Review: Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash for 3DS

November 26, 2015 Off By Laura TMOT
I’d never heard of the Nintendo character Chibi-Robo before, however, according to the internet, this little robot first appeared on the Nintendo Gamecube and was very popular in Japan.  After a release in Western territories, Nintendo have subsequently released games for the DS and 3DS handheld systems, which I think is the good platform for this series, as it’s simplistic game play is more at home being a handheld game.

With Nintendo’s amiibo figures proving popular to collect and the “new” 3DS system utilising this technology, now seems like a great time to release a new Chibi-Robo game that makes great use of a special amiibo figure.  In this review we’ll be taking a look at the overall gameplay and presentation of Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash.

What’s it all about?

Aliens have descended upon Earth and are taking precious resources that don’t belong to them.  This small hero with a big heart makes his way down to Earth from a space station and sets to work righting any wrongs.  Chibi-Robo’s special ability is being able to use his plug to whip enemies, grapple far away ledges and solve puzzles.  Throughout the course of the game you can upgrade his plug extend further and increase the power of it’s destroying capabilities.  Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash is basically a 2D side scrolling game, which Nintendo are well practiced in, so it comes as no surprise to report that the mechanics of the gameplay are well up there with the likes of Super Mario.  The game also has a small emphasis on recycling rubbish left behind by the aliens, so parents will be happy to know that it’s teaching their children some important skills in life.

Presentation

There are some platform games available for Nintendo systems that seems very basic and therefore don’t look particularly eye catching.  After spending some time viewing Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash in 3D on my “new” Nintendo 3DS, I have to admit that I was thoroughly impressed with it’s appearance.  This coming from an adult who is use to AAA games that have the best graphics currently available.  If I had to choose playing either a mobile/tablet game of a similar genre, or Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash on the “new” 3DS, I would easily choose the Nintendo’s handheld system.

Amiibo Bundle

As I said in the beginning of this review, Nintendo seem to have gone with amiibo integration in the hope of boosting the game’s interest within the amiibo collecting community.  It’s a clever move and one that I believe with help new comers to the series appreciate an underrated character.  During a level, you can tap the amiibo on your 3DS and watch as Chibi-Robo turns gold to become temporarily invincible.  Also, if you’re in the Chibi-House (the main hub before selecting a level, you can tap the amiibo to use the Toy Capsuel Machine, which unlocks collectible figures and bonus levels.  The amiibo can also be used in conjunction with Super Smash Bros Wii U.

Conclusion

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash is a solid 2D platforming game from Nintendo.  One that looks great, has clever gameplay mechanics and will keep you entertained in short bursts.  It’s making my daily work commutes all the more bearable.  The use of amiibo may seem like a bit of a cash grab, however, toys-to-life games are part and parcel of the gaming industry today.  Most amiibo collectors will tell you that it doesn’t matter, as these little plastics figures are worth their money and enhance your gaming experience.

You can buy the guy on it’s own for around £20.00 from most game retailers, or you can pick up the amiibo bundle for £30.00.  If you buy the game and decide later on that you would like the amiibo, you’ll be pleased to know that you can buy that separately for £14.99,  Chibi-Robo has a PEGI 7 rating