Boxboy Reviews

Boxboy is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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Apr 1, 2015
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9 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2015

The only real downside to Boxboy is that there are so many ideas that I wish some of them were expanded upon more. Each new mechanic really only gets about a half-dozen levels to shine, and each one is so rich that they might even be able to support their own game. Because of that onslaught of fresh ideas, Boxboy never gets boring, which makes it a fun experience for your 3DS.

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Ray Carsillo
Top Critic
4 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2015

HAL Laboratory fails to innovate at all within the puzzle genre and throws many of the same obstacles at you over and over again—to the point where BoxBoy! is as plain a platformer as its monochromatic motif.

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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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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 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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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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6 / 10
Apr 1, 2015

BOXBOY! will surely find an audience among those who are deeply in love with the Game Boy's sensibilities, but this writer is finding it increasingly difficult to be nostalgic for a style that never goes away. What's left, then, is a polished puzzler with surprisingly dull tendencies.

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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 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2015

BOXBOY! is a solid puzzle game with touches of platforming mixed in that puzzle game fans should check out. It doesn't reinvent the wheel of the genre or leave a lasting impression, but it's a fun way to tease your brain and enjoy some clever puzzle designs. If you don't find yourself enjoying puzzle games, BOXBOY! will probably be a pass for you, but for those of us who enjoy a good challenge, BOXBOY! is a worthy addition to your 3DS eShop library.

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7.8 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2015

What BOXBOY! lacks in visuals and style, it makes up for with complex level design and intricate gameplay that will keep your brain churning for hours. It may not replace any of the bigger puzzle games out there, but HAL Laboratory's little box opus brings some good, easily addictive puzzle entertainment.

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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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9 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2015

As far as puzzle platformers are concerned, Boxboy is a breath of fresh air and proves that no matter the size or style of game, HAL is always committed to delivering a unique and fun experience with their games.

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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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USgamer
Top Critic
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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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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Apr 8, 2015

I honestly have no real complaints about BOXBOY! It kept me playing practically non-stop, and I loved every minute of it. The only aspects of it I didn’t experience were the Demos and Hints. The Demos let you send a free taste of the game to those you StreetPass with. The Hint system lets you spend Play Coins to help you get past levels if you’re stuck. I’m too much of an stubborn old school gamer to ever give up and use a hint. Overall, I was very, very pleased with BOXBOY! For $4.99, it offered over seven hours of gameplay, and that’s not even counting the Challenge Stages or the Bonus Worlds that opened up after I beat the Story Mode. BOXBOY! is not only one the best new IPs HAL Laboratory has come out with in years, it’s my favorite new 3DS eShop game. If you like puzzles or old school video games, go buy it.

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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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Recommended
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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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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