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  • Summary: Scotland, 1926. Following the death of his father, David Gordon visits his ancestral home for the first time in his life. A life that is soon threatened by the dark secrets that claimed the sanity of many Gordons before him. Black Mirror Castle demands an offering.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21
  1. Nov 27, 2017
    75
    Black Mirror is "13 Dead End Drive" of video games, but with more tension and puzzles to solve. Their lighting, music and sounds are combined correctly to give us the feeling that something is waiting for us. A good recommendation for those who want to have a good time of mystery in the house of the Gordon.
  2. Dec 1, 2017
    68
    An interesting story and some good puzzles, but the production values are not up to par.
  3. Games Master UK
    Dec 22, 2017
    65
    A flawed horror game with few scares but plenty of B-movie appeal, it'll scratch an adventuring itch. [Jan 2018, p.79]
  4. Nov 30, 2017
    60
    We really wanted to like Black Mirror more than we did, but a few too many technical hitches put a cap on our enjoyment. This mystery is absolutely one worth solving thanks to the captivating plot and engaging characters, but be prepared to wrestle with poor controls, glitches, and frequent load times.
  5. 48
    This reboot is a very big fail. The good subject is wasted because of a careless and a technically poor execution. Just buy the original trilogy and live happy.
  6. Dec 4, 2017
    30
    This Black Mirror reboot is a wonky adventure game flawed with some terrible gameplay ideas and a lot of loading issues. Even if you're a fan of the genre and a patient gamer, it's difficult to recommend it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Dec 15, 2017
    8
    I haven't played the original trilogy so please keep in mind that I'm writing this review without that bias. Overall I had a good time withI haven't played the original trilogy so please keep in mind that I'm writing this review without that bias. Overall I had a good time with the game and found it to be rather refreshing. When was the last time that a game made you pull out a physical piece of paper to jot down things and solve equations in order to solve puzzles? If you can get over the fact that there will be frequent loading screens and that this is not a AAA production, then you should be able to find some enjoyment in it! This isn't Uncharted... Nor is it Silent Hills PT. This game is not scary at all, but it sure has a hell of a lot of charm to it! It's short and sweet and you can platinum the game by simply finishing the story. Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2017
    7
    Take a seat and get ready to play King Art Games Black Mirror on the PalyStation 4. Firstly you'll need a nice cup of tea, a large waterproofTake a seat and get ready to play King Art Games Black Mirror on the PalyStation 4. Firstly you'll need a nice cup of tea, a large waterproof coat and most of all a note pad and pen, or pencil if you feel that rubbing things out is better rather than scribbling. It's been years, and I mean years since I've been playing a game and needed to write things down, cross things out then write things down again. Black Mirror takes you back to the good old days of puzzling in the vain of Resident Evil, Silent Hill and the like. Puzzles that will really get the old grey matter turning cogs that you'd put to sleep with the many 'hold your hand' games out there. DON'T go on the internet and find the answers, you'd be gutted. Once you crack the clue you'll be made up.

    Grab your coat, we're off to bonny Scotland.

    Bonny but not Sunny that's for sure. You play as David Gordan a middle aged man, depending on what you consider middle aged, an Innocent clean cut fella who's just inherited a small family castle to whom the inhabitants are not exactly welcoming. I have to be very careful and quite vague about the games story. The thing is Black Mirror is a 3rd person adventure thriller rather than horror with a very good story and to talk about any aspect of the story could lead to big fat spoilers. In parts of the game you will 'interact', that is all I'm going to say, and some of these 'interactions' can lead to a life or death situation that is very well done if not a little confusing when you first have to react.
    In parts of the game you don't work alone, you're with another character following you lighting the way at night with a candle. A storm has hit the Scottish county side knocking out the power so in the night scenes your candle light dances off the walls leading your way in the hunt for clues.

    This takes me to the graphics in Black mirror. The artwork in the mansion is brilliant, excellent texture work is complemented by the fantastic lighting engine. The light shines off every object casting pin sharp shadows that realistically move as you do. The woodwork that is virtually everywhere is carved to perfection. Flames lick at logs in the fire and moonlight pans through the windows as you walk by. What really impressed me most, that could as easily be overlooked was the rain running down the glass. Once I'd spotted it I couldn't help but stop every now and then to take another look. Anyone that has played the very first Resident Evil will smile when the game first starts inside. I hope you get the same 'deja vu' feeling that I had.
    Outdoors is a mixed bag. While for the most part it's very plain you will be drawn to parts of it that will make you look twice. At night it can be very pretty.

    Sound is done very well. Footsteps ring out in the silence of the castle as you wander about searching for clues, candles burn and fires crackle as you walk by. The Scottish tones are done well and people in the US needn't worry as everything is subtitled. Hearing the rain against the glass is brilliant in 5.1 surround as does the lake water lapping at the edge of the land.

    Black Mirror is by no means a point-and-click game. In my opinion anyway. I'd say it's more of a interactive 3rd person action game. Sure you point and click in parts but for the most part it feels very 3rd person adventure so please don't be put off by the term 'Point and Click' that may come up in reviews as the game is far more than that.
    Black Mirror is a back to the old school adventure that will have you hooked after the slow start but once things get going you'll want to solve the mystery of the Black Mirror.
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  3. Dec 19, 2017
    6
    Good graphics and storytelling, but the frequent loading screens break the game and make it a huge chore to complete. If they had ironed outGood graphics and storytelling, but the frequent loading screens break the game and make it a huge chore to complete. If they had ironed out the technical issues, loading screens, and bugs where you get stuck, it would have prolly been a pretty good game. Expand
  4. Apr 25, 2018
    5
    Well, it's a complete game. Solid music sets the backdrop for this should-be point and click adventure game that brings some solid gameplayWell, it's a complete game. Solid music sets the backdrop for this should-be point and click adventure game that brings some solid gameplay elements to the table. However, the constant loading screens between rooms really puts you as a player at a loss for exploration, the "master key" puzzles can be irritating based off your perspective, and the control scheme can get wonky which is a shame especially when towards the end of the game there is a "puzzle" that forces you to walk a specific path on the floor.

    As I stated, it's a solid game and if you yearn for the feeling of an old school point-and-click adventure game, this should satiate you for roughly 5 or 6 hours.
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  5. May 1, 2018
    4
    The plot progresses with further murder and an attempt to show the deteriorating sanity of David Gordon. But rather than arcane, unknowableThe plot progresses with further murder and an attempt to show the deteriorating sanity of David Gordon. But rather than arcane, unknowable madness we see more spooky ghosts than anything else. The voice acting was touted as one of the selling points of the game but after playing through it I’d hardly be bragging about the performances. They weren’t utterly dreadful and I did appreciate the odd bits of Scottish dialect that were thrown in but by and large I was bored by this game’s characters. Ultimately, Black Mirroris a game with admirable aspirations but poor execution has made this a disappointment. Expand
  6. Dec 2, 2017
    3
    Disappointing adventure game. The original game is way superior.
    Clunky controls, so many loading screens, way too few puzzles, so few
    Disappointing adventure game. The original game is way superior.
    Clunky controls, so many loading screens, way too few puzzles, so few different locations, just inside the castle, garden, graveyard and some Stonehenge place, and way too short. Think I finished it in less than 5 hours.
    Story I liked though and was the only reason I finished it.
    Edit: Forgot to say there was also numerous glitches where character got stuck after cutscenes and had to load from save game, plus also experienced 6 crashes of the game during its short play through.
    The original black mirror on pc is one of my all time favorites of point and click adventure games. Go buy the trilogy on steam instead of this game imo
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