Black Mirror is a dark adventure game that details the aftermath of the tragic death of William Gordon. Playing as his grandson Samuel players must unveil the truth behind the events of that fateful, stormy night.
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Release Date: Oct 17, 2003

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“The beautifully detailed graphics make exploration a sheer pleasure and the music and ambient sounds combine well to heighten the sense of something evil waiting, patiently, watching your every move.”
80 % – Quandary

“A worthy addition for anyone looking for a solid mystery/horror game. The interesting story line, easy to use control system, and detail graphics makes the game stand out.”
76 % – GameZone

“Did you enjoy “Sanitarium” and Agatha Christie's first mystery? If you can answer "yes" to these questions, then I highly recommend The Black Mirror as a "journey into darkness" well worth your time and effort.”
75 % – Four Fat Chicks

About This Game

Black Mirror is a dark adventure game that details the aftermath of the tragic death of William Gordon. Playing as his grandson Samuel players must unveil the truth behind the events of that fateful, stormy night. The Gordon family has accepted William's death as suicide; however, Samuel is not so sure. And through further investigation some terrifying family secrets are revealed. Through the course of the game players will discover the tragedy that has decimated the Gordons since the Middle Ages - and eventually fight to escape a fate that will not stop until it has claimed every member of the family.

Key Features

  • A rich and interesting storyline to capture the imagination
  • Third-person graphical adventure
  • Six comprehensive chapters
  • Features 23 individual characters
  • More than 100 different locations, including: a medieval underground temple, a mental hospital, and a cemetery
  • Atmospheric effects such as rain, fog, and storms
  • Hundreds of realistic animations
  • Many logical, inventory, environmental, and tactile puzzles

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8 32 or 64 bit
    • Processor: Pentium(r) III 400 MHz (Or Equivalent)
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 32 or 64 bit
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card
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jackoid89
( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I bought this game recently in a bundle, and I never played it when it first came out, therefore my review will not be biased by the nostalgia of the good ol' times!
Despite being published in 2004, the game is still enjoyable and the 11 years old graphics did not compromise the atmosphere nor the immersion feeling. This is due to the fact that the storyline is pretty solid and the puzzle have the right combination of challenge/feasibility (at least for my perspective).
The only negative aspect that I found is that the animation of the characters are a little clumsy, slowing down the dialogs and the passage from one screen to the other. They most probably realised the issue, infact they fixed this problem in the second chapter.
If you like games like Monkey Island, Syberia and The longest journey, you will for sure enjoy this series!
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Pandora626
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Not every oldie is a goodie but this is definitely one of them! Love the whole black mirror series!
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TreyNutz
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
There are aspects of this game I do really like. But overall I cannot recommend it. The point and click adventure part of the game, which should be the meat and bones here, is too flawed. I've only played partway through chapter 3, and I've had to consult a walkthrough too many times to figure out what to do next. There are no objectives explicitly given so often I'm left loading up area after area talking to everyone hoping to advance the game. When that doesn't work I'm left to pixel hunting scene after scene again and again wondering if I've missed something. Most of the game so far has wandering around wondering how I'm to accomplish what at least I can figure out what I'm supposed to do.

And usually I have problems because it's so easy to miss something. Once it was a right click. Right click is used sporadically in this game; sometimes it does something, but most often it does nothing. One missed right click on an inventory object or hotspot will get you stuck. Several times it's been one tiny hotspot overshadowed by another much larger hotspot right next to it. If you buy this game, don't assume all hotspots are separated from each other. If/When you get stuck look for slivers of a 2nd hotspot along side ones you've already found. There's also some degree of misdirection in the game. I was told to leave the main house once to procure an object. However the game wouldn't let me leave. After talking to everyone and not getting anywhere I had to resort to a walkthrough only to discover I wasn't supposed to leave at all, but I was supposed to procure a substitute object another way. That's kind of cheaty IMO. If the main character I'm playing wants to do that then the game should inform me that's the objective. There was another event where I died repeatedly; I couldn't figure out how to survive with the objects in the character's inventory. Again, back to a walthrough to discover that prior events had to be completed in a very precise way in order to survive the dangerous encounter. I guess I should revise my earlier statement: one missed right click on a hotspot can get you killed later, so save often. (Disclaimer: I don't find point and click mechanics like this much fun.)

The graphics are fine for a game over a decade old. The character models were rather pixelated, but forcing Nvidia antiailasing fixed that. Characters move slowly, and there's a lot of waiting to converse with NPCs, to load up the next scene, to enter and leave animations, etc. The Black Mirror is a slow paced game, which was unexpected but not a problem after I got used to it. The voice acting is awkward, but I thought it was entertaining at least. The story seems fairly good so far. Then environments do an excellent job of evoking the right atmosphere for the game. Family relationships are not well spelled out. You play Samual Gordon and run into various other Gordons without really knowing how you know them, who your parents are, or how these other Gordons are related to you. I got some of that online (don't use wikipedia, there's a major spoiler there) just so I better understand the situation.

