Dystopian Text-Based Puzzler 'Blackbar' Arrives in App Store

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Developer Neven Mrgn, one half of The Incident developer Big Bucket Games, has released his new text-based dystopian sci-fi game, Blackbar.

    The game, which was co-developed by James Moore of Panic, has similar traits to old text-based adventure games and interactive fiction. Players will become Vi, deciphering a series of letters from Kenty, an employee of the fictional Department of Communication. Letters are filled with blacked out words that must be filled in to progress through the game, eventually leading to a larger conspiracy.
    Our sister site TouchArcade played Blackbar and thought it was a fun and "incredibly interesting" game:
    Blackbar is available for $2.99 for the iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Dystopian Text-Based Puzzler 'Blackbar' Arrives in App Store
  2. macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2010
  3. macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    That'd be no fun

    That'd be no fun. You just C-x M-c M-unblank-text and it gives you all the answers.
  4. macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2011
    The sign of the devil

    VI VI VI :eek:

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    There is no system but GNU, and Linux is one of its kernels.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    The exurbs, MN
    I thought this game looked fun. I downloaded it and seem to have come to the end within only a couple hours of noncontinuous play...a bit spendy at $2.99 if that's really the end. :confused:
  6. iphonehype, Aug 24, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Anyone help with this?


    Edit: department...solved! Gosh this game is addictive!!

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  7. macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2013
    I got to a screen that said "the end" with button to "play again" after about an hour or two. It was fun, but I agree one should be able to get more than an hour or two of gameplay out of the game that's $2.99
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    I'm stuck! Help!

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  9. macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2013
    Do the same
  10. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    If it's good, $2.99 isn't bad for an hour or two of gameplay. At that price, I'd expect it to yield about 5-10% as much gameplay as a console game. Console games normally take 20-50 hours, so I would expect 1-5 hours of (excellent) gameplay for $2.99.

    Personally, this doesn't look like my type of game.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2012
    Palm Harbor, Florida, USA

    I'm stuck! Can anyone help?

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  12. macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    Why would you download a whole another operating system to play the game. Just use vim. :cool:
    iOS even has Vim on the App Store!
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 3, 2008
    The stupidly-capitalized text on the right could be written by any idiot teenager on Facebook.

    EDIT: scratch that. Not enough spelling errors.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Do the same


    Think protection in America.


    Anyone help with the riddle ?
  15. macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2008
    Manchester, UK
  16. macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Vi is for people who never grasped the awesome that is pico. :D
  17. macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
  18. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Man, I can't even get past the word after "silly", where is says "Just _____!"
  19. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Eggsackly.. I'm not a Vi, I'm a free man!

    Wondering if people will get the reference...
  20. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Screen shot ?
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2012
    Just a 4 letter word, right?

    I've been trying for 24 hours with no success to find one single 4-letter word. I don't want to spoil it for anyone (hence no screenshot), so if you're already there you'll know. I'm on the one with the "correctional levity" and for the life of me I can't find the word that goes into:

    "there was nothing but pain for her on this ____ of consciousness."

    It's a 4 letter word, anyone feeling charitable?

    I even downloaded a list of 4 letter words for scrabble and tried a few dozen (in addition to several dozen I tried before) and then I just came here, looking for friendly advise. :)
  22. macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2013
    The word you're looking for starts with the letter 's'.


    In a few places in the game there is more than one word that you can enter in the spot that is considered correct. Such as on the first page both the words censored and redacted will work in spot.

    I had a little trouble finding the Place where you were talking about because I use the word crazy instead of silly.

    The word you're looking for starts with a 'K'.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Finally game completed. If you needs hints post pics. My brain is seriously damaged after this game so can only refer to pics for help. Sorry lol.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2012
  25. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2011
    Montreal, Quebec
    I wish they had made the font bigger for ipad... such a waste of space.
    Now I wish I had started on my phone instead. :p

    Stuck here. Any help?

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