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

The game, which was co-developed by James Moore of Panic, has similar characteristics to old text-based adventure games and interactive fiction. Gamers will become Vi, deciphering a series of letters from Kenty, an employee of the imaginary Division of Communication. Letters are fulled of blacked out words that have to be filled in to proceed with the game, eventually causing a bigger conspiracy theory.

Blackbar is a text game: a sci-fi tale of a dystopian future told through the medium of word puzzles. Reminiscent of text adventures and interactive fiction, it’s a distinct mechanic centered around the concept of censorship. Censorship is annoying, however the human spirit can beat that disappointment by turning it into a game.

You’ll pick up and comprehend Blackbar quickly, however, its obstacles will keep you browsing, thinking, and pursuing days.


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Our sister site TouchArcade played Blackbar and thought it was an enjoyable and ‘extremely intriguing’ game:

I am anticipating many even more weaves throughout the tale, all based around deciphering the censorship you are being subjected to. It’s extremely intriguing so far. As unusual as it sounds, just trying to find exactly what the censored words are is in fact really fun too.

Blackbar is available for $2.99 for the iPhone and iPad.