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: Mostly Positive (217 reviews) - 72% of the 217 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 17, 2003

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Reviews

“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
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
Not every classic game ages well, and old adventure games tend to have shorter shelf lives than most. You still hear plenty about the standouts, your Monkey Islands and your King's Quests, the ones that were either designed well or were entertaining enough to overlook their design flaws. The others fell into obscurity as the genre grew quiet for a time, and that's where you'll find Black Mirror. Whether you want to revisit this dark gem depends on how much patience you have for some very old-fashioned designs.

Black Mirror places you in the role of Samuel Gordon, estranged son of British aristocracy. A tragedy has occurred at the ancestral castle of Black Mirror, and Samuel does the prodigal son thing to prove his hunch that foul play is afoot. The game is presented with pre-rendered backgrounds and basic 3D character models that hearken back to the PlayStation 1 era, leaving you shuffling stiffly around and spending a good twenty seconds pulling a photograph from your jacket. I don't know if it's a modern system issue or not, but some of the animations in the game are absolutely laborious, particularly during dialog. Still, the game retains a retro charm that will take you back to games like Baldur's Gate or Sanitarium in terms of appearance.

The charm extends to the voice acting in a big way, and I have to stress that you need a high tolerance for cheese if you want to make it through this thing. Frankly, I'm not convinced a single British person lent their voice to this game about British people. What you get is a bunch of unconvincing doofs doing silly accents and EMOTING the strangest PARTS of THEIR sentences. If it doesn't drive you crazy, you might find it as loveable as I did... the further in I got, the less dialog I would skip (but yes, you can click straight through dialog).

As far as the gameplay goes, you better have a walkthrough handy. Black Mirror never descends to cat moustache levels, but it has a needlessly complex interaction system that is sure to trip you up. As near as I can tell (no tutorial, of course), left-click is observe/interact, and right-click is... different interact. Every time you left-click on an object, you get a different response. Sometimes you only have to click once. Sometimes twice. Sometimes you have to left-click and then right-click. Sometimes you have to left-click three times and then right-click a different thing. There's so little consistency in interacting with the world, you're guaranteed to encounter at least one situation where you know exactly what to do, just not the sequence of clicks to accomplish it.

There's pixel-hunting, forced waiting, unexpected deaths, and even ways to doom yourself (though the consequence comes minutes, not hours, later) too. Pretty much any sin an adventure game can commit can be found here, but I must admit none are particularly damning in Black Mirror. The scenes tend to be clear and easy to navigate, without too many NPCs, which makes it easy to run through all your options when you get stumped. A map in the first few chapters provides some very welcome fast travel, and in a bit of genius design, double-clicking on the transition to another scene moves you instantly. Honestly, there were enough quality-of-life features to keep me from getting really frustrated at any of the flaws.

It's a long game, at least 15 hours all told, and while the story is a slow burn, it digs deep into its own mysteries. There's not enough energy or action to keep you engaged for long periods, but I found it a good substitute for hidden object or casual games as my go-to chillout activity. If you can look past the artifacts of its age and its admittedly rough design edges, you'll get a charming, meaty adventure to keep you occupied for hours on end.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Overall a good game. The graphics are dated but the core gameplay is tight and well done. You take on the role of a troubled heir to a mysteriously plagued family, and have to wade your way through multiple locations and puzzles. Most of the puzzles are great not to brain busty but always interesting. The voice acting is fairly good, and characters are rich and add to the atmosphere. It's gloomy, dark, and suspensful with a musical score that compliments said atmosphere well.

Sometimes the game is a bit understated as to what it wants done, but nothing some tinkering about shouldn't solve. Get this game if your into a story driven point and click, and don't mind going over locations with a fine toothed uh pointer lol. Worth a buy, especially if you can get it cheap. I got the whole series on indie gala for under 9 bucks. Very happy purchase so far. Enjoy and thanks for reading.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Black Mirror is a horror point and click adventure where you try to find out clues and solve puzzles to be able find out what happened and why it happened to Black Mirror manor. The gameplay is very similar to another PC game called Sanitarium, not as great but still has a very intriguing story and very foreboding atmosphere to it. I don’t really want to get into details about the story because the story is the main attraction to these style of games. I do recommend it if you are enthusiastic about point and click adventures, not an amazing game but still holds up very well in the point and click genre. The con’s are the animation in the game is F#%#!% horrible looks kind of like the early Alone In The Dark games. The Voice acting isn't really bad but you can tell when there just reading from the script instead trying to emotionalize it. The pro’s are the visual I know it’s old game but I enjoy the visual style they use, it feels very gothic with a creepy soundtrack you don’t really hear that much only in some certain situations but still not bad overall. At last I really enjoy the story so far, it might seem a bit cliche but sometimes cliche doesn't always make it bad so give it go if you want to or check out Sanitarium which is a really great game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
I have played this game several times and I do not get bored! Very beautiful and sinister, addictive . I also recommend to play the next two sequels.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
black mirror series is fantastic.3 games full of dark story lines ,and great puzzles.one of my all time favourite games.if you are a fan of point and click.and mystery games then this is a must buy.
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