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 (36 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
11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 8
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 9
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game has a LOT of work to do. Graphics are sub par (to put it lightly) major sound problems, major model problems. There was a part in the game where i examined a bookcase and an extremely loud midrange squelch scared me half to death. MAJOR WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE before I even bother trying this game again.
Posted: October 10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I thought this game was absolutely horrible.
I tried playing for 5 minutes, and almost thought about throwing my computer out my second story window.
Definitely don't recommend this game to anyone.
Posted: October 16
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game is rather odd, the speach is horrible, if I may say myself. It doesn't seem to go with what their mouth. The game seems to leave me confused at the ... 'Puzzles', I only spent maybe, 20 minutes in the game? Maybe? My friend bought me it so I'm entitled to play it so I though I'd write a review. It's not my cup of tea so I'm not giving it a good review. The game may be old and I just seem like an ignorant freak now. So here is my review, not funny like the rest because I feel the game doesn't deserve such thought into it. Oh well.


Gave me the case of the blue-balls and dislocated my joints, 5.1/10
Posted: October 13
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
!!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.
Posted: October 8
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5 of 14 people (36%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Bugs out and crashes. I've heard the GOG version works, though.
Posted: October 7
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
THIS GAME SUCKS BALLS
Posted: October 10
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8 of 21 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
What a shame... crashed 45 minutes into gameplay. Also some wierd sound issues where there is this loud staticky sound (scariest thing that happened). Would have loved to play the whole series, they need to fix this!
Posted: October 1
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
10/10 for ♥♥♥♥ty graphics and ♥♥♥♥ty gameplay
Posted: October 11
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0.2 hrs on record
I cant really say anything much over this game. Maybe it was a good game in its time but all i've encountered was bad pixlated chaticers whom you cant even make out faces and the main charicter talks to you like your a 4 year old.

Also ancountered gliches like minamizing for no reaon and random screaching while talking. im thinking that could only be a problem i might have having so im not holding that against the game.

Overall i will give this a 4/10 At least the people had voices.
Posted: October 17
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0.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 17
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0.4 hrs on record
I enjoyed the smoothness of the opening animation. The first impression was so strong that I almost couldn't fight off my urge to punch my screen the moment when I saw how choppy the in-game graphics were.

The horror game itself, however, lives up to its name. There were several audio errors that replace the voice lines with loud, high-pitched tics that played with no sign at all. Scared the crap out of me. I thought it was programmed the first time it happened but after a few more and a fatal game crush I figured if the game were to use that as one of its horror factors it would sure to acuqire a better twist in its so-called horror atmosphere.

The protagonist walks way too slow and refues to comment on an object unless he can get real close and press his face on it. Adds to the fraustrating bits of the classical point-and-click games.

I got it from a bundle given by a friend. No harm done. But if you plan to spend $10 on this game be sure to think twice. It offers on more than a good jump-scare with the sudden audio glitch and the sensation of playing a game from the old times.
Posted: October 21
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15.5 hrs on record
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!
Posted: October 15
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3.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 20
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70 of 79 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
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 :-)
Posted: June 19
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23 of 48 people (48%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 16
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26 of 56 people (46%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 23
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15 of 42 people (36%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
One hour into the game and I get terrible sound problems. Sometimes when speaking to a character suddenly an ear-♥♥♥♥♥♥ loud static noise appears, and even though I can get past those with clicking on the mouse, I cannot get past one point where it crashes constantly.
Posted: June 25
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