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  • Summary: A fusion of card-based RPGs and Adventure games, "Black Book" is a haunting tale of a young sorceress, who gave her life to serve the dark forces. Dive into the cold, yet alluring world of Russian folktales - and uncover the secrets that hide in the darkness.

    A young girl named Vasilisa,
    A fusion of card-based RPGs and Adventure games, "Black Book" is a haunting tale of a young sorceress, who gave her life to serve the dark forces. Dive into the cold, yet alluring world of Russian folktales - and uncover the secrets that hide in the darkness.

    A young girl named Vasilisa, destined to become a witch, decides to throw her fate away and marry her beloved - but that dream is shattered when her betrothed dies under mysterious circumstances. Aching for her lost love, Vasilisa seeks out Black Book - a demonic artifact, said to be powerful enough to grant any wish to the one who uncovers all 7 of its seals.

    Join Vasilisa in her adventures across Russian countryside, as she solves the woes of common folk by confronting demons and performing exorcisms.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 14, 2021
    88
    Morteshka’s deal with the devil has paid off, as Black Book delivers a captivating story and engaging gameplay full of strategy and variety that should keep you busy for over 40 hours. Being in league with Satan usually comes with a great price, but players should be able to overcome any curses handed down to them. With strong character development and narrative, this wicked book is a page-turner that’s worth a read.
  2. 85
    In the end, Black Book is one game that feels like a great representation of its genre for the uninitiated. It’s a game that exudes charm, despite the depressing landscape it’s set in. Its premise is a perfect match for novice deck-builders, as it creates a solid foundation of understanding for those looking to break into similar experiences.
  3. Aug 31, 2021
    80
    Black Book is a great mix of Slavic folklore, engaging card game, and an interesting story.
  4. Aug 8, 2021
    76
    Smart indie RPG with a great setting, fun card battles and interesting characters.
  5. Sep 2, 2021
    75
    Morteshka’s second outing was a home-run. Black Book is a superbly written title, lifting the lids of a host of Slavic myths that were likely unknown to many of us previously. Gameplay can be easy at times, but the rest will keep you locked in.
  6. Oct 4, 2021
    70
    This game is low budget, sure, but that doesn’t hold it back in the slightest. It’s a very good card game, especially attractive for Eastern European players due to the captivating way in which it deals with Slavic mythology.
  7. Sep 27, 2021
    60
    It's hard to rate something like Black Book. It's a mix and match of things that are generally fun and refreshingly new, but the whole thing carries with it a lack of polish and balance, which could make this dark tale of witchcraft and demonology shine much brighter. This is basically a high 6, or a low 7. A mediocre, repetitive CCG/RPG, with some neat moments that'll - barely - manage to keep you interested. If looking to experience something outside of generic medieval fantasy, though, do give it a try. Morteshka's creation is basically Slavic Pagan Mythology: The Game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Feb 27, 2022
    10
    потрясающая работа с настоящим фольклором
  2. Oct 21, 2021
    10
    Such an amazing game about Russian fairytales and mythology . Devs created amazing living world with great story ! Loved playing it ! FinallySuch an amazing game about Russian fairytales and mythology . Devs created amazing living world with great story ! Loved playing it ! Finally good game based on Russian myths. Expand
  3. Jan 7, 2022
    10
    This is definitely not my favourite tipe of games, but this is perfect. Story, setting, gameplay- everything 10/10.
  4. Nov 30, 2021
    9
    You don't need to talk much about this game, you have to play this game. A very beautiful Russian-Orthodox-pagan setting, the music is veryYou don't need to talk much about this game, you have to play this game. A very beautiful Russian-Orthodox-pagan setting, the music is very good and there are a lot of pleasant gameplay features for the interaction with which the game encourages sooner or later. Very good voice acting of the characters is just 100 percent immersion in the history and world of Cherdyn county. Well, a very good card battle system, although there is no imbalance in the later stages of the game, but still. Well, in the end, we can mention that pumping skills is pleasant (although it is linear from part). Game super 8.7 house cats out of 10 Expand
  5. May 12, 2022
    9
    Among other mentioned good things, interesting work with Russian folklore! So many new words to learn...
  6. Jan 6, 2022
    9
    Fresh

    Finally someone try to show east Slavic folklore and did it really great. Visual (7/10): great arts, music, deep atmosphere
    Fresh

    Finally someone try to show east Slavic folklore and did it really great.

    Visual (7/10): great arts, music, deep atmosphere feeling, great card design, buut 3D is ugly. it's an indie game, so just be prepared to see square faces.

    Gameplay (9/10): game play is really interesting, because you change you cards in deck after each chapter of adventure, and play a different play style. Very entertaining "magic durak" game to relax after main adventures and card puzzles to get some new items.
    In game you have some balancing buf(items and herbs) and debuff(own demons and humanity) mechanics.

    Story (9/10): All game I was really exited maybe not for the story but for the lore and how authors connected everything so logical in one story. Characters are also great, especially Proshka(black cat).

    All in all, you have to play this game because it so unique, to miss such opportunity to try something fresh and new in industry.
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  7. Apr 6, 2022
    0
    I wonder if it is possible to underestimate the absence of the Russian language, is it possible to underestimate the absence of any otherI wonder if it is possible to underestimate the absence of the Russian language, is it possible to underestimate the absence of any other language in their games?
    If it's possible to **** a game over LGBT references, can it be turned against them?
    We have become tolerant of intolerance.
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