June 1990 brings the very first Game Boy sequel to an earlier Game Boy game. Naturally, that sequel is Boxxle II. I mean, everything else on Game Boy has been based on Boxxle, so why not a proper sequel?
As this episode details, however, Boxxle II honestly has no reason to exist — Game Boy’s glut of puzzlers has given us brain-teasers far more inventive than this straight port of the original box-pusher. Including, I’m afraid, the game that immediately precedes Boxxle II: SNK’s Game Boy debut, Dexterity.
With the Boxxles as bookends, I’ve also taken this opportunity to offer a recap of just HOW MANY puzzle-like games we’ve seen on Game Boy to date. Buckle in — it’s about to get funky.
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I'm surprised no mention was brought to the tile-flipping similarities between Dexterity and the more action oriented Mendel Palace on NES. Oh well, NES Works should get to it in my lifetime. I think.
Can goddamn, usually you're lucky to hear Vitamin C
2:30 That's the FM Towns cover.
Funny Field / Dexterity is the only SNK-developed Game Boy game.
People: Can Boxxle 2 be an innovative, fresh reinventive take on the original?
Atelier Double and FCI/Pony Canyon:
N E G A T O R Y G O O D B U D D Y , A I N ' T G I V I N ' Y A
the music cue you used at 3:10 brought back so many happy childhood memories. thank you so much!!!
You can throw stunned enemies in dexterity and even kill other foes with this throw. Watching your gameplay seemed like you didn't know this, since you didn't even mention it.
It's c core gameplay mechanic.
One overlooked feature of Dexterity is that stunned monsters can be thrown into other enemies taking them both out also there is a a boss fight at the end.
How was the actual sequel compared to this?
I like the SGB background
Did you actually buy all these games secondhand to do this series? If so, that's a very impressive quest. Love it!
Oh man, Dexterity. A friend had that back in the day. Fun game, but HELLA stressful.
Another greatly detailed episode, Jeremy! I like the recap, and how you categorized the 3 different types of puzzle games. Strangely enough, despite the rarity of Boxxle II, I happened upon a manual for the game in the wild at random, and have yet to find the cart, but once I do, it will be interesting to see how it differs from the first, aside from the obvious graphical overhaul/upgrade.
Love the use of Can!
I'm really enjoying these videos. My handheld of choice in the '90s was the Game Gear, so I missed most of these early Game Boy games. I especially like all the background you dig up on each game. It might be interesting to note in the video descriptions what color scheme you're using for the game footage.
Man…dexterity looks fun, but at the same time really frustrating. I could see myself cursing out those block flipping ghosts, destroying all my hard work.
good video as always! but spiderman is from july 1990 i thought?
Love your videos.
I'm happy for this series. Great episode and congrats on getting to June '90! Here's to many happy monochrome years to come.
Love the GB World series, Toast. I was given Shove It!! as a young kid so unfortunately watching footage of these Boxxle games gives me serious anxiety, but I still enjoyed the video 🙂
I'd like to think the main character is using his Boxxle I royalties to BUY A ROCKET.
3:10 – very nice. had a weird flashback there, thought I was going to be seeing a Charlie Brown animated special
Don't listen to the haters. No chronological gaming channel is complete without Can!
This might sound weird, but the large swarms of utterly mediocre games is kinda what's interesting to me about this series. Large detailed episodes on games nobody gave a shit about is surprisingly entertaining.
Boxxle II!!! Such a great little puzzle game. And surprisingly still has decent value (~$15)! Loved laying it as a kid!
I love this series. You do a phenomenal job. Just a quick note, the music starting around 3:23 was very distracting. Not sure it was needed.
I just got your book by the way! Can't wait to dig in.