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Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! (GameCube)

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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 Bizarre TV-watching - one of the many weirdly humorous scenes in this game
Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! GameCube You've climbed far - to the roof of the house! You get a great view from there. Note the time has passed and now it's night...
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 Yeah! Donning your Frog Suit, Chibi throws garbage into the waste basket! After all, that's what he was purchased for!

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

I've always wanted to help toys find true love with a rotor sticking out of my head אולג 小奥 (168854) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Another Unique game from the masters at Nintendo! Oblio (109) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

The Press Says

Edutaining Kids Apr, 2006 A- 91
Gamers.at Apr 20, 2006 84 out of 100 84
IGN Feb 03, 2006 8.2 out of 10 82
1UP Feb 07, 2006 8 out of 10 80
JustPressPlay Dec 06, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Nintendojo 2006 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net Jun 01, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
FOK!games Feb 24, 2006 73 out of 100 73
Game Revolution Feb 10, 2006 C 50
The A.V. Club 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.)
Ben K (23106) added Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! (GameCube) on Mar 04, 2006
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