developer: KING Art Games
publisher: THQ Nordic / Nordic Games
Game mode: single player
Black Mirror is a gothic horror adventure developed by KING Art Games, the authors of such titles as The Book of Unwritten Tales, The Dwarves, and Iron Harvest. The game published on PC, PS4 and XONE is a reboot of the series started in 2003 by The Black Mirror.
The action of Black Mirror takes us to Scotland, 1926. The main hero is David Gordon who arrived at his family mansion right after his father, an occultism enthusiast, committed suicide. Given the fact that the last few weeks of John Gordon’s life, along with his suicide circumstances, remain a mystery, the protagonist decides to carry out an investigation in order to find the truth. During the adventure, David not only learns about his father, with whom he did not form a true bond, and about family members that were allegedly cursed. The hero needs to face his own nightmares, as he believes that just as his father and other predecessors, he is also cursed, which will drive him to madness.
What is interesting, even though there is a number of references to the previous games in the series (the hero’s name and the theme are most distinguishable ones), you can still derive pleasure from the title without knowing them. Furthermore, the scriptwriters were inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Howard Philips Lovecraft.
Gameplay of Black Mirror released on PC, PS4 and XONE is based on the genre’s basic rules. During gameplay, the player explores different, depressing locations, chat with neutral NPCs, push the story forward by solving more or less complex puzzles, which are mostly based on the correct use of items and looking for another ones, just like in classic point’n’click adventures. Visions and nightmare hallucinations are crucial – the hero can interact with them and hence learn about the past events of his family house.
The 3D, amazing visuals of Black Mirror have bleak colours, which only make the game even gloomier. The title has a full voiceover and an atmospheric, original soundtrack.
PC / Windows
- Minimum: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 940 3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 7870 or better, 11 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
- Recommended: Intel Core i7-3770 3.9 GHz / AMD FX-8350 4 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 960 / Radeon R9 290 or better, 11 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit