Let's say you've got a package to deliver and an infinitely long and indestructible arm with which to deliver it. Seattle to Calcutta? No problem. Stockholm to Lima? Piece of cake. You can save a ton on shipping costs, but can you get the package to its destination unharmed? In Finc's What's In The Box? you have to make your delivery through a retro-styled world of puzzling portals, gates, and perils.
Each level consists of a maze for you to navigate, red box in blue hand, using the [arrow] keys. You will always enter from the left side and exit from the right, but what happens in between is anybody's guess. Sometimes the path is straightforwards, but other times you'll find blue gates that prevent your hand from passing through, or red gates that block the box from passing. It's at this point that you'll have to drop and pick up (and occasionally catch) the box using the [X] key. Remember that while the box and your hand are vulnerable to the purple spikes and should be avoided, your arm can wriggle all around the map without taking any damage, so you can use your arm to trap moving spikes to make your journey a little easier.
What's In The Box? is filled from the get-go with surprisingly complex puzzles that require a bit of planning to conquer. The tricky part is navigating your way through all 25 levels without taking any damage at all, because it takes only one error to prevent the box from being openable at the end of the game. It's a harsh punishment, but it scratches that part of the brain that craves a devious perfection challenge. Even if you never reach the point where you actually find out what—if anything—is inside the box, What's In The Box? is a very clever puzzle that is well worth the journey.
Seizure warning: Please note that this game contains short strobe-like color cycles whenever an error is made, and a solid screen of color cycles at the end of the game.
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