Enter a dark, captivating world as the massive evil of Black Mirror Castle is reincarnated with over 100 atmospheric locations to explore and 40 different characters to interact with. Will Darren's search lead him to redemption or the hell of insanity?
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Release Date: Feb 8, 2011

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“Overall, I found Black Mirror II to be a worthy successor to the original game, and one which I will no doubt replay many times in the future.”
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“If you haven't played a point-and-click, action adventure game in a while, Black Mirror II should be cause enough to bring you back to the old neighborhood.”
4.2/5 – Cheat Code Central

About This Game

When solitary Darren Michaels befriends the beautiful Angelina, he has no idea what the fates hold in store for him. The alluring Angelina has also attracted the eye of several others; and when she suddenly disappears, Darren finds himself questioning what has happened to her while he is haunted by a series of torturous and ever-intensifying nightmares. Darren's search for his missing friend and his own sanity take him on a chilling expedition from his small New England town to Willow Creek, England - and the reigning evil of Black Mirror Castle.

Enter a dark, captivating world as the massive evil of Black Mirror Castle is reincarnated with over 100 atmospheric locations to explore and 40 different characters to interact with. Will Darren's search lead him to redemption or the hell of insanity? The answers can only be found in the Black Mirror - for once you gaze into it, you won't be able to look away.

Features:


  • An epic story of evil told in six chapters
  • Atmospheric effects such as rain, fog, and storms
  • More than 40 characters and hundreds of realistic animations
  • Challenging puzzles and mini-games
  • Over 100 different locations, including a medieval underground temple, a mental hospital, and a cemetery

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz Pentium IV or faster
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DX9
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L0stLP
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
On its own: A very modern version of a point-and-click/horror with quick time events that can kill you. As part of a series: a bunch of questionable decisions that could have easily been avoided with ONE PROPER, HONEST conversation, but NO, let me dig my own grave here, as it the only sensible thing to do.

Unlike the first one this game has some improvements, it makes you feel like you are the knight in shining armour, but there is a lot more beneath the surface. You can see the hotpots and skip the minigames if you choose. On the other hand the death scenarios have been changed to split second decisions, heck sometimes a few of them in a row. The main character feels to hip-and-cool and is also a huge skeptic and out of place.
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BatGirlJack
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
There's really not much to say about this game. It's a solid, decent game with nothing outstanding in any way.

Like its predecessor, it's a very long, story based game, but features a more modern setting with an updated, unappreciated, sarcastic, Bostonian accented youth. There are hardly any mini-game puzzles, which is a shame because those that are there are really well designed and fun to play. Main character doesn't run, but most screens will let you jump to the next screen if you can click on an exit location. The notepad app was a great feature, providing totally clear instructions and accumulating hints if you get stuck and the hotspot screen is infinitely helpful when trying to find small items.

There are tons of bonus features I barely unlocked. So when playing, try to remember to take pictures of pretty much every character in the game.
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spiritworld
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 1
You're Darren Michaels who suddendly finds himself mixed in cult conspiracy and curse of aristocratic Gordon family. It's recommended that you have played BM1 since story depends greatly on the past events. Story was compelling and all the time I wanted to find more about what was going on. Also most of the flaws in the first game are fixed. You can still die but thanks to autosave slot it's just mildy frustrating. I'm used to that too often main characters in p&c are ♥♥♥♥♥ing moaners, but in BM2 every second NPC is an a-hole without reason. Especially why customer servers are the most infuriating lowlifes and bimbos? Or maybe it's a hidden statement... from time to tome there's a statements along the Darren's monologs: for example about environment.

The praise:
-Great graphics and improved animations. Animations are extremely well done and smooth
-interesting story
-well written dialog, sometimes you even learn some historical etc. stuff from surroundings
-autosave
-long
-diary that tells you exactly what is your goal atm

