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.
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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
    • 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
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Mostly Positive (288 reviews)
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Hinterland
23.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
Alright, I've just finished a first time full playthrough of this game in around 15-20 hours - that I managed to finish it should be testament to the fact that this isn't the worst game in existence. However, it is far, far, from the best and there are some things you should know before buying this game.

Graphics
This game shows its age - it was made in 2003, and you can tell. The graphics aren't so awful as to hinder game play, but I did find they took away from the mood of the game - a grisly death just isn't as grisly when it's depicted in 30 pixels. If you're a graphical afficiando, you're gonna have a problem with this game.

Audio
The music is great, as is the ambient audio - but as others have said, the voice acting is terrible and I played through the entire game with it disabled for that reason.

Gameplay
This is where the game shows its age even moreso. The animations are tediously slow (want to talk to someone? Gotta wait 5 seconds for them to turn around to begin the conversation!), progressing through the game is oftentimes incredibly unintuitive and repetetive, and there are multiple occasions where you are literally expected to sit around doiing NOTHING for 10,15,20+ minutes of out of game time for npcs to retrieve things for you. I found this extremely frustrating and tedious.

Story
This is where the game shines. I loved the story and it was oftentimes the only thing that kept me going - the mystery and intrigue are very well written, and while there are some inconsistencies in the plot and unanswered questions at the end, these are minor complaints and I really enjoyed unraveling the mysteries of Black Mirror.

Recommendation
Would I recommend this game to others? It depends. Have you played this game a decade ago and want a nostalgia rush replaying it? Go for it, you'll love it just as much as the last time. Are you a video game historian, delving the depths of ancient gaming archives to see how video games have progressed over time? This game is a classic example of early 2000s point&clicks, get stuck in. Are you someone who's never played a point and click before, who's only played games made past 2010, or saw this game discounted on a sale and wanted give it a go? In my opinion you're better off giving this one a miss.

Recommended to improve enjoyment if you do buy the game
1) Disable voiceovers. The voice acting is terrible and detracts from the game.
2) SAVE OFTEN. This game predates quicksaves, and you CAN and WILL die multiple times with no respawn other than a save file.
3) Be aware that every so often you will need to not only left click objects, but right click them as well to progress in the game. If the cursor remains red on an object after left clicking, try right clicking.
4) I'd highly reccommend searching up a walkthrough and having it handy unless you have a deathwish. This is NOT an easy game, and there will be many times where you will get stuck and the answer will make no sense whatsoever.
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jazzyroam
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 22
puzzle is damn hard with little or no hint at all. Dn't know what to do next most of the time. Recommend for the intrigued story.
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vandermunnik
20.6 hrs
Posted: August 10
Quirky dialogs at times, and if you can see past the odd voice acting this game is actually pretty good.

I wasn't sure at first but once I got drawn into the story line I really wanted to know what happened next. I would't classify this game as horror though, it's more a mystery housing some demonic elements. It was able to keep my attention all the way until the end albeit some frustrating parts in the game.

Keep in mind this is an older game so don't expect stunning HD graphics. Overall I thought this game was very good!
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celestialend
13.4 hrs
Posted: July 3
get passed the semi poor voice acting and you got a solid point and click. good story and atmosphere. 6 hours in and really enjoying it
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Z Chrispian
11.1 hrs
Posted: July 3
I reccomend this game even with it's flaws, really enjoyed the story and its worth playing through to enjoy fully Black Mirror 2 and 3 that were made a few years later and improve on all technical problems the first game suffered from (slow choppy animation.) I reccomend playing it using a spoiler free guide just to get the story and then move onto BM2.

Pros
Gripping mystery story
Great Atmosphere
Rewarding Puzzles


Cons
Really slow animation
Poor pacing which involves a lot of needless back tracking.
Voice acting is bad.
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Danae
16.0 hrs
Posted: June 18
7/10
I enjoyed Black Mirror enough that I am playing Black Mirror II as well.
- Graphics look a bit dated but are far from off-putting imo.
- Sounds contribute to the creepy and mysterious atmosphere of the game with one noticeable exception: voice acting! The main character in particular is so bad it's funny. The lines are corny at times too but again, it was all rather funny.
- The story is engaging even though, as many players, I found the ending somewhat disappointing and the aforementioned voice-acting and dialogues sometimes broke immersion.

Overall, a good point'n'click adventure game with the pitfalls of its genre: you will occasionally walk back and forth trying to find the bit you missed to move on with the story or conversely, you will find a hammer conveniently lying there to solve a puzzle you’re currently dealing with or having to enter a room five times to trigger the next bit of dialogue.
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oztecnic
41.0 hrs
Posted: June 7
If someone says that Point & Click adventure is dead. Please send this game as a gift to him/her.

No graphic, but story rich adventure with hard puzzles is like reading a novel.

If you like Point & Click adventure games, just buy it.
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tomtom
12.3 hrs
Posted: June 4
Quite interesting, albeit not the most orginal horror/mystery story marred by cringe worthy english voice acting that makes one feel a compulsion to choke the main character by shoving a limp hotdog sausage down his windpipe. Voice acting of the rest of the cast feels like sex education videos from 60's you' had to endure in high school.

Graphic representation fluctuates everywhere from great to mediocre. Painfully slow and mostly fugly character animation.

Quality of puzzles is a mixed bag

For it's on sale in a 2-5 range, you might as well get it and play it with a guide for the story alone.
At full price, i'd recommend buying gabriel knight I instead.
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jackoid89
19.8 hrs
Posted: May 23
I bought this game recently in a bundle, and I never played it when it first came out, therefore my review will not be biased by the nostalgia of the good ol' times!
Despite being published in 2004, the game is still enjoyable and the 11 years old graphics did not compromise the atmosphere nor the immersion feeling. This is due to the fact that the storyline is pretty solid and the puzzle have the right combination of challenge/feasibility (at least for my perspective).
The only negative aspect that I found is that the animation of the characters are a little clumsy, slowing down the dialogs and the passage from one screen to the other. They most probably realised the issue, infact they fixed this problem in the second chapter.
If you like games like Monkey Island, Syberia and The longest journey, you will for sure enjoy this series!
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Pandora626
23.2 hrs
Posted: May 22
Not every oldie is a goodie but this is definitely one of them! Love the whole black mirror series!
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77 of 89 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 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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41 of 43 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2015
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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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2015
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2015
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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2015
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
Do you like old school Vincent Price horror films?
Do you like the occult?
Do you like point and click adventures?

If you answered yes to one of the above then this game is for you.

The scenario is really good and intriguing! Only bad thing I noticed was that the sound got muted in various cutscenes near the end of the game. Other than that 8/10. Get it on a sale, it gets really cheap.
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