Kirby: Planet Robobot 3DS review

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Playing through this game took me back to when I first encountered the pink gas ball. Who, was originally an off white on the cover of the original game on the GameBoy DMG. A big clunky portable with a green screen that could produce great sound and had 8 Bit pixel graphics just like the NES. This was also the first time I also tried Caribbean cuisine at a friends house. I wondered what on earth appealed to people about corn on the cob, having not yet acquired the taste for the delicious vegetable. And I am sure he too didn’t appreciate my butter covered fingers all over his GameBoy either.
Having said that I did not actually own my first GameBoy until about 6 years ago, (I collect old video games). I opted for at the time, the impressive Game Gear. With a colour display and an unhealthy appetite for AA batteries. Six of them at a time. As opposed to the GameBoy’s humble four. As a Nintendo fan even at that age, the GameBoy just did not seem too appealing. Perhaps I missed out, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Game Gear throughout my time of owning it and have no regrets.

WVW69jWSh9cLjrEoEjI can’t really pretend to know and have played every Kirby game that has been released.
Apart from Dream Land and up until Planet Robot, I had once sampled Triple Deluxe which was not only visually impressive.. but from what I played had all the right components of what makes a great Video Game.
Kirby has never really taken much of a break in the way of releases over the last couple of decades. Sometimes at a push a year or three without a release, but he has pretty much appeared on every system Nintendo has released. Spanning over 24 games and then some, in appearances.
Playing Planet Robobot is exactly what you would want if you asked for Kirby to be remade for a new generation. It has robots for a start! Who doesn’t like them? And when you find you can get into a Mech Body suit your inner child (or your actual child) will squeal with delight.

WVW69jWSi-g2o8hT9HFor each of the invading robots firmly rooted legs is an area that has levels, and is also an enemy base. Your job is to find code cubes which are small metallic cubes with circuits on them. You need to collect so many to progress, and, unlock levels that have no pathway to them.

There is a plethora of abilities and upgrades for not only Kirby himself, but also for the mech suits you can control.

Ability suits will see you change your appearance more times than a pantomime performer and you will grin from ear to ear when you unless the elements of the like of  electricity, flames, ice and more.

Plus your suit appearance’s based on the poor fellow you just swallowed and digested seem like a tribute to many of Nintendo’s rosta of characters. Though don’t take that for gospel, just speculation.

WVW69jWSeSA24bNMF8WVW69jWSicApaIhqRUAs with a lot of the Kirby titles, there are big stars that transport Kirby around, from taking you to different areas of the level to the background and foreground, which is a mechanic not often used in video games and looks great on 3D.

WVW69jWS3TgALrrShgThere are some levels where you won’t get all three Code cubes in one attempt, so there is some replay value to the game to keep you going. There are also stickers scattered around to find and collect to complete the whole set. Some of the stickers are rarer than others and may take some grinding to get them all. There are also various puzzle patterns to follow, which if successful, will hold one of the levels code cubes inside. And also the mechanics of the game also do a good job at challenging your mental ability and problem solving.

Though I am only currently on area 4, my only criticism is the Boss battles which are not particularly challenging… but they may turn up a couple of notches as you get past the mid way mark.

 

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I don’t think it is unfair to say this games borrows elements from many of Nintendo’s classics, from Donkey Kong to Bomberman. Or, could it be they took influence from Kirby? Either way it is all bundled into a great play style. Throughout the game Kirby will find a special power up, that will completely transform the Mech suit he’s in into a vehicle of sorts. Much like Yoshi’s transformations in his games. You will enjoy a ship shoot em up zones (shmup) to diving and driving a fast car, which is actually really enjoyable.

*All images used are screenshots done by myself and created using the Miiverse app on the Nintendo 3DS

Chibi Robo Ziplash 3DS review

  • WVW69ij88Eot4ULoe4 (1)*These are my own Images captured using Miiverse screenshot feature

How do you win the heart of a man who hasn’t completely grown-up, loves his video games and is a geek. Get him Chibi Robo (and a 2/3DS if he doesn’t have one) for Christmas. After all he most likely loves robots.