The nagging:
-you can still die
-almost everyone's a difficult person
-Darrens voice is like some irritating teenager's
-when other npc are animating (not when idling, but walking or standing up), you'll have to wait
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Genevieve
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
I love the Black Mirror games. I played the original some time back, now just catching up on the sequels. Very atmospheric, great if you love exploring areas and solving puzzles without getting shot at by random creatures or people.
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ElLirogono
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
This is a very good game, much better than the first part of the trilogy. I really liked the first two chapters, where you are slowly getting into the game by 'living' the main character rather instead of clicking on everything on the screen. You solve puzzles without even noticing they are puzzles. These are just things to do.
As the game progresses and the plot thickens the game changes into a more classic point&click adventures with symbol-searching puzzles, music puzzle, collecting elements puzzles, make your escape puzzles and so on. Thanks to the ability to highlight interactive points the game does not transform into a pixel hunt.
The story is really good, even if the twists are more or less predictable. It's nice to see some locations and characters from the Black Mirror I.
Animation of characters while interacting with environmnet is clumsy. I also did not like the few real-time action situations - they were unnatural, and a bit incoherent (going into action mode in some cases meant you will die after 2 seconds if you don't do anything; in other you could run forever in a room without any progress of the situation). Some of the character's reactions were not credible, as were the dialogue lines (something between implausible rudeness and Asperger's honesty in interactions with other people).
Graphics were quite ok, music was standing out too much - in such games/movies you should not really notice it to get more immersed in the atmosphere.
Overall a very good adventure game. To be played after the first part of the trilogy, if you want the full experience.
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Bioraye
( 29.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Black Mirror 2 (BM 2), is the second title in a series of 3 (Black Mirror, Black Mirror 2 & Black Mirror 3).

The story started out interestingly in BM 1, and took a weird spin in BM 2 (but was somehow exciting). I have mixed feelings about it. It doesn't completely feel like a plausible sequel.

Some of the parts felt fun to play, while other parts felt rather drab.

In BM 2, there are some remnants of the "stiff" feeling during gameplay - as experienced in Black Mirror (especially, as the main character walks).

When examining certain items along the way, there's a tendency for the character to turn around, take a few steps, only to move back to where he initially moved from.

This feels really annoying at first, but it's not a major issue and really a matter of getting used to.

A fun fact, is that the character actually changes clothes (i.e. sleeveless jacket/coat) - at some point - depending on the weather. I found that very pleasing, because it adds a layer of realism to the game.

And just as in BM, the graphical textures & designs are splendid (e.g. beautiful animated clouds, water, reflections, impeccably furnished spaces). There's something very elegant & charming about it (which for me, added quite a bit of value).

I also found the protagonist (aka Darren Michaels) absolutely lovable, thanks to a well developed personality (i.e. witty/dry sense of humour, humanitarian spirit, realistic mindset, rebellious attitude but dignified at the same time).

And because of his intellectual background (= Physics major + lover of poetry/literature), some of the puzzles felt believable for him to solve, even though I deemed them dreadful & repetitive (luckily there's an option which allows to skip puzzles).

I felt a bit unsatisfied and preferred the puzzles in BM (which were not too complicated, not too tedious, not too repetitive).

I loved the interactive map (which allows the player to instantly travel from one explored place to another), and looks like an in-game postcard.

So, what happens is, when you want to move from one area to another (within the same town), you select the postcard in the inventory, which then becomes magnified on screen, and has images from all across town printed on it.

The images within the postcard (corresponding to the different areas in town), then just need to be clicked according to where you need to go and voila! - Darren goes off.

I thought that was brilliant & creative.

On a final note, I believe it's important to keep an open mind when playing this game. Some parts just feel "off" & "fuzzy". I found the supernatural parts not blending well with the realistic elements. And at times, I found the reactions and responses of the subcharacters awkward, and anything but natural.

Regardless of this matter, I still enjoyed the game, thanks to the amount of background info regarding the main character's lineage :). I just wished the creators had added more new content (story-wise), because the game does feel repetitive as is.

Still a classy game nonetheless!
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Conclave
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
This is the best of its kind. I played many others similar like Gray Matter, Memento Mori, etc.

What I liked over other similar games
* Pre-rendered scene art is the best I've seen in games. Looks great on 1080p and blends very well with 3D art.
* Ease of interface. Game mechanics have been fairly painless compared to most adventure games.

The story is fairly engaging to keep you interested.
Overall atmosphere gets you into the story well.

You should get this game if you liked the other games I mentioned.
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Karadrhas
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
It is simply one of the best point & click adventure games of all times. I had played all three parts of the Black Mirror series couple of years back and when I saw them now on Steam, I just had to buy them. The whole trilogy of Black Mirror is an absolute must for every adventure games' fan, and I am more than sure that the old school players are all well aware of it. Therefore, I am writing this review for all of you who read about that title for the first time.

