Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 16, 2017
    90
    Once you have finished the game and switched off your console, you'll remember Blackwood Crossing as one of the most memorable gaming experiences in recent years: in just a few hours, it will summon vivid and palpable feelings; joy and sorrow so touching as to stimulate reflection on the value of brotherly affection.
  2. Apr 8, 2017
    90
    Blackwood Crossing's strong story must be experienced; an often emotional affair with great characters and a memorable soundtrack.
  3. 90
    Heart wrenchingly beautiful and emotionally exhausting, Blackwood Crossing is a game that will be on your mind for days.
  4. Apr 4, 2017
    85
    Blackwood Crossing is a surprising release, a game that delicately explores the difficult emotions of grief, guilt and love told through the eyes of two orphaned siblings.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 14, 2017
    80
    This bittersweet narrative adventure will play your heartstrings like a fiddle. [June 2017, p.87]
  6. Apr 28, 2017
    80
    While the story is a fun and an interactive cinema experience, there are a few issues with the game such as being a little short. But there is a genuine story here that makes up for all the issues, the story makes you think, feel and love. With the story being so great I wish that they would have had something to persuade players to replay the game, but there is no rewards to make the story worth playing through a few times. I hope that there is plans to introduce some kind of DLC that gives us further insight into the story of Scarlett and Finn. My first playthrough will always have a special place in my memories and this title is a highly successful one in my mind.
  7. 80
    Blackwood Crossing garnered a genuine emotional response courtesy of some considered writing and smart pacing. Whilst short, this tale is certainly memorable with a likeable star pairing. I felt engrossed and I’m glad I’ve seen it through. If the asking price might seem a bit steep, keep an eye on it. This is definitely worth playing.
  8. games(TM)
    Jun 17, 2017
    70
    An admirable effort that just falls short. [Issue#187, p.79]
  9. May 12, 2017
    70
    Overall, Blackwood Crossing is a mesmerizing tale, with fantastical visuals telling a story grounded in deep, human emotions. The game lasts about three hours, depending how quickly you can solve the puzzles. There is little replay value, aside from trophy hunting, as the story never deviates from its linear path. Due to the shoddy frame rate and very light puzzles, it’s best to go into this game expecting a well-told story, but not much more. If you can get past some awkwardness in controlling Scarlet, it’s worth boarding the train for this magical journey.
  10. Apr 14, 2017
    70
    Blackwood Crossing is a mature take on the process of grief and is certainly worth playing despite its flaws. It does not strive for a happy ending where there can’t be one, but instead presents an acceptance of what loss does to an individual and to a family, permanently. The grieving emotions of abandonment, guilt and confusion are wrapped artfully in a surreal world of rabbits and haunted potting sheds. It’s a game that can be completed in an evening, but only if you want to spend it struggling slowly through uncanny landscapes, and crying.
  11. Apr 10, 2017
    70
    Blackwood Crossing does a great job with telling a story, but it’s lacking in lustre as a game. The surreal setting, the believable characters, and the plot are all highlights of Blackwood Crossing, and if that is what you’re looking for to wile away a couple of hours, then I recommend it. If you’re focus is purely more on the gameplay side of things, it may be worth waiting for updates to roll out to address issues like movement and fiddly interaction. PaperSeven’s first release shows a studio that has promise in storytelling, but it just needs to fine tune the gaming side a little bit more.
  12. Apr 9, 2017
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  13. Jul 17, 2017
    65
    With what seems like a new narrative adventure popping up every week, Blackwood Crossing is stuck in the middle — it’s not great enough to recommend, but not bad enough to write off. It’s just an average title with a few moments of beauty peering over the edges of its mediocrity.
  14. Apr 10, 2017
    65
    Indie studio PaperSeven tries to tell an original story about children dealing with loss. However, the surrealistic graphic style and the clumsy gameplay keep this game from getting good.
  15. Apr 17, 2017
    60
    Blackwood Crossing is not a universal recommendation. There are those among us who prefer fast-paced action or daring adventures to the calm and introspective nature of this kind of game. However, for those of us who appreciate getting lost in a good story and taking in gorgeous scenery, it’s a no-brainer.
  16. Apr 8, 2017
    60
    Blackwood Crossing is full of good ideas, but its execution isn't so good. Beyond the colorful graphics and art style, the game feels empty, and even mediocre.
  17. 60
    A charming and emotionally honest interactive story, despite distracting flaws in terms of both the script and presentation.
  18. Apr 4, 2017
    60
    It's hard to dislike Blackwood Crossing. It makes a valiant attempt at telling a tender story in an unconventional way, and for that its developers absolutely deserve credit. Unfortunately, its attempts largely fall flat. There are some striking visual and auditory moments to be sure but they don't make up for the predictable narrative and spotty voice acting.
  19. Apr 13, 2017
    53
    As a video game, Blackwood Crossing fails to deliver any sort of worthwhile gameplay. However, as an interactive experience, some may find its emotional story relatable and heartfelt which might just make it a satisfying journey.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Jul 30, 2018
    4
    There is a difference between gameplay and busywork, and this game doesn't know it. Also, Finn is a bit of a jerk.