Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Frustrating array of random pointing and clicking.
  2. Even the most patient gamers will be bored to tears for the first few hours of this adventure. [Jan 2004, p.157]
  3. It will always be clear what's expected of you - in fact, you'll likely identify the killer long before your character does. [Feb 2004, p.87]
  4. Sub-par voice acting, somewhat annoying puzzles and an overall dated look will not put this game on many people's Christmas list.
  5. 30
    One long exercise in frustration.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JeffR.
    Nov 18, 2003
    One of the better "gothic mystery"-type games I've played; great graphics and a story that kept me interested throughout, although the ending left a lot to be explained. There was also a lengthy sequence in an abandoned mine which did not seem to have much to do with advancing the story. Regardless, an enjoyable game. Full Review »
  2. BenH.
    Nov 3, 2003
    This game kciks ass the first opening scene is great and also the graphics are pretty cool. Some of the puzzles are easy though but it is a great game. Full Review »
  3. Jul 20, 2013
    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 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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