Chibi-Robo! GameCube
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. And it's another clever import from Japan that will remind you why you're not done with your Gamecube just yet. Last generation talent will always trump next-gen technology. [May 2006, p.90]
  2. It has its share of quirks that do frustrate from time to time, but in the end the sheer charm, originality and fun-factor that Chibi-Robo exudes are uplifting enough to easily earn it my stamp of approval.
  3. An experience that you can truly get lost within. In truth, numerous pages could be written on the intricacies of what make this such a wonderful title, but that still would not get the sense of wonder across, or do the game its true justice.
  4. An amazingly fun game that breaks the mold yet remains accessible and easy to pick up and play.
  5. If you buy into the weirdness and air of wonder you'll find this as soothing as it is soulful. [May 2006, p.34]
  6. It has its share of quirks that do frustrate from time to time, mainly early on, but in the end the sheer charm, originality and fun-factor Chibi-Robo exudes is uplifting enough to easily earn the game my stamp of approval.
  7. It's a great no-brainer game that's nice to sit and play while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and some cookies. It's definitely not a game for those that don't already enjoy the odd quirkiness of the newer Nintendo games that have been coming out. [JPN Import]
  8. I can't praise the structural work and the interconnecting quests enough.
  9. Despite its few technical faults, Chibi-Robo is a deviously charming little game, with an addicting quality that makes it hard to put down.
  10. A really good game. However, it is definitely not for everyone, as the general lack of difficulty and slow start would put off many people, if the image hasn't already.
  11. It has memorable characters that also help to make it a good game, from a dysfunctional family to a nectar addicted teddy-bear named sunshine.
  12. The only thing I could find wrong with it was the occasional issue with the camera, not allowing you to fully rotate it. The storyline is fun, even though it is lovey dovey.
  13. It doesn't seem like there is much to it but give it an hour to grow on you, its world will open up, and you just might be hooked.
  14. 82
    I expect that too many people will glance at this game and conclude that it's not for them, simply because it's either too weird or too cute. Truthfully, it's both, but it's also a very enjoyable, fun, and rewarding puzzle-platformer.
  15. Equal parts kooky characters, clever game design and addictive battery recharging, Chibi-robo satisfies that part of all gamers that simply wants a decent challenge, no matter what kind of cute wrapping it wears.
  16. In your travels you'll stumble upon and unfold an intricately spun web of character interactions, warmly drawn personalities every bit as rewarding to explore as the physical environments themselves. [Sept 2005, p.86]
  17. 80
    It is one of this year's stand-out titles without any question. The game play, interaction, and at times fairly dark storyline, really do add up to a superb little game.
  18. Quite possibly, the best game I've played this year. While it's not for everyone, those who are willing to look past what they could consider childish graphics, and an obsession with housework that's nearly as strong as your mum's, will find a title with as much heart as there is fun wrapped up into a four-inch-tall bundle.
  19. Chibi Robo is a great little game, although can become more of a chore towards the end. Earning happy points for an essential upgrade to advance the story can feel slightly monotonous, and dulls the appeal of the first few hours of play slightly.
  20. A small robot with a big personality, Chibi-Robo breaks away from convention and successfully creates an absorbing experience which is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
  21. A few problems keep the score from being higher, but both weird and conventional this is a fun title.
  22. It sounds totally weird on paper, but as soon as I tried it, I found it grew on me really quickly. Give it a try, and see if it charms your frog costume off too.
  23. It's not the most challenging game, but Chibi-Robo has a lot to offer behind its supercute veneer. [Mar 2006, p.84]
  24. 80
    A surprising combination of both weirdness and wonder, this should help pass the time between now and "Twilight Princess."
  25. Overall there is a happy vibe to the game that makes you feel good playing it. The weird characters and storyline assures that this game's appeal is not just aimed at a younger market. It may be cute but it's also smart, unique and challenging.
  26. A cute little adventure with clever puzzles and little things that will entertain young players. It is a shame that the story falls flat before the end. [Aug 2006, p.45]
  27. 77
    But if you love quirky games – the kind that usually stay in Japan, never landing on North American shores – Chibi-Robo is a game for you. It's fun when it gets down to it. Surprisingly so.
  28. Had the developers spent a little more time fixing the control and camera issues and making it in general more user-friendly, Chibi-Robo would go from being above-average to being great. As it is, it's still an original, fairly addictive title that has enough going for it to leave gamers satisfied.
  29. It's loveable, yes, but those household tasks can be a chore for all the wrong reasons. [June 2006, p.58]
  30. Chibi Robo has a fun and distinctive charm to it. The characters are all a bit quirky.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    8
    Don't be fooled by it's quirky robots and toys: This game is actually pretty good. How they took a mundane task like chores, and made it into a fun, sometimes dramatic, game is beyond me, but those crazies at Skip did. It. If you (for some reason) are looking for Gamecube games to try, give this one a spin. It won't disappoint... or maybe it will... It's an acquired taste. Full Review »