in the series. The story, characters, atmosphere and soundtrack make this a nostalgic adventure that’s also a great game in its own right. It’s pure niche; if you don’t like point and clicks then stay well away, but if you do then its essentially unmissable.
80 (Oct 12, 2011)
I recommend checking out this game. It’s got a great plotline, a rather unique premise, and you don’t have to play the other three games in order to understand it. Plus, there’s romance! …Kind of. Don’t be “deceived”—Blackwell Deception gets an 8 out of 10 from me.
75 (Oct 25, 2011)
Pour les joueurs qui suivent la série depuis ses débuts, l'achat de ce nouvel épisode semble tout indiqué. Les autres trouveront avec The Blackwell Deception un titre qui devrait d'abord les séduire par son côté rétro, puis par ses personnages et son intrigue prenante. Avant même qu'ils ne puissent s'en rendre compte, ils se retrouveront ensuite collés à l'écran et le rythme soutenu de l'aventure fera qu'ils ne lâcheront la souris qu'après le générique de fin passé.
Deception is certainly the strongest of the Blackwell series so far, offering the most comprehensive puzzle design of the lot. There are more locations to visit than ever before, and the lengthy play time (the game takes a few hours to complete, even with a walkthrough) yields some great twists. In spite of disappointingly underdeveloped subplot, Blackwell Deception will do a decent job of lifting your spirits.
Adventure Gamers (Oct 12, 2011)
Perhaps the best game in the series to date, Blackwell Deception is an enjoyable retro title and a well-rounded effort that’s easy to get into and hard to put down, though it’s limited somewhat by its own lack of ambition.
Absolute Games ( (Feb 21, 2012)
Если Gemini RueКраткая информация об игре, другой ретроквест от Wadjet Eye Games, первые 15 минут выглядела потрясно, после чего стремительно катилась по наклонной, то Blackwell DeceptionКраткая информация об игре держится ровно от начала до конца. Некоторые прежде сильно досаждавшие ошибки исправлены. В том, что продолжение последует, сомнений нет. Вытянет ли Дейв Гилберт своё произведение на достойный уровень? Зажмём кулаки…
60 (Oct 18, 2011)
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.