The series can stand proudly among the Monkey Island and the Broken Sword series and I simply do not understand why it is not just as famous as the abovementioned titles. However, there is something special about the second instalment of the series. Contrary to Black Mirror I where the atmosphere is somewhat frenetic from the very beginning, the second story evolves at a slower pace, but allows the player to better identify with a 'fin du siecle' type of character that Darren is. In contrast to Samuel from part one who was scared all the time, Daniel does not give a rat's ♥♥♥ but is rather reluctantly intertwined in the events that are taking place. Darren gives the game a unique atmosphere: there is a balance between solving the mystery and having a relaxed (and very often sarcastic) attitude towards everything. That is why he reminds me of George Stobbart from the Broken Sword so much.

The puzzles are well balanced, perhaps sometimes a bit simple (the option to show all the interactive elements on the screen makes everything significantly easier - though you do not have to use it when you do not want to), but do not think that the game does not pose a challenge at all. There is a fascinating story behind all of this and I just find myself playing it once more just for the sake of the story. Voice acting was done in an exquisite fashion - every character is believable and makes the whole experience comparable to watching a good film. The graphics has aged really well and you can immerse yourself in the game just as well as a few years back. Last but not least, the game is an amazing commentary on the modern world and for that specific reason everybody can find something for themselves in the story that is told. That is the very reason I want to play one more time. I sincerely recommend it - your money will be well spent.
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yesimjen
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
Much better than the Gabriel Knight series! Oh, snap!
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Eclaer
( 22.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
The Black Mirror II has some nice looking graphics of the gothic variety. This is maybe the strongest point of it. Typical to adventure games, the game progresses by you carefully combing through all the points of interest. Sometimes you have to look at a thing later again that you had already looked at. Sometimes you can collect junk when you don't know what its for, and at other times the character only accepts to pick something up after there's a need for it. I resorted to the 'aargh I'll just try any item on any other item or hotspot' to solve problems at least a few times to try to get the game to move on. The puzzles are mostly easy, of the familiar (say 'sliding puzzle') variety and for the others the answer is typically written somewhere nearby, or the main character helpfully narrates what you should try next. This eery precognition, the main characters tendency to jump into conclusions, and the fact that the storyline progresses in an unplausible manner, gave me a continuous feeling of disbelief. At many occasions I stared slack-jawed at what just happened. Such things might be okay in a fantasy world, but the game supposedly portrays contemporary (albeit magical) realism where its unlikely people would behave like they do in the game.

I'd give it 7/10 ('ok but flawed'). As Steam allows only recommended or not, its a no.
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Artemur
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1
pros

- gorgeous background art
- voice acting much better than first game
- fast paced plot and this game's story tied pretty good with BM 1's story
- some unexpected twists in story. you re gonna surprised in the end
- easy puzzles
- there is auto save
- eerie soundtrack
- dark atmosphere.
- a likeable protagonist and interesting side characters.

cons

- abrupt and lame ending just like BM 1.
- this game is not as scary as first one and you won't find BM 1 's gothic environments and atmosphere too much.
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malcolmmackay224
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 18, 2015
An excellent adventure game, for the most part it is great.

I usually don't like horror stories, but I found this one to be easy to follow and quite gripping. For the most part the puzzles were very fair. In the end game sequence there was one place where I got stuck due to what seemed like a glitch in the interface. The final puzzle with the ropes completed baffled me, but almost all the other puzzles were fine.
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Ninfita3
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 1, 2015
It's very entertaining and with very good story.
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Mtjam1567
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
At first i was unsure how much i would like this game. I do enjoy point and click games and got the black mirror triliogy on sale. The game started alittle slow but the story is very good and develops as you continue to play. The main character is acctually very intelligent which makes using items alittle difficult because of you really have to think of ways the items you gather are used. The music captures this game perfectly i really enjoyed the creepy pianos and violins and it helped set a good atmosphere during the game. The artwork is dfecent i like the depection of biddeford, maine and black mirror castle is a unique setting which can be explored in more depth in black mirror 3 which if you get to the end of black mirror 2 you most definetly want to play.
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Pakkidis
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2015
Black Mirror 2
Rating: 8/10
Overview: Traditional Point and Click Adventure Game

The Good:

+ Rich detailed graphics with a variety of different options

+ Hotspot indicator showcasing which areas on screen can be interacted with. A feature that should be mandatory for any point and click adventure game. This feature alone eliminates a lot of frustration

+ Scroll through your inventory using your middle mouse wheel makes it very easy to see which inventory items work with different hotspot areas within each location.

+ The traditional point and click puzzles are really well done if not a bit on the easy side but fit nicely with the overall theme of the game.

+ Revisiting old locations from the first Black Mirror 1 is really cool, even better is that you see these locations from a different camera angle which offers a fresh new perspective on something familiar.

