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  • Summary: The year is 1973. The sound of a lone, ethereal saxophone drifts over the Roosevelt Island promenade, while a series of accidents plague a midtown construction site. The citizens of Manhattan take no notice of these events, let alone think they are connected.

    Embittered medium Lauren
    Blackwell and her spirit guide Joey Mallone are the only ones who believe that there is anything strange going on, and they are the only ones who can stop an enigmatic killer from striking again... Expand
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  1. Dec 29, 2012
    10
    This is an excellent game. I totally loved it. It was the second game i played in the blackwell series (I got the bundle and played them all). Totally worth it. Great atmosphere and music. Perfectly captures the 40's(?).. Also I really loved the main character's artwork and animations. Story was short and sweet and tied in very well with the first game. Expand
  2. Jan 8, 2014
    9
    An excellent successor to Blackwell Legacy. You really do need to play the first game to follow along here, so anyone considering giving it a go, definitely pick up Legacy first.

    Unbound was developed on a smaller budget than Legacy, and some of those lower budget aspects do poke through the edges, mainly in the graphics department character portraits are absent, the character sprites are of uneven quality, and a few backgrounds seem underdetailed. However, this is made up for by stellar writing and voice acting, a superb soundtrack, and a compelling story. The main character, Lauren, is especially well realized, and her witty, darkly humorous interactions with Joey add a great deal of depth to the game. The story is short, but well crafted. Unbound is a melancholic, witty game definitely worth a play for any fans of the Blackwell series. My personal favorite of the bunch.
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  3. Aug 14, 2013
    8
    This is a great adventure game.
    Beware, play all of te series or you will loose much of the story and fund.
    Fair puzzles, excellent story,
    and, ih, the music and ambient on this one is amazingly good.
    I enjoyed this one more than the first one.
    The story is sad, but hey, it's a game about life and death.
    If you are curious enough, you will find that the back-story of one of the NPC, it's actually
    based on a real reporter.
    If you can buy the pack, do it.
    These are the type of games, you can play relaxed and really enjoy the story, and,
    specially, the music on this one.
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  4. Nov 22, 2013
    8
    After the first chapter being a little "so and so" due to a pretty annoying character, the second game changes character and set up: we're in the past this time and our main character is the aunt of Rosangela, Lauren, which is a very different character and definitely less annoying than Rosangela, although can be a little uninteresting sometimes.

    Graphically it has improved a little but not by too much, however storywise is very good and has some nice interesting twists in the end (which will be continued in the next game).

    Controls have been also amplified since you can now control Joey, making some areas only passable for him.

    Voice acting is still pretty good (despite noticing some imperfections now and then on technical level) and actually pretty charming too: they fit almost perfectly and don't sound too ****

    All in all, if you loved the first, get this as well, as it's an important piece of story for the next game.
    Don't if you didn't like the first.
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  5. Mar 5, 2012
    7
    Set as a prequel to the introductory last game in the series, 'Blackwell Unbound' takes place in the 1970s and it follows a completely different (in more ways than one) protagonist who is the aunt of the original heroine. In many ways it is a lot like Its predecessor, but I felt it lacked the heart and soul of 'The Blackwell Legacy' and occasionally it had a somewhat depressing tone overshadowing it. However character development was improved upon 'The Blackwell Legacy' and the chemistry between the two main characters was stronger. Expand