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Patrick's Parabox (2022) is a puzzle game where you move, and move through, boxes within boxes. Like a Russian doll, inside each box is another level that you can navigate to create a nested set of puzzles. It's an equally mind-bending and elegant experience as you work to solve each puzzle.

In each level, you are given a set of boxes which you need to get to certain parts of the level, before moving your own character, a small cube with eyes, to a specific position. However, many of the boxes you push contain their own levels inside of them which you also need to complete, and some even contain miniature replicas of the level you're playing, complete with a tiny version of your character that can interact with the objects inside.

By pushing boxes or your cube against an opening in the side of a box, you can shrink and move inside it. This enables you to access new areas of levels and change your relative position compared to other boxes.

In levels where a box contains a replica of the level, there are often gaps in the walls. Leaving these exits results in the miniature you from inside the box doing the same thing, expanding and becoming the primary character, allowing you, in a way, to teleport through the space and reach new areas.

It's a very unusual puzzle game with a core mechanic that makes you pause and approach the levels from new perspectives, requiring thinking, patience, perseverance and determination to beat.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Patrick's Parabox 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game game with Puzzle and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although there is no content in the game that is unsuitable for younger children, the complexity of the puzzles makes it more suitable for older children and adults.


Patrick's Parabox usually costs £16.75.

Patrick's Parabox

Steam Store PC £16.75
Steam Store Mac £16.75
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/03/2022

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game (Puzzle and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Clockwork Pat (@ClockworkPat)

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