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Posted: 12 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Black Book is a dark adventure, based on Slavic myths where you are a young sorceress. It combines a visual novel point-and-click adventure with card collecting to gain abilities to fight evil forces and explore the world where humans live alongside mythological creatures.

You play Vasilisa after her fiance dies who makes a deal with the devil to bring him back. She must open the seven pages of the black book. It's a bargain that launches her on an epic quest through all sorts of detailed twists and turns through Slavic folktales and myths.

You collect cards to gain abilities ready for the battles. Between these battles, you explore the world, interact with locals and other characters to forge a path through the adventure. The depth of this journey and the slow winding plot is unusual for a game.

How you approach the exploration determines how you progress. For instance, there are sometimes different routes into buildings if you search thoroughly. Some routes will result in losing less health or other advantages.

"The Narrative is based on Bailichkas, which are short stories about an allegedly true event of meeting with spirits and demons. We are being consulted by Konstantin Shumov, a scientific expert in this field, ehtnographist and collector of bailichkas."

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Role-Play

Accessibility: 24 features

Pieces: Cards

Developer: V Beletsky (@VBeletsky)




We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Horror.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.


Black Book usually costs £19.99 to £22.49.

Black Book

XBox Store Xbox One £20.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
Steam Store PC £19.99
Switch Store Switch £22.49
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


Our Black Book Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
There are four difficulty settings that affect damage, health, healing and defence of enemies.

Subtitles are pale and slightly transparent that can make them hard to read. You can adjust the speed of text and other animations to reduce pressure. You can also ask dialogue to autoplay.

Items you can interact with display an icon when you are close to them. You can opt for the area of target selection to be expanded.

Certain titles and flavor text in the game are in a stylized font that can be challenging to read, but the functional game mechanics, story elements, dialog, and all other essential text is in a clean, legible font.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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