The majority of the game will be spent walking around, listening to stories, collecting and interacting with items, and occasionally having moments where you must solve a puzzle. There are no enemies or deaths in this title, offering more of a mellow experience with intriguing dialogue and heart-wrenching moments around every turn. The moments of ‘combat’ are few and far in between and usually only task you with moving an object from one side of the screen to another or destroying a strange shadow-like substance known as an Umbra.
The visual aesthetics of Blackwood Crossing provide a beautiful cartoon-inspired design that pair greatly with the tone of the game. The bizarre and supernatural aspects offered would not fit right with a realistic graphic style. Better yet, the nature of the game allows for more creativity in the world and the characters in it. Masks are a big thing in this title and while they could have been achieved in photorealism, it would not have the same charm presented here. The music is very atmospheric and excels at providing the spooky and mysterious ambiance that PaperSeven tried to implement. The game lacks a variety gameplay mechanics, but these attributes are able to shine above this and provide a complete experience that excels at what it does.
My experience with Blackwood Crossing was exceptionally great. I am personally a big fan of story-driven games as well as point and click adventures so this title was right up my alley. I didn’t know what to expect of this game, but I was quickly engrossed in the story and the relationship that Scarlett and Finn had growing up. I reviewed a title, Virginia, a while back that was focused on the player’s interpretation of the events taking place in the game. Blackwood Crossing has a very similar aspect but on a smaller scale. I believe that the moral of this story is to cherish the moments that you have with people in your life and consider the other side of the story and how they may view the situation. This is extremely prevalent when Scarlett is trying to grow up and starting dating another character, Cameron, which creates an emotional rift between the two.
In the end, Blackwood Crossing is a phenomenal title with very little flaws. I would recommend this title to anyone interested in bizarre and weird occurrences, or even for someone who is looking for a really good story. The game is priced at $16 USD and with the limited content that might be a bit much unless you are really interested. I would recommend waiting for a sale if the length is an issue, but regardless you do not want to miss out on this one. You would most certainly regret it!
Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 9.5/10
+A Phenomenal Heart-Wrenching Story
-Price Slightly High