Chibi-Robo

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Don't be misled; this isn't a little kid's game.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Kids are exposed to a family in which the mother asks for a divorce. The mother and father both represent negative gender stereotyping.

Violence

Chibi-Robo uses a blaster to wipe out spider-shaped robots.

Sex

The mother's top is so tight that the outlines of her nipples can be seen.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byzelda dude April 9, 2008

querky...

this game was very weird but enjoyable
Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written byEK123ify June 25, 2009

Okay for children 9 or older

My kids Love it! It's the best!
Teen, 14 years old Written byVorlnax April 9, 2008

Meh.

It's fun, kinda addictive, and has a Telly Vision who wins Robot Idol. It's good.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Chibi-Robo

This is an okay game. For kids 6-9.

What's it about?

Players take on the role of CHIBI-ROBO, a four-inch robot in a house inhabited by 8-year-old Jenny Sanderson, her parents, and their dog. Your goal is to spread happiness, and, as you do, you earn cool new robotic items. At night, quirky toys come alive and need your help to solve problems within their toy world.

Because the player sees the world from the viewpoint of a tiny robot, it takes logic, creativity, and planning to move around. Players quickly learn to climb up electrical cords and hop on drawer knobs. Though Chibi-Robo can earn happiness points by cleaning the house, the best way to earn them is to accomplish tasks such as crawling into the drain to retrieve Dad's wedding ring or finding a toy pirate's missing ship. Players must periodically fight Spydorz, spider-shaped robots that, when defeated, provide scrap metal to build Utilibots that in turn form ladders, bridges, and even warp drives to help Chibi-Robo get around the house more quickly.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the developers of this otherwise kid-appealing game would decide to set it in such a disconcerting, unstable family environment. Who is this game actually for? Though the environment allows Chibi-Robo to save the day, how does the player feel about being part of the game's family?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo GameCube
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: March 16, 2006
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Crude Humor and Mild Cartoon Violence

For kids who love robots

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