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  • Summary: British nobleman, Samuel Gordon, has just returned to his homeland after a self-imposed twelve year absence. Reluctantly returning to his magnificent home, Black Mirror Manor, he is desperate to prove that the untimely death of his ancestor, William Gordon, was not just an ?unfortunateBritish nobleman, Samuel Gordon, has just returned to his homeland after a self-imposed twelve year absence. Reluctantly returning to his magnificent home, Black Mirror Manor, he is desperate to prove that the untimely death of his ancestor, William Gordon, was not just an ?unfortunate incident.? Samuel reads William?s private diary and quickly discovers that there have been a number of mysterious deaths, and as he gets closer to these crimes, he realizes that he is very much at the centre of the mystery. Samuel must do all he can to solve the mystery and keep himself alive. [DreamCatcher] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Perhaps the biggest failing in Black Mirror is that the ending comes too soon. After spending so much time building up this great story, the end, while logical, doesn't have the same narrative buildup as the rest of the game.
  4. It’s a murder mystery with a twist everyone will see coming from a mile away, and the puzzles and slowness don’t do it any service. This could have been a classic.
  5. It's true that the game has some real strengths, too, but the lousy voice-overs, clumsy writing, and glacial pace make it too hard to appreciate them most of the time.
  6. It's slow, steady and pretty dreary - but it's got enough intrigue to keep you clicking away for a few hours.
  7. 30
    One long exercise in frustration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Dec 12, 2017
    10
    Firstly everyone complains about voice acting. I played Posel Smrti as a Czech version and the voice acting was top notch. The 2nd and 3rdFirstly everyone complains about voice acting. I played Posel Smrti as a Czech version and the voice acting was top notch. The 2nd and 3rd game in the series are flawed but this 1st is a masterpiece. Expand
  2. Apr 9, 2017
    10
    I know that US version was highly criticized for bad voice acting, which is ironical, becouse Czech version has propably best voice acting inI know that US version was highly criticized for bad voice acting, which is ironical, becouse Czech version has propably best voice acting in gaming history, perfectly fit with deep atmosphere of this game. Story is unforgettable and locations are full of detail... Expand
  3. Nov 13, 2015
    10
    One of my favorit game all time! I like point & click adventure games, when i was younger i play lot of game in this style. But when releasedOne of my favorit game all time! I like point & click adventure games, when i was younger i play lot of game in this style. But when released this game it was awesome first time. Good story, nice puzzles, really good caracters. Sadly the secont game was'nt too good but the third is correct. But only the first game is masterpiece! Expand
  4. May 8, 2017
    8
    The game is obviously flawed, but it deserves an 8/10 for ALL adventure fans that are really into point-and-click adventure games and becauseThe game is obviously flawed, but it deserves an 8/10 for ALL adventure fans that are really into point-and-click adventure games and because the "pro" critics score is undeservingly low. It will NOT be great for everyone, especially those that only play adventure games if they are 10/10 but it will not disappoint anyone else. The main flaws are the voice acting (TOO slow and usually uninteresting), the flow of animated graphics (TOO slow, though visually it's great), the story could be more interesting and unpredictable, some puzzles were way too easy and obvious (though not all), and the ending was kinda abrupt or uninteresting.

    All in all, play it if you into all adventure games that are worth playing, but I'd avoid if you only require top notch quality from them.
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  5. Jul 20, 2013
    7
    The Black Mirror is a decent horror point and click adventure game and is the first game in a series of three. This game nails horror, and byThe Black Mirror is a decent horror point and click adventure game and is the first game in a series of three. This game nails horror, and by horror I don't mean jump scares. I mean creepy and unsettling environments and events that are occurring throughout this game.
    This game is my favorite in the series despite its few glaringly obvious flaws. There are some big plot holes in this game and while I still enjoyed it despite of its plot holes, they really stood out as problems. Also there are 2-3 points in the game where you simply have to wait a given amount of time (20 minutes 1 hour) until certain items or events are ready for your character. In my opinion this is some pretty needless game padding simply used to extend the game. In the sequels they slightly address or hint at some of the problems with the plot holes of the first game and completely do away with these 'waiting segments'.
    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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  6. FrankieF.
    Mar 26, 2007
    7
    Quite enjoyable. I played this with my young neice and nephew, and they really got a kick out of solving the puzzles. This type of game is Quite enjoyable. I played this with my young neice and nephew, and they really got a kick out of solving the puzzles. This type of game is always underrated by the mainstream. Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2017
    3
    Everyone around is talking about this abhorrent game as a "point & click" adventure, but, alas, it is not! This IS NOT a point & clickEveryone around is talking about this abhorrent game as a "point & click" adventure, but, alas, it is not! This IS NOT a point & click adventure, this is an adventure game plagued by a terrible navigation, tons of glitches and infinite loading times whenever you open a door. Expand

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