Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure!

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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 This is your status screen. Not much yet, but... we'll get there!..
Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! GameCube The characters speak in the same mysterious gibberish as everyone in all <moby company="Skip"> Skip</moby> games
Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! GameCube Awww... These are cute pajamas - perhaps a bit too gay for a stud like Chibi? Anyway, you try using your spoon on those dirty paw traces. It doesn't seem to work
Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! GameCube You'll acquire a weapon - Chibi Blaster - at some point. You try using it on innocent weird guys. There is no effect

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

Edutaining Kids GameCube Apr, 2006 A- 91
Armchair Empire, The GameCube Mar 03, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Gamers.at GameCube Apr 20, 2006 84 out of 100 84
Cubed3 GameCube May 26, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Bright Hub GameCube Apr 08, 2010 4 out of 5 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) GameCube Mar 15, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Common Sense Media GameCube 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy GameCube Feb 07, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Informer Magazine GameCube Feb, 2006 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) GameCube Feb 16, 2006 2.5 out of 5 50

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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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