Black Mirror - PC

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Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Adventure: Point and Click
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Future Games Soft. Co.: Future Games
Publishers: GMX (GB)
Released: 28 May 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
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Point and click games are a bit of dying breed in the early noughties, so it's always nice to learn of the existence of titles such as The Black Mirror - a dark, horror-themed adventure from Czech devco Future Games. Already well received in its native eastern European territory, as well as on US shores, the game has now been snapped up by GMX for a full European release.

The story tells of British nobleman Samuel Gordon who, following a lengthy absence, returns home to Black Mirror Manor to investigate the death of his grandfather. Generally accepted as a suicide, Gordon is not so sure of the untimely demise and so he embarks on a quest to uncover the truth. Now anyone who knows their video games will be aware that this is never a good idea, as dark secrets and danger are inevitably unearthed. And this is exactly what happens, as Samuel soon uncovers a series of mysterious deaths, along with a tragedy that has decimated his family since the Middle Ages and doesn't look like it's about to quit anytime soon.

The game itself sees you assuming the role of the embittered Mr. Gordon, as you explore and puzzle-solve your way through six comprehensive chapters of old-school adventuring action. Throughout the adventure, there are over 100 different locations to visit - including the likes of a medieval underground temple, a mental hospital and (but of course!) a cemetery - all populated by a cast of over 20 individual characters with which to interact. Throughout the game there's a strong emphasis on atmosphere, with such environmental effects as rain, fog and storms enhancing the generally creepy mood of the proceedings.

For those of you under the impression that they don't make games like they used to - they do, and Black Mirror is a prime example. If the current deluge of 3D platformers and first-person shooters is beginning to numb your gaming appetite, this is an adventure you'll want to Czech out.

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