Fans of dystopian stories in the vein of 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 will want to take note of a new arrival in Google Play. Blackbar is a word puzzle that has you decipher letters sent to you by a friend after they've been filtered through the insidious Department of Communication. Things start to go wrong for your friend, but you'll only be able to figure out what's happening if you fill in the blanks and make it to the next page.
The game is entirely black text on a white background – no pictures or anything. Each page will have one or more black bars censoring a word. Just tap in the box and use clues from the remaining text fill it in with the correct word. You learn quickly what kind of talk the Department of Communication doesn't like, which helps to paint a picture of a truly depressing world. Negative emotions, foul language, and anything even remotely controversial are all blacked out. You really have to get into the mind of the government censor to solve the puzzles. It's like a very paranoid version of sci-fi madlibs.
The story in Blackbar only gets more interesting as it unfolds – the letters become more urgent and the conspiracies more sinister. This is not a typical game, but it's something you have to experience. It can be had for $2.99 in Google Play. Just be careful not to ██████!