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 2.0.3

Captain's Log: It’s been four days since the last bug fix update ,:D
In better news, Blackbox hasn’t been this stable in years! Woot!

■ Nudges to reveal a hint are less likely to show up while actively figuring out sensor-based puzzles
■ Cleaned-up some visual jank on start-up
■ Fixed the latest solved challenge icon not showing in the icon picker
■ Fixed a rare crash that could happen while revealing hints
■ Fixed a few other very rare crashes
■ Made one audio related challenge a bit easier
■ Fixed burritos not rendering properly in the credits

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
408 Ratings

408 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 do something a lot trickier? Thinking creatively and finding the answer feels deeply rewarding, even profound—earning Blackbox an Apple Design Award.

notasmartguy ,

It’s easy to turn lights on, right? Wrong.

Obscenely difficult, yet all the more rewarding.
Blackbox. The most innovative game I have ever come across.
Smart puzzles that will get you stuck.
Keep an eye out, for there may be secrets afoot.
The only problems the game has, is the way it runs. I use an iPhone 6, so I may not be representing how it runs on better hardware, but the game stutters, freezes and outright crashes upon starting for me. This is not every now and again; it’s a daily thing. Hopefully it’ll be fixed!


Definition of frustration

Inform the Oxford dictionary company that the definition of frustration should be replaced by Black Box. There is nothing more satisfying than to solve a problem in the game. Some of the problems are fairly straightforward where others are pure evil, and the best part I’m hooked. It’s a fantastic game to play and I would recommend this to anyone.

In-App Purchases

Erudite + Push Pack
Unlock the expansion packs with a bonus.

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  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

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