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The Black Mirror (Windows)

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Description

The death of his grandfather, William, brings Samuel Gordon back to Black Mirror, the family's ancestral home. Although William was considered a kook and his death most likely a suicide, Samuel is investigating the matter. Samuel is convinced that the death was no accident and that the mystery's answer lies in the research William conducted, sequestered in the castle's tower. But will uncovering ancient family secrets bring new light to the matter or shroud the Gordon family in doom?

The Black Mirror is a third-person, point-and-click adventure game set largely on the sprawling grounds of Black Mirror Manor including an asylum, the church and its grounds, and the town of Willow Creek. The game begins immediately after William's funeral and Samuel is reintroduced to his estranged family and meets the household staff. An uncle who hides himself away in his study, an ill-tempered gardener, and a family doctor who hints that he knows something are just some of the cast members Samuel will deal with. The Black Mirror contains 150 locations and five hours of spoken dialogue.

Screenshots

The Black Mirror Windows The Morgue. Notice the small "bubble" which starts conversation.
The Black Mirror Windows Right-click on the map in inventory to travel.
The Black Mirror Windows Aah! My manor in all its glory!
The Black Mirror Windows Another "ancient tomb"-style puzzle.

Alternate Titles

  • "Черное Зеркало" -- Russian spelling
  • "The Black Mirror: the past is a diverted mirror of your soul" -- UK/B/NL Tag-lined title
  • "The Black Mirror: Lo Specchio Riflette Le Colpe Oscure Del Passato" -- Italian tag-lined title
  • "The Black Mirror: el pasado es el oscuro espejo de tu alma" -- Spanish tag-lined title
  • "Posel Smrti" -- Czech title
  • "Messenger of Death" -- Working title
  • "Black Mirror: Der dunkle Spiegel der Seele" -- German title

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User Reviews

You can't go home again Terrence Bosky (5234) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
The search for the truth.... could have been better Nate Kuslis (4) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Intense, engrossing, creepy ... GOOD! Jeanne (75601) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Nice Graphics, Good Story Line, Extremely Easy to Finish. Thumbs Up!!! ggfournar (6) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Waste of Time! Rick McGarry (3) 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars

The Press Says

Looki Feb 08, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Just Adventure Oct 31, 2003 B+ 83
Yiya May 22, 2004 12 out of 15 80
GameZone Nov 16, 2003 7.6 out of 10 76
Game Chronicles Nov 18, 2003 7.3 out of 10 73
IGN Nov 17, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 07, 2003 13 out of 20 65
Joystick (French) Nov, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
GameSpy Jan 20, 2004 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

Forums

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Special Edition 2 Patrick Bregger (116363)
Dec 02, 2010

Trivia

German localization

The voice of the main character Samuel Gordon is the German voice of Johnny Depp. This is interesting because Gordon looks similar to Depp.

Polish localization

For its release in Poland, the game's subtitles were translated to Polish. However, nearly each sentence contains mistakes such as typos, repetitions (sometimes the same sentence is repeated twice in a row), omissions and even spelling errors.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2004 – Best Adventure Game of the Year
Information also contributed by BostonGoerge

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dusoft (49) added The Black Mirror (Windows) on Jun 11, 2003