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Shifter's Box - Outside In

by Ben304

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File size: 10.7 MB
Downloaded: 17,906 times
Graphics: 320x200, 16-bit color
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1 Mar 2009
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About this game

Sally is taking a walk outside one fine day when she comes across a strange box. Curious as to who would leave such a strange box lying around, she opens it - only to find herself in a very strange place indeed. Help Sally uncover the true nature of the box and find her way home! Control Sally with your left (use) and right (look) mouse buttons!
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AGS Awards Wins

Won, Best Puzzles 2009

Won, Best Short Game 2009

AGS Awards Nominations

Nominated, Best Game Created with AGS for 2009 2009

Nominated, Best Original Story 2009

Nominated, Best Gameplay 2009

Nominated, Best Background Art 2009

Nominated, Best Character Art 2009

Nominated, Best Animation 2009

Nominated, Best Music 2009

Nominated, Best Sound Effects 2009

AGS Panel Review

"This relatively short but puzzle-packed adventure sees the player planet-hopping to colorful worlds in search of a way back home. Going from one puzzle directly to another may bother some people, but anyone who enjoys a game where the focus is flexing your mind will find a lot to like here!"

22 people commented on this game (newest first):

The game can be downloaded from here: https://archive.org/details/Shifters_Box_-_Outside_In
2020-10-08 09:35:20 by heltenjon
Both download links seemed to be dead.
2020-10-08 06:23:32 by ktchong
Another great game that makes you think about existence.
2014-01-24 05:11:59 by Janos Biro
I literally JUST finished this game and it's by far one of the best [AGS] games I've played. I love the unique concept and interface and the "puzzles" were just right.

The only thing I didn't like was the lack of several "Save" slots; it'd be nice to go back to different places and just look around, without having to start over or go back and forth or whatever, but that's a minor quibble (probably cuz I'm weird).

All in all, this' a great game and one you must play.
2012-05-30 03:58:15 by T.Hi
Very nice game with excellent script, graphics and nice logical puzzles. And of course the controls is uses is good.
We are looking for more games like this one :)
2010-07-19 16:12:04 by Biges
Just played this through again today...

It's definitely my favourite Ben304 game! :)

Lovely bit of bitesize adventuring. Puzzles were nice, the art style fitting perfectly with the tone of the story and I love the narrator!

Big thanks!

P.S. I found a bug, though: the lady in the door world appears again if you use the door again. Hope that wasn't spoilery.
2010-01-21 22:34:47 by Mark (markbilly)
Excellent! One of the best sci-fi themed AGS games yet.
2009-09-26 05:04:38 by SKYY
Very innovative. Excellent game.
2009-09-16 21:30:19 by AndyfromVA
Nice puzzles, but i didn't like the philosophy at the end.
2009-04-21 20:18:20 by azerty
Great game. The graphics seem simple, but are really atmospheric.

Nice puzzles.
2009-04-05 10:52:53 by Jimmy Shelter (JimmyShelter)
Again a Top Notch delivery from Ben304. As usual.
2009-03-12 10:54:12 by arj0n (Arj0n)
one of the best games around.go from one puzzle to another,great,loved the game,lets have more like it.
2009-03-07 22:41:17 by mdyoung40
Ben does it again! If I could post a sound clip of a crowd clapping and cheering, I would. This was great!
2009-03-05 13:34:43 by paolo
Highly recommended, an interesting and pretty original game which held my attention all the way through.
2009-03-05 12:54:32 by robvalue
What a ride at full speed through worlds full of wonder! What a dazzling experience of the most venturesome kind, I say!

I have seen dimensional laws being bent, the very laws of shape and matter being mocked, but never occured to me such an egregious breach of physics and geometry as on this journey!

Tears of joy bedewed my countenance when finally all was unraveled, as I felt I had ventured closer towards one of the last great frontiers of our time: The universe.
2009-03-05 08:17:14 by Eglamore Crownswhip (egalotron)
A very nice and cute game with very cool music, nice puzzles, wonderful backgrounds and animations. Play it now!
2009-03-02 19:02:36 by neon
Awesome graphics (as usual) and good work on the sound and music as well. The puzzles had a good difficulty level - I got stuck once or twice but not for too long - and the story, while not gripping, was certainly interesting.

There's a few 'look at' and one or two 'use' interactions missing, but nothing serious.

I'm annoyed at how long the lamp post puzzle took me to solve though :D

Definitely recommended!
2009-03-02 14:52:22 by OneDollar
Another fine, short game by Ben.
I didn't enjoy the story and the athmosphere as much as in Annie Andriod, but the puzzles were really interesting and well designed!
2009-03-02 11:26:01 by Helme
Another great game from Ben304!
I am amazed how quick he is and still makes it a good quality game!

Now get a decent internet connection and make a talkie version! ;D.
2009-03-02 08:47:24 by Peder Johnsen
Beautiful graphics and entertaining gameplay...really great work! :)
2009-03-01 20:43:04 by Strange Visitor (Heromaker)
Awesome Game Guys, Ben I loved it, favorite planet was the 'tower' with the golem in it, loved the lighting effect! (source lines)

Fav puzzle was the lamp-post level, abstract puzzle but made sense! Awesome!

Only one serious flaw... There's not more to play! ;)

2009-03-01 18:07:13 by Shonen-Ai Guy (ShonenAiGuy)
I've had the pleasure to beta test "Shifter's Box": this game is simply marvellous. I never had so much fun solving puzzles since the times of "Cedric and the revolution".
Play it now!
2009-03-01 12:53:17 by bicilotti
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