Chibi Robo! Park Patrol Review
Chibi Robo! Park Patrol box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Skip 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Nintendo 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 2, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Playing groundskeeper is a blast, but anyone expecting the same kind of experience found in the original may find themselves feeling slighted at first. It's easy to think of Park Patrol as Chibi-Robo lite. Compared to the original, the emphasis on exploration is greatly diminished, and the overall gameplay environment is much smaller. Aside from the park grounds, which are fortunately quite large, you can send Chibi across the street to a town area consisting of a few storefronts, an alleyway, and a burger joint.

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There's not much to do there besides sell flowers for happy points, hunt through garbage for hidden items, and recruit pals to help you work on the park. There aren't as many areas to explore, but the expansive park management element almost completely makes up for it.

When it comes to building up your park, you have complete control over every aspect of its appearance. Attracting people to the park is a major goal, and you'll greatly improve the number of visitors to the area by including interactive elements, games, utility structures, and other fun features, along with enhancing its natural beauty. Numerous enhancements can be unlocked by finding hidden cartridges located throughout the game. The cartridges can be fed into a wall-mounted Famicom unit located in the Chibi-House. Stumbling across new cartridges is exciting and adding new features to your park is actually quite satisfying. Whether it's putting in a trampoline, a park bench, a windmill for power generation, or even simple items like trees and streams, there's a lot of cool things you can do with the space. Finding your way around the park also becomes easier once you unlock a handful of cute vehicles for Chibi-Robo. Watching him pedal around on a little bicycle is curiously heart-warming.

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Even though the gameplay has changed somewhat drastically, Park Patrol still manages to capture the delightful essence of the original, only in a smaller package. The environmental conservation theme is also refreshing to see in a game. Hopefully it will turn on some of the younger players the idea of cleaning up the environment while keeping them entertained. Park Patrol is a great stepping stone for Chibi-Robo. Let's just cross our fingers the little guy makes the jump back to a full-blown console game in near future.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • A pollution epidemic is transforming the local park into a contaminated wasteland. It's up to Chibi-Robo to return the park to its former glory and defeat Sergeant Smogglor, champion of all things toxic and gross. With his trusty squirter and boom box in hand, Chibi must raise flowers, defeat noxious Smoglings, and save the world.
  • Touch controls let you interact with the world in new ways. Slide the stylus with good timing to squirt enemies, water flowers, pedal your bike, and blast your boom box.
  • Chibi's mission is bigger than ever this time around. Instead of living in a single home with one family, Chibi's on his own in the park now, spreading happiness to an entire town.
  • As Chibi progresses in this green adventure, he'll meet all sorts of colorful characters, like marionette Francois, football mascot Bull, and soda "spokesanimals" Pop and Fizz. If Chibi befriends these toys, they will help him in his quest to fix the park.


  • Rating out of 5
    Rating Description

    4.5

    Graphics
    Strangely colored, but a joy to look at nonetheless.

    4.2

    Control
    Lots of excellent touch screen control integration. Camera angles could use improvement.

    3.9

    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    The same funny garbled speech and musical style as the previous game, just slightly less of it.

    4.0

    Play Value
    Aside from a disappointing lack of areas to explore, the game makes up for its faults with tons of park management customization and fun features to unlock. A lengthy adventure with a slow pace.

    4.1

    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.


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