I’m reviewing DSiWare you can buy cheap and easy, just how I like ‘em.
A wonderfully whimsical and clever puzzler based on making some boxes. Unlike the standard Box Factory as portrayed in the Simpsons, this one couldn’t be more fun to work at.
Boxlife, by Nintendo developers Skip Ltd., packages two different types of games based on making packages. Both are fun, but take wildly different skill sets to pull off. First you’ll need to step into R&D which will introduce you to the mechanics of the game through an increasing series of 14 box building puzzles. Each level introduces new ways of box building, as well as a catchy new song to jam to while toiling away.
Once you are sufficient in the art of the box you can take on the factory, a series of eight timed stages that task you with cutting as many boxes as possible to earn money. As your money grows, nice but superfluous items that add the life to Boxlife. It’s not much, but the idea is certainly nice, and adds a nice visual representation of your progress.
Boxlife is technically part of the wide range of games known as Art Style, a series of various games all built on retro gameplay, graphics, and music, many of them made by Skip.
Oh hell, the music. This game, alongside the other Skip Ltd. produced DSiWare title Pictobits (which I will get to soon enough), got some of the most outstanding music of any download only title Nintendo has ever released. This shouldn’t be a surprise if you have played the far too underrated Chibi-Robo for Gamecube, one of Skips only major releases to make it stateside. This company has a penchant for chiptunes, oddball instruments and serene but catchy melodies. All this is on display on every level of Boxlife.
I have to mention the music because it becomes an integral head bobbing piece of the game as you silently cut, connect, and cube up boxes. As the timer counts down, pressure builds to get those boxes moving, but the music does a good job keeping you calm and focused on the task at hand.
Much like other Art Styles, Boxlife is a quirky yet serene remix of classic Nintendo gameplay ideals.