“One of the most essential iOS games of the year. Proves just how interesting and vital gaming as a medium can be. 9/10” —Pocket Gamer
“Grayout is exceptional as a game, as a compelling narrative, as an experiment in communication. It is simple, poignant, and horrifying.” —Gamezebo
Grayout is an aphasiac text game set in a medical dystopia. It’s a prequel to the censorship game Blackbar.
In Grayout, you play Alaine, a rebelious resident of the totalitarian community called The Neighborhood, who wakes up in a hospital research lab following an accident… or so she is told. The game is a series of conversations with hospital staff, made challenging by Alaine’s post-traumatic aphasia—a disorder that affects one’s ability to process language.
Grayout simulates the experience of having a word on the tip of your tongue, the frustration of knowing what you mean but not how to say it, the feeling of being overwhelmed by the runaway thoughts inside your head and struggling to reign them in.
This is a game for fans of text adventures, interactive fiction, word puzzles, story-driven games, and emotional simulations.
“Marvelous.” —The Guardian, The best iPhone and iPad apps of 2015
“Liked Blackbar? This is harder but also cleverer. Lots more feels too. Prepare your brain.” —Sam Barlow of 'Her Story'
We hope your stay in the Neighborhood Hospital is pleasant and brief. Get well.
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Here's what's been fixed in 1.0.3:
• Updated to fix a crash in iOS 13
• Properly supports newer iPhones
Ratings and Reviews
I can see why you might like it, but I didn't
The story didn't grip me enough, and the puzzles I just found irritating as there were too many good answers that weren't the right answers. It may be you like this kind of puzzle.
I did however like the concept, and visual execution of the puzzle & story.
A simple idea well executed
A good story with a very simple method of execution, well worth the cost for the time and entertainment it brings - recommended.
For the developers: On a few screens, the text ended without completing a sentence, I don’t think it was deliberate, but perhaps a formatting error for the phone. Nevertheless, it didn’t detract from the gameplay at all.
It's all about the narrative
Easily the best game I've played on iOS in the past couple of years.
- Mrgan LLC
- 38.7 MB
Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2019 Neven Mrgan & James Moore
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.