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Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol review

Picking flowers with this tiny robot is far more fun than you might think

This game is paced almost perfectly so it not only does it correct itself when things get tedious, but also keeps you coming back to grow just a few more flowers. By setting well-announced goals, you’re easily enticed to keep playing and unlock a steady flow of new, in-game gadgets and helpful items for improving your park.

Built-in limitations mixed with periodic moments of action keep the game from getting too easy. You’re limited by a quickly depleting battery that must be recharged and a short in-game day in which to perform tasks and periodically thwart Smoglings who turn your colorful flowers an unattractive hue. Enemies become more threatening and the land more difficult to maintain as the game progresses.

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DescriptionA spunky robot and an almost terminally cute premise mix well in this environmentally themed, surprisingly addictive sandbox game. Expect to spend many days fighting smog monsters, earning Happy Points and picking plenty of pixilated flowers.
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date2 October 2007 (US), (UK)