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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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No cutting corners in this simple, addictive puzzler.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about problem-solving and analytical thinking as they work to solve the various puzzles in the game. Using the string of boxes and chaining sets together can also help to teach basic geometry, as they use and combine the shapes in creative ways to overcome obstacles. The game encourages players to not only complete the puzzles but also to retry them to find solutions using fewer moves and blocks. And thanks to the hint system and integration of Nintendo's Miiverse, getting help with harder puzzles or interacting with others is a simple button away. BoxBoxBoy! is a fun way to test a player's puzzle-solving skills.

Positive Messages

Develops your critical-thinking skills, but nature of puzzles sends an even stronger message about using your abilities to think your way past any obstacles that stand between you, your goal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Qbby seems to be a relatively generic, box-shaped character, yet it somehow still manages to have a distinct personality, exhibiting no malice, negative traits. It just wants to keep moving along to where it needs to go.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn, but learning curve comes in difficulty, complexity of puzzles, especially new ability to spawn two sets of blocks to combine, use in different ways.

Violence & Scariness

Violence involves Qbby falling victim to some hazards in each stage, such as falling into a spiked pit. When this happens, Qbby simply pops out of existence, tries again.


Direct sequel to last year's 3DS puzzler surprise hit BoxBoy!, which has developed a substantial, loyal following.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BoxBoxBoy! is a downloadable single-player puzzle game for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a sequel to the 2015 surprise 3DS hit, BoxBoy! Players control an animated box through a variety of hazard-filled stages, trying to get safely from Point A to Point B. The game is designed as an all-ages game and has no issues with language, sexual content, or other offensive content. The game is easy to pick up and play, with difficulty coming from thinking up solutions to progress through the increasingly complex stages. 

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What's it about?

Qbby is back! The star of BoxBoy!, Nintendo's surprise puzzle hit for the 3DS, has returned for more box-dropping fun in BOXBOXBOY! More obstacles block his path, more hazards stand in his way, and more costumes … well, what else is a fashionable box to wear? It's a whole lot more of what fans loved before, but this time Qbby has a new trick up his nonexistent sleeve: Qbby can now spawn two sets of boxes to help him overcome the perils in front of him. That's twice the options, twice the combinations, and twice the difficulty for players, as they have to think outside, inside, and all around the box to keep Qbby safe.

Is it any good?

In a world of full of flash and hype, sometimes it's the simplest of ideas that strikes a chord with people. Take BoxBoxBoy!, the sequel to Nintendo's hit 3DS puzzler, BoxBoy!. It's a simple-looking game with an even simpler premise. Players take control of Qbby, a cartoon box that can spawn a chain of more boxes he uses to cross, climb over, and otherwise bypass a variety of hazards. The sequel adds a new twist, giving Qbby the ability to create two chains of boxes, adding an extra level of depth to the 2-D puzzler. On paper, it seems like a pretty basic addition to the gameplay, but in practice, it adds a new layer of complexity. And given that there's a limit to the number of boxes Qbby can use to successfully collect the crown in each stage, there's a lot more forethought and planning required this time around. For fans of the original, it's just the right thing to improve on an already near-perfect puzzle experience.

BoxBoxBoy! is a fantastically addictive puzzle game. It's easy to pick up and difficult to put down. The game doesn't rely on splashy, high-definition graphics or some deep plot to grab players' attention. Instead, it uses the most basic of visuals and tosses players into the mix. The game's gradual increase in difficulty keeps things challenging without ever reaching that hair-pulling level of frustration. If there's one complaint to be had about BoxBoxBoy!, it's that there's just not enough of it. While the game features more than 120 individual stages and a lot of unlockable content, including comics, costumes, music, and more, you can finish off everything it has to offer within a day or so. That being said, BoxBoxBoy! is still a blast to play and a must-have for any 3DS owner.

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