Black Book

Rating Summary

Based on 17 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

88%

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Based on 17 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Xbox Series X/SAug 10, 2021
PlayStation 5Aug 10, 2021
Nintendo SwitchAug 10, 2021
PCAug 10, 2021
PlayStation 4Aug 10, 2021
Xbox OneAug 10, 2021

Developer: Morteshka

Publisher: HypeTrain Digital

Genres: Adventure, RPG, Puzzle, Strategy

A fusion of card-based RPGs and Adventure games, "Black Book" is a haunting tale of a young sorceress, who gave her life to serve the dark forces. Dive into the cold, yet alluring world of Russian folktales - and uncover the secrets that hide in the darkness. A young girl named Vasilisa, destined to become a witch, decides to throw her fate away and marry her beloved - but that dream is shattered when her betrothed dies under mysterious circumstances. Aching for her lost love, Vasilisa seeks out Black Book - a demonic artifact, said to be powerful enough to grant any wish to the one who uncovers all 7 of its seals. Join Vasilisa in her adventures across Russian countryside, as she solves the woes of common folk by confronting demons and performing exorcisms.

Black Book Critic Reviews

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Black Book feels in some ways like a D&D campaign through rural Russia that inadvertently teaches you history and folklore along the way, which I absolutely love, that comes down to card-game battles rather than dice rolling which, again, I love. The pacing is off, the addition of Durak is a bit pointless and there are quality-of-life issues that could do with a bit of polish, but I'd still strongly recommend this game to anyone who thinks they might be interested.

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8 / 10
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Black Book is a great mix of Slavic folklore, engaging card game, and an interesting story.

Review in Russian | Read full review

‎Every society creates stories, and there are some that are even broadcast in various countries. The question of how they arise, how they are perpetuated and transformed over several generations is something that has caused many headaches, but that does not mean that they do their bit. Although its mechanics are somewhat repetitive, Black Book bets against banking by hoarding a great value, in this case, the introduction of a mythology not so widespread by these boundaries. It may be a gigantic lie, but that does not invalidate its message, since it brings a lot of values that go beyond ‎‎the personification of darkness and shadow‎‎ that fills every corner and hole in the world.‎

Review in Spanish | Read full review

I have nothing against those games, but it is wonderful to see something play with their vocabulary to make something fresh. While many games of its ilk rely on the broad strokes of fantasy, Black Book dares to be particular. It is all the richer for it.

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