+Soundtrack


The Average:

You really need to play Black Mirror 1 to appreciate this game. Although it is by no means a requirement to play this game, it becomes harder to care about the story or characters if you never played the first. The game starts off fairly slow and takes a long while to pick up and get going but it gets more and more interesting the more you play.


Certain static puzzles (slider puzzles, combination lock puzzles etc) could have used better clues to solve them. This only become a problem near the end of the game.


The Bad:

I hated the main character. I hated his accent, I hated the way he looks, I hated the way he spoke to other characters, I hated everything about him. Luckily I could skip his dialogue which helped me immensely.

Sadly I experienced hard freezes in the early parts of the game. Nothing but a hard reset from my computer would fix the problem. It got so bad that I was thinking of quitting the game all together. Luckily it was only happening in the beginning of the game and I was able to get through it.

Conclusion:

I gave the first Black Mirror a negative review, this game however fixes a lot of the problems I had with the first game and is a MUCH better experience overall. This turned out to be a very good game the more I played it and was pleasantly surprised how engrossing the story became the further I went along given the slow start. I don't think I would have appreciated the game had I not played the first but sometimes you have to tolerate the bad before you get to the good.
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crazipowerz
( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 2, 2015
Quite a jump up graphically from the the first. New protagonist, new locale, way more points of interaction. Voice acting is great, puzzles are fun, and in some places challenging as well. Music is eerie and helps set the mood or tone for this game.

Those that have played the first one will be rewarded with a return to the atmospheric, oddity of this beleagured family. Defitnely a worthwhile purchase if you like point and click puzzlers. I had a blast with this one moreso than the first, this iteration felt like the programmers and writers put more into it.

Jump into the Black Mirror universe and click your way into this mystery. Fans of deep story should definitely get it.
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Dracula (yersinia pestis)
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 23, 2015
Excellent !!
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bobbyfbitch
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 20, 2015
great game but dont buy its only the english version
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simon.tman
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 2, 2015
This is the second game in a trilogy which utterly essential if you love point 'n 'click games. I would go so far as to say, story wise I prefer Black Mirror to even the mighty Broken Sword; it's a very beautiful game to look at, and very clever. It feels as though it had mighty production values, which is probably a result of the above average artwork and score.

In my review of Black Mirror, I recommended beginning the trilogy by playing the games out of their chronological order, on the basis that two II and III are a batter introduction to the overall story, and tonally different enough to the first that if you played part one and didn't enjoy it, you would be making a mistake not playing the sequels. it is difficult to stand by this decision having played through all three games recently, as there are a number of recurring characters and locations you will appreciate more having played the first game, but utimately I stand by my comments.

Black Mirror II introduces us to a new protagonist, Darren Michaels (significantly more relatable and contemporary than Samuel), and begins in the good ole' US of A. The backdrops are drawn beautifully, and the characters all come to life in their own little ways, in a far supoerior manner to the first game. The locations are rematkably rich and detailed, and it isn't long before things begin to get a little strange. There are hints of sinister goings on in Fuller's store (Fuller being Darren's incredibly seedy boss) and before you know it; the infamous Willow Creek and Black MIrror castle finds it's way into the story, and it's here that the game really comes into it's own.

How the game references the first, is an absolute work of genius. From Gordon's Palace (a refurbished mental asylum referenced much and visited in the first game) to the museum depicting the terrible murders which took place some twelve years prior, the Black Mirror games represent a complete and well woven story, which truly feels like a meticulously planned trilogy, from beginning to end. Locations from the former game are revisited to marvellously satisfying effect. We meet old faces again, and all the while the game manages to maintain a tone of mystery and unease, drawing you into the sleepy yet sinister little town of WIllow Creek.

It is diffuclt to review the game without giving too much away, and it's worth playing knowing as little about the story as possible. There are, however, some cons to BMII, chiefly:

- The voice acting. Some of the characters are just awfule for some reason, Tom inparticular. How they managed to do such a bad job of his accent is truly a thing to behold.
- The final section of the game goes a bit puzzle crazy. At the one time you want nothing more than to move the story forward, you're hammered with contrived puzzles left right and centre, and frankly it all get s abit much
- The BM games are famously dialogue heavy. This one isn't as bad as the first, but by god some charaters do like to yappity yap.

