What's New

• Fixed a rare bug that would cause a page to fail to load

App Description

"Blackbar is a brilliant game." —Ron Gilbert

"Its allegories are smart, and its approach to story-telling on touch-devices is just as well. 4.5/5" —TouchArcade

"Taut and intelligent. 8/10" —Eurogamer

"A political statement—a super fun one. I _______ love this _______ game." —Loren Brichter

"Awesome and totally unexpected." —Shaun Inman

Blackbar is a text game: a sci-fi story of a dystopian future told through the medium of word puzzles. Reminiscent of text adventures and interactive fiction, it has a unique mechanic centered around the concept of censorship. Censorship is frustrating, but the human spirit can beat that frustration by turning it into a game.

You'll pick up Blackbar instantly; however, its challenges will keep you searching, thinking, and trying for days.

"An ingenious puzzle game that critiques censorship" —Fast Company

"The humor is black, the puzzles go from simple to truly challenging, and the story is top-notch." —Gamemoir

"Playing Blackbar is Like High School English Class, And I Love It." —Kotaku

"Wonderfully written and does a fantastic job of pulling you into a not entirely unrealistic tale." —Gizmodo

"Well-written and entertaining, with just a touch of a deeper message to hit a few concepts home. Just plain awesome." —JayIsGames

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • August 23, 2013 Initial release
  • September 11, 2013 New version 1.0.1
  • November 27, 2014 Price increase: $2.99 -> $3.99
  • December 02, 2014 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $2.99
  • December 06, 2014 Price increase: $2.99 -> $4.99
  • December 12, 2014 Price decrease: $4.99 -> $2.99
  • January 28, 2015 Price increase: $2.99 -> $3.99
  • February 16, 2015 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $2.99
  • March 26, 2015 New version 1.1
  • September 03, 2015 New version 1.1.1