Percentile Rank

BOXBOXBOY! is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

65%

Critics Recommend

Based on 21 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 6, 2016

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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Scored Reviews

Gaming Nexus
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2016

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.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2016

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.

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We Got This Covered
Jul 8, 2016

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.

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Marooners' Rock
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2016

BoxBoxBoy has a level of charm that’s sure to infatuate veterans of the genre and young players alike. It certainly stacks up to a good time to us.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2016

[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.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 6, 2016

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.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 28, 2016

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?

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2016

If you like a good puzzle game, BOX BOX BOY!, like its predecessor offers excellent value for money.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 31, 2016

Like with so many Nintendo platformers, the controls and physics are so rock solid that the mere acts of running and jumping making playing a pleasure

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Attack of the Fanboy
Jul 15, 2016

You won't find too much that's completely fresh here, but if you like puzzle games and you own a 3DS, there's little reason to skip BoxBoxBoy!

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2016

BoxBoxBoy! is a little, clever puzzle game with lots of ideas at a really affordable price.

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Game Revolution
Jul 14, 2016

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.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 12, 2016

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

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Jul 6, 2016

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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The Jimquisition
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2016

BoxBoxBoy! is just more Boxboy! when you look at it plainly.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
3.75 / 5.0
3.75 / 5.0
Aug 5, 2016

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.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 3, 2016

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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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 7, 2016

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.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 5, 2016

It is fun, has some interesting ideas, provides a challenge at times and is surely worth five bucks, especially if you like puzzle games.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 23, 2016

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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