Tuesday Night Indie Spotlight Ep. 59: Blackwood Crossing (PS4 Gameplay)
Tuesday night is indie night! This week, I (@piccolo930) fired up developer Paper Seven's incredibly intriguing and bizarre first-person narrative adventure game, Blackwood Crossing.
This game is a total acid trip, and I mean that in the best way possible. Blackwood Crossing is an incredibly bizarre title, but it's also an incredibly interesting one. I found myself really invested in the characters and the world by the end of the stream. I still don't know what's going on, but I really want to find out. I played through the first act during the stream, and it's quite the trippy experience. As best I can tell, protagonists Scarlett and Finn are orphans trying to cope with the loss of their parents, and the first of hour of the game is a weird, hallucinatory, and often creepy trip through the mind of a young boy and teenage girl dealing with loss. There's a ton of deeper, psychological stuff to explore beneath the hood of this title, and I love that about this game. It's got some very clever puzzles early on, as well. I'm not the brightest bulb in the lamp when it comes to adventure games, and my inept puzzle-solving throughout the stream ably proved that. Thankfully, I had some help from those of you on the other side of the internet! The puzzles are just challenging enough, and the "aha" moment when you solve one always provides a great feeling. One thing I wish was different early on is the way your character moves. You "feel" each step you take from a first-person perspective, and it just feels awkward and slow. The cursor is also fidgety; a complaint I commonly have with first-person adventure games. While these gripes had a small effect on my overall enjoyment of the game during this first act, the story and characters are engaging, the voice acting is solid, and I can't wait to see where things go from here. All in all, this one is a pleasant surprise after one hour of play. If you've yet to check out Blackwood Crossing for yourself, take a look at the video below and see what it's all about!
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Blackwood Crossing is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC!