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Box One Board Game Review

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First off, I’m sorry Neil Patrick Harris. I know you explicitly state and instruct multiple times that this Box One board game is meant for only one person, I mean you even put it right there on the front of the box, but I just wanted to let you know, we didn’t listen. So NPH if you’re reading this, we’re sorry and hope you can forgive us, but this game does work for two as we found out.

Box One Board Game Review

7.5 out of 10

Is it Good For Two Players? : YES

For two players this game does provide something unique no matter how you choose to play it. Whether you decide to play solo and then reset the game for your partner or play together (equally or not), it will give you a fun, exciting, and challenging experience.

Theme: 8/10
Replayability: 0/10
Components: 9/10
Conflict: 0/10
Fun: 9/10

Husband’s Rating
7 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
8 out of 10

Pros

Super Unique Game

High-Quality Production

Mystery

More Mystery

And Surprises

Neil Patrick Harris

Cons

Can only play once

Can easily get off track

Gameplay Experience:

For Valentine’s day, one of the gifts I got my wife was Neil Patrick Harris’ Box One board game.  She’s a fan of NPH and also really enjoys everything puzzles so I thought this was a perfect match for her.  But, since it was Valentine’s day it would be quite odd if she listened to the instructions on the box and took her gift and played it all alone on this very romantic day.

So instead we decided not to listen and play the game together, but since it was her gift I tried to be more of a passive player and let her explore the game quite a bit more on her own. I don’t feel like playing with two players ruined the experience of this game, but that might be specific to us as we are an oddly close couple, people who are less close with their partner may rather prefer to go this one solo.  

You might be a little confused as to why I’m using the word experience instead of “game”.  That’s because Box One is an escape room-style type of game.  You don’t really play the game, it’s sort of an “experience in a box”. Honestly, that phrase exactly describes these types of games, and if that title takes off, just remember, it was coined here..  I’m sorry that title is so vague though, but unfortunately with this game, we can’t share much because anything detailed we say about the game will ruin the “EXPERIENCE”.

Gameplay Summary:

Again there is not much we can tell you, especially in this section of the review, as anything we say is going to ruin the game for you if you do decide to play this one.  Some vague things we can say though is this game can take quite a few hours to complete, you will need internet access of some sort(phone or computer), and you can only play it once. That’s all we’re going to tell you though, even if you beg. Like Barney Stinson(a.k.a NPH) once said when he was asked for more information “I can’t. Magicians code.” 

Conclusion:

Overall Box One by Neil Patrick Harris provides something in a game that isn’t easy to find anywhere else on the shelves, an “experience”, okay I promise that is the last time I’ll use that word.  But really, this game is a one-of-a-kind game that accomplishes what it sets out to do, giving people a very fun and intriguing puzzle to solve.  

For some, the price might seem like a lot for a game you can only play once. Normally I would agree but the game’s website has an official reset guide so you can gift it to someone else once you’re done.  In reality, the game is still cheaper than a night out to the movies, so if you’re on the fence because of price and the limited single play, don’t let that deter you.

Is Box One Good For Two Players?:

As we said before, this game is intended for only 1 player but we don’t follow the rules here, rules are for losers.  Just kidding, we are lame and do usually follow the rules, I mean following rules is usually the only way you can play board games otherwise you’d just have a bunch of cardboard, paper, and figurines on a table in a giant mess with no sweet clue what to do with them.  For this game though, we decided to break the rules to try and enjoy this game together.  In this case, I think that worked out just fine.  

I think playing with two people was just as good as it would have been playing with one, possibly better in some ways. Since you can only play this game once though, my wife and I have no way of knowing that for sure.  We can tell you though that we don’t have any regrets about sharing Box One’s only playthrough as opposed to doing it alone.

We can say “I took a passenger seat approach though and let my wife drive” the game which I think was good for us, but you will need to decide for yourselves how you want to play this game if you do choose to play with two players. Some may prefer to play it on their own, feeling like they’ll miss out on something, and others may have both players taking an equally active role in the entire game.  As a note though, this game can be “reset”, returning it to its unplayed state, so you can play it separately without buying a second copy.

I enjoyed sharing the game and all its mysteries together but it also sounds fun to have known all the secrets of this game and then watching my wife try to puzzle her way through it, (but I’m much better at keeping secrets than she is, so this likely wouldn’t work the other way). I’m sure some of you out there might ruin it for your partner too if you’re not good with keeping spoilers to yourselves.

For two players, Neil Patrick Harris’ Box One Board game does provide something unique no matter how you choose to play it.  Whether you decide to play solo and then reset the game for your partner or play together (equally or not), it will give you a fun, exciting, and challenging experience.

Okay really, I’m sorry, I swear that’s the last time I’ll use that word.  There is just such a limited vocabulary and I’m running out of words to use when trying to describe this game, especially when we have to be so vague to hide the mystery.  So I’m just going to shut up already and say “If you want to play something unique give Box One a try and decide how you want to play it, it will work as a solo game but don’t worry too much if you want to play with your partner.

Pros

  • Super Unique Game
  • High-Quality Production
  • Mystery
  • More Mystery
  • And Surprises
  • NPH

Cons

  • Can only play once
  • Can easily get off track

P.S.

If you do decide to play this game, we recommend only doing things when you are told to otherwise the game might not feel as cohesive as it could. Also, try not to overthink things making the game harder than it needs to be(my wife and I have trouble with this sometimes)


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theory11 Box ONE Board Game Presented by Neil Patrick Harris 1 player
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We hope this Box One two player review has helped you.

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