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What 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.
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What's it about?
The BoxBoy! series is back, and this time Qbby and his friends are heading for a new home over on the Nintendo Switch in BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! Journey with both Qbby and Qucy as they use their unique box-making abilities to jump, slide, climb, and warp their way through any and all obstacles in their path. Gamers can play alone in the main "A Tale for One" adventure or team up with a friend in the co-op "A Tale for Two" mode. But that’s not all, because players can unlock "A Tall Tale" and take Qbby and Qucy’s oblong friend Quty out for his own extra challenging adventure. Add in a new minigame mode, comics, and a slew of unlockable accessories for Qbby and his friends, and this is one game that packs more content than any one BoxBoy (or BoxGirl) can hold alone.
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.”
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about problem solving. How can video games help kids to develop the skills they need to overcome obstacles?
How important is style when it comes to video games? Can a simple looking game be as entertaining as a game with more a more detailed and realistic style?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, problem solving, solving puzzles, thinking critically
- Price: $9.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: April 26, 2019
- Genre: Puzzle
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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