Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure!

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Critic Score User Score
GameCube
74
3.9
Wii
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4.4
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Description

Chibi-Robo is a four inch tall rechargeable robot whose sole purpose is to make its owners happy. Accompanied by its talkative guide Telly Vision, Chibi-Robo makes its way through the dysfunctional Sanderson household, trying its best to make the family members happy. It won't be easy though - their daughter thinks she's a frog, the wife is furious at the husband for wasting money and makes him sleep on the couch, and, if that wasn't enough, there are reports of spider-like robots out to destroy Chibi-Robo!

Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! is a platform adventure with a difference - players control a small robot, whose short size means that regular objects like furniture and stairs become gargantuan obstacles for it to overcome. Its battery is consistently draining while not plugged into a wall outlet, and its power consumption increases when it uses tools like its blaster, copter or radar. Because of this, players must keep an eye on their remaining power and regularly recharge.

The aim of the game is to earn Happy Points to increase Chibi-Robo's rank and become Super Chibi-Robo. This can be achieved by performing simple tasks (such as throwing away trash or cleaning floor stains like muddy footprints) or by making its owners happy, for example by giving a rose as a gift to Jenny, the frog-obsessed daughter. This role-playing aspect of the game is similar to the gathering of "love points" in Moon: Remix RPG Adventure.

Also similarly to Moon and some of its spiritual followers (such as Giftpia), the game world is populated by rather exotic characters, all of which talk in a mysterious gibberish language, with sub-titles displayed on the screen.

Screenshots

Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! GameCube You can do some serious climbing in the backyard. But be sure to equip your trusty Robocopter to soften those nasty falls!
Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! GameCube Poor Chibi! If you run out of energy, you'll automatically acquire this "Trauma Suit"...
Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! GameCube On the table. I want some chicken :)
Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! GameCube This is your status screen. Not much yet, but... we'll get there!..

Alternate Titles

  • "Chibi-Robo!" -- European GameCube title
  • "ちびロボ!" -- Japanese GameCube spelling

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User Reviews

Another Unique game from the masters at Nintendo! GameCube Oblio (108)

Critic Reviews

IGN GameCube Feb 03, 2006 8.2 out of 10 82
Nintendojo GameCube 2006 8 out of 10 80
Bright Hub GameCube Apr 08, 2010 4 out of 5 80
Common Sense Media GameCube 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
FOK!games GameCube Feb 24, 2006 73 out of 100 73
GameSpy GameCube Feb 07, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Deeko GameCube Feb 22, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Feb, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution GameCube Feb 10, 2006 C 50
The A.V. Club GameCube Feb 21, 2006 C- 42

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Chibi-Robo! appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References

The family dog Tao in the game is in fact Kenichi Nishi's own dog (who passed away in 2009). Tao appears in many games designed by Nishi; his first appearance is as Grandma's dog in Moon: Remix RPG Adventure.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #2 Best GameCube Game of the Year

Related Web Sites

  • Chibi-Robo (Official game web site by Nintendo of America.)
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