Black Box is an early PC version of a 1978 Parker Brothers
board game of the same name that emphasizes logical deduction. Sort of a
3D version of Mastermind, your goal in this game is to find
all the hidden atoms in a 8x8 grid "black box" by shooting light rays
into the box from the side, and observing what happens. If a ray
directly hits an atom, it will be absorbed. Rays that pass within one
box of an atom will be reflected.
This BASIC version of the game is faithful to the board game
original, and is easy to learn. To help prevent random guessing, you
lose points for a ray that completely misses an atom, or an incorrect
guess about the atom's location. Of course, you do gain points for rays
that are absorbed or reflected, as well as for a correct guess. If you
get stumped you can end the game early and peek at the location of all
atoms. The challenge is to correctly deduce the locations with the least
number of light rays.
If you enjoy logical puzzles that require no reflexes to solve, Black Box will entertain you for hours on end, even if the gameplay is a little repetitive."