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[Beyond PlayStation] inbento Review

[Beyond PlayStation] inbento Review
  • On April 7, 2020

inbento from 7Levels and Afterburn is a fun, calming, and charming puzzle game you have to try on Nintendo Switch. Find out why in our inbento review!


Developer Afterburn, who previously gave us the fun Golf Peaks on Nintendo Switch – for which you can check our review right here – has once again teamed up with publisher 7Levels to give us inbento, a new puzzle game now out on Nintendo Switch. As the name suggests, you’ll be taking care of creating some delicious bento meals in this colorful and fun puzzle game. For those of you who have never heard of or seen a bento box, it’s a single-serving home-packed meal or take-out box that features an assortment of dishes. They usually include rice or noodles, fish or meat, cooked and pickled vegetables, and more. Japan has a ton of bento stores, usually in bus or train stations or near them, as well as at department stores, so that those in transit can get a hearty meal at a reasonable price.

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For inbento you will be taking on more than 100 puzzles in which you’ll need to follow the recipe in the upper right corner of the screen so that you can recreate the bento box that is shown. To do this, you will have to use your logic skills to find the best way to use the different pieces at your disposal to craft delicious boxes. It’s a fun and relaxing experience that puzzle fans of all skill levels will be able to take for a spin on Nintendo Switch.

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As expected, the further you progress in the game, the more difficult the puzzles will be, but since there’s no timer for each of the puzzles, you can take your time and complete each one at your own pace. The different puzzle pieces you will be using to create each bento box will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, and all you need to do to use these is pick them up, and rotate any pieces so that they fit right – that is if this is needed at all! Some pieces need to be rotted to better fit the overall design you need to complete, but many of them will consist of a single piece or of blocks that just need to be placed as is.


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And then we have the swap items! What these will do is swap two pieces on the bento puzzle box, depending on where the blue swap pieces are located for that particular swap item. There will also be other types of puzzle pieces that will spice things up, such as ones that have an arrow pointing in a direction, and that when placed on the bento puzzle box, will move the piece you place them on in the direction the arrow is pointing. Or you might run into pieces that allow you to retrieve other pieces already placed in the bento puzzle box!

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inbento is a solid fun puzzle game that has easy to understand gameplay mechanics that is fun for the whole family. It has more than 100 puzzles for you to solve and is out now on Nintendo Switch at a budget $4.99 asking price. Are you ready to make a ton of bento boxes?

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This inbento review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by 7Levels.

Review Overview

Fun and calming bento building puzzle experience