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Blackbox - think outside the box

By Ryan McLeod
Supported Devices : iPad 2 Wifi , iPad 2 3G , iPad 4th Gen , iPad Mini 4G , iPhone 4S , iPhone 5 , iPad 3rd Gen , iPod Touch 5th Gen , iPad Mini , iPad 3rd Gen 4G , iPad 4th Gen 4G , iPhone 5C , iPhone 5S , iPhone6 Plus , iPhone6 , iPod Touch 6th Gen , iPad 2 Wifi , iPad 2 3G , iPhone 4S , iPad 3rd Gen , iPad 3rd Gen 4G , iPhone 5 , iPod Touch 5th Gen , iPad 4th Gen , iPad 4th Gen 4G , iPad Mini , iPad Mini 4G , iPhone 5C , iPhone 5S , iPad Air , iPad Air Cel , iPad Mini Retina , iPad Mini Retina Cel , iPhone6 , iPhone6 Plus , iPad Air 2 , iPad Air 2 Cel , iPad Mini 3 , iPad Mini 3 Cel , iPod Touch 6th Gen , iPhone 6s , iPhone 6s Plus , iPad Mini 4 , iPad Mini 4 Cel , iPad Pro , iPad Pro Cel , iPad Pro 97 , iPad Pro 97 Cel , iPhone SE , iPhone 7 , iPhone 7 Plus , iPad 6.11 , iPad 6.12

Release Notes

6/13/2017 | Version : 1.3.14 | Size : 95.2 MB
Fixes and improvements coming in hot!

Performance Enhancements:
● performance improvement for older devices (please let me know if it helps)
● fixed crash on single microphone devices (iPods and iPads)
● fixed crash related to Siri, phone calls, and other audio routing trickery

Accessibility Enhancements
○ Renamed “visuals” to “clues”
○ Relabeled elements on the home grid for easier touch reading
○ Toggling VoiceOver now toggles the status bar immediately
○ Improved accessibility clues, announcements, and actions for 12+ challenges (thank you Shane, Madelyn, the AppleVis/AudioGaming communities, and everyone else who’s helped provide accessibility feedback!)
○ Added Reduced Transparency support for 2 challenges
○ Added an additional sonic clue to the tutorial when Voice Over is active
○ Tweaked a challenge hint to avoid what might be an idiom
○ Prevent asking for audio permissions on first load

Previous Release Notes (May 29th, 2017)
○ Full Voice Over support
○ Reduced Motion and Switch Control support (in development)
○ New UI Sounds and challenge sounds (some can only be heard w/ Voice Over)
○ Fixed wormhole animation bug
○ iOS 9+ is now required to make the new sonic interfaces possible
○ New Credit screen transition
○ A puzzle the relies on a real GPS chip no longer shows on devices without one
○ Plugged a few minor memory leaks
○ Improved TouchID animations
○ Cleaned earwax out of an existing challenge’s ears

6/1/2017 | Version : 1.3.10 | Size : 95.7 MB
(iPad/iPod players please refrain from installing this update! Fix coming soon.)

So you think Blackbox is hard eh? Have you ever tried playing with your eyes closed?

This update brings sonic interfaces to Blackbox. An entirely new dimension of clues and dynamic feedback that infuse new life into all 71 challenges. But this is about more than replacing the previous few sounds that I made with my mouth and laptop. Adding these new sonic interfaces, paired with careful haptic feedback, and countless accessibility enhancements means Blackbox is now accessible to almost everyone regardless of their needs. Did I mention the sounds are also just wicked cool?

So what’s a sonic interface? Well for the last year nearly 3.5 million people have played Blackbox solely using their eyes. For the over 258 million people worldwide with visual impairments, including blindness, the game was more or less a literal Blackbox. The sonic interfaces paired with Voice Over and haptic feedback create an entirely alternative interface for Blackbox that doesn’t require vision at all. So now, whether you use dynamic type sizing to read small text, text-to-speech to to hear content, or are fully blind you can enjoy the same loving suffering that is Blackbox.

If you have ideas for how to improve the current accessibility features please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at Thank you!

For those of you looking for a new puzzle or two, THANK YOU for being patient with me and please hang in there. Until then, keep thinking outside the box, and talk to you soon!


P.S. Since this version of Blackbox is a re-release for the accessibility community, the current icon is a throwback to the very first “Blackbox Red” app icon :)

Full release notes are as follows:
▶ Full Voice Over support
▶ Reduced Motion and Switch Control support (in development)
▶ New UI Sounds and challenge sounds (some can only be heard w/ Voice Over)
▶ Fixed wormhole animation bug
▶ iOS 9+ is now required to make the new sonic interfaces possible
▶ New Credit screen transition
▶ A puzzle the relies on a real GPS chip no longer shows on devices without one
▶ Plugged a few minor memory leaks
▶ Improved TouchID animations
▶ Cleaned earwax out of an existing challenge’s ears

4/1/2017 | Version : 1.3.9 | Size : 73.2 MB
SURPRISE! I'm back just in time for Spring.
▶ Call all your friends because it's time to solve a NEW CHALLENGE.

