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Blackbox - think outside the box

By Ryan McLeod

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Blackbox is one of iOS's #1 puzzle games but don't take my word for it when you can read from over 80,000 five-star reviews worldwide. Rather read this? I get it. Here are some nice things people have said about Blackbox:

▶ “Unlike anything you’ve ever played before” —App Advice
▶ "Constant how-did-they-do-that moments" —Skottk
▶ "Utterly diabolical and utterly brilliant" —CNET
▶ “Undeniably unique” —Todays iPhone
▶ “Devilishly clever” —Six Colors

Explore 72 unique puzzles (MORE COMING) without touch… Tilt, shout, click, snap, wait, reflect, and hike your way to success; expand your creative thinking; ponder colorful visual clues; discover secrets along the way…



With ample satisfying "ah hah!" moments and puzzles as artful and clever as they are challenging, Blackbox is as delightful to play as it is to look at and hold.


Frustrating, fun, and full of surprises… There’s more to Blackbox than meets the eye. Can you find all the meta challenges?


Every challenge has been tuned to be on the cusp of maddening but always solvable. Some challenges take time, perseverance, and perspective to understand, but if you’re really stumped rest assured there are hints. To enjoy the game to it’s fullest, only use them as a last resort!


Blackbox is jam-packed with 50 free challenges. Get far enough and you'll get the option to pay to unlock more advanced challenges and support the game's future development (and keep it ad free)!

Good luck,


More challenges are in the works!


What's New in Version 1.3.17

Version 1.3.17
▶ Fixes a one-time crash affecting some players at start-up
▶ Calibrates the microphone better
▶ Fixes a crash that could happen when a phone call came in and was rejected
▶ Fixes an odd Voice Over related bug (affecting type 2, and 22)
▶ Fixes a bug affecting players using Voice Over (affecting type 36)
(Got obscure bugs? I'm all ears:

More puzzles are in the works!

Version 1.3.15

New Meta Challenge!
Available to those who have proven themselves worthy with due time…

General Fixes
▶ Rock out: Fixed a certain strung out challenge. Turns out all it needed was a loving touch and an excessive amount of math.
▶ Stay still: Grid no longer snaps back to center after idling
▶ Tick-tock shock: Fixed a longstanding, rare issue that affected players using 12 hour clocks in regions that usually use 24 hour clocks. Seriously.

▶ More logical home grid swipe navigation. Swiping now moves through challenge types in a row-style, top-to-bottom manner that reflects the challenges’s spacial layout.
▶ Voice Over now keeps focus of the last selected grid item upon returning to home grid
▶ Voice Over now correctly announces the latest number of available hint credits
▶ Reduced Transparency and Increased Contrast modes now enhance several challenges

(Thank you everyone who took the time to report on these issues!)

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Customer Reviews

My Favorite iOS Game!

Blackbox is my favorite game that is currently on my phone. It's innovative, challenging, and funny. I think that some of the levels are a little bit too difficult, for example the level where you have to go a certain distance to turn on each of the four lights. I would prefer it if the distance was not so far, because I drove about 54 miles (~1 hour 15 mins) and only reached the second light. The speed at which the distance indicator advances only gets slower as well. I also live at a fairly high elevation, and I have not even reached the first light yet on the erudite pack level in which you must increase your phone's elevation to turn on the lights. I understand that these levels are meant to be challenging, but many people don't have the funds to travel such long distances or to travel to where there are very high elevations. Other than those two levels, I have found this game very enjoyable (although frustrating at times) and I get excited every time I see a new meta challenge has come out. Thank you Mr. McLeod for this wonderful game!

Challenging but exciting to play.

I'm not good at puzzles and such, but this game was actually fun. It's very difficult to understand how to solve it but once you get the hang of it, it becomes more and more entertaining and exciting! It's kinda funny on the complexity of solving the puzzles and the how different everyone of the puzzles are from each other. But I recommend this game because it's fun for me , depending on your age of course. I'm 13 so, but anyways, I think of this game as a puzzle sorta thing and kinda a challenging one. But once you figure it out, you'll have fun with it and keep playing it and enjoy it. So if your bored and think about downloading an app, I suggest this one to you because it's entertaining. I say probably 13 and up, considering the complexity. Well I was happy to write this review, hope you enjoy it!

Longest game I've played on my iPhone.

There are those games that get you're attention with dazzling effects and action or addiction. This game doesn't do any of the above. Well, maybe it's a little addicting but not like other games. This one challenges the nerd in me. I've been playing through all the levels for a little over 1 month and I've been amazed at what I've been able to solve! The best parts of this game are when I'm outside of the game mucking about in my phone to solve the puzzle inside the game without even touching the puzzle. There are time based puzzles that stretch my patience but it's so enjoyable to solve it because I figured it out! Be prepared to get frustrated and use hints that at first don't seem to help, but keep going and keep your mind open so you don't get stuck in a mind rut.

Blackbox - think outside the box
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  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3.17
  • Size: 99.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Erudite Pack$1.99
  2. 1 hint credit$0.99
  3. Push Pack$1.99
  4. 3 hint credits$1.99
  5. 7 hint credits$3.99
  6. 20 hint credits$9.99
  7. Coffee for Ryan$2.99
  8. 42 hint credits$19.99
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