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.
User reviews: Mixed (153 reviews) - 69% of the 153 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 17, 2003

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Includes 3 items: Black Mirror, Black Mirror II, Black Mirror III

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Includes 15 items: 15 Days, Aura: Fate of the Ages, Black Mirror, Black Mirror II, Black Mirror III, Dark Fall 2: Lights Out, Dark Fall: The Journal, Jack Keane 2 - The Fire Within, Overclocked: A History of Violence, Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure, The Book of Unwritten Tales, The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles, The Moment of Silence, The Mystery of the Druids, The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief



“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

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
I really enjoyed this game! I'm actually fairly surprised it has some bad reviews; it's a little old but it's still such an extraordinary game. It kept me engaged the whole way through, and by chapter five I was just completely immersed it's so well done. The story was engaging and well written, and the puzzles were just the right amount of a challenge. The story kept me guessing right until the very end and its rare to find an older game like this that makes you think so much, I just enjoyed it so much! It's also a whole lot longer than expected, it took me fifteen hours to finish, and from the looks of it it took some people even longer. At first I was annoyed with te length, but by the end I was so glad there was so much game for me to enjoy. I can't wait to play the others! If they're any better than this one then they're well worth being excited for!!

Also a side note, some of the reviews report some bugs but I didn't encounter a single one, so whatever bugs they mention have in fact been patched and the game is fully enjoyable!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Recommended for people who like adventure games.

+ intesting story with weird ending
+ nice background images and sounds
+ cool retro horror atmosphere
+ nice riddles and long playtime

- only 800x600 resolution
- very old graphics
- slow, wooden movement of character
- very static environment
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
The best point&click I've been playing for years!
Great storyline and nice music/sound effects.
Riddles are logical in 95% so it's really good ;) Some irrational ones forced me to give this game 9/10 instead of 10/10.

I just hope that BM2 will be as good as the first part, because I am about to start and finish it this weekend! ^^
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Black Mirror has detailed backgrounds often with a bit of animation (candles flicker, water flows, branches move in the wind), it makes good use of ambient sounds and incidental music, has a decent voicecast (except - unfortunately - the main character), has a detailed history and the puzzles are often fun and interesting which makes this an adventure game that's worth playing. The game is pretty long, though some of the hours I've spent with the game were due to having to replay some portions of it. The game has some quirks that will sometimes frustrate you, so I've written a short guide that should help you avoid some of them. If you like games like Sanitarium, Gabriel Knight or Phantasmagoria you'll probably enjoy this game as well.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
It took me a long time to decide whether to click the thumbs up or down for the reccomendation on this game. I went with thumbs up, but with a few caveats.

  • The reccomendation is for those who already like the point and click mystery genre. If you are unsure of these type games, or haven't played any before, don't start here. Try Broken Sword or Syberia first.

  • Be prepared to wait. A lot. Some of the puzzles require you to wait for a character to do something for you. I still can't work out whether it is based on actual time passed, or how long you spend moving around screens clicking on things you have already clicked on, but at times this mechanic is infuriating. (The last chapter I played had the worst example of this so far... I had already clicked on everything else in the level and had to re do that whilst waiting for some dude to do some damn research! I revisited him 8 times before he finally had finished!)

  • Some of the quests have you bounce back and forth between a couple/few locations. This can be tedious as animations in this game are so damn slow. In fact, the animations of others when you talk to them, and the weird pause where you say a line and they have to finish what they are doing first, is borderline hilarious at times. Coupled with the strange, awkward dialogue (the main character is sometimes an absolute ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ to people, and you can't be sure if he is meant to be or the actor just read the line in the wrong context) this can break the flow of what you were doing.

  • The puzzles are pretty easy... bar 1 I have come across so far (Which actually required me to look up due to needing real world knowledge not offered in the game.) They are entertaining enough though. BE WARNED some areas you can die... SAVE OFTEN! (And a tip... save to different files. Especially when you get to the top of the mine, before you try and exit. You can accidentally save at a point where the only option is to die and reload and you cannot progress.)

      So what did I like about it? Well... it looks great and has a good amount of detail in the locales. The atmosphere on a whole is fantastic, and although the story has flaws (so far, even though I haven't finished) it is definitely pulling me back just to see what will happen!
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