Prepare for a chibi-adventure!
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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, retrogaming fan, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EVERY game in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game review parts are just for fun, this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey. So let's play those classic retro games we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
Developer(s) Skip Ltd.
Platform(s) GameCube, Wii
Genre(s) Platformer, Adventure
Chibi-Robo! is a 3D platformer that has you play the role of a tiny little robot that runs around a house scrubbing floors and picking up garbage. The family that lives in this house is going through a tough time however, with the parents on the verge of divorce, the father sleeping on the couch every night, and the daughter believing she is a frog as some sort of coping mechanism. At night though, you're free to roam around and quickly discover that toys seem to be alive and leading secret lives, much like in Toy Story. If this all sounds like the most bizarre game you've ever heard of, don't worry, that just means you're not crazy.
Chibi-Robo! has one of the strangest premises I've ever heard of for a game. However, when I actually tried the game, I found it oddly engaging and quite fun! The game itself is an exploration style platformer, where you must roam around picking up trash. To help you along your way you'll have a robotic guide and a handful of little powers that slowly grow as you progress through the game. In the early stages I developed the power to use propeller blades to fly short distances.
As you spend your day doing chores you'll have to monitor your battery power. If it gets too low, you need to find an outlet to charge yourself up. It doesn't sound like much but it makes cleaning up more exciting, strangely enough.
It's hard to say exactly why Chibi-Robo! is fun. Maybe it's exploring a house through the eyes of a miniature robot. Maybe this taps into our fascination with concepts like Toy Story. Or maybe it's the unusual backdrop of the odd family for which you work. Or maybe it's the various secrets that you'll slowly start to stumble upon as you explore the house which you call home. Or maybe it's all of those things.
It doesn't make sense, it sounds strange, and I can't fully explain myself, but Chibi-Robo! is a game that's really worth trying. I would even call is a hidden gem of the GameCube, as it was a game that I had honestly never heard of and probably wouldn't have tried if not for this quest of mine. So if you're reading this, do yourself a favour and give Chibi-Robo! a shot!
➙ Must You Play It?
Chibi-Robo! sounds like a very strange game on paper but it really is a fun and interesting game. Who knew that cleaning up garbage and exploring a house through the eyes of a tiny robot could be so fun. Definitely one that is worth checking out!