However, it's the point and click mechanics that bring the game down for me. I find them more exasperating than challenging, more tedious than fun. And occasionally the point and click puzzle solutions are nonsensical in ways I thought were only common in hidden object games. I will push through to the end of the game, just to see it through. If the point and click mechanics get better in the 2nd half of the game I'll update my review. Otherwise, I think The Black Mirror is only for point and click adventure die-hards, those who don't mind pixel hunting, or those who don't think twice about looking up a walkthrough when you get tried of being stuck for so long.

edit: I finished the game, took me a little over 19 hrs. That would have been considerably longer had I not consulted a walk through so much. I didn't care for the pixel hunting aspects which continued to plague the 2nd half of the game. Several puzzle solutions were totally illogical IMO. I should have stopped trying to figure out answers and just systematically tried every inventory object on every hotspot. But that's no fun and you never really know whether you've found every hotspot.

Plus, the game has a certain mechanic where you have to wait for other characters to do something for you before you can continue. There's nothing else to do except leave the screen, reenter, and try talking to them again and again. I couldn't tell if waiting was time based or just based on the number of attempts to talk to the character (as a guide suggests). I didn't think this particular game mechanic worked well. It was more annoying than anything else and really slowed down the story.

Anyways, the 2nd half of the game was much like the first half except there were more puzzles and less conversation required to advance the story. The ending was unsatisfying. It didn't really convey what the protagonist accomplished, although if you think about it you can sort of assume what the critical cut scene was supposed to explain. With a few exceptions I pretty much knew what I was supposed to trying to solve, unlike the first half of the game where I was clueless of what to do a lot more often. I also didn't think the ending adequately explained the central crux of the plot.

Conclusion: I liked the story for the most part and the atmosphere and environments were very well done. But that was slightly overcome by too much pixel hunting and illogical puzzles. Overall, I'm pretty "meh" on this game, just over the "not recommended" threshold unless you are a big fan of point and click adventure games.
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sara
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
First of all, if you are going to try this game out, do yourself a favor and turn the speech volume all the way off and use captions instead. The voice acting is absolutely unbearable, not only intonation-wise but also speed-wise, and with captions on you can click through the rigid dialog as soon as you're done reading.

Second of all, it's obvious that the makers of this game confused "time sink" with "gameplay", as sometimes happens. You are forced to leave behind item after item that you KNOW you will need later (because you're able to highlight them... but no, your character thinks "I don't need to use this right now" and refuses to take it). This makes for a ton of backtracking your snail of a character through the maze of castle grounds. This is not clever... it does not present a puzzle to overcome; it is a time waste with absolutely no added value. After enough of this, I had to quit the game and just call it a loss.
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Littleseal
( 26.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
The game can pretty much be summed up like this:

Click. Useless object with useless description.
Click. You need to find a key.
Click. Found key, open door.
Click. Useless object with useless description.
Click. You need to find a key.
Click. Found key, open another door.
Click. Useless object with useless description.
Click. You need to find a key.
Click. Found key, open chest.
Click. Useless object with useless description.
Click. You need to find a key.
Click. Found key, open a massive chest.
Click. Useless object with useless description.
Click. You need to find a key.
Click. Found key, open a gate.

And so on until you need to find 5 ultimate fancy KEYS!

The game sometimes kills you for no reason, so whenever you feel that what you are going to touch is going to kill you, save immediately before you do it.

The story makes you want to get to the bottom of whatever is going on in that castle and around it. And sometimes it just makes you want to get to the bottom of the castle, like the old man in the first cutscene, especially when some of the voice overs or puzzles are bad and slow.

The buildings are nice.

6/10, passed my test, so I'd recommend it.
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AuntyJulie
( 31.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
This game had an excellent storyline & excellent graphics. It is one of my favourite types of game and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, some of the voice overs, particularly Samuel's, were rather strange, stilted and not in keeping with the environment. Samuel's voice and tone particularly were at odds with his character and after a while I found it a little irritating. I did not let this spoil the enjoyment of the game and was entertained throughout.
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Dame Amethyst
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
I really loved the atmosphere of this game, the genre, the story. But the game play had a tendency toward tediousness. At serveral points in the game, you had to basically walk around from one end of the Black Mirror world to the other simply to advance the game. There was nothing to do beyond wait for the game to decide that enough time had passed to progress to the next point. That was annoying. But I did enjoy it immensely. I started Black Mirror II immediately after. Talk about a shock. The character relationships in the first game weren't clear at all. The woman who died in the first one (before the events in the timeline) was the main character's *wife* not his sister. I didn't find that out until the second game's prologue, where that fact was revealed. Outside of all that, I did really enjoy this game.
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schichtmichaela
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
I cannot understand the negative comment s on here for this game
in my opinion its an classic, old yes... but still had fun playing, very athmospheric, creepy,
the riddles werent too hard...

only thing i can say that the game crashed somtimes.. on my laptop windows 8,
so dont forget to save the game often and save on two slots.

other than that i really enjoyed it...
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Shyhalu
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
The game definitely shows its age but is solid in terms of stability, mechanics, etc.

