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.
The 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 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.
The 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.
Once 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.
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.
As 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.