Chibi-Robo Zip Lash + Chibi-Robo amiibo Figure - Nintendo 3DS

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Overview

What's Included


  • Chibi-Robo Zip Lash
  • Chibi-Robo amiibo Figure

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (372 out of 425)

Product Details


  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre: Action and Adventure
  • Release Date: 10/09/2015

Synopsis


Jump into an all-new take on the Chibi-Robo franchise with this chapter. Join Chibi-Robo as he sets out on a unique quest. Solve challenging puzzles, fend off enemies and more in Chibi-Robo Zip Lash. Use his plug and cord to whip enemies, grapple to and climb up ledges and swing across chasms. Power up Chibi-Robo's plug and cord to find collectibles and reach tough areas. Ricochet the plug and cord off of walls to solve complex puzzles. Get plugged in to this exciting adventure.

Features


Chibi-Robo Zip Lash

Join Chibi-Robo for an all-new side-scrolling adventure in

Use Chibi-Robo's plug and cord to whip enemies, grapple to ledges and swing across gaps

Ricochet the plug off of walls to solve puzzles

Power up the plug and cord to search for and find tons of collectibles and explore previously unreachable areas

Chibi-Robo amiibo Figure

Tap the new included to power him up in game to Super Chibi-Robo, or use the Toy Capsule Machine to unlock the in-game collectible figures and bonus levels

For 1 player

Playable in 2D and 3D; 3D mode for ages 7 and up



Customer rating

4.2
88%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Game with Added amiibo Value

    Posted
    Foolio
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    I bought Chibi-Robo: Zip-Lash with the bundled amiibo for the Nintendo 3DS since I am a fan of the series, and since this was the only way I could get the Chibi-Robo amiibo, I picked this version. I haven't tried using any of the amiibo functionality, but I got it mostly as a cool Chibi-Robo figure, which it does very well. The game itself is good, a solid platformer, but could have been better. Chibi-Robo has always been an under-the-radar game in the US it seems. I don't think many played the original which stood out with it's story and take on a tiny robot meant to help keep a family's house clean. This game is quite different. It's a standard 2.5D (3D graphics, but 2D sidescrolling) platformer that has Chibi-Robo trying to stop alien invaders while using his power-cord tail to traverse levels. The graphics are good, with a special mention to the boss character designs which I thought were cool and original-looking. This is pretty close to a Kirby title for the most readily-available comparison. It's an easy game with collectibles on each level, but it's pretty easy to find them all on a first run-through of a level. There are checkpoints and other things you can buy with you coins you collect through play to help you (like saving you from a one-time fall), but because of the easiness, I haven't had to use any. I'd say what I dislike most is the Destination Wheel you have to spin to get to the next level of whichever world you are in the game. After finishing a course, you hit an alien ship with the cord and depending on which you hit, you can have 1-3 tries to spin this wheel. On the wheel, it could potentially take you to the next level, or two levels ahead, or more. It makes it difficult to get to specific levels sometimes since you have to complete them all in order to get to the boss battle of the world. This also makes it so you have to replay levels sometimes just to get to the end to have another chance to spin that wheel. Thankfully, you can visit stages as you like without the wheel after beating the boss. There's also some weird product placement in this game in snacks that you find throughout and deliver to toys who request them in each world. Doesn't really get in the way of the game, but can be eye-roll inducing picking up Mentos or PEZ candies. Overall I think it's a fun game, with solid mechanics, good visuals, and well-written music--despite not being very challenging. It's not breaking the mold, and some questionable features like the destination wheel hold it back a bit, but I still enjoy the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Adorable amiibo, solid game

    Posted
    Neph
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    Let's be honest, a lot of people are buying this bundle solely to get their hands on the amiibo. I can't even blame them, he's adorable and has become a favorite. The game itself is more divisive. Chibi Robo fans have been asking/begging for a sequel to the incredibly quirky and fun original game and to blunt: this ain't it. This is a handheld platformer that has very little in common with the fan favorite Gamecube game. That doesn't necessarily mean this game is terrible. Through and through it's a solid platformer with an incredibly adorable main character. The issue is that this isn't what fans wanted (and as we all know, fans tend to be very, very loud) and that there are some truly questionable design decisions in this game. For example: the level select is a baffling mini game where you practically play roulette to decide what level you go to next, including being forced to repeat levels you already played, until you finish the final stage and everything unlocks. You can tip the odds in your favor by using in game currency to purchase tiles for the level you want but...WHY? Who decided this was a good idea?! Here's some more: new concepts are introduced in a tutorial-like fashion and then only used once. The in-game currency system is very slim and feels underdeveloped. There's an absolutely awful submarine vehicle level that I never, ever want to even see videos of ever again. Unless you really, really want that amiibo I'd suggest waiting for a price drop on this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sweet amiibo, okay video game.

