| Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence
| The Good
Unique, funny, and charming
Good mix of gameplay
| The Bad
Too cute too stomach
Chibi-Robo is the story of a small robot on
a quest to spread happiness. Along the way he will meet a
wide variety of characters and explore a house full of wonders.
Is this just an exercise in household chores or is there more
behind the cute little robot themed game?
So its Jenny Sanderson's birthday party and her father, Mr.
Sanderson, has surprised his daughter with a neat little gift.
The gift is you, Chibi-Robo. This is just the start
of what turns into a crazy adventure, one that might not be
expected at first glance. So shortly after the birthday party
is over and you had the chance to meet the whole family you
will begin your quest to "spread the happiness" as your friend
/companion Telly will inform you of.
The gameplay in Chibi-Robo can be summed up as a mix
of Harvest Moon, platformer, and adventure all rolled
in one. When I say that I mean that Chibi is a good mix of
other games before but with a charm and style that just oozes
at the seams. Chibi can walk around scrubbing, squirting,
and picking up loose trash and dirt all around the house.
You've got the typical soda cans and crumpled up papers around
the house along with puddles of water, mud tracks and other
various things that can be cleaned/or picked up. You can do
this with a variety of tools that you find along the way but
I'll let you discover those on your own. The other main thing
you will be doing is helping the various people, creatures,
and toys around the house. Yes, you'll meet many toys that
get up and walk on their own when no human is looking and
you'll meet animals as well. All these various characters
you will meet throughout the game will want help in some form
or other. Whether your helping them gets an item hidden somewhere
or figuring out how to help them perform various tasks, you're
constantly trying to help everyone out. What makes the game
even more appealing is that all these characters are hilarious
and you really want to see what's next in store for them.
I haven't laughed this hard at a game in awhile, the scenes
are that good.
Chibi has a style that could be called cute or simplistic... yep
that's what comes to mind when I first think of Chibi-Robo.
I personally think the look of the game matches the feel of
it and comes off being done in great style. Some textures
are a tad blurry, but again its something that is easily overlooked.
The characters themselves all come to life and look great.
You will meet a crazy cast throughout your adventure, one
you'll most likely not forget ranging from a super hero that's
always talks about justice to a teddy bear that seems to have
a personality complex. While meeting everyone you also get
to explore the house in great depth. You've got a kitchen,
living room, foyer, upstairs, two bedrooms, a basement and
also the backyard to explore to your heart's content. There
is a price to pay for all this exploring and that is your
battery life. While exploring and performing certain actions
your battery life will drain. Staying alive is as simple as
finding an outlet and charging up (which also serves as a
savepoint). When you start off your battery life is pretty
low and you have to watch your life constantly but shortly
after you start earning happy points you get upgrades. Your
battery life will get significantly bigger so don't worry
about that being a big issue later in the game. When the day
or night ends you automatically go back to your Chibi house
and recharge and exchange happy points to your total. Also
inside the Chibi house is a store where you can buy various
upgrades and also make utility bots to use around the house.
These utility bots make ladders, bridges and warps for you
to use in certain rooms. These are definitely something your
going to want to use to find everything the game has to offer.
Controlling Chibi around the house is a simple task. Chibi
has simplistic controls and has many gadgets to use along
the way. You can open the menu with the X button and then
simple highlight the said item and hit A. A is used a lot
in the game so get used to it. Chibi can go into first person
mode with the Y button and look around the room spotlighting
various key items in the entire room. This is a game anyone
can simply pick up and play. While walking around the house
and exploring you'll be treated to a single music theme during
the day and during the night. You robot makes different noises
depending on what type of surface he is walking around. It
hard to explain but once you see and hear it you'll know what
I'm talking about. Every time you talk to specific characters
the background music changes to what I would call character
specific themes. Every character has their own theme. The
characters also talk in a gibberish talk similar to Banjo
Kazooie or the original Star Fox. It's all gibberish
but its cute and it goes to compliment the style of the game.
If I had to name any of Chibi's faults it would be that the
game isn't terribly long, but that can vary depending
on if you do a lot of the side missions or not. It lasted
me about 12 hours with some side stuff completed. The cute
looking graphics might distract some gamers from even giving
the game a chance and while looking like a kids game it definitely
has appeal for both kids and adults, again I was laughing
throughout the whole game.
Chibi is not a game for everyone. If you like different and
unique games with a sense of humor then I'd definitely suggest
giving this game a try. It doesn't seem like there is much
to it but give it an hour to grow on you, its world will open
up, and you just might be hooked. Chibi is a small robot but
he surely makes up for his size with insane funfactor. Chibi-Robo is a little robot with a lot of spunk; don't let this
game pass you up.
- Justin Celani