Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. CD-Action
    Oct 14, 2016
    It’s actually a perfect smartphone game, but on 3DS it doesn’t attack you with ads, microtransactions and other annoyances associated with the free-to-play model. [10/2016, p.70]
  2. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Sep 7, 2016
    BOXBOXBOY! is pure puzzling fun. [Issue #23 – September/October 2016, p.20]
  3. Aug 1, 2016
    BOXBOXBOY is a great follow-up to the original game, though some gamers might find the game a bit on the easy side as while a lot of the later puzzles will make you think deeply about how to solve them, none are downright impossible or insanely difficult. Even with that, the game is still a worthy follow-up to its predecessor.
  4. 90
    At the end of the day, I enjoyed my time with BOXBOXBOY!. The is simple, yet charming.
  5. 90
    BoxBoxBoy! starts off simple, but it quickly had me staring at my 3DS clueless. Thankfully, a puzzle solution is just one moment of genius away, and every stage eventually seems beatable.
  6. Jul 8, 2016
    BoxBoxBoy is charming, easy to get into, and quality over quantity. It’s not the longest game, nor the hardest game, but it has a heart and should have a spot in most player’s digital library.
  7. 85
    BoxBoxBoy might be a must-buy, but it does feel like DLC for a game I’ve never played.
  8. Aug 17, 2016
    BOXBOXBOY! is an excellent puzzle game that adds to the concept of the original in a simple way that smartly changes how levels play out. It still feels good, and some of the puzzles are real mindbenders, and even though there’s a bit too much similarity between it and the first game, it’s impossible to go wrong with a $5 asking price for something so fun.
  9. Jul 31, 2016
    Like with so many Nintendo platformers, the controls and physics are so rock solid that the mere acts of running and jumping making playing a pleasure.
  10. Jul 25, 2016
    Boxboxboy is more of what we know, but there is one big new feature that makes it feel so different. The option to play with two sets of boxes is a gush of fresh air that Boxboxboy could really use.
  11. 80
    BoxBoxBoy! is a simple and straightforward sequel to a great 2D puzzle adventure.
  12. Jul 14, 2016
    It doesn’t offer the same personality and smile as Thomas Was Alone, but it’s lovely in the almost zen-like way that easy-to-grasp controls and a lack of direct pressure can create. Sure, it’s not difficult, nor is it as personality-driven as other HAL games like Kirby, but it’s a similar, simple charm. Even for the average puzzle-solving blockhead.
  13. Jul 14, 2016
    BOXBOXBOY! is a simple, interesting and challenging small game that will make every fan of the original happy.
  14. Jul 13, 2016
    BoxBoxBoy may be remarkably similar to the original BoxBoy, stripping it of its experimental indie cred and slipping it into a comfortable and safe sequel – but comfortable and safe are not bad things. Those are the words I use to describe all of my favorite clothing. You get more of what made the original BoxBoy worth a recommendation, and the same can be said of this follow-up.
  15. Jul 8, 2016
    BoxBoxBoy! is a little, clever puzzle game with lots of ideas at a really affordable price.
  16. Jul 6, 2016
    BOXBOXBOY! ultimately feels like more of the same, but when a game is as charming and approachable as this is, that’s perfectly fine. Having a second set of boxes shakes up the formula just enough to squeeze even more life out of this simple and excellent concept.
  17. Jul 1, 2016
    Charming and clever, this sequel is just a reminder for players who loved the first game. A must-have for puzzle fans.
  18. Jun 30, 2016
    Two Box or not two Box, that is the answer from HAL Laboratory, in a much more sophisticated way than it seems.
  19. Jun 30, 2016
    If you like a good puzzle game, BOX BOX BOY!, like its predecessor offers excellent value for money.
  20. Jul 6, 2016
    There are a few times when this puzzle-platformer leans too heavily into classic run-and-jump territory it’s not suited for, but when it stays the course, BoxBoxBoy! is a great example of how to do a lot with only a little.
  21. Jul 18, 2016
    BoxBoxBoy has the exact same charm, style and pace as its predecessor. The extra boxes to stack are a game changer, but for experienced Boxboy players it is just a matter of getting used to. Unfortunately it is not very challenging.
  22. Jul 11, 2016
    It’s adorable, it’s got plenty of amusing content, and it’s cheap as dirt.
  23. Jul 4, 2016
    BoxBoxBoy! has a simplistic elegance to it. You can look at one screenshot or watch several seconds of video and understand what it's trying to convey. For that reason, it never really dives into new territory in any significant way, but it does everything so well that you won't really notice it.
  24. Jul 2, 2016
    There aren't too many new features here, but the concept still works, and it's deep enough to put us through interesting challenges.
  25. Sep 24, 2016
    While it may not break any ground at that, BOXBOXBOY! is a good puzzle game that will certainly provide good amounts of fun and entertainment through its 120 levels to all those who put their hands on it.
  26. Jul 13, 2016
    While we'd argue that previous fans will get the most out of this sequel in the long run, it's a perfectly manageable entry point for newcomers if the tight mechanics and bite-sized chunks of puzzling goodness are starting to sound pretty good this time around.
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  1. Oct 19, 2016
    If you liked BoxBoy, you’ll really like BoxBoxBoy. If you didn’t play BoxBoy, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. BoxBoxBoxBoy? Might be a bit too much.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jul 6, 2016
    -$4.99 guys. Four dollars and ninety-nine cents!
    -Puzzle concepts numerous and easy to understand -Challenging but never impossible
    -$4.99 guys. Four dollars and ninety-nine cents!
    -Puzzle concepts numerous and easy to understand
    -Challenging but never impossible
    -Good length for the price.

    -Minimalist art style. Really embodies the gameplay>graphics motto

    Conclusion: a refreshing puzzle game for the year after the daunting experience that was the Witness.
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  2. Sep 18, 2019
    Another great entry in the BOXBOY series. A must-play for a fan of the first game.
  3. Sep 19, 2016
    This game is simple, but who says that's a bad thing? HAL's newest game is everything I could have wanted in a BoxBoy sequel and more!This game is simple, but who says that's a bad thing? HAL's newest game is everything I could have wanted in a BoxBoy sequel and more!

    - It's only $5
    - Simplistic design
    - Amazing puzzles
    - The comics are hilarious

    - Not enough levels!
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