I'm not in a rush, what else is different?
▶ I scattered some new useful hints and sardonicisms throughout the game.
▶ Fixed: People were being thanked for clothing me that actually hadn't. Huge thank you to everyone who bought a shirt!! I hope you enjoyed my little secret inside… ;)
▶ Fixed: referred friends but didn't get the hint credits? I've now fixed this little bug named Dennis. You'll be back-credited for them shortly :)
▶ Fixed: some crashes happening on iOS 8 (Future updates will require iOS 9!).
▶ Fixed a bug that made it impossible to leave the first challenge. ,:D
▶ Fixed: opening the "wormhole" to leave challenges by swiping a bit easier.

P.S. Stay in school Kevin. I don't like getting emails from teachers saying my game is a distraction. Be sneakier next time!
P.P.S. Are we instagram buddies yet? There are lots of goodies hidden there… @blackboxpuzzles


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 71 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!



Categories :
#10 : Top Grossing iPhone Applications [Educational]
#14 : Top Free iPhone Applications [Educational]
#115 : Top Free iPhone Applications [Puzzle]
#190 : Top Grossing iPhone Applications [Puzzle]

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Games , Entertainment , Educational , Puzzle

Comments and Ratings for Blackbox - think outside the box

Innovative (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 5:04:21 AM 4/5 By Tommy-B.
Cool! Tough.

Fun game (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 4:46:48 AM 5/5 By Arokha
Love the puzzles. Though the guitar one doesn't seem to be working for me

Amazing (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 4:44:05 AM 5/5 By Heytony11
Wow, just incredible, how the heck does this even work :3

Clever! (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 4:42:39 AM 5/5 By C.alicia
This game is very clever on utilizing everything on your phone. I would recommend this to anyone.

Amazing (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 4:31:22 AM 4/5 By Cchance_25
Uses everything in the phone. Makes you think "outside" the box

Impressive (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 4:18:28 AM 5/5 By freelikesmusic
But hard as hell

makes you think! Love it (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 3:50:09 AM 5/5 By Meghannasty
Most games are repetitive and boring but this one really makes you think outside the box. I know most people like simple things because I recommend three of my friends to play it and none of them got as into it as I did. anyways it's really fun and creative!!

I find kook (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 3:47:53 AM 5/5 By Kike Lanahuati
I love be this game

what a brilliant!!! (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 3:45:44 AM 5/5 By A.Nino

Hello yes (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 3:33:29 AM 5/5 By Kiassbdjs
This is by far one of the greatest games I've ever played ?? Like I'm really into it and and I'm actually using my brain for once and when I first opened the game I cackled BC it said tippy tap

Unique and fun! (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 3:21:42 AM 5/5 By Bandwagoner
Unique and fun!

Great game (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 2:59:40 AM 4/5 By Person With A Name That Smells
It makes you really think outside the box, truly. It pushes the limits of what I thought an app could do.

5 stars! (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 2:24:33 AM 5/5 By Mariahgsknfha
I love this game!

Very Unique (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 2:14:47 AM 5/5 By nickthetech
Just try it

Great fun! (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 2:10:20 AM 5/5 By Beglad1
It twists my head around, but it feels sooo good!

Challenging awesome!!! (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 1:57:01 AM 5/5 By Blakedillz
Ive enjoyed this game alot, and it challenges you to the extreme (for those who love that kinda thing.)

Blackbox (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 1:53:22 AM 5/5 By DeadGauntlent45
It's fun really challenging makes me use my brain more often

Super fun! (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 1:52:26 AM 5/5 By Hiding todos
Great minimalist design, challenging puzzles to get your brain going. Love it!

Love this game!!!!!!!!!! (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 1:42:01 AM 5/5 By Samantha_1528
I love, love, love this game and I use it all the time. It's fun but at the same time very challenging! Definitely an app to get♥️ the one thing I would change is that I wish it had more clues without having to pay!!!!!!!

Awesome (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 1:31:23 AM 5/5 By Puppy_love989
I feel like this is an amazing awesome way to spend a boring Sunday being able to work your mind. Especially during summer!

Amazing game (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 1:21:02 AM 5/5 By Jeanie156
I love this game. It's addictive

Oh yes (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 1:10:47 AM 5/5 By AnthillSreb
A game like this that is coded by smart ppl for smart ppl in the age of increasing developer power is a-m-z-i-n-g aaaaaaa it's great 👍

fun game (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 1:01:39 AM 5/5 By Kenben28888888
fun game

So fun (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 12:54:37 AM 5/5 By Nataly H.
This game is fun and addicting. It has made me think of things that I never thought I would think of to solve things. Like it says, think outside the box.

Difficult but awesome (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 12:54:03 AM 5/5 By Ilikethisapplots

So interesting (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 12:50:26 AM 5/5 By Visceralee
A great game that really challenges game design on these devices that can do so much

LOVE IT! (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 12:46:39 AM 4/5 By Samantha M Z 🌴🌴💩🌈❤️
I love this game so much. It is very addicting and VERY challenging. It is so hard to figure out some of the levels, but everyone loves a good challenge! This game is amazing😊

gr8 game (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 12:34:44 AM 5/5 By 101crimsie

This is how a iphone game should be like (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 12:26:42 AM 5/5 By RPI HSBC
Best idea ever

Love this (1.3.14)
6/13/2017 12:19:29 AM 5/5 By burcharoni
Super fun!

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