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Black Box - Atoms

Black Box - Atoms



This is a faithful reproduction of the classic 70's game: Black Box. The goal is to identify the atoms hidden in the cells of a square using minimum number of probes (rays).

An atom in a cell exerts three kinds of forces on the cell surrounding it. The atom exerts: (1) DEFLECTING force on the NE, NW, SE, SW squares; (2) ATTRACTING force on the N, E, W, S squares, and (3) ABSORBING FORCE in the cell in which it is placed. The absorbing force is stronger than the attracting force, which in turn is stronger than the deflecting force.

Probes (rays) are sent from the cells on the boundary. The rays are either absorbed by the atoms (a "hit", or "H"), or reflected back (a "reflection", or "R"), or emerges from another boundary cell ("a deflection").

This implementation features:

(1) 6x6 and 8x8 boards

(2) 2 to 6 atoms

(3) Probes are generated by the player (therefore, plays for points) or all the probes are automatically generated at the start (therefore, player does not play for points).

The goal of the game is to identify the cells in which atoms are present by observing the result of the probes.

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4/5 stars

Excellent implementation of a classic game

I love the game of BlackBox. Played for hours and hours when I was a kid. This is an excellent implementation of the game. Very intuitive to use and plenty of options to adapt to anyone's playing level. Great job!

I wish for just one feature. Please:

Currently, cells toggle filled/empty in response to a tap. It would be great if cells would cycle through filled/known blank/empty. In this way, the user could tap a single time to mark the cell as having an atom, a second time to mark the cell as 'known empty' (perhaps with an 'x'), and a third time to clear the cell once more.

Oh, that would make this great!

Otherwise, a very fun and playable game.


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