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BOXBOXBOY!

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

65%

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Based on 21 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo 3DSJun 30, 2016

Developer: HAL Laboratory

Publisher: Nintendo

Genres: Puzzle, Platformer

It's time to think outside the box once again. Our boxy hero, Qbby, has a brand-new power that lets him duplicate his blocky bod into TWO sets of boxes. He'll put every box to use to survive perilous traps across 11+ worlds of puzzling levels. Learn new tricks and box formations to get past obstacles, like switches, spikes, and even lazers! Once you learn the ropes—erm, boxes—take on the bonus challenge world to beat levels using the Bunny or Ninja outfit with a lower box count. Medals overflowing your pockets? Take them to the shop to purchase new costumes, like the Robo-Suit, read humourous comics, or listen to the tunes of BOXBOXBOY! If you've played the first title, BOXBOY!, you can unlock many of those costumes too because almost every one can be used in BOXBOXBOY!

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BOXBOXBOY! Reviews

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IGN

7.8 / 10.0
IGN

Like its flat, plain protagonist Qbby, BoxBoxBoy! is deceptively capable. With one simple yet flexible mechanic, it uses crafty level design to constantly push the boundaries of what seems possible with just one tool. There are a few times when this puzzle-platformer leans too heavily into classic run-and-jump territory it’s not suited for, but when it stays the course, BoxBoxBoy! is a great example of how to do a lot with only a little.

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This follow-up builds on the well-designed original, and does so without overcomplicating the mechanics

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In short, if you liked BoxBoy, you’ll really like BoxBoxBoy. If you didn’t play BoxBoy, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. BoxBoxBoxBoy? Might be a bit too much.

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BoxBoxBoy! has a simplistic elegance to it. You can look at one screenshot or watch several seconds of video and understand what it's trying to convey. For that reason, it never really dives into new territory in any significant way, but it does everything so well that you won't really notice it. I'd love to see another iteration that takes the formula even further (BoxGirl?), and I hope this series continues to thrive on 3DS, which has fostered so many new and great IPs for Nintendo.

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