Parents' Guide to


By Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Solve tricky puzzles with device features; ads, purchases.

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  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
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Is It Any Good?

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Challenging puzzles encourage kids to think outside the box create opportunities to practice pushing through challenges and moments of frustration. In order to avoid additional frustration while playing Blackbox, kids will need to have a basic understanding of their device’s functions. For example, they’ll need to recognize the brightness symbol and know where to find the brightness control on their device. The design of the puzzles is innovative and will have players racking their brain to figure out how to find a solution without touching the screen. Most puzzles are complex and the solution is far from obvious. This may stir feelings of frustration, but will also serve as an opportunity for kids to practice perseverance, patience, trial and error, and coming up with unconventional strategies. They’ll definitely have to think creatively to move beyond obstacles. Although the app’s display and the design of the puzzles is captivating, the constant reminder of in-app purchases for hint credit bundles could be distracting and contributes to a more commercial experience. Using hint credits is optional, but helpful and at times necessary. Only a few are available for free and can easily be used up before moving on to other puzzles. Overall, Blackbox is an interesting and innovative take on digital puzzles that's best for tweens, teens, or grown-ups looking for a challenge.

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