    Posted
    Benjo
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    I consider myself a big Chibi-Robo fan (as however many few of us there may be), and I absolutely adore the GameCube original; it's one of my favorite games. I was really excited that Chibi-Robo was going to get a new retail release, with an amiibo nonetheless! Unfortunately, my expectations weren't fully met. Don't get me wrong, this game is playable and decent, but there are glaring issues I have with it. Aside from the fact that it strays far away from what made the original game great, this edition feels like there's none of that charm. It feels very plain and boring, just another generic platformer starring my favorite little robot. One of the biggest complaints I have is the level/map system. There are about 6 worlds total, each world has 6 levels and a boss stage. That's a lot of content, however they create filler with the horrible luck-of-the-wheel panel at the end of every level. You basically have to roll dice to figure out what level you go to next, which is entirely unnecessary. It makes the entire game feel padded when it really doesn't need to be. It's hard for me to recommend this game as a Chibi-Robo fan to any other CR fans or anyone trying to get into the series. I would highly recommend the amiibo just from how adorable and great it looks; it's my new favorite amiibo! Here's hoping it has more use in a game aside from this one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun game, though a little simple

    Posted
    KentuckyK
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    This game is actually better than I expected it would be. Although it hasn't been reviewed particularly well professionally, I think it's a fun game and a solid platformer. You play as chibi-robo, a tiny robot, and use your power cord to break blocks, fight enemies, and attach to grapple points to traverse the environment. It starts out easy, but becomes more difficult over time as it requires quicker and better planned responses to the environment. The amiibo integration is cool - you use it to store your scores, become a super chibi-robo, and activate a gashapon capsule toy minigame where you can collect figures. However, it's a little annoying because for some reason you can't read and write to the amiibo at the same time, requiring you to read the amiibo, remove it, then replace it to write to it. The other annoyance is that when you beat a level the next level you go to is chosen based on what number you spin on a wheel, so you can end up going back to another level you've already beaten and have to beat it again. You can easily influence the wheel by spending coins, but it seems like a pretty pointless design. Overall it's a very fun game that I'd recommend and will definitely play through, but probably won't replay in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This how I feel.

    Posted
    John
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    wasn't so sure how I'd feel about this game given the reviews. While I loved Chibi-Robo on the Cube back in the day, I wasn't as impressed with the DS game. So I went in with a bit skepticism and actually came away rather pleased after playing for an hour. So here are my initial thoughts: At its core, Zip Lash is a platforming game, more akin to a Kirby or Mario title, or perhaps the new Yoshi Woolly World coming out soon, so its gameplay is different from both the Cube and DS games. Where in those games you had 3D sandboxes to explore and interact with, this game is a platformer where you move left to right, which should be a genre any Nintendo fan is familiar with, and it's likely the reason why Nintendo decided to go this route. While that may be disappointing to fans of Chibi's prior outings, don't let it sour you on this game, because what is here is a charming, cute, and mechanically tight, platforming game that fans of the genre will undoubtedly enjoy. While Chibi-Robo feels different to control than Mario or Kirby, the mechanics are precise and polished, which is a necessity in a platforming game. The Zip Lash is also really fun to play around with, and I get a little bit of a Bionic Commando feel at times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun game with a cute amiibo

    Posted
    Kiwin
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    This is a fun, little platformer. Graphically, it looks rather nice for a 3DS game although it's not particularly detailed. It works well with the screen's low resolution. The music is nice although most stages in each world have the same track. Each world has 6 stages and a boss stage. You have to beat the six stages to get to the boss, but after each stage, you must spin a wheel to determine where you must go next. The wheel is rather pointless, but it's EXTREMELY easy to get the number you want so it shouldn't cause frustration. Each stage has a few collectibles to find, and there's a baby alien rescue sidequest you can do in most stages after having completed it once. The only problems I had with the game is the long loading cutscene when moving between any stage and the slow, unskippable dialogue/scene that repeats every time you talk to an NPC or scan an amiibo. Speaking of amiibo, the Chibi one unlocks a capsule machine that lets you buy figurines at random and other amiibo unlock figurines of Chibi in poses of those characters (not necessarily the pose of the amiibo though).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent platformer

    Posted
    Raye9683
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    I've only played through the first two worlds so things may change. I find it fun that there's some interesting mechanics to the game such as actually turning the DS to open some doors but the rest of the levels can get repetitive and boring not to mention frustrating. I'm not the biggest fan of walk through, but this game hardly gives you any at all. So it depends on the type of player you are if that's a make or break deal. I'm also not used to jumping from level 1 to level 5 because of the movement system between levels There is a glitch with the toy and giving him sweets. It literately crashes the game and it's been a known problem since the game's release. I gave up after my third or fourth crash with it. The game is mostly fun and cute but can get a little frustrating with backtracking and locking you into going forward.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Chibi Robo is back!

    Posted
    DrJax1483
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    Not exactly similar to the first Chibi Robo that first came out on the Gamecube. This is 2d and a sidescroller as opposed to 3d. Apparently 3D, which would've made more sense because it came out for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console, would've been too difficult for young children to enjoyably play. Because of that official Nintendo comment, one can assume this game isn't meant for older audiences to enjoy. I am 32 and this game is too easy and its apparent after reading Nintendo's comment to its own videogame. Can I enjoy it after playing previous ChibiRobo games? Yes, but only for awhile. Am I nostalgic for the older game and wish a similar approach were taken? Yes. Would I buy this again? Yes, but only if the amiibo came with the game. Would I recommend this to a friend who has never played Chibi Robo? Yes, only if they were no older than 12.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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