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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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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. 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: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 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
  2. 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
  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. Feb 6, 2020
    9
    The first point and click adventure that I played trough. Sadly I missed the classics like Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion and others in myThe first point and click adventure that I played trough. Sadly I missed the classics like Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion and others in my youth. I must also admit that I played the German version. What is so different about it? The localization / synchronization was amazing. It improved the atmosphere and was nearly universally praised. I only found out about it after research because I couldn't believe the low ratings this game got in other countries (10-20 percent lower). Back to the game: You play as Samuel Gordon who returns home after his grandfather took his own life. He didn't believe that his grandfather would commit suicide and wants to know the truth. He got no real help from his relatives and is on his own. The story is really good. There are a lot of family secrets and plot twist. The story is always engaging and I enjoyed the new revelations and puzzles. The final reveal will shock you but is fitting and well explained. It makes sense in hindsight like all good mysteries. You get what you can expect from a point and click adventure. You must solve puzzles and combine items. All riddles / puzzles are fair and solvable. I must admit that I looked up thinks in a walktrough but never said that it was illogical or unsolvable. It was more I got thinking in the wrong direction. Overall this was my first point and click adventure that got hooked me up. I will praise this game while I must admit that my experience in this genre is not that good. Expand
  5. JeffR.
    Nov 18, 2003
    8
    One of the better "gothic mystery"-type games I've played; great graphics and a story that kept me interested throughout, although the 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. Expand
  6. 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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  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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