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
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.
- Non-violent, leisurely-paced game.
- Has charm and personality.
- Children used to fast-paced action games with well-defined
goals may not appreciate Chibi-Robo!.
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Reviewed: April 2006