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It’s only been a year, but “Hako Boy” is already back and it’s even better than before. “Hako Boy,” which was released for the Western audience as “Box Boy,” features a box-shaped hero, who solves puzzles and clears stages thanks to his ability to squeeze out boxes and use them to scale platforms. The game’s retro graphics and monotone palette also helped it become one of the most popular DS titles of last year.

So how has Nintendo improved on it? “Hako Boy! Mou Hito Hako” is able to make two sets of boxes instead of just one set, and therefore has more challenging puzzles. Once again, the game is also a master class in design. Nintendo proves that simple graphics and a reduced color palette — largely black and white, with some flourishes of green and teal — not only looks good, but also offers a truly inventive and exciting video game experience.

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