BoxBoy!

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BoxBoy!
BoxBoy! Series Logo.jpg
Genre(s)Puzzle-platform
Developer(s)HAL Laboratory
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Composer(s)
  • Jun Ishikawa
  • Hirokazu Ando
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS, Switch
First releaseBoxBoy!
January 14, 2015
Latest releaseBoxBoy! + BoxGirl!
April 26, 2019

BoxBoy![a] is a series of puzzle-platform games developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo. The series centres around Qbby, a square-shaped character who can produce a string of connected boxes. The boxes are used to overcome obstacles in stages that Qbby must be guided through. The first game, BoxBoy!, released on January 14, 2015, in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS.[1] Its sequel, BoxBoxBoy!, was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2016,[2] with a third game, Bye-Bye BoxBoy!, in 2017.[3] A fourth installment, BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!, was released for the Nintendo Switch in April 2019.[4]

Games[edit]

Release timeline
2015BoxBoy!
2016BoxBoxBoy!
2017Bye-Bye BoxBoy!
2018
2019BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!

BoxBoy![edit]

BoxBoy! was developed by Japanese video game company HAL Laboratory.[5] It was a small experimental project in development while the studio was working on Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.[5][6] The project plan for BoxBoy! was conceived in July 2011 by employee Yasuhiro Mukae, who would later serve as the game's director. The game revolves around Qbby, a character who can produce boxes and use them to solve puzzles, move around, and press switches.

BoxBoxBoy![edit]

BoxBoxBoy![b] is a puzzle-platform game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console. The game was released in Japan in January 2016,[7] and in other territories in June 2016.[8] This game introduces the concept of being able to summon two sets of boxes at once.

Bye-Bye BoxBoy![edit]

Bye-Bye BoxBoy! is a puzzle-platform game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console. The game was released worldwide in 2017. It features boxes with special properties, such as exploding and warping, and Qbabies that Qbby must escort to the end of a level.

BoxBoy! + BoxGirl![edit]

BoxBoy! + BoxGirl![c] is a puzzle-platform game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo. It is the fourth game in the BoxBoy! series and first to be released on the Nintendo Switch. It is a follow-up to Bye-Bye BoxBoy!. BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! features a two-player multiplayer mode for the first time in the series, with it being praised by critics. The game was released worldwide for the Nintendo Switch exclusively via Nintendo eShop on April 26, 2019.

Gameplay[edit]

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of May 1, 2020.
Game Year Metacritic
Boxboy! 2015 Nintendo 3DS: 80[9]
BoxBoxBoy! 2016 Nintendo 3DS: 80[10]
Bye-Bye BoxBoy! 2017 Nintendo 3DS: 83[11]
BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! 2019 Nintendo Switch: 80[12]

The BoxBoy! series has received generally favourable reviews from critics according to review aggregator website Metacritic.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: ハコボーイ, Hepburn: Hako Bōi!
  2. ^ Japanese: ハコボーイ! もうひとハコ, Hepburn: BoxBoy! One More Box
  3. ^ Japanese: ハコボーイ!&ハコガール!, Hepburn: Hako Bōi! & Hako Gāru!

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenbeis, Richard (January 23, 2015). "Box Boy is Full of Puzzles, Platforming, and Cuteness". Kotaku. Gizmodo Media Group. Archived from the original on August 24, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Mautulef, Jeffrey (January 6, 2016). "Boxboy! sequel gets a surprise release in Japan". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved May 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Vogel, Mitch (December 5, 2016). "Goodbye! BOXBOY! Has Been Announced for Nintendo 3DS". Nintendo Life. NLife Media. Retrieved May 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (February 13, 2019). "BoxBoy and BoxGirl announced for Nintendo Switch". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved May 1, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Wahlgren, Jon (April 24, 2015). "Interview: Bringing Together the 3DS and Game Boy in BOXBOY!". Nintendo Life. Gamer Network. Retrieved October 28, 2016. Check |archiveurl= value (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Totilo, Stephen (May 5, 2016). "The Guy Behind One Of The Year's Best 3DS Games". Kotaku. Gizmodo Media Group. Archived from the original on August 24, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (6 January 2016). "Boxboy! sequel gets a surprise release in Japan". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 2019-07-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (15 June 2016). "BoxBoxBoy! release date set this month". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 2019-07-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "BOXBOY! for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "BoxBoxBoy! for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2020-05-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Bye-Bye BoxBoy! for 3DS Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2020-05-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "BoxBoy! + BoxGirl". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2020-05-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)