||(Win98/Me/2000/XP) (Jewel Box) (BLACKMIRPR)
Blood Gore, Violence
B+ from Just Adventure
Asleep For A Hundred Years.....It Has
After a twelve-year absence, a self-imposed exile, British
nobleman, Samuel Gordon returns to his ancestral home of Black Mirror Castle to
attend the funeral of his grandfather, William, who died in mysterious
circumstances. Samuel doesn't believe that William's death was accidental, or a
suicide, so he aims to find out just what happened. Why was William strangely
preoccupied, even obsessive, in the months leading up to his fall from the
tower and his gruesome impalement on the railings below?
Samuel himself is troubled by headaches and,
increasingly, by nightmares that warn of further violent deaths. Has the curse
of the Gordon's that haunted the family's past, and seems as deep-rooted as the
Castle's foundations, returned to exact its malevolent revenge? Samuel only
knows that he must continue William's investigations into the family's dark
past if he is to understand why William died. Samuel reads Williams
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 center of the mystery. Samuel must do all he can to solve the mystery
and keep himself alive.
A rich and interesting storyline to capture the
Third-person graphical adventure
Six comprehensive chapters
Features 23 individual characters
More than 100 different locations, including: a
medieval underground temple, a mental hospital and a cemetery)
Atmospheric effects such as rain, fog and storms
Hundreds of realistic animations
Many logical, inventory, environmental and tactile
Win98/Me/2000/XP: Pentium III 400 MHz (Or Equivalent)
64 MB RAM 8MB DirectX(r) 7.1 Compatible Video Card
Just Adventure by Eric Arevalo
"The Black Mirror is an excellent adventure game
wrapped in mystery, suspense and excitement. As you play through the game you
can clearly see the many special touches that the developer, Unknown Identity,
has put into the game. What I appreciated the most is seeing the care that went
into all areas of the games creation, from the intense and suspenseful story,
to the beautiful graphics and exciting gameplay."
"...The developers of The Black Mirror are to be
complemented for understanding that setting the right atmosphere through these
special touches is just as important as any other aspect in the game. Sound
effects are just as impressive such as when it is raining. There will be a time
when it is raining and as you go inside a garden house you will hear the patter
of rain falling on the roof sound different inside than it did outside. Every
line in the game is also voiced appropriately and with professional quality.
That the developers took the time to give us these special touches in graphics
and sound helps to demonstrate the excellence that they were aiming for."
Review by Gordon Alpin
"As well as an unnerving story this game has a murky,
sinister atmosphere helped by the strange and vaguely unsettling dislocation of
the setting. It seems that time and the modern world have bypassed Black Mirror
Castle and its surrounds. For the Gordon family the past is reluctant to loosen
its grip. The story isn't set in the present but takes place in 1981 according
to William's gravestone, yet the advertising signs in the tiny nearby village
of Willow Creek are more reminiscent of the 1930s. Overlaid on this is an
undoubted Victorian-Gothic veneer. All of this adds to the mystique and
intrigue of the game.
"As do the
excellent graphics, especially the outdoor locations lit by a muted golden
twilight or, at other times, lashed by incessant rain, punctuated by flashes of
lightning and the low rumble of distant thunder. Attention to detail showcases
the talents of the developers. Moths drawn to the light and dark birds circling
distantly above the tower; the effects of rain, not just raindrops on water but
the smearing of a chalked menu outside the pub and a small dinghy slowly
sinking as it fills with water. I only wish Samuel had a raincoat,..."
"Despite my few criticisms I enjoyed The Black Mirror. I
always looked forward to returning to the game for a few hours to try to move
on and open new locations. The story is suitably intriguing and there is a
twist, but one that most players will see coming. As I said earlier, the game
has a great atmosphere, not to mention inclement weather. 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. I certainly hope we see more adventure games from the
enigmatically named developers, Unknown Identity."
Programmer in Black
"This game does have good puzzles, interesting storyline and
moves along fairly well. It also has some "hunt the pixel" times when the
object you need is quite small, some gore/gruesome scenes and sudden death does
lurk around some corners."
"Highly recommended for experienced adventurers, not
recommended for the faint of heart or impatient players. The end of the game
wasn't what I expected at all."
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