LATEST iPHONE GAME REVIEWS
By Harry Slater 02 September 2013
Blackbar | Developer:
Neven Mrgan | Publisher:
Neven Mrgan | Format:
iPhone, iPad | Genre:
Adventure, Word game | Players:
1 | Version:
Blackbar is a game about censorship. Except it's not really a game. It's a story about censorship that you can poke and prod. Get something right and the story moves on, but get it wrong and it sits and waits for your next guess.
It's an affecting and sometimes difficult story about loss and language, and while it features nothing you might describe as gameplay, it is without a doubt one of the most important App Store titles of the last few years.
The game tells its story in snatches of communication between two young women. Parts of their letters have been blanked out by The Department, an authoritarian regime that controls the neighbourhood they both grew up in.
A moving and sometimes painful experience, Blackbar deserves to be played by as many people as possible