Hidden Gem of the Week: Blackbox

By , on March 28, 2018
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Blackbox's unassuming first impressions presents the player with a black background and colored squares,  but as you begin to explore its puzzles, Blackbox reveals itself to be something unique special: a puzzle games where none of its challenges are solved by interacting with the screen, but instead with every other sensor and function on your phone..

Other games like The Room have used touch controls to let player tactilely manipulate  with items and puzzle boxes, but this game's clever twist turns the phone itself into a puzzle box, where experimenting with its different switches and features is how you discover solutions. Rotating your device, interacting with volume buttons and speaker switches, using features like the camera, making noise into the microphone, even manipulating settings like screen brightness can all become elements to fiddle with through Blackbox's challenges

There's nothing quite like Blackbox and its unorthodox sense of discovering your phone's capabilties through its esoteric and tricky puzzles. The game is free to download on the App Store, with several additional puzzle packs available through in-app purchases.