A tragicomedy in your smartphone

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Backfirewall_ is a first-person tragicomic narrative adventure inside a smartphone. Take the role of the update assistant and solve wacky puzzles to save the old operating system from being wiped by a new update. The fate of the system depends on you!

Learn about the phone user

Explore the phone and gather content. The user’s story will seem cryptic at first, full of intriguing twists and turns, but with each gathered text message you’ll gain more context to understand it. What will you discover?

>Whatever you do, do not install the update!

>I’m OS9, the operating system of this phone.

>There’s no way I’m going to update, so help me stop it.

>Just take a look at these awesome features we have here:

  • Clever physics-based puzzles—party in the Speakers’ nightclub, navigate through the Wi-Fi bureaucracy, and explore other areas of a smartphone.

  • Cheat-codes to manipulate the environment—hunt down or create bugs, collect errors, trim binary trees, and delete data with special cheat-codes.

  • A variety of app-characters—gossip with colorful pieces of software and uncover their side stories.

  • Numerous collectibles—gather emails scattered about to discover a parallel story of the mysterious phone User.

  • Unproductive and useless humor—enjoy breaking the fourth wall and meta satirical humor.

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Welcome to Backfirewall_! You are the update assistant—solve puzzles to counter the update and save the previous operating system from deletion. The fate of the system lies in your hands!