WadjetEye has announced it is bringing its Blackwell series to IOS and I was given the opportunity to have first glimpse at how such amazing games could be ported to a different medium.
The Blackwell series follows Rosangela Blackwell (Rosa), and Joey Mallone, a ghost linked to the Blackwell Family, help ghosts stuck in the world to move on. As the website explains:
‘When Rosa Blackwell’s only relative dies after twenty years in a coma, she thinks the worst is over. This all changes when Joey Mallone, a sardonic ghost from the 1930s, blows into her life and tells her that she is a medium. Whether they like it or not, it is up to them to cure the supernatural ills of New York in this critically-acclaimed series of point-and-click adventure games’
I will make no secret of the fact that I am a Blackwell Series devotee and so as to not get sidetracked on how breath-taking the stories and characters are in all three games this review will focus on the way WadgetEye has ported the Blackwell Series over to IOS. For the reviews on the stories and characters themselves please click here.
Coming to IOS is the first three games in the Blackwell Series; Blackwell Legacy, Blackwell Unbound, and Blackwell Convergence. The first game was originally released in December 2006 to positive reviews and I was anxious to see if this version lived up to the high expectations of the game when first played. Upon loading the first game it is clear to see how magical the game still is. The music and opening dialogue immediately sets the scene and draws the player in. The voice acting is as superb as previously remembered.
The controls are what can make or break a game on IOS. If the controls are not right, the game becomes a chore. Thankfully this does not seem to have happened here. The controls are natural and easy to pick up and remember. When clicking on the world and objects you get the option to touch or comment/talk, objects can be utilised and options can be accessed easily. More importantly the controls to switch between the characters of Rosa and Joey remain simple and quick. You can skip dialogue by clicking on the screen although why anyone would want to skip such wonderful dialogue and voice acting is beyond me. Overall there is little change to the controls from PC to IOS, simply exchanging a mouse for fingers prods. The controls however can be slightly fidderly although I fully appreciate this may due to the small screen of my Ipod from which this game is being played in comparison to the size of my fingers!
The graphics of all three games whilst seemly improved retain the classic point and click feel that all adventure gamers are used to. Point and click games are certainly what the IOS system seems to be made for.
Overall the Blackwell series is a perfect fit for the IOS system. The controls and graphics lend themselves well for the IOS and combined with great plots and suburb voice acting makes for winning games. If you have an Ipod or Ipad you would be foolish to miss out on these great additions to the IOS store. I for one will be hoping the last 2 games in the series are not too far behind in being realised for IOS.
+ Perfect tablet controls
+ Suburb voice acting
+ Amazing stories and voice narrative
- Controls can seems fidderly on the smaller screen