Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. It’s just the details of the game I didn’t get along with, all the unnecessary walking back and forth, and the general simplicity of the puzzles. So The Black Mirror earns a borderline recommendation from me.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The slow pace and ridiculously formal dialogue will certainly repel some players, even patient ones – but the rest of us will find a detailed, suspenseful story brought to life by alluring graphics.
  7. 72
    Just a mediocre adventure game. It takes a generic story and adds some twists to it, but the twists and the ending really aren't worth playing the game through.
  8. It offers roughly 20 hours of compelling play, with a mystery that's genuinely worth solving. [Feb 2004, p.81]
  9. If you switch off the appalling speech, turn on the subtitles and switch on your brain, then we are confident you’ll enjoy uncovering the dark mystery that lies within the walls of the Black Mirror.
  10. 63
    I realized that in addition to a good interface, story and puzzles, I needed a matching presentation to fully enjoy the game. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and Black Mirror thus ranks barely above average.
  11. 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.
  12. This game is terribly flawed, but it has really pretty graphics, excellent voice acting, and great sound. I tried to like this game. I really did. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't. I suffered through the cliched puzzles, game-killing bugs, and constant crashing, because the story is actually fairly interesting.
  13. 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.
  14. The heart of a point and click adventure is its puzzles and Black Mirror does this badly forcing players to go backwards and forwards in seemingly pointless treks and it all adds up to a feeling that you are simply playing a role in a very boring movie, you don’t control your character, just guide him through the motions.
  15. It's slow, steady and pretty dreary - but it's got enough intrigue to keep you clicking away for a few hours.
  16. Let's be kind and say that it looks lovely in its plumed cap of mediocrity. [Feb 2004, p.84]
  17. Frustrating array of random pointing and clicking.
  18. Even the most patient gamers will be bored to tears for the first few hours of this adventure. [Jan 2004, p.157]
  19. 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]
  20. Sub-par voice acting, somewhat annoying puzzles and an overall dated look will not put this game on many people's Christmas list.
  21. 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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