My major gripe is that its pretty boring and bland for a big chunk of the game and only gets interesting much later.
There are some things that are also done so poorly they make the "so bad its funny" category.

For instance, the voice acting is solid but the dialogue is awkward.

Pick up only if you are going through the entire seriesa nd on sale.
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Geekman
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Firstly, I have to admit, this is not entirely a bad game at all. In fact, I enjoyed it for all it's worth.

However there is a major flaw in this game that make me unable to recommend it to anyone I know. The dreaded 'Waiting time'. Many times, the game requires you to wait a certain period of time before it will allow you to continue on with the game. During these waiting time, usually there will be nothing really worthy for you to do, other than waiting. Just Simply. Waiting. There is no indication of when the waiting is over. Although there are mentioning of time in the game, there is actually no way to track time (actually the game has no time-counting mechanism, other than these timed counter driven events).

So all you can do is walking around mindlessly, having nothig to do at all. To make things worse, you cannot just alt-tab away to do something to pass time - the game will pause when you alt-tab away. So you have to be really enjoying the pure.simple.waiting.

My nerves finally snapped during the longest wait in the game - waiting for Father Faderick to check records on Lothar Gordon. Some faq says it's about 10 minutes waiting.

10.Effing.Minutes.of.Pure.Nothing.To.Do.Waiting!

Sorry, although this is an interesting game, I really can't recommend it to anyone. Not even my enemies.

(note: Steam is not responding when I post my review, so pardon me if this review appeared multiple times)

Edit: Hmm, definitely more than 10 minutes. After posting the review, I just leave the game running and go fixed myself some snacks, ate it, watched my neighbor's dog chasing the kids from across the stree, take a leak, used my phone to make a few posts in some forums... and when I get back to the game, the wait is still not over. Either i't more than 10 minutes wait, or stnading in the church waiting is not counted as time passed. So i have to move from points to points around the game map for no reason for over 10 minutes?
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James
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Really didn't grip me 6/15
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L0stLP
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
On its own: a great murder mystery. 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.

It feels a bit slow, from the dialogues to the fact that you can't run. Pixel hunting for key items and the objective not being clear sometimes. But aside from that a great game,
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Ḏīác̄ṟìṭïç
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Dated graphics when it comes to the character models, but an intriguing story, though there is a major plothole near the end. The game is worth it solely for the beautiful environments and eerie atmosphere in places. Not for everyone, but I certainly enjoyed it.
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hole'n'head
( 32.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
As a point&click adventure game, this is worth a play through. The game plays well and the story is enjoyable. I played more for the story but was able to consistently progress through the game puzzles with only a few places where I was stuck -- a couple times because I overlooked the obvious. And walkthroughs are available if you need to get through a stuck point.
Some have described this as a horror game. It can certainly be strange and creepy, and even violent at times. And it definitely has a dark, supernatural story. But I would not call it horror. Never did I have any jump scares or feel dread playing it.
Having finished Black Mirror II and Black Mirror III also, this game has a somewhat different feel than the latter 2 in the series. Graphics are good in this game but it does show its age, although not necessarily in a bad way. Compared to the last 2 games in the series, it doesn't provide a way to highlight the interactive objects but normally they are not hard to find.
The story is set in England and that is good, as it is a story that mixes the old world with the modern. In some places the story feels a little disjointed but overall it is a decent story, and it serves as the backdrop to the last 2 games in the series.
If you plan on playing the series, start with this one.
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BatGirlJack
( 15.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Playing this game is like reading a 19th century novel; know it's going to take quite a long time and some parts will be very slow but the rich story line and character progression make for a very rewarding experience.

Black Mirror is a very straight-forward, adventure, point and click game where most problems can be solved by repeatedly talking to different characters and finding inventory items. There are very few mini games, but all that are there were really fun.

As always, I must comment on my own personal pet peeve, slow walking protagonists, but in this game it's not just the protagonist that's slow. Every time you click on someone to talk to, there will be an approximately 5 second, animated delay while they stop what they're doing and turn to you. It can get a bit grating but clearly, this is no manic game and is designed for a relaxed game play experience. One small upside is that while Samuel doesn't run and definitely doesn't jump, ha, if you can click on a scene exit, the game will jump to the next screen (though again, after a few second delay).

