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Blackwood Crossing tells an interesting story about family, relationships and loss. Sadly it's not easy to enjoy most of the slow and sometimes frustrating gameplay.
Review in German | Read full review
As it is, it's very hard to recommend spending £12 on – already a tough call for such a short game. It's not fit for purpose, even if it could still stretch over its unacceptable flaws and reach me. I will keep an eye out, and enthusiastically let you know should such a thing come about.
Look, you will know whether this is the kind of game you might like by looking at the trailer or screenshots, but it’s a game about character, story and atmosphere, rather then high action.
Once you'll 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.
Review in Italian | Read full review
The game is only a two hour investment providing the puzzles give you no issues, and with an asking price of only $15 it is well worth every moment, even if half of the time you’re left sobbing into your keyboard.
Blackwood Crossing is a touching coming of age story about overcoming losses. We watch two orphans siblings, Scarlett and Finn, in confrontation of emotions while they try to put differences aside and find again the strong bond that once united them, during a strange train trip filled with symbolism and surreal events. There's a strong focus on narrative, accompanied by puzzles of low difficulty. If you like touching moments, prepare your heart and embark on this journey.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
There's not much more I can say about Blackwood Crossing without spoiling its story and setting, so I'll just say that it's definitely a fun experience that you should play on PlayStation 4. Sure, it's $15.99 price point will probably rub some people the wrong way since you're looking at around 3 hours to complete the game, but the game's setting, narrative, graphics and sound more than make it a game worthy of your collection. Not to mention that the final sections leading to the game's ending are worth the price of admission.
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.
Blackwood Crossing is a fantastic game with very polished graphics, and an interesting story. It might be a short game which can be completed in around three hours or so, but it's a fun ride from start to finish. I loved how Scarlett interacted with her little brother, not to mention her reactions to what was going on at each location. I don't want to spoil the game for you, so all I'll say is that if you're an adventure fan, you have to give this one a go.
Blackwood Crossing is a game I highly recommend experiencing. It's a game that defies explanation but has deeply emotional implications. If you're as fascinated as I am by the emerging trend of games that portray real feels then Blackwood Crossing is a no-brainer.
Ultimately, if you are a console player, Blackwood Crossing is a nice little game with a decent set of controls. For PC players, while I dearly love the game (and I DO), I would recommend waiting for a patch that will hopefully address some of the woefully bad controls. Once that’s done, it’s a game you won’t want to miss.
Blackwood Crossing is not perfect, but the amount of love that pours out of the game – both in terms of the visual and technical quality from the team of developers and in the palpable relationship between the characters – far outweighs any minor nitpicks you could have.
Blackwood Crossing is a really interesting and rather unique game that is seriously hampered by its lack of content, both in physical size and playing time. Still, the production quality for an indie studio is undeniable and mostly due to the emotive tale I do feel that the whole is greater than just the sum of its parts.
Blackwood Crossing might be short but sweet, yet it's clearly an experience that's been made as a labour of love, and as such, it has a magical, almost ethereal quality that's impossible to forget.
Despite some of the technical shortcomings of the title, Blackwood Crossing ultimately is a tale that becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Though it's a brief experience that will only last a few hours, Blackwood Crossing is another title that showcases the power of storytelling in gaming as a medium, while still offering a story that you're going to remember long after finishing it. Much like the fairy tales and fantastical worlds it borrows from and references, Scarlett and Finn's tale is filled with visuals, color, and life that goes beyond our sense of reality, but Blackwood Crossing‘s emotion and connection to the player lies in something deeper.
Provided you're not short on empathy, Blackwood Crossing has a good tale to tell. The various forms of loss and growing up are dealt with quite well, while the fanciful setting gives you the impetus to keep going even if you know exactly how the tale will end. It does need some work on the puzzle mechanics, as a fiddly detection system and slow walking can be frustrating once the solution is known. Overall, this is a good first effort from the development team, and it's worth a look if you're a genre fan.
There’s a lot of curiosity coursing through the veins of this game. Its story is weird and wonderful, and every element of gameplay reiterates the narrative focal point.
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.
Blackwood Crossing is a simple but touching story about important things that games still rarely tell about. This little adventure is all about loss and its adoption. There's charming music and characters, but the most important thing in such stories is quality of writing. And here Blackwood Crossing, unfortunately, does not shine. Game talks with a complicated, and at the same time overly simple language. For any fan of deep and arty games it can still become a pleasant gift, but it can also leave a feeling of slight dissatisfaction.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Blackwood Crossing’s marvelous, deep and touching story overcomes the fact that it is full of bugs and very short. It’s hard to find another adventure experience like Blackwood Crossing.
Review in Persian | Read full review
With its story and atmosphere Blackwood Crossing gives an original adventure and provide various emotions to the player. Even if it has a few problems such as a few loading times, a slow moving speed, a short game time, PaperSeven's title transports you into the world of Scarlett and when the final screen arrives, you only want to keep on playing. We look forward to play their next game which, hopefully, will correct the few flaws of this first soft.
Review in French | Read full review
Blackwood Crossing is an interesting indie title that isn't really groundbreaking, but at the same time, the developers have nothing to be ashamed for.
Review in Czech | Read full review
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.
Blackwood Crossing begins with the promise of a fantastic and emotional journey, and provides one from beginning to end when it comes to a terrific story, but in terms of gameplay, the journey ends well before we can even take a stroll to the dining car or the like.
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.