Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure Review

Ever dreamed of playing as a cardboard box? NO? Well neither had I, that is until I saw Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure.

Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure is a 3D platformer that is unlike any other you shall encounter, mainly because you play as a cardboard box. You’ll be rolling and unboxing to get to collectables and complete missions to earn stamps in order to achieve your aim of becoming the best delivery box for GPS (the Global Postal Service). You can unlock yourself new boxes by helping out other boxes and visiting the shop.

As you play, you’ll need to complete missions in order to collect stamps, in some you’ll need to beat the clock whilst others will see you having to complete tasks to help out your fellow boxes of GPS. By helping NPCs that you meet and completing the tasks that they set out you will earn stamps and new outfits.

Whilst on your adventures, you’ll be threatened by the rival Wild Card group, who will try to attack you on sight. Once you collect enough stamps in each world you will be able to fight the world’s boss, which will then unlock the next world. Standard procedure for a 3D platformer such as this.

Most of the time Unbox runs well but there are moments where the camera angles just don’t work, causing the actual moment-to-moment gameplay to be difficult to perform. There was one moment where I was perched on a ledge and the camera was locked in the sea and wouldn’t move, this happened numerous times and most of the time it was difficult to work out what was actually causing it. When enemies hit you with projectiles like rockets, the camera just lost it a bit, unable to catch up with the action that is going on.

Often Newbie will become difficult to control, being a box is a fun idea but the logistics of this have been difficult. Unboxing can get out of hand, with you flying all over the place. Just moving around the map normally can even be an issue with Newbie getting stuck in the smallest of spaces and sometimes a simple jump or unbox just won’t be enough to get you on your way again.

The world in itself looks good though, it’s basic but it does basic well. You can see the inspiration that Unbox has taken from games like Banjo Kazooie clearly within the colourful world. The speech sound effects could have been taken directly out of Banjo.

Unbox also offers a fairly lacklustre Multiplayer mode which sees you go head-to-head with up to three of your friends. All four of you can traverse the world to become the oddbox (think capture the flag), race each other to the end of line, or blow each other up. They offer basic functionality but it’s all too similar to other games that do this better. You almost wonder if it was worth spending the time to put in multiplayer when the time probably should’ve been better spent on the single-player.

It’s difficult to recommend Unbox because of the issues that it has but there’s no doubt that some who like 3D platformers will find some fun with Unbox. Unbox feels like a game that may very well allow the developers to hone their craft on the next game, it’s just a shame that Unbox has too many issues to advise many of you to purchase it.

Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure Review Conclusion

At a basic level, Unbox does have its moments, but unfortunately, it has too many shortcomings for it to overcome the many issues it has, in particular with the controls and the camera which can’t be ignored.

2/5

We tested Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure after receiving a digital copy for the Switch from the publisher. Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure is out now for Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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