I also have to warn you about the absolutely most annoying thing in the game, there are two or three scenarios where you have to wait for another character to get back to you about something before you can continue along with the story line. They say things like "Come back later" and well, they really do mean later. There's nothing you can do to speed this along. You can go to every location possible, look and talk to everything or everyone you've already clicked on, or just sit and wait.
Clearly, this does make sense from a story perspective, but having gameplay where the character does nothing but just has to move around or wait is absolutely ridiculous and should never ever be included.

Now regardless of my above complaints, I still really liked this game and I can't wait to continue in the sequel.
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Shade Jackrabbit
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
Couldn't shoot a padlock properly and then got eaten by a wolf. Yay.
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6twistedbiscuits
( 22.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
The game play is alright. Some fun, frustrating and interesting puzzles. It's worth playing for that.
The story as a whole is a bit 'meh' though, with an anticlimatic ending and a twist that was easily predicted early on in the game.

The main character is a total a**e-hole. I really, really don't like him.
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jinnantonix
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
I don't know how I missed this game the first time around. And the $9.99 asking price for a game that's 12+ years old is a little ambitious, but I feel it is well worth the price.

Overall, it's a pretty straight-forward point-and-click adventure. You're the prodigal relative who has returned to the manor after many years of self-imposed ostracism. William (your uncle or brother or dad, something like that) has died under mysterious circumstances and you take it upon yourslef to find out what has happened.

It's kind of a modern analog for "The Witness" or "Deadline" or "Suspect", except that it's a touch more linear. If you remember those games then you like a good mystery. There are some interesting puzzlers here, nothing too tough. But truly the plot here is interesting and compelling. You interact with a lot of characters and you have an opportunity to ask them a ton of questions. And the characters are written as though they are real people -- that is, they don't see their function in the game as forwarding the plot. They have personalities, they lie, they have their own interests that they pursue. They don't just sit there and give you information.

Part thriller, part horror, part mystery, this game makes the hours go quickly. I haven't even finished it yet at 6.3 hours.

As I wrote before, there are some tedious moments that haunt all point-and-click adventures. You really have to be careful whisking the mouse around the screen or you'll miss something. And sometimes you'll like at something fifty times by left clicking on it and then, for snicks, right click and there comes the solution.

Truly, $9.99 was asking a lot for this game. I got it at a heavily discounted price. But overall I wouldn't be disappointed if I had paid full price for it. I can't say the same for its sequels. But spend some time with this little gem. Well worth it and you will feel satisfied.

A shame all modern games can't pay more attention to this story and plot that this game has and spend less time on the flash and dazzle of graphics.

Highly recommended!
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Musemaka
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
Game from 2003 and still great. Just love it!

Point-and-click adventure game with bit of horror and detective elements, nice music which complete the atmosphere and great illustrations.
I would say relaxing game in the sence that you are just exploring, and interacting with people and objects. Sometimes it takes time to explore and wait till all is updated (some of the elements are active once you do st, but you need to w8 and also go to other corners of the castle and surroundings) and your character needs to walk through rooms till all is ready to continue.
Still I am finding this game very timeless and I could recommend.
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erikn1982
( 17.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
Great point and click adventure.

Investegate the mystery of your families past and several mysterious deaths in and around Black Mirror Castle. Set in some remote countryside in england. Find clues, conduct interviews, solve puzzles, explore locations. Standard murder/horror/mystery locations. An old Castle, Cemetery, Sewer, Spooky Woods, Village, Morgue, etc.

It is a bit dated, so the graphics and some sounds might not seem so good (in particular the voice acting of the main protagonist, who speaks Alot), but the story is very interesting and the puzzles offer a good challenge.

I prefer the sequels, Black Mirror II and III, the first one is a great opening for the trillogy and sets the stage for the story and several characters that will show up throughout. The sequels improve on everything this one begins.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
This game had an excellent storyline & excellent graphics. It is one of my favourite types of game and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, some of the voice overs, particularly Samuel's, were rather strange, stilted and not in keeping with the environment. Samuel's voice and tone particularly were at odds with his character and after a while I found it a little irritating. I did not let this spoil the enjoyment of the game and was entertained throughout.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
There are aspects of this game I do really like. But overall I cannot recommend it. The point and click adventure part of the game, which should be the meat and bones here, is too flawed. I've only played partway through chapter 3, and I've had to consult a walkthrough too many times to figure out what to do next. There are no objectives explicitly given so often I'm left loading up area after area talking to everyone hoping to advance the game. When that doesn't work I'm left to pixel hunting scene after scene again and again wondering if I've missed something. Most of the game so far has wandering around wondering how I'm to accomplish what at least I can figure out what I'm supposed to do.