Heartily recommended overall though. There aren't many games like this out there, and if you can put up with a coupe of dodgy accents and a whole lot of chatter, it's an experience you will never forget.
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killingyouguy
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28, 2015
A vast improvement over the first entry in the series but still very difficult to recommend. It's cliche and predictable. There is virtually no horror, just some silly occult themes. Most of the puzzles are fairly simple and if you get stuck in the game it's likely due to some object hidden on the screen (pixel hunting). The protagonist is also difficult to like, his snarky attitude wore thin pretty quickly. I did enjoy the rain effect and especially the storm effects towards the end.

Oh, and the game ends on a cliffhanger and, from what I've seen of the third, it looks like they just chopped one game in half. Perhaps get on sale if you're absolutely desperate for a new adventure game, no matter how pedestrian the experience.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Black Mirror 2 (BM 2), is the second title in a series of 3 (Black Mirror, Black Mirror 2 & Black Mirror 3).

The story started out interestingly in BM 1, and took a weird spin in BM 2 (but was somehow exciting). I have mixed feelings about it. It doesn't completely feel like a plausible sequel.

Some of the parts felt fun to play, while other parts felt rather drab.

In BM 2, there are some remnants of the "stiff" feeling during gameplay - as experienced in Black Mirror (especially, as the main character walks).

When examining certain items along the way, there's a tendency for the character to turn around, take a few steps, only to move back to where he initially moved from.

This feels really annoying at first, but it's not a major issue and really a matter of getting used to.

A fun fact, is that the character actually changes clothes (i.e. sleeveless jacket/coat) - at some point - depending on the weather. I found that very pleasing, because it adds a layer of realism to the game.

And just as in BM, the graphical textures & designs are splendid (e.g. beautiful animated clouds, water, reflections, impeccably furnished spaces). There's something very elegant & charming about it (which for me, added quite a bit of value).

I also found the protagonist (aka Darren Michaels) absolutely lovable, thanks to a well developed personality (i.e. witty/dry sense of humour, humanitarian spirit, realistic mindset, rebellious attitude but dignified at the same time).

And because of his intellectual background (= Physics major + lover of poetry/literature), some of the puzzles felt believable for him to solve, even though I deemed them dreadful & repetitive (luckily there's an option which allows to skip puzzles).

I felt a bit unsatisfied and preferred the puzzles in BM (which were not too complicated, not too tedious, not too repetitive).

I loved the interactive map (which allows the player to instantly travel from one explored place to another), and looks like an in-game postcard.

So, what happens is, when you want to move from one area to another (within the same town), you select the postcard in the inventory, which then becomes magnified on screen, and has images from all across town printed on it.

The images within the postcard (corresponding to the different areas in town), then just need to be clicked according to where you need to go and voila! - Darren goes off.

I thought that was brilliant & creative.

On a final note, I believe it's important to keep an open mind when playing this game. Some parts just feel "off" & "fuzzy". I found the supernatural parts not blending well with the realistic elements. And at times, I found the reactions and responses of the subcharacters awkward, and anything but natural.

Regardless of this matter, I still enjoyed the game, thanks to the amount of background info regarding the main character's lineage :). I just wished the creators had added more new content (story-wise), because the game does feel repetitive as is.

Still a classy game nonetheless!
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Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
It's very entertaining and with very good story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
pros

- gorgeous background art
- voice acting much better than first game
- fast paced plot and this game's story tied pretty good with BM 1's story
- some unexpected twists in story. you re gonna surprised in the end
- easy puzzles
- there is auto save
- eerie soundtrack
- dark atmosphere.
- a likeable protagonist and interesting side characters.

cons

- abrupt and lame ending just like BM 1.
- this game is not as scary as first one and you won't find BM 1 's gothic environments and atmosphere too much.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
You're Darren Michaels who suddendly finds himself mixed in cult conspiracy and curse of aristocratic Gordon family. It's recommended that you have played BM1 since story depends greatly on the past events. Story was compelling and all the time I wanted to find more about what was going on. Also most of the flaws in the first game are fixed. You can still die but thanks to autosave slot it's just mildy frustrating. I'm used to that too often main characters in p&c are ♥♥♥♥♥ing moaners, but in BM2 every second NPC is an a-hole without reason. Especially why customer servers are the most infuriating lowlifes and bimbos? Or maybe it's a hidden statement... from time to tome there's a statements along the Darren's monologs: for example about environment.

