The Black Widow

An interactive murder mystery



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“I had an eerie feeling about hearing the actual words of someone long gone.”

– Stephanie Chan (VentureBeat)

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Interview Infamous 19th Century Australian Serial Killer Louisa Collins Through a Spirit Board in The Black Widow


Launching today on iOS, Android, and Steam

  SYDNEY – Aug. 2, 2019 – The Black Widow is now available on the App Store, Google Play, and Steam! Created by Richard Fox of Flux, The Black Widow gives players an unflinching look into the trial, sentencing, and execution of Louisa Collins – the last woman to hang in the state of New South Wales. The Black Widow was first demonstrated at IndieCade 2017 – complete with a custom wooden spirit board controller built by Richard Fox. Hearing Louisa’s own words – faithfully reenacted from original court records and letters – players have the opportunity to make their own assessment of Louisa’s purported killings and generate their own lines of inquiry through an onscreen “spirit board” akin to the famed Ouija board that debuted as a parlor game in 1890 (less than one year after Louisa Collins was executed) and has been featured in a plethora of modern horror films. More than a game, The Black Widow challenges players to reflect on their own prejudices in reconsidering the verdict of a contentious legal case. Was the accused a callous adulteress, drunkard, and liar – or a victim of sexist expectations and misogyny? “With The Black Widow, I wanted to explore unlimited choice in character conversation over preset options for more imaginative role-playing, complex storytelling, and character development,” says Richard Fox, founder of Flux. “As an experienced historical storyteller, I’m always looking for new ways to interact with characters from history. The Black Widow distills insights I’ve learned so far in an instantly recognizable format that dares players to evaluate the facts of the case on their own.” Key Features
  • Communicate with a convicted killer.
  • Ask questions using topics via an onscreen spirit board.
  • Delve into a complex and dramatic true crime murder mystery.
  • Immerse yourself in a faithful, dramatic recreation of a Victorian Era court case.
  • Enjoy vivid graphics and an unnerving, atmospheric interface.
Pricing & Availability The Black Widow is now available on Steam, iOS and Android. Steam (Windows & Mac): $5.99 iOS: $1.99 Android: $1.99 Steam: App Store: Google Play: Assets Trailer YouTube Download Screenshots & Logos IMGUR Download Social Media Flux Twitter – Facebook – LinkedIn – The Black Widow Twitter – Facebook – About Flux Founded in Sydney, Australia by Richard Fox, Flux forges new directions in interactive storytelling by creating games with serious artistic merit. Described by ABC News as the “way of the future,” Flux has produced a number of commissioned and location-based projects such as Razorhurst, Black Friday, Secret Scandals, and Plague Sydney. Flux employs transreality gaming to explore surprising new forms of immersive interactive simulation; the team collaborates with professionals from the arts, tourism, film, heritage, and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) sectors to broaden audiences and examine social attitudes, identity, and mature themes. To learn more about Flux and The Black Widow, please visit and

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