A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game challenges players’ strategic thinking, forethought, planning, and experimentation to overcome obstacles and progress. The local co-op multiplayer also encourages teamwork.
The game pushes the themes of determination and using creativity to overcome obstacles. There are also themes of teamwork and cooperation in the multiplayer “A Tale for Two” mode, which has two players working together to solve unique puzzles.
Positive Role Models
Qbby and Qucy are fun characters with more personality than you might expect from a pair of boxes. But at the end of the day, there’s not a lot of character development in the story.
Ease of Play
The game is simple to pick up and play, easing players into the experience with a gradually increasing challenge, great tutorials, and intuitive controls accessible to gamers of all ages and skill levels.
Violence & Scariness
The game features hazardous obstacles to overcome, such as spikes, pits, electric barriers, and the like. But since Qbby and Qucy are boxes, the violence is extremely tame. Even when players fail to pass an obstacle, they simply disappear and respawn to try again
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Products & Purchases
The BoxBoy! series has been a staple on Nintendo’s 3DS system for years, and BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! marks the franchise’s debut on the Switch.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! is a platform puzzle game available for download on the Nintendo Switch. The game's a continuation of the BoxBoy! puzzle series on the Nintendo 3DS. Players control a small, animated box character that can create and drop copies of itself to overcome and bypass obstacles. The game's easy to pick up and play for gamers off all ages and skill levels, with informative tutorials and a gradual difficulty curve. The game reinforces critical thinking and problem-solving skills as a part of the main game, as well as teamwork when working together with a friend in the local co-op portion of the game. While players must avoid different hazards to get through each stage, any violence shown is mild and cartoonish in nature.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes the best way to think outside the box is to think like a box, which is the idea behind Nintendo’s fun puzzle franchise. Now the series has made its debut on Nintendo Switch with BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!, much to the delight of puzzle game fans. The game's easy to pick up and play, but extremely hard to put down. It’s a fun and addictive puzzler that challenges a player's strategic thinking and their creativity. There’s never just one solution to get from Point A to Point B, which not only gives a sense of accomplishment for beating a stage, but encourages players to go back, rethink their solutions, and try to top their previous best performance in new and inventive ways.
One of the new features in BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! is “A Tale for Two,” a game mode with puzzles designed to be solved with teamwork. While the mode can be played by a single player just fine, switching back and forth between Qbby and Qucy as needed, it really shines when giving a controller to a friend to play together in local co-op mode. Having two players work together, brainstorming solutions, supporting each other’s ideas, etc., is a blast. Working as a team, as opposed to competing with one another, feels like a perfect fit here, bringing together gamers of all skill levels and ages. And sharing that feeling of accomplishment when a well thought out plan (or even just dumb luck) gets players through a tough obstacle together is more than enough encouragement to stick together for “just one more round.”
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