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Apr 9, 2015

Behind the stylish black and white art is a puzzle-platformer that really wants you to enjoy yourself.

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8.2 / 10.0
May 5, 2015

It might not look like much, but BoxBoy is one of the cleverest puzzle platformers I've ever played. The constant variety gave me dozens of uses for Qbby's simple-to-learn self-replicating abilities. Coupled with great pacing and level designs that encourage and reward experimentation, I just couldn't put it down until I'd cleared the 18-world campaign and put some time into the delightful side challenges.

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8.3 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2015

Boxboy finds a good balance of difficulty with puzzles that challenge, but never get too complicated or difficult

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8 / 10
May 7, 2015

This 3DS game's disarming simplicity is a ruse that hides an addictive depth.

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Yes
Apr 9, 2015

It's a masterfully-designed sidescrolling puzzle-platformer based on a brilliant combination of Mario and Tetris.

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Apr 7, 2015

If you crave a digestible and portable puzzle-based diversion, look no further than HAL's Box Boy. Its outright friendliness helps combat the patience-testing nature of most puzzle games, and those minutes-long levels allow players to make some degree of progress, even if they don't have much time to spare. Box Boy might not change the world, but even so, it's refreshing to see a big developer like HAL take a gamble on such a quirky little experiment.

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Apr 1, 2015

If you're a puzzle fan, you must get BOXBOY! Even if you're not the biggest puzzle fan, but you're a fan of a good challenge, BOXBOY! is for you. Simply put, BOXBOY! rocks. Whether or not you're wearing socks is irrelevant.

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8 / 10
Apr 1, 2015

The combination of a monochrome aesthetic and simple gameplay conjures memories of the original Gameboy. Qbby would be right at home there, and nothing about the game would be particularly impossible on that system. In fact, the constant reinvention reminded me of Donkey Kong for the Gameboy, another devious puzzle game from Nintendo that repeatedly introduced new ideas throughout.

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Apr 1, 2015

A slick and fun puzzle experience from start to finish, BOXBOY! will please anyone looking for a great new pick-up-and-play adventure. Just don't expect too much challenge until you dive into the optional areas of the game.

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2015

A decent puzzle game that doesn't overstay its welcome. For the price, it's highly recommended.

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80 / 100
Apr 10, 2015

At $5, it's hard to find more puzzle content than what is available in BoxBoy. That's not always a good thing, as it feels scared of asking players to learn something new without making them study it for three too many puzzle rooms. But the harsh art design and excess gameplay fat don't do enough to negate the thrill of figuring out a solution or the charm of watching your little square friend celebrate. BoxBoy is a welcome, easy-going new entrant into puzzlers that deserves more attention than it will likely get on its current marketing trend.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2015

While not a thoroughly outstanding game, BOXBOY! is an eminently pleasant, breezy little puzzle-platformer that offers some moderate challenge and focuses more on just having a nice time. A fuss-free, no-pressure adventure that takes a plain gimmick and showcases just how versatile it can be. And it's just too damn darling for its own good.

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80 / 100
Apr 10, 2015

BOXBOY! is a fun puzzle platformer that gets a lot of mileage with a simple concept.

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May 4, 2015

'BOXBOY! 'is Nintendo's latest unmissable eShop exclusive, mixing puzzles and platforming to produce a wholly original and entirely compelling experience.

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Apr 13, 2015

This simple-looking title in which players make shapes with boxes is the equal of Hal Laboratory's more celebrated games

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8 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2015

BoxBoy is a fun game with some pretty creative puzzles.  However, the easier difficulty might turn off some more experienced players as there isn't too much of a challenge until much later in the game.  While a good game, it would have been nice to see some more complex puzzles around the mid-way point to up the challenge a bit more.

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Buy
Apr 1, 2015

BOXBOY! is a charming puzzle game for the Nintendo 3DS that you absolutely should pick up.

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8 / 10
Apr 22, 2015

Boxboy is a fun and addictive puzzle game that is certain to keep players around it for some time, not just because of its mechanics but also because it introduces new ideas and challenges at a very high pace. It only suffers from its washed away visual style, which could have used more work, even for a game of this genre.

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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2015

While Boxboy may not be your top pick for platforming action on-the-go, it's worth a try, especially considering its affordable $4.99 price. Its unique, yet easygoing, presentation does fairly well with the hardware at hand, and the gameplay offers a few good challenges here and there. This is a good one to get, ahem, "boxed in" with when you're on the road.

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Apr 4, 2015

BoxBoy is a splendid 3DS eShop game. It's entertaining, addictive, and Qbby is a charming lead character. It's a must-own for any puzzle loving 3DS owner.

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