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 (92 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 17, 2003

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February 10

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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
33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
-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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Enjoyable game if your in the mood for it. There are bugs in the game, the biggest is where the game will crash after certain dialouge bits where a screeching sound will play and the game will then crash to desktop. This can be game breaking as some of these dialouge bits are required to advance to the story. To get around this I found that clicking throught hte dialouge as fast as possible would usually bypass the crashing. You won't hear some of the story but its worth it to finish the game.

Speaking of the game it's a good adventure game with a interesting gothic story and decent puzzles. Some of the puzzles are really difficult and I would never have passed one in particular because I didn't even know what it was asking of me, other than that they were the right amount of challenging and enjoyable. The voice acting is atrocious but it becomes less and less noticable as the game progresses. The finale is extremely weak and feels underdeveloped and rushed. Despite these flaws this was an excellent game worth my time and got me back into adventure games after being absent since the King's Quest series.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
It`s a good old fashion murder mystery set in the outskirts of balmy England. This game is good and leaves lots of suspensful questions to be answed in 2 and 3!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I remember when my dad played this years ago and let me, as a kid, watch him play through point & click games. A decapitated head in a bucket gave me nightmares for weeks. 10/10

I actually adore this game and am now on my second playthrough (without my dad). The voice-acting is terrible, but aside from that the game is great. There are some puzzles that make you feel hella smart plus the backgroundart is really pretty. I would recommend keeping half an eye on a walkthrough to not get stuck and wander around aimlessly, just to find the right person to continue the story. I would recommend it for all point & click players that like a bit of mystery and horror (gore).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Its pretty fun but there are some game breaking glitches. If you go to certian areas it will make a static sound and crash the game. But some just do a static sound and you can continue. Other than that its fine. 5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
TL;DR : I don't like the first game. The rest is awesome.

Long before I started playing Black Mirror, I already had played Black Mirror II and I absolutely loved it. I couldn't wait until BMIII came out. That game too satisfied my needs. When I saw that the trilogy was finally coming to steam, I insta-bought the first game too.

Although I have only played for 15 minutes or so, I already felt like the game wasn't as good as the rest of the trilogy.
I first of all had difficulties getting it to start up and when I was finally playing the low quality really bothered me. And I'm not just talking about graphics; Whenever I start a conversation I takes the npc waaay too long to respond, because it first has to complete their (really laggy) animation. I also didn't like the characters to all be so uptight. Of course, that's because the setting is in a old victorian castle and all the characters are rich. Nothing to do about that, but it's just not the same to play as Samuel as it is the play Darren(main character of BMII & III).

I can safely say that the studio really did improve the game quite a bit with BMII and III. Of course, going backwards to the first game, I couldn't expect much, but I did. And that's why I'm a bit disappointed; because I wanted more of the same. The game's probably pretty good qua story. I just don't seem to have the patience. I'm ready to move on.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
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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75 of 85 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.4 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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13 of 27 people (48%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
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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7 of 18 people (39%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
!!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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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
I really love old school point-and-click adventure games, such as made by LucasArts, and this one looked promising. But, alas, it's just not a very good game.

First off, in order to get the game to work properly in Windows 8, I couldn't run it through the Steam client, but instead had to run in adminstrator mode to make it compatible. Otherwise, the game screen doesn't fit on my display. This is why Steam shows my only playing .1 hours, but I've played for at least 8, having completed through Chapter 3.

While the score and environments are pretty and evocative, everything else about the game ranges from average to terrible. It really is a series of back-and-forth fetch quests that will have you constantly retracing your steps, scouring screens for objects to click, clicking multiple times to get the use out of something and having to endure badly-voiced conversations that do little to enhance to game. Many of the puzzle solutions are either ridiculously obvious, rendering them pointless, or insanely obscure, rendering them unfun. Most frustrating are the times where you have to wait for another game character to do something for you, in which case you have to repeatedly exit and return to their environment until they have what you want. I don't understand how any game designer could think that was anything but utterly aggravating for a game player. The game is agonizing linear, which means in many cases you have to figure out the right sequence of clicking objects to trigger conversations with characters who will give you clues that allow you to go back and click on more objects. WEEE!

Oh, and there are points where you can die, and if you haven't saved recently (there's no auto-save feature), you will lose a lot of progress. But that's not unforgivable--what IS unforgivable is that it is entirely possible to permanently ruin your game if you save after expending a resource of which you will need one when you exit an area.

In summary: well-produced, but horribly-designed.
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