Custom Robo

GameCube
Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
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  1. Once story mode is out of the way you will discover a gem of a fighter. You just have to persevere through the story. Don't give up!
  2. Although it's not the deepest game out there, Custom Robo is a thoroughly enjoyable action game, and probably one of the best sleeper hits of the spring for Gamecube.
  3. In a nutshell, Custom Robo is a vibrant and entertaining adventure game with more customisation options and robot combinations than you will ever actually see. [JPN Import]
  4. 85
    Thanks to the huge amount of customization options, this game offers much more depth of gameplay than what's found in your average fighting game. If only so much tedium wasn't involved in accessing all of it.
  5. Play Magazine
    83
    Graduating from story mode into Grand Battle, you can lost yourself in the game's meticulous art of fighting if you so desire, via a level of give-and-take that knows no bounds (this game could last you months.) [July 2004, p.73]
  6. This is quality gaming that's both fresh and exciting. [May 2004, p.92]
  7. The best part of Custom Robo, and the only reason to play through single player, is the level of customization you get with your miniaturized death machine.
  8. Although it doesn't look or sound all that great, the awesome gameplay and the long single player mode make for a really good experience overall.
  9. It's designed to let newcomers into the 'build your own robot' genre, yet isn't quite expansive enough to keep the diehard gamers happy for an extended period of time. Add in a so-so AI component, and you'll end up with a game that's better played as a multiplayer title.
  10. Nintendo Power
    76
    With hundreds of parts to collect and diverse abilities to bestow on your robo, the customization elements are endless! The story starts out a little slow, but it really picks up. [June 2004, p.118]
  11. The battles are varied, along with the robots, but after a while, this game does get really repetitious.
  12. 75
    The lighthearted gameplay, silly innuendo, and general feel of the game are enough to make you crack a smile, even if the shallow story mode makes you sneer.

Awards & Rankings

59
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#14 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
5
#5 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Oct 11, 2017
    10
    Super fun game, and one of my favorite mainstays from my childhood. There weren't that many great games for the gamecube, so this game reallySuper fun game, and one of my favorite mainstays from my childhood. There weren't that many great games for the gamecube, so this game really stood out as something that was super fun and super satisfying to play, as well as something that offered a lot of replay value. Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2015
    8
    Despite the story suffering from excessive amounts of unneeded text, it was not that bad, customization leads to tons of interesting playDespite the story suffering from excessive amounts of unneeded text, it was not that bad, customization leads to tons of interesting play styles and multiplayer is a blast, providing countless hours of entertainment if you have a group of good friends. If this game was reworked with better graphics and a bit less needless dialogue i would buy it again in a heartbeat. I still find the characters to be quite memorable, but the music was quite lackluster sadly. Definitely on my list of GameCube essentials. Full Review »
  3. Sep 17, 2015
    10
    Greatest game ever made. The customization and battle mechanics create a unique combat game. At my near adult age, i find myself coming backGreatest game ever made. The customization and battle mechanics create a unique combat game. At my near adult age, i find myself coming back time and time again to custom. After a couple of hours in the story, multiplayer will compare to no other. Excellent and always exciting. Full Review »