I didn't choose the box life, the box life chose... Oh, shut up. Anyway, Box Life by tequibo is a strange little game – part metroidvania, part rat-in-a-maze experiment, but in a good way. All you have to do is escape the box. All you can use to do this is, in a word, nothing. At the beginning, you can only move with the [arrow] or [WASD] keys and use the mouse to look around. What you see isn't exactly encouraging, because you seem to be in a huge room made of blocks, but you'll start making sense of the whole thing soon enough.
In a game where there's little to do and even less to do it with, snooping around is of the essence. The room is small enough to explore without being afraid of getting lost, but although it might seem empty at first, it still hides a bunch of items necessary for your escape. It is almost impossible to talk about the gameplay without giving anything away, so let's just say that it is devised in quite an ingenious way. You will gradually be given abilities which, with their cryptic explanations, function both as puzzles and hints on how to solve them. Escaping the box isn't the end, though; the room contains several cleverly concealed secrets that you can look for if you want to feel especially good about your investigative skills. Once you finish the game, you have the option to go back with all the abilities already activated, which should make the task easier. Even if you play it twice, Box Life isn't a long game, but its minimalistic appeal, intelligent environment design and shrewd gameplay won't leave you indifferent.