Game review: BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! makes it hip to be square

The co-op puzzles are notably easier than most of the others, probably to ensure they can be played by novices, but since the controls fit very well onto a single Joy-Con it’s all a great deal of fun and very social. There are more difficult challenge levels to unlock though, as well as a range of costumes and other virtual knick-knacks, using in-game currency earned by competing stages more efficiently or by collecting special crowns hidden in each level.

Considering the low asking price, the value for money is excellent, especially as there’s also a third unlockable mode where you play as Qudy the rectangle. He’s not as versatile as the other two characters but the different-sized boxes he makes, depending on whether he turns himself sideways or not, create some interestingly-different challenges.

The only real flaw with the game is that some of the extra features introduced in Bye-Bye BoxBoy, most notably the different types of boxes, including rockets and teleporters, have been removed. Presumably the concern was that they made things too complicated, but you’d think they could have been left in for the harder stages. But unless they’re lurking in some unlockable we haven’t uncovered they’re not.

The co-op mode and other new features more than justify the new sequel though and if the low price isn’t incentive enough there’s also a free demo to get the measure of the game. Although the graphics are slightly more complex, and colourful, than on the 3DS the move to the Switch hasn’t changed Qbby too much and if he’s decided he’s not ready for retirement yet we’re happy to have him back.

BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!

In Short: A welcome comeback for Nintendo’s most minimalist mascot, that justifies itself with an extremely entertaining co-op mode.

Pros: Elegantly simple, if bizarre, set-up is very easy to pick up and consistently inventive. Charming presentation and great value for money.

Cons: Removing the more complex box variants from the previous game is a shame. With so many levels some can seem very samey.

Score: 8/10

Formats: Nintendo Switch
Price: £8.99
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Release Date: 26th April 2019
Age Rating: 3

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