“One of the most essential iOS games of the year. Proves just how interesting and vital gaming as a medium can be. 9/10” —Pocket Gamer

“Grayout is exceptional as a game, as a compelling narrative, as an experiment in communication. It is simple, poignant, and horrifying.” —Gamezebo

Grayout is an aphasiac text game set in a medical dystopia. It’s a prequel to the censorship game Blackbar.

In Grayout, you play Alaine, a rebelious resident of the totalitarian community called The Neighborhood, who wakes up in a hospital research lab following an accident… or so she is told. The game is a series of conversations with hospital staff, made challenging by Alaine’s post-traumatic aphasia—a disorder that affects one’s ability to process language.

Grayout simulates the experience of having a word on the tip of your tongue, the frustration of knowing what you mean but not how to say it, the feeling of being overwhelmed by the runaway thoughts inside your head and struggling to reign them in.

This is a game for fans of text adventures, interactive fiction, word puzzles, story-driven games, and emotional simulations.

“Marvelous.” —The Guardian, The best iPhone and iPad apps of 2015

“Liked Blackbar? This is harder but also cleverer. Lots more feels too. Prepare your brain.” —Sam Barlow of 'Her Story'

We hope your stay in the Neighborhood Hospital is pleasant and brief. Get well.

What's New

Version 1.0.2

• Fixed a few typos
• Added a few solutions

Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

31 Ratings

31 Ratings

An exercise in frustration

Aaron Harpole

The premise sounded great but actually playing the game is not much more than a frustrating guessing game. The idea is that you are waking up as a patient in a hospital with limited verbal ability and you must express yourself using just the words made available to you.

The game is very inflexible in what is considered valid input which turned a promising game into a frustrating one. I would enter phrases that were complete and fit in with the question asked and it wouldn't be accepted. It's sad, too, because it seems like a lot of work was put into making it an engaging story. I just couldn't become immersed in it when I kept getting reminded of the fact that it's just a dumb computer that has a limited set of valid input.

Minimal design, unique, weird and frustrating


Although it relied heavily on text, it used color and lower and upper capitalization to separate the characters. Eerie and one of a kind storyline and frustrating game play. And that what made playing Grayout a fun experience. Some puzzles were easy and some puzzles made me surprised that I figured it out. I used walk thoughs for hard puzzles. The characters were three dimensional and the backstory and details were slowly revealed so you understood as the story went.

Not as good as Blackbar


This is easily better than most app games but that is a low bar. I downloaded this after having loved Blackbar but this was too easy and the challenges felt incredibly redundant. The key to solving many of the puzzles was often trial and error rather than a comprehension of the puzzle's rules and mechanics.

I felt myself wishfully thinking it would get more difficult but after less than 48hrs I have completed the game.


Mrgan LLC
44.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2015 Neven Mrgan & James Moore


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