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Minds Eye Black Box

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Black Box is an iPhone App we developed in February 2012.

This App is a logic game for the iPhone for one or two players.

It is a true representation of a board game in the 70's of the same name (I still have the boxed game!)

The best way I can describe this game is that it's a cross between "Battleships" and another board game back in the 70's called "Mastermind".



The Original Game

Black Box original boxed game


The original game was created by Eric Solomon and was published by Waddingtons in the mid 1970s. It was a game for two players.


It consisted of a black plastic grid, coloured markers and metal balls. One player (the hider) would mark on a card the locations of 'atoms'. The other player (the seeker) would place coloured markers around the perimeter to try to deduce the locations of the atoms.



Into the Twenty-first century!

The Minds Eye Black Box App is a game for one player or two players using the same mobile device (one player is against the computer). The next version will be a 2 player version that allows players to play between each other using two separate devices.



How to play

black box photo

Black Box is played on a two-dimensional grid. The object of the game is to discover a 'molecule' by finding the locations of four 'atoms' hidden within the grid, by the use of the minimum number of probes ("rays") fired into the black box.

The molecule of atoms is hidden by the 'hider' (a second person or the computer). The 'Seeker' sends a ray into the blackbox from any of the 32 perimeter locations (this is represented by a coloured marker). This will result in another coloured marker appearing in any of the 32 locations. The colour and location of the resulting marker gives a hint to locations of the atoms.

Have a look at the rules and screen shots links below to get a better idea of how the app works. Or, even better still, download it from the App Store - it's Free!!!!



Download on the App Store Badge US-UK 135x40Download the Free Black Box App from the Apple App Store


Black Box screen shots

View the rules for playing Black Box


I grew up with Black Box and have never known anyone else to have it or know about it. I really didn't think there would be an app for that but there are several. I can definitely say yours tops them all. Thank you so much for bringing this awesome game to the iPhone platform. Now I am just looking for iPhone versions of skirrid and twixt. There are similar games but they don't have the same qualities as those classics. Thanks again!!!

Sent from the iPhone of Doom

Jason Stanton, iPhone user



Real fun game - Nice game with fantastic graphics. Kids are really enjoying playing on their own and with each other.



A 'Ride On Time' - Great fun - Ingenious little puzzle game, superbly translated into a tidy little app. 3D version upgrade would be intriguing Mr Mindseye.



Note: Black Box is entirely free! (also, it does not contain any adverts).

If you enjoy playing "Black Box" and would like to show your appreciation, please consider giving a small donation. This would help us to create future updates.