And usually I have problems because it's so easy to miss something. Once it was a right click. Right click is used sporadically in this game; sometimes it does something, but most often it does nothing. One missed right click on an inventory object or hotspot will get you stuck. Several times it's been one tiny hotspot overshadowed by another much larger hotspot right next to it. If you buy this game, don't assume all hotspots are separated from each other. If/When you get stuck look for slivers of a 2nd hotspot along side ones you've already found. There's also some degree of misdirection in the game. I was told to leave the main house once to procure an object. However the game wouldn't let me leave. After talking to everyone and not getting anywhere I had to resort to a walkthrough only to discover I wasn't supposed to leave at all, but I was supposed to procure a substitute object another way. That's kind of cheaty IMO. If the main character I'm playing wants to do that then the game should inform me that's the objective. There was another event where I died repeatedly; I couldn't figure out how to survive with the objects in the character's inventory. Again, back to a walthrough to discover that prior events had to be completed in a very precise way in order to survive the dangerous encounter. I guess I should revise my earlier statement: one missed right click on a hotspot can get you killed later, so save often. (Disclaimer: I don't find point and click mechanics like this much fun.)

The graphics are fine for a game over a decade old. The character models were rather pixelated, but forcing Nvidia antiailasing fixed that. Characters move slowly, and there's a lot of waiting to converse with NPCs, to load up the next scene, to enter and leave animations, etc. The Black Mirror is a slow paced game, which was unexpected but not a problem after I got used to it. The voice acting is awkward, but I thought it was entertaining at least. The story seems fairly good so far. Then environments do an excellent job of evoking the right atmosphere for the game. Family relationships are not well spelled out. You play Samual Gordon and run into various other Gordons without really knowing how you know them, who your parents are, or how these other Gordons are related to you. I got some of that online (don't use wikipedia, there's a major spoiler there) just so I better understand the situation.

However, it's the point and click mechanics that bring the game down for me. I find them more exasperating than challenging, more tedious than fun. And occasionally the point and click puzzle solutions are nonsensical in ways I thought were only common in hidden object games. I will push through to the end of the game, just to see it through. If the point and click mechanics get better in the 2nd half of the game I'll update my review. Otherwise, I think The Black Mirror is only for point and click adventure die-hards, those who don't mind pixel hunting, or those who don't think twice about looking up a walkthrough when you get tried of being stuck for so long.

edit: I finished the game, took me a little over 19 hrs. That would have been considerably longer had I not consulted a walk through so much. I didn't care for the pixel hunting aspects which continued to plague the 2nd half of the game. Several puzzle solutions were totally illogical IMO. I should have stopped trying to figure out answers and just systematically tried every inventory object on every hotspot. But that's no fun and you never really know whether you've found every hotspot.

Plus, the game has a certain mechanic where you have to wait for other characters to do something for you before you can continue. There's nothing else to do except leave the screen, reenter, and try talking to them again and again. I couldn't tell if waiting was time based or just based on the number of attempts to talk to the character (as a guide suggests). I didn't think this particular game mechanic worked well. It was more annoying than anything else and really slowed down the story.

Anyways, the 2nd half of the game was much like the first half except there were more puzzles and less conversation required to advance the story. The ending was unsatisfying. It didn't really convey what the protagonist accomplished, although if you think about it you can sort of assume what the critical cut scene was supposed to explain. With a few exceptions I pretty much knew what I was supposed to trying to solve, unlike the first half of the game where I was clueless of what to do a lot more often. I also didn't think the ending adequately explained the central crux of the plot.

Conclusion: I liked the story for the most part and the atmosphere and environments were very well done. But that was slightly overcome by too much pixel hunting and illogical puzzles. Overall, I'm pretty "meh" on this game, just over the "not recommended" threshold unless you are a big fan of point and click adventure games.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Dated graphics when it comes to the character models, but an intriguing story, though there is a major plothole near the end. The game is worth it solely for the beautiful environments and eerie atmosphere in places. Not for everyone, but I certainly enjoyed it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Playing this game is like reading a 19th century novel; know it's going to take quite a long time and some parts will be very slow but the rich story line and character progression make for a very rewarding experience.

Black Mirror is a very straight-forward, adventure, point and click game where most problems can be solved by repeatedly talking to different characters and finding inventory items. There are very few mini games, but all that are there were really fun.

As always, I must comment on my own personal pet peeve, slow walking protagonists, but in this game it's not just the protagonist that's slow. Every time you click on someone to talk to, there will be an approximately 5 second, animated delay while they stop what they're doing and turn to you. It can get a bit grating but clearly, this is no manic game and is designed for a relaxed game play experience. One small upside is that while Samuel doesn't run and definitely doesn't jump, ha, if you can click on a scene exit, the game will jump to the next screen (though again, after a few second delay).

