They say that all good things must come to an end, but this installment makes sure the puzzle franchise goes out with a bang. If it's true that Bye-Bye BoxBoy! is the swan song of Nintendo's popular BoxBoy! puzzle-game series, the franchise is definitely ending on a high note. For such a simple premise, it's amazing just how much Nintendo has crammed into each game, and yet it still found even more to add to the formula. Not content to just build strings of connecting boxes to get from Point A to Point B, Bye-Bye BoxBoy! adds a host of new abilities to mix up the status quo. Longtime fans will find something new and fresh with things like the Bombox, which adds explosives to Qbby's arsenal, or the Rocketbox, which lifts Qbby up in the air for those hard-to-reach areas. Meanwhile, newcomers to the series can still jump right into the fun without ever feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the gameplay.
Bye-Bye BoxBoy! is the largest entry in the series, with 18 worlds to explore in the main game and a number of unlockable challenge stages. It's a good thing, too, because the game starts off a bit on the slow and easy side, acclimating newcomers. The learning curve eventually swings up, as the new features are added and the puzzles get more complex. Eventually, even the hard-core BoxBoy! fans will have to think outside the box (pun intended) to successfully work their way to the goal and collect all the scattered crowns. Toss in the game's collection of costumes, music, challenge missions, and other unlockables, and you've got plenty of reasons to keep coming back for more. In fact, it's almost unbelievable that a game so packed with goodies still clocks in at a budget price. If Bye-Bye BoxBoy! does wind up being the final game in the series, it's the perfect send-off for Qbby and his friends, giving fans both new and old everything they could hope to find.