A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The object of the game is to restore a ruined park to its formerly lush state by planting flowers and shrubs and building welcoming infrastructure, such as paths, benches, and water fountains. Games don't get much greener.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A toy car has a crush on a toy soldier.
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This game is part of the Chibi-Robo franchise, which isn't very well known outside of Japan.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this innovative game has a very positive environmental bent. Players control a robot whose sole goal is to restore a dilapidated urban park to a greener state, which is mostly done by tilling the earth and planting flowers. There is little here that could conceivably offend; no real violence other than a couple of birds that sometimes slap each other, and no sexuality, save a bit of puppy love expressed by a pink toy car for other playthings. Still, the gameplay is complicated enough that it's best for kids ages 10 and up.
Is It Any Good?
The game does a great job of keeping players engaged via a nonstop torrent of goals and rewards. In the space of just a few minutes you can engage in a wide variety of activities, from making flowers dance by playing music to peddling a bike around the park to clipping and selling flowers to the local florist. None of these brief activities knock the ball out of the park in terms of sheer fun, but there is enough diversity that the game never gets dull. More importantly, the promise of recompense in the form of helpful Chibi-Robo gear, virtual playthings for your park, and collectible stickers, makes these activities take on a grander significance. What may initially seem little more than a collection of mildly distracting challenges suddenly becomes a game full of larger goals that can be very hard to put down.
On the downside, it's sometimes difficult to figure out what you ought to do next, especially near the beginning of the game. If you miss a key bit of instruction you may find yourself wandering about performing various tasks but wondering why the next important story event has yet to occur. Plus, the game's decidedly wacky Japanese visual style may be a turn off. The nearly headache-inducing bright and bold colors and distinctly odd sense of humor may be too foreign and unfamiliar for some players.
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