The praise:
-Great graphics and improved animations. Animations are extremely well done and smooth
-interesting story
-well written dialog, sometimes you even learn some historical etc. stuff from surroundings
-autosave
-long
-diary that tells you exactly what is your goal atm

The nagging:
-you can still die
-almost everyone's a difficult person
-Darrens voice is like some irritating teenager's
-when other npc are animating (not when idling, but walking or standing up), you'll have to wait
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
This is the best of its kind. I played many others similar like Gray Matter, Memento Mori, etc.

What I liked over other similar games
* Pre-rendered scene art is the best I've seen in games. Looks great on 1080p and blends very well with 3D art.
* Ease of interface. Game mechanics have been fairly painless compared to most adventure games.

The story is fairly engaging to keep you interested.
Overall atmosphere gets you into the story well.

You should get this game if you liked the other games I mentioned.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
This is a very good game, much better than the first part of the trilogy. I really liked the first two chapters, where you are slowly getting into the game by 'living' the main character rather instead of clicking on everything on the screen. You solve puzzles without even noticing they are puzzles. These are just things to do.
As the game progresses and the plot thickens the game changes into a more classic point&click adventures with symbol-searching puzzles, music puzzle, collecting elements puzzles, make your escape puzzles and so on. Thanks to the ability to highlight interactive points the game does not transform into a pixel hunt.
The story is really good, even if the twists are more or less predictable. It's nice to see some locations and characters from the Black Mirror I.
Animation of characters while interacting with environmnet is clumsy. I also did not like the few real-time action situations - they were unnatural, and a bit incoherent (going into action mode in some cases meant you will die after 2 seconds if you don't do anything; in other you could run forever in a room without any progress of the situation). Some of the character's reactions were not credible, as were the dialogue lines (something between implausible rudeness and Asperger's honesty in interactions with other people).
Graphics were quite ok, music was standing out too much - in such games/movies you should not really notice it to get more immersed in the atmosphere.
Overall a very good adventure game. To be played after the first part of the trilogy, if you want the full experience.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Worth the money, in my opinion.

Positives:
+ Interesting, deep storyline.
+ Many puzzles and lots of interaction, which provide a good challenge.
+ An amusing, entertaining protagonist. I really got into the character whilst playing this game.
+ Voice acting is not dull, and actually pretty good.
+ Character can die, making it different from most point and click games. Remember to save your progress. I think this is a positive personally.
+ You can tell a lot of work has gone into this game, and it shows in the quality.

Negatives:
- As point and click as it gets. If you don't like point and click games, you should probably step away from this. If you're not sure if you like them or not, then I still think this is a worthwhile and fun purchase.
- Although the tabs state that this is a 'horror', it isn't really. More of a mystery, without the typical detective characters.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
Black Mirror 2
Rating: 8/10
Overview: Traditional Point and Click Adventure Game

The Good:

+ Rich detailed graphics with a variety of different options

+ Hotspot indicator showcasing which areas on screen can be interacted with. A feature that should be mandatory for any point and click adventure game. This feature alone eliminates a lot of frustration

+ Scroll through your inventory using your middle mouse wheel makes it very easy to see which inventory items work with different hotspot areas within each location.

+ The traditional point and click puzzles are really well done if not a bit on the easy side but fit nicely with the overall theme of the game.

+ Revisiting old locations from the first Black Mirror 1 is really cool, even better is that you see these locations from a different camera angle which offers a fresh new perspective on something familiar.

+Soundtrack


The Average:

You really need to play Black Mirror 1 to appreciate this game. Although it is by no means a requirement to play this game, it becomes harder to care about the story or characters if you never played the first. The game starts off fairly slow and takes a long while to pick up and get going but it gets more and more interesting the more you play.


Certain static puzzles (slider puzzles, combination lock puzzles etc) could have used better clues to solve them. This only become a problem near the end of the game.


The Bad:

I hated the main character. I hated his accent, I hated the way he looks, I hated the way he spoke to other characters, I hated everything about him. Luckily I could skip his dialogue which helped me immensely.

Sadly I experienced hard freezes in the early parts of the game. Nothing but a hard reset from my computer would fix the problem. It got so bad that I was thinking of quitting the game all together. Luckily it was only happening in the beginning of the game and I was able to get through it.

Conclusion:

I gave the first Black Mirror a negative review, this game however fixes a lot of the problems I had with the first game and is a MUCH better experience overall. This turned out to be a very good game the more I played it and was pleasantly surprised how engrossing the story became the further I went along given the slow start. I don't think I would have appreciated the game had I not played the first but sometimes you have to tolerate the bad before you get to the good.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Great followup to the first Black Mirror which had some serious flaws. It stays true to the original story (the only good part of first game IMO) and expands upon it in an interesting way. Good graphics, really nice enviroments, great adaptive music and overall good voice overs (way better than the first game).

