Able Black is an immersive story experience that uses images and sound to guide you through a series of puzzles.
Able is a lonely android struggling with his Citizenship Exam, a test he must pass if he doesn’t want to be shut down. Follow Able as he searches for purpose and a way out of isolation. Discover the secrets of Ark 19, an underground habitat designed to save humanity from disaster. Find out why Able has been left alone in the ark. Uncover what’s hidden there. Take the Citizenship Exam and discover who Able Black really is.
Navigate through five chapters of story text and experience the Citizenship Exam as Able does. After each chapter you’ll be faced with a series of questions that put you in the shoes of Able Black. Answer poetic riddles that echo the theme of each chapter. Solve cryptic puzzles to unlock Able’s story.
Able Black is part story, part game, and full of secrets.
This experience includes puzzles that some users may find challenging. If you need some help head to www.ableblack.com or visit the Able Black Facebook page www.facebook.com/AbleBlackSleepwalker
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*New Agility Training mode added. Complete the experience to unlock an endless shooter mini game.
*8 new easter eggs to unlock. Hidden among them are notes that reveal some of Able Black's backstory.
*A new hint mode has been added. There's no more hard and easy mode. You can now get 5 hints per puzzle. If you can solve all the puzzles without using any hints you'll be rewarded. For those struggling with puzzles this makes things easier.
*Lots of visual polish including sharper text.
*Bug and grammar fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
This is possibly the best mobile game I've ever played. The story scenes are well written with beautiful ambient noises and music, as well as pretty colorful designs that contrast with the black background and white text. The only issue I found is on the end test results for the 4th exam, there is a misspelling of you're, spelled your. The puzzles in this game are very challenging and really require you to think. The spider key one really stumped me, and I had to look up an online walk through to solve it. Even better, once the story is done, there are a few mini games and other features that can be unlocked and played around with. My only question is where do you go after you beat the high score of 143 and read Skot's note? I haven't found an answer. All in all, this is a beautiful and thought provoking game with challenging puzzles and an interesting story. I would love to see more of these in the future. Great job Skot.
Great Puzzler, Great Plot
Well, Skot, you've consumed a few of my hours, so far. I've played the main game and am now working on those Easter eggs. I still need a few. I've replayed a few times to try and see if they were hidden there, but I'm still not sure what to do. I need a few more, the Tree, Ghost, 1124 and 11:11. I'll figure it out, eventually.
The game itself was very immersive, as your description would suggest. I needed a bit of help on a few of them, my first time around. While the hints worked for most, I could not, for the life of me, understand the spider key. I had to look that one up. Creative. The puzzles were generally doable, even if I had to resort to hints, a few times.
My first play through took about an hour or so. While some may say that isn't worth the price, I quite enjoyed the story itself. Predictable, at times. Even so, the introspective aspect was something that really interested me. I enjoyed it, at least. In addition, while I did only spend an hour the first time, I've replayed several times. Right now, I think I've spent a total of four or five hours on the game. Well worth the price, I would say. Thanks for the game.
Tl;dr: Challenging but doable puzzles, interesting if a bit short and predictable plot. Recommended to anyone who likes text-based games with good plot. Not recommended to someone who can't stand puzzlers and/or can't bear to spend money on games.
Worth every penny - an immersive, compelling, and beautifully simple experience
It was a short little game (though it says there's more secrets, and I look forward to exploring those just as soon as I finish writing this!) You'll find yourself anticipating what's going to happen, as some of the plot devices are recycled, but then there's twists that are so satisfying. At no point did it feel stale, every character felt distinctive and real. I found myself thinking of what I'd do in Able Black's position, found myself relating to their cycling emotions.
I don't write reviews, ever, because I don't know what to say. I don't buy apps, because I work a part-time minimum wage job, and when I do buy them, I always feel guilty for it.
Not this time. I don't regret it at all, this was a completely enjoyable experience from beginning to end.
And that's why I'm writing a review. Because I would absolutely love to see more from this developer.
- Scott Leach
- 312.9 MB
- Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © 2016 Skot Leach
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