The Black Widow
Communicate with the dead using a spirit board to solve an actual murder case in this interactive mystery. Ask your own questions to determine whether “the Black Widow” was truly guilty … or unjustly executed.
About This Game“Eerie…spooky murder-mystery” Invision Game Community
“Wonderfully weird…a unique take on mystery solving” Extra Life
An interactive murder mystery unraveled by communicating with the dead …literally.
Faithfully reenacted from original court records and letters, the game allows players to investigate the true case of Australia’s first female serial killer. Ask your own questions to determine whether she was truly guilty – or unjustly executed.
This provocative format challenges players to reflect on their own prejudices and reconsider the verdict of a contentious legal case. Was the accused a callous adulteress, drunkard, and liar – or a victim of sexist expectations?
- Communicate with a convicted killer.
- Ask questions using topics via a spirit board.
- Delve into a complex and dramatic murder mystery.
- Immerse yourself in a faithful, dramatic recreation of a Victorian-era court case.
- Enjoy vivid graphics and an unnerving, atmospheric interface.
How to PlayYou discover an old photograph that reanimates with the spirit and memories of a Victorian-era woman. To communicate with her, all you need to do is use the spirit board to spell your messages.
The goal is to hear the full story. Listen to the statements – and then query topics that are mentioned.
Enter words by using the letters on the spirit board – and then select YES to pass that query on to the character. Selecting NO can be used to delete letters or pause your message.
Your query can then be seen as chalk writing on the image. The character will respond if your queries are relevant to what she has to say. Her messages will be highlighted in the numbers on the board. You can then listen to those messages by selecting the numbers. The game starts with a spirit word to begin the conversation.
As more story is revealed, the picture frame increasingly becomes covered in gold. The flower button under the face on the left stores a list of spirit words that successfully received responses. You can use this list to watch those messages again.
The flower button under the face on the right includes options to clear all queries (Reset), show/hide Subtitles, and activate/deactivate the Hints mode. The latter displays hints (spirit words) if your previous attempts fail to elicit a response.
Selecting GOOD BYE allows you to exit the game. However, your query history remains stored so you can continue playing at a later date.
- OS: Windows 7+
- Processor: 1.7 GHz
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics: VRAM 512MB
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: 512 MB available space