I've played through quite alot of adventure games and I would rank this one in the top 5.

Now I'm off to see if the third game can top it!
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
After absolutely HATING the first game (mostly due to it's thoroughly unlikable and horribly acted protagonist) I pretty much ignored the second game in the series. I'm glad I finally gave it a chance when it came to Steam though, as it felt like a VAST improvement.

A MUCH more likable protagonist, a better paced story which still manages to be mostly ambiguous as to whether there's anything supernatural going on or not, more logical puzzles...there's a lot here which is much improved over the first game. It's a good length too but the variety of locations with a minimum of backtracking helps keep it interesting.

The voice acting is still mostly terrible, but that's pretty much to be expected of adventure games of it's time. It also has possibly one of the most ridiculously abrupt cliffhanger endings I've seen (from what I gather it runs directly into the third and final game) but overall...yeah. I liked it.

Four cases of hereditary brain-madness out of five.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
Engaging storyline with some nice twist and turns. It is not so much of a "horror" game but has plenty of dark themes, creepy atmosphere and haunting music. The protagonist is a bit of an irritating brat at the start, but he slowly becomes more sympathetic to other people and thus more relatable at the end. Speaking of the ending, it is more of a "buy the third game to find out what happened!" type of cliffhanger, so be warned.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2014
A fun and enjoyable Point and Click game with interesting locations and characters with a very dark storyline - a welcome change from the usual light hearted competition. A few scares here and there, but nothing which you will lose any sleep over.

Yes , as mentioned elsewhere, the main character comes across a bit like a spoilt brat at first but his dry sense of humour soon becomes quite amusing to listen to.

Solid graphics with a mix of prerendered scenes and hand painted artwork this game was a pleasure to admire.
It also features a "Show items" hotkey similar to Secret Files which you may love or hate - I find it a very useful feature as well as the option for hints should you find yourself stuck.

Overall a very worthwhile Point and Click adventure which I look forward to replaying in the coming years.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
I played first part as a kid. It was very good point'n'click and also a great horror story for a kid like me. Second part is turning on slowly but then it spins like crazy. Its should be called action point and click. Tension aint releasing you until the very resolve. Or not resolve at all. THE END? Im instalin third part now i want to know WHAT HAPPEND NEXT! Good story, logic riddles (syndrom of connect u wiener with floor to make a flower grow aint appearing here;D) Perfect soft horror and detective storytelling. If you liked first part you will love this game!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2015
Black Mirror II is really one of the best adventure games I've played in a while. The music, ambientation and graphics are very great. The voice acting is pretty good too. There are many characters who are complete and well created, and the game really feels, in many ways, quite realistic.

Darren's sarcasm is quite amusing and refreshing, although occasionally it gets a little annoying!

The best part about the game is that it is very long (many hours of gameplay), and the story really catches your attention, making you want to progress more and more. There are many things you need to do, ranging from the mundane to the mysterious. Many of the puzzles are inventory based, but there are also other kinds of very interesting puzzles.

Despite being a "horror" game, it is really not horror. It has an eerie atmosphere, like in the first Black Mirror.

The only critique I have is that, like most of these games, the ending was a little unsatisfying. But then, it immediately left me wanting to play Black Mirror III, which was probably the point.

Verdict: I highly recommend this game! But go ahead and buy Black Mirror III as well, because when you finish 2, you'll want to play it!


Análise em Português:

Black Mirror II é realmente um dos melhores jogos de aventura que eu joguei. A música, ambientação e os gráficos são excelentes. A dublagem é muito boa também. Há muitos personagens bem feitos e o jogo realmente parece, em muitos aspectos, bastante realista.

O sarcasmo de Darren é bastante divertido e eficaz, embora algumas vezes ele seja um pouco irritante!

A melhor parte sobre o game é que ele é bem longo (muitas horas de gameplay), e a história realmente prende sua atenção, fazendo você querer progredir mais e mais. Há muitas coisas que você precisa fazer, que vão desde coisas mundanas até tarefas sobrenaturais. Muitos dos puzzles são baseados no inventário, mas também existem outros tipos de quebra-cabeças bem interessantes.

Apesar de ser um jogo "de terror", ele realmente não é. Ele possui uma atmosfera sinistra e misteriosa, assim como no primeiro Black Mirror.

