[PS4] UNBOX: Newbie’s Adventure Review

by EripmaV

UNBOX: Newbie’s Adventure from Prospect Games is a new platformer that recently released on PS4. Should you get this one or avoid it? Read our UNBOX: Newbie’s Adventure to find out!

Unbox starts with promise, and you know that this year, we’ve really seen a renaissance in 3D platformers and this is your literally run (or should that be roll?) and jump styled affair – with the only real key difference is that you’re a box.

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As such, it’s your job to traverse the varied and large scaled worlds, while taking on the enemy boxes (the Wild Cards) and their boss. Boxes are sentient in the game, allowing them to effectively ship themselves to their destination and have even built a society around the company – GPS (Global Postage Service) and you play as Newbie – hilarious, right?

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As you explore the world, you’ll find points where you’ll need to ‘unbox’ yourself, which effectively ejecting the inner box from within, allowing it to reach up to six times further than you normally would. Sounds great, but the problem is that sometimes the actual maneuvering and jumping with a box comes with problems and is really quite unpredictable at times. You face numerous obstacles and quests from the NPCs and, whilst giving some really nice sounding quests and variation in play, the reality is that you find yourself getting stuck in some areas, doing repetitive chores for the other boxes and, due to the shape of Newbie, really finding yourself to land those pixel perfect jumps. Annoying and a bit frustrating, especially when you take the time to consider that exploration and traversal are key aspects of the game.

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The game’s quite a pretty one and has some really lovely looking environments – if you ignore the horrendous pop-up of scenery. The game has elements of Banjo-Kazooie within -, but annoying and crazy physic glitches and infuriating checkpoint positions really mar the game and its appeal to play further. Sadly, Unbox: Newbies Adventure is not a great game.

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Technical glitches and general movement annoyances are embedded into the DNA of the game, and it really dulls the overall experience of what could be a good title. The problems literally ripple throughout the game and betray any form of fun from what is, quite honestly, a rather lovely looking game.


This UNBOX: Newbie’s Adventure is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Merge Games.

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