Black Mirror II Review
Black Mirror II box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Cranberry Productions 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Anaconda 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 7, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Interesting and compelling is the way the story develops from an almost light-hearted summer romance to a survival horror drama. Things really begin to get creepy when Darren visits Willow Creek, a town that capitalizes on its terrible past with the selling of incredibly tacky souvenirs of the gruesome murders which took place over a decade ago. The gothic, foreboding Black Mirror Castle and the converted insane asylum where terrifying atrocities were committed figure prominently into the story.

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Along with these locations, you'll also visit the police station, crime lab, the murder museum, and many dark and dreary places around the town. Creating a chilling ambience, clouds of meandering mist are accompanied by an ethereal soundtrack. Ambient sound effects such as footsteps, water ripples, and creaking doors virtually leap from the speakers, creating a very tangible tension. As with any good game, book, or movie, the suspense is generated not by what you see but what your imagination things you might see.

Despite the realism the developers are aiming for, there are many instances where you'll have to suspend disbelief. There are some holes in the story, some silly puzzles, and an unlimited inventory you get to drag around with you. Death comes easy to your character, but fortunately there's an auto-save.

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Commands are straightforward, as the varied gameplay is not all point-and-click. Navigation is rather linear, and you can use the postcards as maps. There is some backtracking involved in addition to trial and error but not enough to dampen your enthusiasm.

Black Mirror II is worthy of some serious reflection.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.6
Graphics
Rich, virtually photo-realistic 2D backgrounds combined with 3D characters.
4.4
Control
Simple but effective. Not all point-and-click.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Chilling ambient music and sound effects combined with professional voiceovers.
4.1
Play Value
Good gameplay variety, but nothing unique.
4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The latest chapter of this critically acclaimed series takes place in the 1990s, twelve years after the first Black Mirror Adventure.
  • The authors of Black Mirror II have created a deep and thrilling story, with twists and turns that will keep you in suspense right up until the end.
  • Developed by German-based Cranberry Production, Black Mirror II follows the original as a traditional point-and-click adventure title with one difference, the integration of a 2.5D engine, which allows the use of stunning 2D backgrounds and 3D characters.
  • A rich and interesting storyline to capture the imagination with six comprehensive chapters and 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.


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