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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 1.4.20

■ Fixed a bug causing crashes for some players when receiving hints (no hints were harmed or lost!)
■ Fixed a bug where iPad players would be repeatedly reminded that Blackbox isn’t 100% iPad compatible …yet.
■ New merch unlock card badges show how many new app icons they unlock
■ Fixed a non-squircle button when Voice Over is active
■ Could this be the last time I mention audio subsystem stability?

■ New merch unlock cards (Did you know that all merch comes with printed riddles that unlock new app icons?)
■ Launch image now uses true black on iPhone X (How did he do it?)
■ Updated Instagram handle (tag me @blackbox!)
■ Add parallax back to a certain translucent challenge (trippy)
■ Ensure devices that use passcodes but not biometrics can solve a certain orange challenge (so 1337)
■ Pre-buffer more audio players to reduce potential gaps when looping (whoop *pause* whoop)
■ Fixed some challenges losing audio in some cases (…)
■ Audio subsystem stability improvements
■ Localization prep :)

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

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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.

You need to play this game.

:::::my favourite game:::::

This game is one of the best iOS games out there. The puzzles are challenging, constantly have you thinking ‘wait, he can do that?’, and lighting up a box never fails to bring a smile to the player’s face. An awesome game, you’ll be constantly wishing there were more puzzles, even after purchasing the two expansion packs that are even more amazingly difficult than the base game (not to mention the mostly hidden meta based puzzles that are just so satisfying to uncover and solve).

A challenging and self-aware puzzle game with capabilities we weren’t aware were even possible when it came to iOS app development as well as a modern, sleek, and very thoughtful design from a witty developer come together to create Blackbox. You must play it.

Definitely all inclusive!


What an incredible experience!!! Not only… Has there been much design and thought into the implementation of this gaming experience. As a totally blind user of voice-over on the iPhone... The attention to details invested into the accessibility of blackbox for those of us with special needs also... is very much appreciated... and other developers out there... should take note and follow the example of Ryan McLeod... who is truly worthy of not only for 2017 Apple design award... but for many more California burritos to come.

In-App Purchases

Erudite + Push Pack

Unlock the expansion packs with a free bonus.


Erudite Pack

Extra challenges for the worthy.


Push Pack

Extra challenges that push what's possible.


Burrito for Ryan

This feeds the developer lunch and/or dinner.


Coffee for Ryan

Fuel the addition of challenge creation.


Tiny Hint Pack

No shame here. You show great restraint.



Grow Pixel
101.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Ryan McLeod
In-App Purchases
  1. Tiny Hint Pack $0.99
  2. Erudite Pack $2.99
  3. Push Pack $2.99


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