It’s rare to find a game that creates its own category. The new $3 Blackbar is unique. It’s a text-based game, where you have to fill in words that have been redacted from letters people exchange. One of them works for some government agency, and the Department of Communication filters and redacts these letters. Your goal, to advance in the game, and the story, is fill in the black bars. There are no settings, just Next and Previous buttons.
As the story advances, you learn more about the lives of these people, and their situations, and why their messages are being censored.
I’ve been playing for a while now, and it’s quite interesting. It’s a challenge to solve some of the puzzles, but with the help of my son, who’s also playing, I’ve been able to continue. I don’t know how long it will last, and what direction the story will take. Maybe that’s part of the fun.