A única crítica que tenho é que, como a maioria desses jogos, o final é um pouco insatisfatório. No entanto, ele imediatamente me deixou querendo jogar Black Mirror III, o que provavelmente é o objetivo desse final.

Veredito: Eu recomendo muito esse game! Eu aconselho comprar também Black Mirror III, porque quando você terminar o 2, você vai querer jogá-lo!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Very atmospheric game with great visuals, logical puzzles and interesting story.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2015
This game is rather an excelent follow-up from part 1, lots of minor issues were adressed and the game is a real pleasure to play. The plot is good, the scenery is excelent and the voice action was much improved over that of part 1 (voice acting was the greatest flaw in part 1, at least thats my 2 cents). This game has some decent playing hours in them and I can certainly recommend this game for everyone who likes ncie puzzles and enjoys very well drawn sceneries.

I am very looking forward to playing part 3!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
I am well into the 2nd game, and it feels much more polished then the first one. This is my 2nd play through of the game, i had the original retail copy back in the day. The story is about a decade or so after the events of the first one, while you do not need to play the first one, i do recommend it to tie up loose ends. This is a good port, so it should work well. It does ask you to install Microsoft C++ Redistribute, but you can skip that if you have a later version from other games.

Remember to right click objects, you may need to trigger some scenes first and then come back to said object for Darren to pick it up. Occasionally i have had to click things two to three times to get it in my inventory.

I do recommend following or referring to a guide on your first playthrough.

This is a nice, spooky tale and great if you like games such as The Lost Crown, Darkfall, Myst, etc.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
I really enjoyed this game. But I must say I do not like Darren. He comes off as a complete smart ♥♥♥ and I absolutely hate him. But Im having fun diving deeper into the story of the Gordons... now on to BM 3.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2015
Sequel to the first Black Mirror this one starts a bit off and takes a while before getting you in on the action. It seemed much easier than the first but all the while intriguing! Graphics are very nicely designed and the engine is completely different from its predecessor.

You play as a young physics student who follows a chain of events to uncover an unsettling secret about his family's past.

8/10!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
A captivating, incredibly detailed adventure game that builds upon the shreds of mythos presented in the first game and weaves a tale that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.

I must admit, I began this game with some reservations, having suffered through the tedium of the first game and it's bland presentation. But as soon as the game began, it dropped twists, turns and plot bombshells, and never relented until the very end, keeping me on the edge of my seat while presenting an expanded world with deep characters and a merciless deconstruction of the Black Mirror Mythos. All questions brought up by the first game are answered, and more questions are posed that kept me guessing until the very end.

The puzzle design in this game is top notch, with enjoyable puzzles that make sense, and the protagonist's exhaustive notes and little flairs of genius don't feel like they come out from the void, but rather from his own character. Each solution feels natural and like it is part of a believable progression of his character arc. I particularily enjoyed the non-item based puzzles, as they were often layered and presented with a code to break before the mechanical part of the puzzle even began. Richness of puzzles like this are incredibly rare, and should be valued. The puzzles, also, felt well rooted in the world, and even the most arbitrary sliding puzzle becomes a charming character trait for one of the many well-developed characters.

The game's aesthetic is a huge step up from the previous game, creating lively and deep locales to explore that straddle the line between photorealistic and oil painting. The lighting effects, in particular, are fantastic, lending an authentic spookiness to what could otherwise be a bland set. The effects are simple, often just a alpha channeled overlay or a translucent image, but the game does marvels with what it has.

My only criticism of the game's aesthetic would be the relatively stiff and mannequin like character models. Though an improvement from the last game, a lot of the models seem to look rather dull and lifeless, especially when viewed from close up. There isn't much in the way of expression, though the game goes out of it's way to find alternate means to portray the characters, such as novel camera angles, good cinematography, and dramatic body movements that don't rely on facial expressions. In all it wasn't distracting.

The game's writing is fantastic, though suffers from occasional translation weirdness, as the characters refer to things in esoteric or crude ways that a native speaker would not do (such as referring to thermite as "welding powder", which, while accurate, is not the way a native english speaker would refer to it). Mostly, the voice acting covers for the minor typographical errors in the text, but this is not really a problem.

I couldn't recommend this game enough, though in order to fully appreciate it, you'd need to play the prequel, Black Mirror. Black Mirror II relies on a lot of callbacks, and references to gameplay mechanics, and story elements that would be sorely missed if you didn't play Black Mirror. So if you can suffer through the original game, you will be rewarded immeasurably by this sequel. That alone is worth the price of entry.
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