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 (55 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible card
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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 very weak 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 bem fraco 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Black Mirror is a point and click adventure game with a dark and engaging storyline. Although tagged as a horror game it certainly is not a terrifying game filled with scares - it is more a story which has darker elements to its theme and imagery. No jump scares here!

The locations throughout the game are visually and stylistically excellent and combine well with the narrative to achieve an atmosphere which fits perfectly. I certainly enjoyed it and am looking forward to playing Black Mirror II!

I thought that most of the characters and main puzzles were done well and add to the strong point of the game which is undoubtedly the story. Just as well for a point and click game!

There were a few issues with the game which do detract from the overall experience. The character animations are not the greatest and seem to take an age when engaging in some conversations. Add this to a fair amount of backtracking over the course of the story and it can occasionally be a little frustrating.

Most of the puzzles are logical but sometimes I did come to a halt unsure of how to advance the story. Usually it is a case of going back to previous locations and checking again as sometimes items which were not previously clickable are now useable. Other times, using a right click instead of the usual left click brought further results which was a mechanism which lead me to miss things on a few occasions.

A couple of times the game has a wait and come back later mechanism which only served to be an artificial interuption to the pace of the story. Also, it should be noted that (avoiding spoilers) sometimes you regret not saving the game. With no autosave and no quick save or even a quick way of saving I got caught out and had to do a lengthy backtrack a couple of times.

The sounds and music are quite good in places although I felt that it might have benefitted from greater use of music/sound to enhance the atmosphere. The voice acting is certainly not the strongest - some strange accents encountered! Most of the time this is just quirky and does not detract from the overall experience in my opinion.

Overall I would recommend the game mainly for the locations and story but be prepared to have some patience with the way the game plays. I put more detail into the drawbacks because some of the issues I had can be avoided using a walkthough guide or understanding the right click mechanism earlier in the game. The issues are minor ones and I would say that they are definitely worth playing through for the overall experience.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Ever since I played the sequel „Black Mirror 2“, I told myself to play the first part too, so I can get to know the whole story about the Gordon family. And I’m glad I bought it.
The game is from 2003, but this is barely noticeable. The environment and the graphic display is amazing considering its release date and the only thing less detailed are the characters themselves and the cutscenes. But that’s no big deal.
The story is thrilling from the very first moment. It includes some puzzles (not too many), which were fun to solve. The gameplay is enjoyable. Horror moments and mysteries create creepy effects and you are even able to die by making wrong choices. It’s kind of brutal sometimes, but I don’t mind that ;)
As you get into the character and deeper into the story, you can’t stop playing to solve the truth about the family history.
After about 14 hours and 3 or 4 times peeking into the walkthrough solution, I finished the game and a great impression lasts.
I totally recommend this game to all the point&click-adventure-lovers. It’s worth the price.
Now I’m looking forward to play the last part of the Black Mirror series.

In addition: I had no such problems like sound bugs or crashes during playing!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
A nice, rich horror story that will keep your attention. The puzzles were decent and the characters were interesting. The story actually had depth which kept me playing to see what twist I would encounter next. Had some trouble with crashing when i first played... then came back to it a couple of weeks later and absolutely not one crash...*head scratch*. So just make sure to save frequently as there are certain parts where you can actually die! A really nice feature in this point and click is the map which not a lot of point and click games give the players. That and also Samuel wont leave an area if everything he needs for a puzzle is in that particular area which saved me often from searching for a piece of a puzzle in the wrong place.

So now what I didnt like...
there are some parts where you have to wait on characters to do something for you. When I say wait... I really mean wait. There is no other task to do. You simply have to keep checking to see if they are done. Sometimes when you click on an object, Samuel will say it isnt interesting... however right click and all of a sudden he finds something interesting about it! I do suggest if you left click and the object stays red... try to right click. Also sometimes I would be stuck on some task to realize that once you need something it can magically be clicked when it couldnt be clicked before. Sometimes this led to meticulously scanning areas over and over when stuck. Some of the puzzles were really hard. I really dont like to... but at times I had to refer to a walkthrough because I didnt understand what I was supposed to do.

Overall though, I do recommend and cant wait to play the next 2 installments!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I really enjoyed this game (aside from the bugs, have been fixed now).
Good storyline, great atmosphere and nice dialogues.
Iespeicially enjoyed the minigames, fun and challenging!..

I would recommend this game to fans of point and click adventure games!
it's a must try.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Black Mirror is a game that has a lot of promise. It contains several interesting plot elements that barely germinate, and some interesting puzzles bookended by thousands of very bland ones.

While not incompetent, the writing in Black Mirror is little more than functional, imparting no character on the cast and switching awkwardly between useless vaguery and overblown exposition. The character of Samuel Gordon, in particular, is a complete and utter void, so any plot twists involving him are dulled and ineffective as he never establishes who he is beyond "The Protagonist of An Adventure Game". Even the game's main twist does nothing but slightly raise an eyebrow. One wonders whether part of the problem is in the translation from the game's native language to English.

The graphics are likewise, functional, but like the rest of the game's production, feels soulless and by the numbers, serving only as a backdrop that functions, rather than a world to explore. Every prop, item, and furnishing does nothing but exist, informing us of nothing about the characters, and leaving us dead to any event that might happen.

The puzzles are mainly variations on fetching some sort of key, unlocking a door, or asking someone to unlock a door. The myst-style puzzles, such as the puzzles presented on plynths, are far more fascinating, presenting the player with an actual challenge and being a compelling and welcome change from use-key-in-door.

