Blackwell Epiphany

The final part of the Blackwell series does what you’d hope the final episode of a series would do. Every scrap of story left hanging from earlier parts is brought back and wrapped up here, rewarding you for sticking with it to the end. The production values are better than ever, and when I started it I hoped I would be here saying it was perfect.

It might be because I played them all back to back, but I didn’t like how transparent the story structure felt. The second game established a structure which all the later games followed. This worked for the second and third game. But by the fourth it felt old, and doing it again for the final game made it weaker. I don’t want to overdo this point though, it didn’t by any means ruin the game for me. It’s just one of a few things that made it not as good as it could have been.

Another weak point is the solutions to a few of the puzzles. A common point and click problem: the pixel hunting. In this game there are loads of locations, some with busy visual styles. There’s a couple times where I wanted to rip my hair out because I overlooked a 4 pixel thing on a table right next to a pile of identical stuff I couldn’t interact with.

I also didn’t like how it ended. Parts of the third act were very exciting and made me giddy. But how it ultimately ends made me go “oh ok”, instead of jumping off the walls in excitement as I was hoping. That said, it wasn’t bad! I feel myself warming up to the ending as I’m writing about it. I still very much recommend this series to anyone who is on the fence about playing it. As point and click adventures go, this series, and this final chapter, are easily among the better ones.