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Description

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.)

What’s New

Version 1.8.2

It’s your trusty developer, Ryan, here with your daily serving of bug fixes and other improvements. Nutrition facts are as follows:
■ Fixed a bug where some players were unable to tap items on the home grid
■ Fixed a bug where some merch riddles weren’t correctly unlocking their app icons
■ Corrected a label for Voice Over players in challenge type #36
■ Removed the share button in the hints view (ya’ll like to just take screenshots anyway!)
■ Corrected a spelling mistake (somethings will never change)

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29.6K Ratings

29.6K Ratings

Editors’ Notes

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.

ThisGuy473 ,

Awesome

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 :)

kat8478493 ,

I feel like I've written 10 of these.

And it's always 5 star. I could've never actually finished one though, because I can't say it any better than anyone else has already done. And some of the feelings I get from playing this game are un-named by me. And somebody has likely captured them perfectly. Let's see. Every single puzzle I solve, I am excited in a crazy unique way. It's just the best app in the iTunes Store. I don't have to think about it. It's my favorite.

Maybe playing Limbo on laptop is kind of close to the satisfaction gotten from each puzzle. But they're really just different, and I probably shouldn't compare the two types of gameplay. And I don't remember if I laughed after finishing each part of Limbo. That's right. I laugh, like a giddy insane kid, after solving each of the Blackbox puzzles.

I kept thinking it would stop and get old, and the laugh glee wouldn't come. But it kept coming. Read some more reviews. If you don't play this, and if you decide to cheat, you'll be missing something special. Special things aren't everywhere. Treasure them if you can find them.

Editors’ Notes

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.

Subscriptions

Erudite + Push Pack
Unlock the expansion packs with a free bonus.
$4.99
Erudite Pack
Extra challenges for the worthy.
$2.99
Push Pack
Extra challenges that push what's possible.
$2.99
Burrito for Ryan
This feeds the developer lunch and/or dinner.
$7.99
Coffee for Ryan
Fuel the addiction of challenge creation.
$2.99
Tiny Hint Pack
No shame here. You show great restraint.
$0.99

In-App Purchases

Tiny Hint Pack
No shame here. You show great restraint.
$0.99
Erudite Pack
Extra challenges for the worthy.
$2.99
Push Pack
Extra challenges that push what's possible.
$2.99
Medium Hint Pack
Your phone and Ryan's coffee cup get heavier.
$4.99
Large Hint Pack
Ryan is fed a burrito. Coins rain upon you.
$9.99
Coffee for Ryan
Fuel the addiction of challenge creation.
$2.99

Information

Seller
Grow Pixel
Size
90.3 MB
Category
Games
Compatibility

Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Languages

English, Afrikaans, Slovenian

Age Rating
4+
Copyright
Price
Free
In-App Purchases
  1. Tiny Hint Pack $0.99
  2. Erudite Pack $2.99
  3. Push Pack $2.99

Supports

  • Wallet

    Get all of your passes, tickets, cards, and more in one place.

  • Game Center

    Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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