I also have to warn you about the absolutely most annoying thing in the game, there are two or three scenarios where you have to wait for another character to get back to you about something before you can continue along with the story line. They say things like "Come back later" and well, they really do mean later. There's nothing you can do to speed this along. You can go to every location possible, look and talk to everything or everyone you've already clicked on, or just sit and wait.
Clearly, this does make sense from a story perspective, but having gameplay where the character does nothing but just has to move around or wait is absolutely ridiculous and should never ever be included.

Now regardless of my above complaints, I still really liked this game and I can't wait to continue in the sequel.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
As a point&click adventure game, this is worth a play through. The game plays well and the story is enjoyable. I played more for the story but was able to consistently progress through the game puzzles with only a few places where I was stuck -- a couple times because I overlooked the obvious. And walkthroughs are available if you need to get through a stuck point.
Some have described this as a horror game. It can certainly be strange and creepy, and even violent at times. And it definitely has a dark, supernatural story. But I would not call it horror. Never did I have any jump scares or feel dread playing it.
Having finished Black Mirror II and Black Mirror III also, this game has a somewhat different feel than the latter 2 in the series. Graphics are good in this game but it does show its age, although not necessarily in a bad way. Compared to the last 2 games in the series, it doesn't provide a way to highlight the interactive objects but normally they are not hard to find.
The story is set in England and that is good, as it is a story that mixes the old world with the modern. In some places the story feels a little disjointed but overall it is a decent story, and it serves as the backdrop to the last 2 games in the series.
If you plan on playing the series, start with this one.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Game from 2003 and still great. Just love it!

Point-and-click adventure game with bit of horror and detective elements, nice music which complete the atmosphere and great illustrations.
I would say relaxing game in the sence that you are just exploring, and interacting with people and objects. Sometimes it takes time to explore and wait till all is updated (some of the elements are active once you do st, but you need to w8 and also go to other corners of the castle and surroundings) and your character needs to walk through rooms till all is ready to continue.
Still I am finding this game very timeless and I could recommend.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
You're Samuel Gordon investigating the source for dark curse upon your family. In a nutshell you go gravedigging for five sacred keys to reveal the Truth. This game was overall great experience. Definitely good price/playtime-ratio especially if get this in the bundle. Hardcore point&click without being too hardcore. Some notes before anyone should start playing to save some gray hair (no spoilers for spoiler crybabies, just made up examples of situations).

1. You can actually die. This was not made clear. I usually go around clicking everything and when there's, say, grizzly bear on the way Samuel might say "Oh gee that's dangerous, can't go there". But SOMETIMES you go and click, say, landmine and instantly go boom. Great. When in doubt, remember to save the game.

2. The user interface is 99% of the time clicking left-button for both action and inspecting. But SOMETIMES you have to use right-click to find stuff. This is very inconsistent because most of the time right-click does nothing. At least iIn the inventory left is for use and right for inspecting.

3. This is not the kind of game you go picking up everything that's not bolted to the floor. You might see hotspot on, say, crowbar and Samuel says "I ain't gonna need that". Later on there's, say, loose nail you need and then Samuel goes "I wish I had a crowbar or something". So sometimes you need a valid reason to activate some items.

Last thing i have to share was this ridiculous case when Samuel needed some stuff and Mr. M says "Yeah I got that stuff in my garage". Then you go to garage (decently much clicking to get there) and see it's locked. Then back to Mr. M (more clicking) who goes like "Oh gee REALLY? I forgot it was locked. Here's the key." You sonava♥♥♥♥♥ why not give me the key the first time...? Luckily, you have a map to fast travel to certain places.

The praise:
-interesting mystery story
-graphics are fine and there's countless little details everywhere
-long game, took me 16h to complete but felt like The longest journey long
-much content and many different locations
-decent dialog
-great puzzles

The nag:
-few artificial problems that were clearly made to prolong the playtime
-inconsistent point and clicking interface
-eternally slow npc animations (Samuel animates at normal speed)
-can't run
-sometimes no idea what to do or where to go
-sudden deaths
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I don't know how I missed this game the first time around. And the $9.99 asking price for a game that's 12+ years old is a little ambitious, but I feel it is well worth the price.

Overall, it's a pretty straight-forward point-and-click adventure. You're the prodigal relative who has returned to the manor after many years of self-imposed ostracism. William (your uncle or brother or dad, something like that) has died under mysterious circumstances and you take it upon yourslef to find out what has happened.

It's kind of a modern analog for "The Witness" or "Deadline" or "Suspect", except that it's a touch more linear. If you remember those games then you like a good mystery. There are some interesting puzzlers here, nothing too tough. But truly the plot here is interesting and compelling. You interact with a lot of characters and you have an opportunity to ask them a ton of questions. And the characters are written as though they are real people -- that is, they don't see their function in the game as forwarding the plot. They have personalities, they lie, they have their own interests that they pursue. They don't just sit there and give you information.

