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While the mixed reviews of Yooka-Laylee made people question if 3D platformers were just a thing of the past to be forgotten, Unbox: Newbie's Adventure shows that new things can still be done in the genre to produce some real gold dust.
With so much being lost in today's gaming landscape from years ago, this is definitely a title you will want to experience. It takes everything we loved about gaming from the 90s and improves on each and every item but still sticking to its true core of a platformer. This game has something to enjoy for any lover of the platforming genre. From a very unique protagonist to and even more unique antagonist this game is definitely one you will want to add to your library.
Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure is a platformer open world game that lets you experience what it is like to be a box. I never would have thought I would be enjoying this game. Despite the frustrations that it can give you, the game is so fun and inviting.
"Unbox" is a majorly brilliant game with minor flaws that left me feeling anything but cardbored. So if you're into 90s-like 3D platformers, then you should give "Unbox: Newbie's Adventure" a go for sure.
Unbox: Newbie's Adventure combines the new hotness with old school classics to come up with something unique. Sure, the unpredictable movement takes some getting used to, the combat is a little lacklustre in single player and the vehicle control is awkward but it does far more right than it does wrong.
All in all, this was a lovely little game. It's not a long one mind you, you can 100% all the worlds in less than 10 hours - however, it will certainly be an entertaining ten hours, ESPECIALLY if you were a fan of 90's 3D platformers! And at the low price point of this game it is certainly one to check out!
Unboxed: Newbie's Adventure will be a pleasant surprise for many 3D platforming fans. Although fairly unassuming, it offers a simplistic, lighthearted approach to the genre with hours of fun to be had.
Newbie’s Adventure is oddly addictive. Even just roaming around the vast worlds as a cardboard box, taking out groups of Wild Cards with the slam ability and in general just chilling out is hugely enjoyable.
Which is a real shame because I bet the multiplayer experience would have been a lot of fun, because the game itself is. It's not necessarily groundbreaking in any regard but figuring out the knack to controlling Newbie at high speeds is really rewarding. Some of the challenges lie on the 'childish' side of easy, but not every game needs to be Dark Souls, right?
Unfortunately, it falls into some of the some old trappings of the genre that prevent it from joining the great 3D platformers that it is clearly inspired by. Samey worlds that are larger than needed are Unbox: Newbie's Adventure's biggest bane; the game may have benefited if it had smaller and more concise worlds. As it stands, if you are a fan of 3D platformers and are intrigued by this game's unique control scheme, it's worth giving a shot — just be aware that it can fall victim to some of the genre's more frustrating problems.
Unbox: Newbie's Adventure has its shortcomings, but what it offers at its core is all that you can really ask for. It's a proud collectathon, and the three bustling open worlds really allow this fact to shine.
While Unbox has some fun moments, I mostly enjoyed it for its mechanics and not because I found myself having all the much fun. I'm sure there are plenty of players who would find more in this title, but I just saw missed potential.
Overall this is a beautiful looking game with some decent platforming and gameplay, but it lacking in the content department. Definitely one that you should pick up on sale or if you see it in a bundle.
Despite the outside-the-box premise and the unboxing mechanic, this package is a by-the-numbers platformer with a few rough edges. 'Feel' is a huge part of a platformer and in that regard, Unbox: Newbies Adventure is fine for the majority of the time, that is, until the physics decide to freak out.
Young gamers are the target audience of Prospect Games' Unbox: Newbie's Adventure. There's nothing wrong with that, but there isn't much here to appeal to the older and more experienced gamer, something at which other kids' titles have succeeded.
Unbox gets everything right in theory, but fails to actually deliver on the majority of its goals. The character design, the core ‘unboxing' mechanic, and the collecting side to the game could have been great but there are just too many problems standing in the way for it to be truly successful. We can't help but feel that the game just needed an extra dose of love and attention on the technical side of things because, if that was at the standard of the creativity and fun of the characters and ideas, it would have been a great experience and a whole lot of fun. As it stands, it might not be quite worth your time.
The music is pretty and the worlds are fun to explore for awhile. I think that it's a little short if you're not planning to collect everything, so if you want a quick 3D game to explore, give it a try. Don't expect it to be a package that delivers though.
Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure packs character, charm, and potential, but fails to deliver on the goofy adventure that it promises. It’s not bad enough that your parcel will go astray, but any criticism lies more in the fact that wilder ideas were needed to make the activities stand out from the crowd. What we’re left with is a game that treads ground that is too familiar without many fresh ideas away from its main star, which is what nearly put the Global Postal Service out of business in the first place.
Game does not bring something new to the genre, and the fact that it has already been in many games, for example, in me, when that love LEGO Island 2 (2001) - although she was also a very controversial project. If You have nothing to do, You 9 years and You didn't buy a new Mario, you can see the Unbox.
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Unbox: Newbie's Adventure does have appealing factors, such as a breadth of challenges and large sprawling hubs; however, the game is somewhat let down by poor visuals coupled with frustrating platforming sections that can often go wrong by no fault of your own. Unbox has released in a year where mascot platformers have returned with a vengeance, and unfortunately cannot stand toe to toe with them.
What’s strange with UNBOX is that with the somewhat unfinished feel of some elements of the game I often wondered if it was intended to be a “physics game” along the lines of Goat Simulator and others where the intent is to have a weird feel to everything. If that were the case, though, the other essential part of that genre is a degree of humor and over-the-top ridiculousness to help compensate for the many shortcomings the game has otherwise. Since it is pretty well played straight throughout (random bad jokes involving boxes not counting) I don’t think that was the intent here so it brings me back to feeling like the game combined a not-great concept for making a viable and fun platformer with too little time spent to make the game the best it could, smoothing the rough edges that would come with a game where you’re moving a box around and trying to make precision jumps with it.
Unbox: Newbies Adventure is a rough 3D platformer which is let down by poor controls and repetitive gameplay, whilst there are charming characters and fun multiplayer, the game's flaws are glaring and hard to overlook. Unless you have an innate hatred for Italian plumbers I can't recommend this game to anyone looking for something to scratch the platforming itch.
Technical glitches and general movement annoyances are embedded into the DNA of the game, and it really dulls the overall experience of what could be a good title. The problems literally ripple throughout the game and betray any form of fun from what is, quite honestly, a rather lovely looking game.
At a basic level, Unbox does have its moments, but unfortunately, it has too many shortcomings for it to overcome the many issues it has, in particular with the controls and the camera which can’t be ignored.