Parents' Guide to

The Blackwell Deception

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Simplistic ghost adventure game lets you solve mysteries.

Game Windows 2011
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The Blackwell Deception provides a throwback to computer games of the 1990s, with its intentionally poor graphical style and limited gameplay controls. Players should be aware of this before deciding to buy the game, but this is by no means a limitation on the game's experience. The story is captivating enough to hold players' interest throughout the game. Players can finish the game in as little as five or six hours; it is presented more as an interactive story than a compelling video game. As such, the gameplay controls are sometimes uninspired and there are points when the game becomes secondary to the story and it feels more like completing a chore to unlock the next part of the story. Nevertheless, the unique and well-scripted tale that unfolds is worth playing through the entire game.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : following directions, reading comprehension, using supporting evidence
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, deduction, solving puzzles
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Wadjet Eye Games
  • Release date: October 12, 2011
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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