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Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure Preview

If you’ve always dreamed of playing as a cardboard box? Well, sit tight, because that chance is coming later this year when Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure comes to the Nintendo Switch.

This 3D platformer looks bright and vibrant with colorful graphics. You’ll explore a wide range of zones with different environments and plenty of stuff to collect. The game’s been out on Steam for almost a year now, and it’s heading to Xbox One and PS4 next month. The Switch version is on track to come out later this year.

The main story campaign will challenge you to explore various levels to complete tasks. You’ll need to collect stamps to progress toward fighting the various bosses. Some of these tasks include delivering packages on time or racing against some enemies on a track. With various ways to customize your box, you’ll want to search out all of the collectibles to buy new items. With games like Yooka-Laylee and Super Mario Odyssey, it’s great to see a resurgence in the 3D platforming genre. Hopefully Unbox delivers!



Unbox is 3D platformer where the player is a cardboard box who must bounce and roll, through mountains and islands alike, to deliver themselves for the greater good of the Global Postal Service, or GPS. This can include racing against a clock, solving puzzles, and a lot of fun with physics, which often involves causing mayhem by knocking things over or blowing them up. The game also has a strong local multiplayer element, for full split-screen enjoyment, including a variety of different challenges.

To save themselves from bankruptcy, the GPS have somehow created living boxes that can deliver themselves to customers all over the world, to save on human staff. In Unbox, you will play as their latest creation, Newbie, and it is your job to complete the test islands, proving your worth as a sentient, self-delivering package.


  • Retro without the rose-tinted glasses – The game stands as a love letter to ’90s platformers, whilst using power of UE4 to create the best possible challenges.

  • New mechanics – New mechanics – The boxes have a unique power; they can “Unbox” to jump in mid-air, each time shedding a cardboard layer and shrinking in size. No platform is out of reach!

  • Unique story – The tale of a struggling postal service testing its sentient boxes’ delivering power, whilst also trying to defeat the devious Boss Wild and the Wild Cards, has a cute and individual cast of characters for players to meet.

  • Local multiplayer – The game’s retro-inspired local multiplayer means that it provides split screen enjoyment and evokes a true retro feel.

  • Customization – Dress to impress with a variety of boxes, hats, clothing and accessories, with anything from sunglasses to a fez hat.


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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