Peter Molyneux Curiosity cube-tapping app out now

The app sees thousands of players across the globe trying to get to the centre of a mysterious cube.

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Curiosity: What's inside the Cube?, the cube-tapping app from artsy videogame auteur Peter Molyneux, is available to download now for iOS. An Android version is promised, but doesn't appear to be on the Google Play store yet.

The app sees thousands of players competing simultaneously to be the first person to break their way into the centre of an enormous cube, in the middle of which is something that's "life-changingly amazing by any definition," according to Black and White creator Molyneux. Proof of God's existence? The honour of being the first human to walk on Mars? £50 in Amazon vouchers? Take a guess in the comments, folks.

The prize goes to whoever chips away the final cubelet to reveal the centre. I wouldn't get your hopes up though, as at the time of writing there are already 4,425 people taking part. When the winner chips away the final block, a video link explaining what is at the centre of the cube will be sent to their device.

Chipping away at the block is done by tapping at the screen. At first you're presented with a view of the cube that you can spin around to check the populace's progress, then you can tap a part of the cube to zoom in and start chipping away.

When you destroy cubelets you earn coins, which -- if you gather enough -- can be used to buy explosives and tools to chip away at greater speed. They're extremely expensive though -- I spent about five minutes shattering cubelets and accrued about 700 coins, whereas the ultimate Diamond Chisel tool costs 3bn coins. Oh well, back to tapping.

Each layer of the cube has to be completely removed before the next becomes available. As already-mined space on the cube shows up green, it's possible to tap vast drawings into the surface of the cube.

Already I've seen a few people's random patterns showing up, and someone had spelled out 'Leeds United' in absent cubelets. If you spot any breathtaking expressions of human creativity, take a screenshot and upload them to our Facebook wall.

Speaking of which, if you want you can log in to the app via Facebook, letting you track your progress against pals, and see where your Facebook friends are busy mining.

Will you be tapping away at the Curiosity cube? What do you think is at the centre? Tell me in the comments or on our Facebook wall.