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  • Summary: Blackwell Deception is the fourth installment in the Blackwell adventure series.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 28, 2011
    85
    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.
  2. Nov 2, 2011
    82
    With its great characters, solid plot, well written dialogues and interesting puzzles, Deception is probably one of the best point and click adventures of the year. Maybe the only real complaint is the lack of graphics coherence.
  3. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    The Blackwell Deception presents a solid and satisfying mystery to solve, enjoyable and logical puzzles and loads of well-written, believable characters. The result is one of the best adventure games of recent years.
  4. Oct 12, 2011
    70
    With a little more challenge and visual polish, this could have been a truly great adventure, but instead settles for being another solid supernatural mystery.
  5. Dec 4, 2011
    70
    Blackwell Deception proves that adventure gaming is far from giving up the ghost. [Christmas 2011, p.70]
  6. Oct 12, 2011
    70
    Blackwell Deception has some good ideas and it's refreshing for a game to deal with ghosts and psychics in a way that's not entirely shallow. The script is at its best when it's disarmingly sincere, as the attempts at humor are hit and miss. It's just a shame then that the story is as old-hat as Joey's fedora.
  7. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    Blackwell Deception will appeal to point'n click lovers: the puzzles are solid without being frustrating, the characters duo and story are nice. If you didn't know about the game, don't hesitate to start from the beginning of the series. The only shortcoming: it lacks a good artistic direction and some ambition to give it a real touch.

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  1. Aug 7, 2013
    10
    One hell of a ending with this game. It opens the way up for a sequal that is currently in the making. You find that many of the stories are all linked in one way or another and learn more about the spiritual world. Another great game from Wadjet Eye Games. Expand
  2. Apr 15, 2014
    8
    Good value and enjoyable. This series always pleases. The designers clearly love and are inspired by the classics.

    Will continue to look
    for games in this series. Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2012
    8
    Effective voice acting and a gripping story in a unique milieu makes for an above average game for those willing to tolerate it's 'classic' graphics and sometimes regrettable puzzles. The fourth installment (the ending makes clear there will be more) in the Blackwell series has the most comprehensive and well-plotted story so far. The biggest downfall is the sometimes obtuse puzzles that require to you to possess constructive knowledge of certain items technological capabilities from out-of-game sources. The puzzles have always been one of the weaker aspects of the series but in Deception they can real roadblocks. A walk-through is handy simply because it helps keep the pacing of the story alive. But the hallmarks of the series remain: good voice acting, unique characters, and an unconventional story make for genuine immersion and entertainment. If you haven't played the series, I suggest you start at the beginning with the Blackwell Legacy. Expand