Unbox: Newbie's Adventure

Unbox: Newbie's Adventure Review

Delivering 3D platforming goodness

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PlayStation 4 on

Unbox: Newbie's Adventure is also available for Xbox One and Switch

ESRB Everyone rating

There's something oddly intriguing about playing as an anthropomorphic box. Unbox: Newbie's Adventure stars a self-delivering parcel but is it the complete package?

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I wonder if Taylor Swift shops there...

You play Unbox as a package of your design who is simply referred to as "Newbie". The Global Postal Service is in a whole heap of financial trouble so it's up to you to prove that self-delivering boxes have what it takes to save the company. As opposed to most 3D platformers, Unbox relies less on precise jumps and more on flying through the air like a maniac. Controlling your little box can be a bit irritating at first because it mostly just flops around on the ground whenever you move. However, once you understand that jumping is a much more effective way of travelling, you'll gladly hop around more than a bunny during springtime. A nifty mechanic is that you can "Unbox" up to six times in mid-air after you jump which basically translates to being able to jump seven times in a row. This allows you to reach incredible heights and will help you deal with the packages gone bad (the Wild Cards) as you can slam down right into their smug faces.

I must say, the world of Unbox: Newbie's Adventure absolutely blew me away with its cheerfulness and excellent sense of humour. Everything is incredibly vibrant and you'll meet tons of different fellow boxes who each have their own personality. They can be grumpy, overly enthusiastic, completely apathetic, or just plain silly. My favourite encounters are when you free caged Zippies as they tell you fun facts afterwards that are usually quite funny. It's so cute and regularly had me laughing out loud throughout. As you progress in the campaign, you'll explore three themed worlds including Paradise Isles, Parcel Peaks, and Isla Cartulina. Each area boasts a distinct atmosphere yet they're all super-fun to explore, partly due to the delightful lighthearted soundtrack.

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Checkpoints are nice but not when you have a bomb strapped to your head

Unbox: Newbie's Adventure basically tasks you with acquiring stamps then fighting the boss within each of the three worlds once you collect enough. Besides that, you can uncover loads of Golden Tape that are scattered around and free caged Zippies. Although you can set waypoints to characters who offer challenges for you, there is no map which makes collecting the last few objects quite tedious. Having to find just one more hidden stamp so you can fight a boss then wandering around aimlessly for it can be a real drag.

On top of the single player campaign, you can enjoy an assortment of fun mini-games with up to four local players such as seeing who can collect the most gold tape, duking it out, playing tag where being "it" is cool, stealing gold from each other, and simple racing. These modes offer a surprising amount of fun and make Unbox a great game to boot up whenever you have pals over.

My main issue with Unbox: Newbie's Adventure is that it's very unchallenging. Genre enthusiasts will find each quest and boss far too easy which makes Unbox become a less fulfilling game than you'd hope. The only other problem is the fact that there are plenty of annoying moments and even some glitches. For example, climbing a tall tower to fetch an item for someone then falling off near the top can be very frustrating. You'll also get wedged in tight spaces regularly but thankfully, there's a button that lets you respawn.

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When I said I wanted to go sledding, I didn't know this would happen!

Unbox: Newbie's Adventure is a delightful surprise full of enjoyable gameplay set within a charming and downright hilarious world. If you consider yourself a 3D platformer fan then this is one game that you shouldn't overlook.

  • + Incredibly fun take on 3D platforming
  • + Cheerful world full of laugh-out-loud moments and loads of cuteness
  • + Includes local multiplayer mini-games
  • - Campaign is a bit too unchallenging
  • - Some aspects could use a map as wandering around aimlessly becomes tedious
  • - Plenty of annoyances and the odd glitch
8.0 out of 10
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