The birth of Boxentriq

It all started with a web puzzle

Back in 2015 I launched the web puzzle Boxen, but it was only available in my native Swedish. It became popular beyond all expectations, and notorious for its difficulty. Only about 10 persons people managed to solve all 30 levels; the first Joel Eriksson, also known as the man who solved the mysterious Cicada 3301 puzzle.

Cicada 3301 was one of my biggest inspirations

I’ve always loved brainteasers. The combination of really difficult logical puzzles, and the various theories about who Cicada 3301 really are, caught my attention. I liked Cicada 3301 a lot also because it required not only technical skills to complete. I hadn’t been as fascinated since I read Gödel, Escher, Bach in my youth.

This led me not only to late nights of puzzle solving, but also to research hacker culture and other shadowy organizations. I thought I should do a puzzle game on this theme myself.

The game

Following the success of the old web puzzle, I ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a mobile game. The game was launched in 2019 on Google Play and App Store and had over 20000 downloads (in total for Android and iOS). It also received very positive reviews such as: "My experience with this game is being incredible. With immersive puzzles that make you want to spend the day trying to solve! I recommend".

The mobile game is now retired due to lack of time for maintaining it. You can however try the web puzzle.

- Johan


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