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Store:  Strategy Games, 2-Player Games
Edition:  Black Box
Genre:  Logic & Deduction
Format:  Board Games

Black Box

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 15 minutes 2

Designer(s): Eric W Solomon

Publisher(s): Franjos

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Product Description

"Black Box" is a term used by scientists to describe an unknown, mysterious quantity; an object or system that operates in an unknown way, even though outward "reactions" can be observed when stimulating it.

In the game Black Box you are to determine the compound of a molecule enclosed in the Black Box by shooting rays into the box. Observing in which way rays are diffracted by the molecule enables the scientist (one of the players) to determine the contents of the Black Box -- in this case, the structure of the molecule.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Eric W Solomon

  • Publisher(s): Franjos

  • Year: 1990

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 15 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 393 grams


  • 1 gameboard
  • 5 glass marbles
  • 32 marker pieces

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.1 in 8 reviews

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by Game Reviewer
Great Deduction Game!!
April 10, 2008

Black Box+ is a fabulous pair of games in one box. Most game players who like deductive reasoning have played or are familiar with the original square Black Box. But now the new hexagonal version adds a whole new level of enjoyment. The deduction is more demanding and fun!

With both the Square and Hexagonal versions on opposite sides of the board, its like a beginner AND an advanced game for one price. My friend and I used to play (regular) Black Box years ago. Now we have been playing the Hexagonal Black Box for a while and we like it even more.

If you like deductive reasoning, you'll love Black Box+!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Wonderkind Jr.
A Great Find - The Brains
March 02, 2008

I was introduced to this game by a friend. As she explained the rules, the depth became clear. With a basic understanding of the premise, you can start right away. As one plays however, the variety of strategies appear one after another. Before long, you find yourself taking different approaches based on how the game unfolds.

I love the fact that there are different roles to be played and each person gets a turn at each role.

It's the straightforward approach of Battleship crossed with the deduction of Clue. It's a great game of logic and reason.

I'm glad I bought this updated version of blackbox+ for my kids and myself.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Biggest Black Box Fan
Wow - Black Hexagon is fantastic!
October 17, 2007

This review is for the CURRENT version, "Black Box +".

I've loved Eric Solomon's "Black Box" since the Parker Bros. version in the late seventies - what a great game! Now the new hexagonal version is even more challenging and complex (= "more fun!") than ever. I've found a new favorite with a familiar feel, but a whole new dimension.

Franjos has done a great job bringing the old and new game out together in a form that will be sure to please - the quality of the game board and pieces are on par with top manufacturers. I found the instruction booklet clear and helpful. There is even a suggested rule that players agree not to "hide" arrangements that lead to ambiguous results (such as an undetectable position that forces guessing to solve).

As an avid Black Box player, I find the hexagonal adaptation logical and easy to negotiate, but it seems to offer (and require) a great deal more deep thinking in discovering solutions. I couldn't be more pleased!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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