 

If I’m honest I was not completely aware of this game… and that it’s a series.


 

WVW69ij8-AoZXY8slyThe plot of Chibi Robo Zip Lash :
Chibi Robo is working as hard as ever scrubbing the space station that orbits the earth clean. TV (a hovering Conputer…why not!) can see just how hard Chibi Robo works, he recommends he takes a minute to watch his screen. A news flash reports Aliens are invading and are stealing all of the earth’s natural resources.
Three aliens happen to pass Chibi and TV as they head towards earth to join in with the removal of resources. TV & Chibi being the righteous duo are in pursuit of the invaders in an attempt to stop them.

The Game

WVW69ij97gg-495XjuThe first game was produced by Nintendo’s favourite son, the Godly Shirgeru Miyamoto, so it’s not surprising to see small similarities in the Star coins, map and level design of Super Mario. Every ounce of this game down to the last pixel oozes charm, from it’s cheerful catchy music, level design, enemies and Chibi Robo itself, in the way it walks and swings his plug chord like a lasso, or a propeller, or to strike it’s enemies and gripping to physical objects.
The 3D effect for this game is glorious, a giant hand in this is the New 3DS 3D effect being the most stable it has been yet.

WVW69imNGzQpdjrOoWThe scenery in Chibi Robo are beautifully crafted with a bold arrangement of wonderful colours and textures.
It has all the elements of a great platformer, collectables, upgrades, level scoring, hard to reach heights and hidden areas.

Chibi Robo is perhaps the most kind natured robot imagined (not surprising with Mr Miyamoto’s ethics in videogames) It’s not hellbent on destroying it’s creator, It collects waste left by the worlds inhabitants and generates that into power in the form of watts which is used as your timer on each level.

WVW69imNHyY_qLDLgeOnce you have completed the first level, at the world level map there will be a spinning destination wheel with numbers giving the level selection a board game feel. Depending on the end of level spaceship you destroy will determine the amount of spins you can have. When you spin the wheel you will land on a number, 1-3, which is how many moves you will do around the levels on the map. This being the case levels aren’t played in order and you can also land back on a completed level, BUT, you are rewarded when you go back to completed levels as there will be an extra thing or two to do the next time round. Plus you have to chance to go for all the collectables, beat your level time and try not to take any damage. The end of each level will show a score and badge screen to let you know how you performed.

Not only will you be tasked with saving mini robots on each level, but you will also come across child aliens who are lost. Aliens are invading stealing the resources, but we are tasked with saving their offspring?….
The World maps are based on the earth’s continent, The first being Oceania. Once you work your way through the Oceania levels you then move onto North Africa and so on.

WVW69ij97OUEvjftZ0 (1)Much like the Mario series there will be levels that are slow paced and you can explore quite a lot. Then there’s levels where the screen side scrolls where you are being chased by enemies, so you have to get a move on. The automatic side scolling screen also lends a hand to some fun different themed levels that are slightly more challenging than your platform style levels. You will have to try to collect your collectables in one run as there is no back tracking on some of them.
You will also come across mini game coin attack areas hidden in some levels where you will have a count down to get all the coins on the level.

 

WVW69ij-MRM6x4xxEUWVW69ij-Kzs7hsV-xWAs you progress through the levels not only does it become more challenging, but you also will come across obstacles blocking your way. A quick bit of exploration will make it apparent on what you need to do and you will see some
fun temporary power ups, speed is key here if you wish to get all the levels collectables.
You’ll also notice the reach of your plug cord will increase and it also gets more cool upgrades helping you reach those higher areas and items and helping you out of a spot of trouble.
If a level does become too challenging you can always buy your way past it which is handy for the younger audience or impatient people. However sometimes repeat and rinsing is the best learning curve for games.

If your as charmed by Chibi Robo as I am, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a great Amiibo of him available and he has multiple uses for the game.

I have really enjoyed my time with Chibi Robo so far, its been one of my favourite games to come out before the end of 2015, and I’m looking forward to delving further into it.
I can’t recommend this game enough.