Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 27, 2013
    90
    Blackbar is a mysterious and befuddling game about deciphering censorship to discover the narrative and message beneath it.
  2. Sep 5, 2013
    80
    With each word you correct, you're rebelling against the system, raising a middle finger to oppression. It's a good feeling, and it's prompted by nothing more than black text on a white background. That's the power of the written word, all right.
  3. Sep 2, 2013
    90
    A moving and sometimes painful experience, Blackbar deserves to be played by as many people as possible.
  4. Oct 20, 2013
    88
    It's brief, monochrome, and a barely a game at all, but is a unique and affecting experience. [Dec 2013, p.75]
  5. Sep 17, 2013
    70
    Blackbar tells a satisfying dystopian short story, one that invites you to engage directly with its censorship theme.
  6. Sep 2, 2013
    90
    How it made me feel more like the protagonist than most other games, simply by having me fill in the words the Department decided should not be spoken...
  7. Oct 3, 2013
    70
    It's very unique and cool, and as such easy to like. [Nov 2013, p.81]
  8. Dec 6, 2013
    70
    The unique Mad Libs-style text presentation of Blackbar’s sci-fi social commentary is certainly engaging, but it works better as an innovative reading experience rather than a fully-realized adventure game.

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