So you think you understand this thing you’re holding? Think again. Stop tapping. Stop swiping. In fact, stop touching the screen at all. To crack Blackbox’s puzzles you’ll need to find solitude and stillness, climb mountains, call on friends, get in tune with the cosmos, and think outside the box.
Minimalistic visual clues make for incredibly satisfying “Aha!” moments, while sonic interfaces provide an extra level of guidance and nuance that makes Blackbox accessible with or without vision. Thoughtful haptic feedback, Easter eggs on Easter eggs, and solutions that can’t be found beneath the glass of your screen redefine what a puzzle can be. You’ll never see your device the same way again.
Think you’re clever? Prove it.
(Blackbox is a living game under active development by Ryan McLeod. When not eating burritos or drinking coffee, he’s busy designing and developing new Blackbox challenges.)
■ Fixed a bug that caused one orange challenge in the top left to crash on launch
Previously on Blackbox…
Hey friend, these are strange times so here are some strange release notes…
■ Enabled COVID-19 mode
This temporary mode significantly reduces the difficulty of two travel/outdoor related challenges. I hope this helps a tiny bit for all of us who are currently social distancing, sheltering at home, or under travel restrictions; if it still seems too difficult for your region please let me know.
This temporary mode also makes it much easier to earn free hint credits (3x the normal) for each person you invite to play Blackbox. I’m not sure I could really imagine a better time to watch someone you’re locked down with swing their phone around and sing like a whale.
Please take care of one another, take social media and news breaks as needed, and support those on the front lines however you can.
Other things I did that seem totally inconsequential and insignificant during this time…
■ Made cold launch times significantly quicker, especially on older devices
■ Made a visual clue in an early challenge clearer
■ Added new audio/haptic experiments in two challenges
■ Added a loading spinner for merch items
Dumb bugs I fixed…
■ Fixed an iOS 11 crash
■ Fixed how dot ripples work on the home grid
■ Fixed money lock icon with wider currency symbols
■ Fixed lock icon appearing locked on some challenges when they were already bought but missing permissions
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The most ingenious thing about Blackbox's puzzles isn’t that you solve them without tapping or swiping. It’s that you’ll happily spend hours figuring out the game's subtle clues. Do you need to tilt your iPhone, shout into the speaker, or something a lot trickier? Thinking creatively and finding the answer feels deeply rewarding, even profound—earning Blackbox an Apple Design Award.
At first, I didn’t think this game would be challenging. I have played other games that weren’t challenging because either the questions weren’t hard or I have already seen the questions on another app, but this app is different and unique. I have to admit though, some of the levels are going to take a while to accomplish. I have a few ideas for Ryan, the person who makes the game. So I think you should add an icon that allows us to design our own levels to give to you. There are some creative people who have ideas and also it would help if we don’t want to type a comment. Also, I think that if we want to buy the extension pack we should get to know what kind of levels there are. Obviously you can’t give us like a few levels to try because you aren’t making money. The only reason I say this is because I have gotten a free app before and paid to get the extension but it wasn’t much different from the free part. It wasn’t worth the money I paid. One last thing, you should add, which you might’ve already added I just haven’t gotten to it, but you should add maybe timed or memory activities. Maybe every 3 seconds there will be an object in one of the boxes and a new one will show up every 3 seconds. Then, after the sequence is over, you have to choose what was shown. Maybe a symbol would stand for whatever was shown. These are just some ideas to extend the game because I would definitely be disappointed if you didn’t add anymore levels.
It is definitely not your average "mind game". This game might actually help people to find out some extra features of their device (although, I already know all the features used by the game)
Edit: If the App Store supported crossing out words, then that last in parentheses would be. This game receives regular updates and more challenges. I wish games of this level of quality, care and character were more abundant on the App Store and elsewhere. I don’t like spending money on in-game purchases just for a game, but I do like using my money to support developers that deserve money for awesome and thoughtful games like Black box. I try to make sure that developers like the creator of Blackbox can keep developing games like this and I hope that more developers with similar levels of care, creativity, and outside the box thinking (pun partially intended) start to come out into the light. Also, I think helping people discover the functions of our high-tech phones along with just having this game use every facet of things built into them to solve these challenges is awesome. Especially since this game is not necessarily designed as a discovery game for phone functions but as instead an “everything goes” (within the physical possibilities of our phone) type puzzle. And I love every bit of it.
Developer Response ,
I love every bit of this review. Thanks so much for the kind words and support. Supporting your favorite indie devs really is the best way to see more apps like Blackbox on the App Store :)
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