Part thriller, part horror, part mystery, this game makes the hours go quickly. I haven't even finished it yet at 6.3 hours.

As I wrote before, there are some tedious moments that haunt all point-and-click adventures. You really have to be careful whisking the mouse around the screen or you'll miss something. And sometimes you'll like at something fifty times by left clicking on it and then, for snicks, right click and there comes the solution.

Truly, $9.99 was asking a lot for this game. I got it at a heavily discounted price. But overall I wouldn't be disappointed if I had paid full price for it. I can't say the same for its sequels. But spend some time with this little gem. Well worth it and you will feel satisfied.

A shame all modern games can't pay more attention to this story and plot that this game has and spend less time on the flash and dazzle of graphics.

Highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
"Black Mirror" is excellent!

I have always liked point and click (p'n'c) adventures and horror games - and this title combines both.
It does so extraordinarily well!
The story is very well written. There is suspense, many interesting details and diverse characters.
It also manages to largely avoid one of the typical problems that many p'n'c adventures have: it is mostly not frustrating to find the right object in the scenery which you need to manipulate or collect, etc.
I can only find one flaw: you sometimes need to walk around aimlessly for some time just because you need to wait for a character to be ready. The game designers should have included an option to sleep for a while in order to pass that time - especially because you have your own room with a bed in it in the castle.
Other than that, it is a must-have for fans of p'n'c adventures and horror/mystery.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Great story, disappointing ending without closure, extremely slow npc animation, graphics look like they're from the mid 90s, simple and intuitive gameplay, likeable protagonist even though his voice actor is horrible. Recommended because of the story.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
Very good point & click adventure game. Beautifull music and creepy story. Graphic old but.. let be honest - it's a "must have" and "must play" classic adventure game ! Cheers
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
An incredible gothic horror point and click game that all fans of the genre must play.

There are a lot of scenes to explore and the storyline will keep you wanting to play more. The best part is that when you finish this one, you have two sequels to play that continue the story.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
There is no too much to say. this game is a point and click adventure game classic and adventure games fans must play this game and sequels. if you don't mind bad voice acting and some technical issues, if you like gothic horror stories and some mystery, don't hesitate to try this game. no need to mention this game's gorgeously drawn pre rendered backgrounds, eerie soundtrack and dark/immersive atmospehere.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Likes

Thrilling (believable) atmosphere throughout the whole game.

Sophisticated & refined graphic environment (e.g. exquisitely furnished rooms).

Different locations (e.g. mansion, morgue, sanatorium, pub, etc., ... ) + different spaces (e.g. bedroom, hallway, yard, etc., ... ).

Interactive map (gets you from one place to another in the blink of an eye).

Simple, easy-to use interface (e.g. inventory & game settings).


Dislikes:

"Stiff" execution of the script (i.e. conversation).

Lack of flow in regard to character movement.

No auto-save (you may find yourself replaying certain parts or even chapters, if you forget saving!)

Having to go back-and-forth too many times at some point.


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The game has a beautiful "old-world" feel to it, and looks very enticing (especially the first setting where the story begins: at "Black Mirror" castle); the main character's (rich!) family estate.

I seriously wanted the character to keep going back there for more :). Unfortunately, there's only a small amount of rooms to explore, but the process is still satisfying nonetheless!

The puzzles are manageable. They take enough time to keep the player entertained, without ending up overly frustrated or braindead.

Some of the conclusions drawn by the main character feel a bit "off" (not exactly illogical, but rather insufficiently developed you could say).

This game somehow gets away with it, because the beauty & emotional complexity of the main plot makes up for it.

However, the game progress tends to be tricky at times, in that it will have you running around (in spots you've been before, to get certain items that aren't visible at first, but become accessible only after executing a set of tasks in a particular order).

So you will want to pay attention to that!

All in all, it's a really enjoyable game, if you can get past the initial "stiff" impression, and save your progress frequently.

Regardless of this fact, I most definitely recommend it to lovers of the point&click/puzzle/adventure genre.

It contains a good balance of thrill, mischief & secrecy :).

If you give it a try, you might be pleasantly surprised as I was! ♥
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Won't make you fall asleep like the Gabriel Knight series. Oh, snap!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
An older game, but nonetheless still a compelling mystery game. The controls...such as saving, can be hard to find if you do not correctly know how to do that----and at times you can get lost and not know where to sleuth next. Be very observant in this game, and make sure to look at EVERYTHING CLOSELY before moving on....you may miss some very important things! This of course, is the first BLACK MIRROR of 3 BLACK MIRROR games....so start here (obviously) before jumping into the others.
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77 of 88 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Fantastic voice acting and atmosphere. Have no problems with crashing (W. 8.1/64) but i have some realy annoying sound issues. One of my favoriute games 10 years ago and the creepy feeling of black mirror castle is unchanged, love it :-)
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
The story is one of the best I've seen in an adventure game, if you don't mind horror.
The characters are actually fairly interesting, and the character interactions are great.
The atmosphere created by the art is a 10.

