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The Black Mirror Spoilers

This is the section for commentary about the game that would probably ruin your playing of it, so please go back to the low-spoiler Black Mirror Hints Page if you haven't played the game yet. If you have, and you still have questions remaining, then read on:

Possible Deaths in The Black Mirror
Plot Holes in The Black Mirror
Easter Eggs and Optional Actions
The Backseat Game Designer

The Black Mirror Death Scenarios

This is an unavoidable spoiler, but there are a limited number of possible deaths in The Black Mirror, and some of them are creative. You may not have experienced all of them, and may be curious. (-: So, here's a list:

*You can be electrocuted by trying to grab the live wire in the old mine in Chapter Two, or touching it with a metal object. (Shame on you if you tried this without saving first. :-D )
*You can be killed by the wolf exiting the old mine in Chapter Two, either because you tried to run away from it, didn't act quickly enough, or wasted all your bullets back in the mine. (Kind of a dumb death if you ask me, since the wolf really had no relevance to the plot and no reason to be lying in wait for you outside the door to a mine no one had used in years. Besides, when was the last time a wolf attacked a human in England?)
*You can be decapitated by the trap in Dergham's tomb in Chapter Three, if you ignore the warning about losing your head. (This is the most graphic death.)
*You can be killed by James at the old lighthouse in Chapter Four if you don't move quickly enough after regaining consciousness.
*You can be skewered through the eye in Chapter Six if you look into the trapped eyeholes. (Nothing but bad luck to this one; there's no way to guess which hole has the important object and which ones have deathtraps. The skewerings all look the same, so you don't have to bother trying them all once you get the amulet.)
*And, of course, you can be impaled on the same fenceposts as William, if you perform the ritual and end your family's curse. This is apparently the "good" ending. I was hoping Samuel would at least have to sacrifice himself in order to successfully perform the ritual; the after-the-fact suicide is kind of lame and cowardly.

Easter Eggs and Optional Actions

There weren't any easter eggs per se in The Black Mirror (even the names on the random tombstones don't appear to be those of the game design team). However, there are a number of actions you can take in the game which are entirely optional to the plot. To give them a try, follow this link: Black Mirror Options.

Spoilers: Plot Holes

Credit where credit's due: the plot held together well enough that I A) suspected Robert and was surprised by, and even skeptical of, his death, and B) figured out the identity of the true murderer about half a chapter before it was revealed. Those are hallmarks of a good plot. However, that said, there were some major gaping holes in this one.

1) How did Samuel drain Henry's body of blood? I mean... WTF? Why weren't any of the other bodies drained of blood?
2) How did Samuel have time to get from Wales to England and back to kill Vick the third night, particularly since we know he was up past midnight that night raiding Dergham's tomb? (This was the only thing that kept me doubtful of his role for much of Chapter 5; I thought he might have an evil doppelganger or something instead.)
3) How did Samuel have time to kill Robert and Dr. Hermann on the same night, and why wasn't Robert's death in his dreams?
4) Where was Robert all that time he was missing? He obviously hadn't been killed yet, since the red sign appeared on the lighthouse between Chapters 4 and 5.
5) Speaking of those signs, all five are Hebrew letters (T, Y, V, N, and L). Was this supposed to mean something, or do the game designers just have that generic post-40's Eastern European idea that Judaica is eerie and mystical somehow? (The three decoy letters in the catacombs puzzle are not Hebrew, incidentally.) Update: A sharp-eyed gamer, Amitai Elster, emailed me to note that these letters are used to decorate pentagrams by Satanists (see this pentagram illustration). In the order the Satanists use, the Hebrew letters spell "Leviathan," the name of an Old Testament sea monster. Apparently the game designers, failing to recognize that these were letters from an actual language rather than meaningless pictures, simply used them in a random order.
6) If the trapdoor under James' bed was so obviously still functional, why didn't he simply escape again instead of hanging himself?
7) What was the stuff Robert was working on so assiduously and unethically, anyway?
8) Why did William disown him? Had he found out about the illegal experimentation? If so, what prevented him from doing anything about it?

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