Friday, October 16, 2015

Thing of Interest!: Quick Review of Chibi-Robo! Ziplash

I recently found myself in the Toys R' Us of Elyria, Ohio. A copy of Chibi-Robo! Ziplash was staring me down in the video game section. I was on weekend trip to Cleveland with my folks and I was in a mood to splurge on a new game to play on the drive home to Chicagoland. I opted to try the game, complete with an adorable Chibi-Robo Amiibo that could not be used with my model of 3DS. My purchase cost $42.14.

I enjoyed the game, but I can't say it was worth what I paid. Whipping yourself around as Chibi-Robo takes some getting used to, and I often found myself on the losing end of targeting mechanic issues. You can only whip to certain glowing panels and often what looked like a good shot would be just a little bit off at the very last minute, leaving me to fall to my death. Other points while playing as the little robot were tedious when a skilled whip was needed with little warning, leaving me upset that I could not react unless I knew ahead of time what was coming.

On the positive side, the game has a cute and fun aesthetic, mostly enjoyable platforming, and it kept me playing. There are plenty of collectibles on levels and I'm sure the completionist set could find that appealing. Overall, it was fun, but not in the way that I had hoped for $30 Nintendo game. Unless you are certain you want this game, or you can find it for under $20, I can't recommend Ziplash.


-Peter