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BOXBOXBOY is a great follow-up to the original game, though some gamers might find the game a bit on the easy side as while a lot of the later puzzles will make you think deeply about how to solve them, none are downright impossible or insanely difficult. Even with that, the game is still a worthy follow-up to its predecessor.
Nintendo has a lot of popular franchises that have been staples in the industry for decades now. Many gamers like to belittle the company for its constant use of these characters, insisting that it doesn’t make anything else. False! Nintendo has created a variety of different games in the past few years, and now with the benefit of the eShop, it is even easier to create smaller titles. And that’s exactly why we have BOXBOXBOY! Being the sequel to last year’s BOXBOY!, BOXBOXBOY! puts you back in control of Qbby, the boxy-bod hero, who now has the ability to duplicate his body into two sets of boxes in order to solve the various challenging puzzles.
BoxBoxBoy! starts off simple, but it quickly had me staring at my 3DS clueless. Thankfully, a puzzle solution is just one moment of genius away, and every stage eventually seems beatable.
[F]or the price and content of quality, if the puzzle genre is player’s forte, this is a no brainer. BoxBoxBoy is charming, easy to get into, and quality over quantity. It’s not the longest game, nor the hardest game, but it has a heart and should have a spot in most player’s digital library.
BOXBOXBOY! ultimately feels like more of the same, but when a game is as charming and approachable as this is, that’s perfectly fine. Having a second set of boxes shakes up the formula just enough to squeeze even more life out of this simple and excellent concept.
BOXBOXBOY! is a decent successor to the original. While it doesn't bring too much new to the fold, it's still a joy to play and can be a real head-scratcher. It's worth playing if you're new to the series, and, if you enjoyed BOXBOY!, why haven't you already started stacking?
It doesn’t offer the same personality and smile as Thomas Was Alone, but it’s lovely in the almost zen-like way that easy-to-grasp controls and a lack of direct pressure can create. Sure, it’s not difficult, nor is it as personality-driven as other HAL games like Kirby, but it’s a similar, simple charm. Even for the average puzzle-solving blockhead.
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.
Fans looking for a totally new experience might be disappointed by the sameness of the gameplay for the most part. Gamers who prioritize graphics also might be turned off by its bare bones visuals. Personally, though, I love the game’s honest simplicity and lack of pretension. For folks who loved the original and want more, BoxBoxBoy definitely shapes up quite nicely.
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.
BOXBOXBOY! doesn't exactly blow expectation out of the water - the only real change is literally in the name - but having two sets of boxes to work with makes for more interesting and complex puzzles than before. While we'd argue that previous fans will get the most out of this sequel in the long run, it's a perfectly manageable entry point for newcomers if the tight mechanics and bite-sized chunks of puzzling goodness are starting to sound pretty good this time around.
While we'd argue that previous fans will get the most out of this sequel in the long run, it's a perfectly manageable entry point for newcomers if the tight mechanics and bite-sized chunks of puzzling goodness are starting to sound pretty good this time around.
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