With most of the documents released by the NSA being an exercise in fitting as few letters as possible between strings of black bars, it's no wonder that a whole slew of [Redacted]-oriented games have been cropping up. The newest comes in the form of a surprisingly engrossing, interactive app composed entirely of text.
What does it do?
Why do we like it?
Although the app—presumably—takes its inspiration from certain real-life events that start with a "P" and end with "RISM," it's still a welcome breath of fresh air amidst an otherwise tiresome app ocean of photo filters, to-do lists, and alarm clocks—so. many. alarm clocks. The game is incredibly simple, and there is nary a bell nor a whistle to be found in the UI. Rather, it's entirely about the app's content, which is wonderfully written (at least as far as apps go) and does a fantastic job of pulling you in too a not entirely unrealistic tale.
Currently only available on iOS, Blackbar's developers are thankfully considering expanding to a web version as well as Android.
Blackbar, Download this app for: iOS, $3
The Best: Highly creative
The Worst: iOS-only