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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bye-Bye BoxBoy! is a downloadable puzzle/platform game for the Nintendo 3DS and the final game in the BoxBoy! trilogy. Players take control of Qbby, an animated box, as he tries to safely navigate a series of hazard-filled puzzles. The controls are easy to pick up and play for gamers of any skill level. The puzzles themselves start off simple enough, slowly working up in difficulty. There's very little violence, consisting mainly of Qbby falling victim to obstacles. Bye-Bye BoxBoy! features support for Nintendo's amiibo figures, which unlock special costumes, but these require a separate purchase for each figurine.
What's it about?
BYE-BYE BOXBOY! is the latest, and final, epic chapter in the BoxBoy! puzzle game series. This time around, Qbby and his friends are going interplanetary, commandeering an alien ship and traveling to brand-new worlds to rescue the mysterious Qbabies. These cute little additions to the family also open up new abilities for Qbby, including new bombs, rockets, teleporters, and remote-controlled boxes. Qbby will need all these new toys and more if he hopes to make his way through 18 new worlds filled with brain-bending puzzles, dangerous obstacles, and a host of other new challenges unlike anything he, or players, have seen before.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about overcoming obstacles. How can puzzle games teach kids to think outside the box when facing real-life issues and obstacles?
Talk about what it takes to make a game fun. Does a game have to have flashy graphics or a big budget to be fun? Can a simple game still grab enough interest to keep players coming back for more?
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