Did you know Amazon is developing a service that will see your packages delivered by drones? This sounds impressive, but drones cost money, and the project may never achieve the regulatory support. What Amazon should be investing in are packages that deliver themselves.
That’s the premise of Unbox, a 3D platformer where you play as 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. The GPS has somehow created living boxes that can deliver themselves all over the world to save money on human resources. 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.
Unbox is a love letter to 90s platformers. Each environment is robust and unique, packed with races against the clock, puzzles to solve and stuff to blow up, all while attempting to manage the physics of a rolling box. There’s even over-the-top driving sections. The 90s inspired gameplay is complemented by the power of the Unreal Engine 4.
Unbox supports local multiplayer with a tonne of content for up to four players split-screen. Boxing is a little like death match where you shoot fireworks at your opponents, Collect is about collecting the tape which spawns around the map. In Thief, you steal opponent’s coins, and Oddbox is about becoming the most wanted box while avoiding hunters. Delivery is the final mode in which you and your friends race down eleven diverse routes to try and be the first to reach the finish box.
Unbox looks to channel the best of classic platformers through its bright and colourful worlds all while modernising the mechanics and tapping into that class of indie games with ridiculous physics. Unbox is developed by Prospect Games and is available now for PC. You can check it out and grab its free soundtrack right here.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane