Blackbox - think outside the box iOS
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Blackbox - think outside the box

by Ryan McLeod

Price: Free

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…

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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,

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More challenges are in the works!


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Blackbox - think outside the box App Details & Overview

Blackbox - think outside the box is a free-to-play educational video game for iOS, developed by Ryan McLeod. The app is compatible with iOS 9.3 or later on the following devices: iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPad 3, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5G or newer.

Download the Blackbox - think outside the box app and play on your iPhone or iPad. Click here to download the app for Android or Windows devices.

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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! ~Ryan 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. Accessibility –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ▶ 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!)

Rank in top paid apps

Ranking - Games (iPhone) - United States
  • Blackbox - think outside the box is currently ranked #189 on the iOS store in united states.
  • Blackbox - think outside the box is a top rated app with 5 stars.

App Updates (View More)

  • Initial release v1.3.17 Feb 25, 2016

App Data

Current Version: 1.3.17
File Size: 94Mb
Publisher: Ryan McLeod
Content Rating: 4+
Users Rating: 5.00 (1337 reviews)
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Blackbox - think outside the box App Add-Ons

  • $0.99

    1 hint credit

  • $1.99

    Erudite Pack

  • $1.99

    3 hint credits

  • $1.99

    Push Pack

  • $2.99

    Coffee for Ryan

  • $3.99

    7 hint credits

  • $6.99

    California Burrito

  • $9.99

    20 hint credits

  • $19.99

    42 hint credits

Note: Add-ons available as in-app purchases

Blackbox - think outside the box Reviews (See all reviews)

this game is really cool

Rated 5 out of 5
By zgjordan on August 21, 2017
i love this game and i only bought it a few hours ago. the levels are really creative and i...


Rated 5 out of 5
By Alcrex0260 on August 21, 2017
This game was such a brain twister but I had so much fun playing it.

Intense and intriguing!!

Rated 5 out of 5
By greeneeTM on August 20, 2017
Got home from work at about 11.25pm and I noticed my sister turning and moving her phone every which way....

A fresh approach to puzzle games.

Rated 5 out of 5
By REDACTED207 on August 20, 2017
After the first couple of puzzles i was hooked. I was constantly racking my brain trying to figure it out...

Keeps you on your toes

Rated 5 out of 5
By Jsanchez143 on August 20, 2017
Great game, really makes you play with your phone like you have no idea.! Will download it again.

Irksome. In a good way.

Rated 5 out of 5
By Mhk1220 on August 19, 2017
Feeling sane? Play this, it'll make that nasty well-adjusted feeling go away.

Mobile Critic

Rated 5 out of 5
By Real Person (ME) on August 19, 2017
Without a doubt one of the best mobile games I've ever played. Simplistic yet very fun. It is very well...

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