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Black Book Review

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Posted: 12 weeks ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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 fiancee 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

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: V Beletsky (@VBeletsky)

CommitmentCommitment

Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Horror.

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.
 
Our Black Book Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:

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