The Blackwell Legacy
What's more important to you in a game--slick special effects, or a compelling story line? If you're more interested in a good story than fancy animation, then give The Blackwell Legacy a try.
Rosangela Blackwell is a bright young journalist who lives in New York, and she's got some issues. After her aunt's mysterious death in a mental institution, Rosa discovers that both her aunt and her grandmother were mediums in touch with the spirit world--and both went insane as a result. Unluckily for Rosa, she's inherited the family spirit guide. Assisted by tough-talking (but deceased) Joey Mallone, her mission is to assist wayward spirits and investigate supernatural crimes, and you get to come along for the ride.
The folks at Wadjet Eye Games clearly put a lot of thought into the narrative, and they recruited talented voice actors to bring the characters to life--though the graphics are blocky. In the demo, the game plays out in a small box on screen and the interface is less than intuitive. The licensed version of the game contains a useful Help file, however, and it plays in full-screen mode.
The Blackwell Legacy demo is a stand-alone executable file that gives you a good idea of what the game involves, but it is more of an advertisement than a game. If you enjoy a good mystery, though, this demo may well convince you to shell out $15 for the full version.