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Chibi-Robo! (for the Nintendo Game Cube)

Video Game Review: Chibi-Robo!
Children's Video Game for Nintendo Game Cube

By Nintendo

Our Recommended Age: Ages 8-up

Released: 2006

Our Rating: A-



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How refreshing! This game is filled with puzzles, features a colorful cast of characters and adorable sound effects. Chibi-Robo! is a good choice for families looking for a game that's different, non-violent, and leisurely-paced.

The goal of the game is to lead Chibi, a 4-inch-tall family robot, on a quest to make the Sanderson family happy by doing chores for them. While doing so, Chibi attempts to revive Giga-Robo, an out-dated robot that had to be shut down because it used too much power. The humor in Chibi-Robo! is quirky, largely due to the characters' gibberish. Chibi is guided by his "manager", Telly Vision, who also helps to explain the game.

Chibi needs to recharge often--perhaps too often at the beginning--by plugging into an electrical outlet. The toys in the Sanderson household come alive when the humans aren't around, and boy do they ever have personality! Drake Redcrest, for example, is a self-important space hero toy who is delightfully bizarre. Evil "spydorz" can be a nuisance, as they chase the little robot and grab him, depleting his energy. When Chibi destroys the little metal spiders, he gets scrap metal, which can be put into a Recyclotron to make handy utility robots ("Utilitibots"), such as ladders that allow Chibi to reach higher places in various rooms and handy little bridges.

Chibi uses a toothbrush to clean, uses a chibi-coptor to get to hard-to-reach places (he is unable to jump), hides under a mug to protect himself, dons a frog costume so that he can understand the frogs, meets with aliens, and more. Players can move about the game doing chores and answering the Sanderson's requests. He earns Happy Points for good deeds, and gains extra battery power.

The beginning of the game is slow-moving. In fact, much of the gameplay is quiet, making Chibi-Robo! ideal for children who tire easily of faster-paced games. This is a leisurely game that requires some patience to master, but that is essentially easy to play. It's charming and humorous.

Pros:

  • Non-violent, leisurely-paced game.
  • Has charm and personality.

Cons:

  • Children used to fast-paced action games with well-defined goals may not appreciate Chibi-Robo!.

 

Our Rating:

A-


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Reviewed: April 2006

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