However, there are plenty of puzzles that aren't these few rare gems, and some of them involve callously attempting murder, in the guise of getting past unwitting bystanders who act as obstacles. The game never discusses these, nor does Samuel ever think twice about poisoning or electrocuting someone. His entire motivation is to advance the plot, thus we are robbed of character development through puzzle design. The nadir of the puzzle design comes when you need to "wait" for someone to get back to you with information. This happens twice in the game, and due to the game's linear nature, by the time you've gotten to that point, there is literally nothing you can do to allievate the boredom. All you can do is wait. Wait and visit every single room in the game multiple times in the hopes of triggering the next part. Patience is not a virtue I would like to experience in a videogame where I am forced to not play the game for long periods of time.

The voice acting is dull and lifeless, with some characters acting barely above a Text-To-Speech program, reading their lines with the same vitality as Microsoft Sam. Every dull line made me dread yet another long monologue delivered by the characters.

The highlights of the game come in the Mine sequence, and the mystery surrounding the manor itself. However, the delivery muted my excitement and dragged a potentially interesting story out over five interminably long and tedious sections.

Unless you are a hardcore adventure game player, to whom bad puzzle design is familiar, avoid this game. It offers nothing that other games have not achieved with defter grace and polish. Even to the hardcore adventure crowd, there is little here for you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Thank you Nordic games for listening to your fans! This is a good game, if you like story driven games, and puzzles. If you can get past the slow walking animations, and play the game for the storyline then you will enjoy this. If you like big castles, churches and exploring them, this game is for you.

It starts out a little slow, but really begins to pick up mid-chapter 1. I will not spoil anything.

I originally posted a negative response, but the company corrected the error.

Quick update - If you are playing this for your first time, SAVE OFTEN! I have run into a few game breaking bugs such as necessary items disappearing for no reason. This particularly happened during Chapter 4 when you get back to the castle, my map was missing. This can be fixed by googling save files and replacing your current save. Others have reported similar.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This is a great game, I recommend this to anyone who loves horror. Make sure to play this game first and continue the series following with The Black Mirror 2 and 3.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
The game crashes when doing ceratin actions. Don't buy it. It could have been a good game, but unfortunelly, I would never be able to know it.

EDIT: It seems that the issues have benn solved. So, I'll have to play the game to review it in a proper way.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Game works on Win8.1.

The graphics are great except for the characters which is horrible. Soud effects and all audio is great. Crontrols are great.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
-before update-

Dispite my best attempts to enjoy this game, I realize that in it's current state I can't enjoy it. The game has major audio issues which usually are followed by a crash. The game is seriously bugged and certain dialogs that cause the crash cannot be skipped. This left me pretty early in the game unable to advance due to not being able to complete important steps. Hope this helps others

edit: the game has been patched and now works properly so far. I'm changing this to a yes because of the simple fact that the devs took the innitiative to fix it :)
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75 of 85 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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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28 of 60 people (47%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
I'm using Windows 7, and have beyond recommended system requirements. However, this game does still have frequent crashes (there is no autosave to save you) and has that annoying sound glitch. The sound glitch is when someone's talking and suddenly loud static will replace the talking. The first cutscene after the introduction cutscene, is choppy. After that the animations are much smoother. To discover the controls you have to look in the readme inside the game files. I recommend using subtitles.

Other than that, the small portion I've been able to play before the game crashes, has been a enjoyable expierence. I cannot though, recommend this game until some of the problems said above are fixed.

In Black Mirror's current state:
Rating: 6.5/10
Value: $2-5
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25 of 54 people (46%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
This would be a good game if it didn't keep crashing. Apparently, Steam uses an older version of the game with several crash issues, namely during ingame dialog - the dialog will cut out and screeching static will play. Then, the game will either continue playing or (more likely) crash. No fixes can be found.
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8 of 20 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I was really enjoying myself with this game at first. The ambiance and music were really nice, and the plot was somewhat interesting; however, it has to be noted that the voice acting in this game is top tier garbage. I'm a fan of point-and-click games, and Black Mirror, after an hour or so of gameplay, seemed enjoyable and well worth the dollar I spent for it on the Humble Bundle. But then bugs... The bugs...

I first noticed an ear splitting audio bug about 15 minutes into the game. Headphone users RIP. Then about 30 minutes later I encountered another audio bug, although I had turned my volume down in anticipation so it wasn't so bad this time. Then about 15 minutes later I had run into a bug where whenever I tried to perform an action in a certain area, the audio would "rip" and the game would crash. At this point I had enough. Game with potential ruined by bugs.

Wouldn't recommend this game to anyone UNLESS you found a work-around for the glitches/bugs AND you're a fan of old-school point-and-click adventure/mystery games.


Edit: Apparently the game was patched and now no longer has audio glitches/game crashes. Will update my review accordingly when I play the game again. Probably sometime this week.
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6 of 16 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
!!Best adventure game ever!! I done this game lots of times through the years. Plus it's czech game, poor is there should be original czech voice. :) I hope sometime I'll play better or atleast same good game as is Black Mirror and i tryed lots of adventures last few years :)

I'm sorry for your problems on Steam/GoG version. I never some kind of bugs or problems through the years.
10/10

Game had been bought from nostalgia.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Played it up until the game with no warning killed me off. Last save was 2 hours back, no way I'm redoing that. I realize that adventure games used to be a lot less forgiving than they are now, but I cannot believe some ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ actually designed that on purpose.
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3 of 11 people (27%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Loud audio glitches followed by hard-crash of the app. Liked the content, can't play the game.

:(

Running Windows 7 patched to current.
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