Blackbox (mind puzzles game / brain puzzles / :: infamous puzzles / think outside the box)
By: Ryan McLeod / Grow Pixel
Ryan McLeod’s Blackbox is an iPhone puzzler that has you turning on the lights of little colored boxes by doing a number of different things with your phone that don’t include touching the game screen itself. This is a complete walkthrough guide for those looking for hints, tips, tricks and answers. Beware spoilers! Feel free to ask for hint in the comments section if you don’t want the answers.
Use the map below to find the level you’re looking for.
Note: Some time-related levels can be cheated by changing the time/date on your iPhone. So if you see a solution below that wants you to check the level at a certain time or date, it’s up to you to decide if you want to wait for that time or change it on your phone.
First six red lights/boxes:
1 – 4: Rotate your iPhone several times to light up each of the four boxes at the edges. You need to line up the red liquid with the lines that appear.
5 – 6: The two in the middle require placing your phone flat on its back so the two circles line up with each other and then turning your phone face down for the other.
Two yellow boxes (sun):
7 – 8: Turn the brightness on your screen all the way down for one, then all the way up for the other.
Four orange boxes:
9: Mute your phone for the left one. (Try the sleep button if you have a newer phone.)
10: Turn your volume all the way up.
11: Turn your volume all the way down.
12: Plug headphones into the headphone jack for the forth one. If you have a newer phone with no headphone jack, you can use the lightning adapter or wireless headphones!
Reddish orange box to the left of the yellow ones:
13: Put your hand over your phone’s camera so the screen turns off for a good 10-20 seconds, then move your hand so the screen goes back on. The color should have filled the screen.
Turquoise one above the last one:
14: Put your phone in Airplane mode and shut Wifi.
Light purple one:
15: Take a screenshot
Two green boxes:
16 – 17: This has to do with time. Open it up at least once every hour of the day. Each box represents 12 hours. When you open it during a new hour, it will fill in another piece of the clock. Fill a clock for each light. (Note: You might just need to have the game open for those hours for this to work. It might not be necessary to open that particular level. One of mine lit up on the level select screen, without me opening the level first.)
Three green boxes:
The balls represent your battery level.
18: The top box will light up when your battery is at 100%.
19: To light the middle one, plug your phone in after the balls already start filling up the screen.
20: Let your iPhone battery drain to 10% to get the bottom one.
Three light blue ones:
21: Try to be super quiet and keep any noise from getting into the mic for the top one (this one was hard for me to get).
22 – 23: I got both the middle and bottom by making a lot of noise into the mic, but I can’t seem to repeat the results with accuracy. So I’m not sure exactly what each of them wants from you.
Purple box to the right:
24: Say “Blackbox” into your phone’s mic. (You can also try “Hey, Blackbox.”) If it’s not working for you, try minimizing the game for a second and coming back to it.
Two pink boxes:
25 – 26: These are based on the moon phases. You can either wait for a new moon and a full moon or change the date on your phone to a day with each. I chose February 8, 2016 and February 22, 2016.