The Blackwell Bundle
contains four adventure games following Rosa Blackwell, her ghost partner, Joey and even her aunt Lauren, in one game, and not only do the low-rez graphics make the game stand out in today's world, but it also uses a rather interesting mechanic to make all of the Blackwell
games truly stand out. That interesting twist is the fact that you get to control Joey who, while not inhibited by doors and the physical world, also can't actually manipulate anything in it either.
The first game, The Blackwell Legacy, introduces us to both Joey and Rosa. When Rosa's last living relative, Lauren, dies, she learns that her aunt was a medium. She could not only talk to ghosts, but she had a guide who was tethered to her. How exactly does she learn this? Joey Mallone, the same ghost that was tied to her aunt is now attached to Rosa. This guide from the 30's tells her that she has some new responsibilities, she has to help the ghosts of New York cross over and move on with their afterlives. Rosa's first case deals with a girl who is haunting a dog park, but she quickly learns that this death, and those of several of her friends, aren't standard suicides. There definitely seems to be something more sinister involved in this case.
Blackwell Unbound is a prequel to Legacy. Here, you control both Joey and Rosa's aunt on an investigation taking place in the 70's. In it, two unrelated cases turn out to be connected when they are both killed by the same person. While the killer seems to have good intentions, it is up to Lauren and Joey to stop The Countess from committing more murders, if only the duo could figure out how the killer is choosing the victims.
The third game in the series, Blackwell Convergence, once again follows Rosa and Joey, but has strong ties to Unbound. Taking place several months after the first game, Rosa has started to get the hang of her abilities, but when an actor gets murdered, she and Joey begin to investigate only to discover a killer from one of Lauren's old cases isn't resting so peacefully. Blackwell Convergence is a great story that really ties the previous two games together well. While Unbound was originally just going to be a small flashback sequence in Convergence, it's easy to see why the two stories were separated and made into independent adventures.
The most recent game, Blackwell Deception, was the one that introduced me to the series and got me interested in playing through the first three titles. You can read the full review of Blackwell Deception by following the link at the bottom of this review. This particular game dives a bit into Joey's past as a case the duo is working on leads them to a fake psychic with ties to someone from the ghost's life.