A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids are exposed to a family in which the mother asks for a divorce. The mother and father both represent negative gender stereotyping.
Violence & Scariness
Chibi-Robo uses a blaster to wipe out spider-shaped robots.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The mother's top is so tight that the outlines of her nipples can be seen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game presents an uncomfortable family situation. The mom (whose nipples are visible under her tight top) has kicked the father out of the bedroom; she eventually asks for a divorce. The little daughter is so upset that she only speaks in frog language. The mother and father also represent extreme gender stereotyping.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, this fascinating puzzle adventure is set in a world fraught with problems that are better dealt with by adults than children. Early on, Chibi-Robo discovers that the Sanderson family is having problems. Mr. Sanderson is unemployed, and Mrs. Sanderson doesn't work outside the home, so family finances are tight. Mrs. Sanderson has kicked her husband out of the bedroom and later announces that she wants a divorce.
Throughout the game, Jenny is upset and only speaks as if she were a frog. Though the game ends with family reconciliation, in large part with the help of Chibi-Robo, this uncomfortable family representation mars what could have been a charming kids' game. This title is best for teens and adults who enjoy puzzle adventures and can better handle the interpersonal problems the game presents.
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