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Friday, March 10, 2006

Chibi-Robo Review by Dantendo

Big thanks to "Dantendo" for submiting this quality review. More to come!

Okay here it is:

Chibi-Robo: Plug Into Adventure!
Platform: Gamecube
Type: Adventure/Platformer

Talk about a sleeper hit. 2006 is the year of the unsung hero thanks to this little...Er, I mean, HUGE game. The story is simple: you're a 3-inch tall robot, purchased by a Mr. Sanderson (who acts not his age, but his shoe size) Apparently Mr. Sanderson buys a lot of toys because the Sanderson family is having some major Moolah issues, because the bills are piling up. (Moolah is the currency in this game in case you were wondering) Your goal is to make everyone happy, and eventually be the #1 ranked chibi-robo in the world, thus making you upgrade to Super Chibi-Robo! To help you with your quest, a flying television cleverly named Telly-Vision will give you advice and guide you. (and also run like hell anytime he gets scared) So anyway, now that you have a slight idea what this game is about, here's my thoughts broken down into individual categories:

Story: Well, it's kinda basic. There are a few twists and turns, and a lot of humor thrown into the mix as well. You'll find yourself laughing hysterically at some parts, but then somewhat confused at other times. Also included are a few "WTF is going on?!?!" moments, but it keeps things interesting to say the least. I give the story an 8 out of 10.

Characters: In a word: wow. There are a TON of characters to meet and help out throughout the game. You'll be recruiting pirates, taking military training, flying a spaceship, and talking to all different kinds of toys as well as the Sanderson family. And speaking of weird...Mr. Sanderson has an obsessive love for Space Hunter Drake Redcrest (the obligatory "hero" in the game); the toy, the show, the coffee mug, the whole nine yards. Mrs. Sanderson is fed up with her husband's behavior, and is really the only normal person in the house. Their daughter, Jenny, was apparently put under a curse by the evil frog wizard. ( hard to just have to see it to understand) But nevertheless, you have your work cut out for you in order to keep the 30 or so characters happy. Bandai and Nintendo knew what they were doing with this, so I give Characters a 10 out of 10.

Length: There's a boatload of sidequests, along with an expansive main storyline. It took me just over 24 hours of game time to finish this game 100% and it was worth every minute. There's a few minigames, and a sidequest for each and every character that also helps give you background on each one. There are also multiple costumes and gadgets to find along the way. I give this area a 10 out of 10 as well.

Replay Value: After you finish this game 100%, you probably won't be interested in playing it anymore. This is really the only area that I say this game just falls short. 6 out of 10.

Graphics/Camera: I don't judge a game by it's graphics, but a great job was done on this part. Collision detection was very accurate throughout the entire game, kudos to Bandai for taking time to make sure. The camera is a little annoying at times but this is something that is hard to perfect in a videgame. A great attempt at least. This area gets a 9 out of 10.

Overall: This game is GREAT and should be given a chance by every Gamecube owner out there. It's a shining example of how you can take any task (in this example, cleaning a house) and make it fun. This is definitely NOT a title to be overlooked and is well worth the $50 price tag.

Final Score: 11 out of 10. Yes, It's that good.

Quote of the game: "Chibi-Robo! do you need some quiet time with good 'ol Telly-Vision?....OH!"