In any case I felt continually compelled to keep playing to see what was next. The story manages to tweak your emotions throughout, whether desperation to escape, trauma of some event, intrigue of some mystery, or just pure horror.

Some of the puzzles were too hard for me, I admit going to the walkthrough several times.
It is important to check william's diary (there is a right arrow to progress through it) for tips on puzzles to minimize having to do this. Yet there were plenty of difficult point and click type puzzles that I was able to do and were very enjoyable.

There is a bug where sound occasionally screeches at you, and rarely crashes.
(I had 3 crashes total, not bad for such a long and fantastic game)
Distracting, but not a game killer.

It is quite a long game, and very challenging. I was very glad I played, I won't forget it soon.
I wonder if Black circle II is any good?

Non-spoiler tips:

Right clicking can produce different results than left clicking!
As best I can tell, right click is a kind of "super search".
Left clicking might tell you that something isn't interesting, but right click might find something big!

Sometimes you cannot progress in the story until you exhaust all conversation options.

Objects which were not highlighted before, may become highlighted when they become useful as new information is learned! So you may need to scan areas you were sure had nothing interesting before.

Sometimes a character will tell you to "wait" while they figure out something. This is a frustrating game mechanic where you might have to zip all around the place before coming back to check if they are ready.

There is one point where it is possible to save your game where a decision you just made has already caused your doom. That means if you only have one save game, you just ruined your game and will have to start from the beginning! I feel I must micro spoil this one, it is an event where you fire a gun to escape. I recommend keeping at least two saves.

Overall, black mirror 1 and 2 were among the best and most memorable adventure games I have ever played.
Highly recommended. I had some problems with the latter half of BM 3.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Highly recommended! (the game is now updated and works properly!)

From the start Black Mirror offers us a mystery that we want to solve! Most of it looks realistic and authentic. Only the animations of the characters could have been done better.

Most of the puzzles are logical and certainly won't be a problem for the experienced adventure gamer, but some require "external information" as there is no specific hints for them.

Sometimes you have to do certain things, in order to advance, without any connection to the event itself. This means that you have to explore other places and talk to other people until you trigger an event, and sometimes you can feel a bit "lost".

The climax is good, but kinda previsible. The finale is quite unsatisfying, in contrast to the great mystery that was introduced to us. There is also some gaps in the story.

This game does succeed in presenting an ambiance similar to classic horror stories. The atmosphere of this game is thrilling and chilling! Black Mirror has its flaws, but it is a very solid game!


Análise em português:

Altamente recomendado! (o jogo agora está atualizado e funcionando corretamente!)

Desde o começo, Black Mirror nos oferece um mistério intrigante, que nos empolga a resolvê-lo! A maior parte dele é realista e autêntica. Só as animações dos personagens poderiam ter sido melhores.

A maioria dos puzzles são lógicos e certamente não serão um problema para o jogador experiente em adventures, mas alguns deles necessitam de "informação externa", já que não existe pistas específicas para eles.

Ás vezes você tem que fazer certas coisas para progredir no jogo mas sem qualquer conexão com o evento em si. Isso significa que você terá que explorar outros lugares e falar com outras pessoas até que o evento seja acionado, e às vezes você pode se sentir um pouco "perdido" por causa disso.

O clímax é bom, mas meio previsível. O final é bastante insatisfatório, se comparado com o grande mistério que nos foi apresentado no começo. Há também algumas brechas na história.

O game tem êxito em apresentar um ambiente semelhante ao das histórias de terror clássicas. A atmosfera deste jogo é sinistra e arrepiante! Black Mirror tem suas falhas, mas é um jogo muito sólido!
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
I vaguely remembered playing this game as a kid when it came out, it was extremely popular in Germany for some reason, so my granddad would bring me back all the good new PC games when he'd travel. I remembered playing much of this game alone and with my mom but I guess I got bored of it, or maybe got stuck on a level. I was so glad I found it again!

This game is honestly very underrated. It's old, it has horrible cinematic graphics and the English accents are absolutely awful. True. But the art, the scenery and buildings, the intricate details of everything you could possibly find in one scene, is insanely beautiful. I have never seen a point and click game which had so much artistic effort poured into it. If you dislike the obvious story line, you should definitely appreciate the sheer beauty of the game, which I could not appreciate as a child. The gameplay itself drags on, (with 5 hours of Just. Dialogue.) the story is fairly predictable, the puzzles are frustrating... But all in all, I couldn't stop playing it until I was finished with it.

Just give it a go, honestly, there's much much worse out there.
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