Chibi-Robo is probably one of my favorite games on the GameCube. The premise behind it is wholey strange in that you are basically playing what amounts to Sim Housekeeper and it’s somehow enjoyable. That game still finds its way into my Wii with frequency and so when I got my hands on the new DS title, Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol, I was pretty excited.
I won’t steal the reviewer’s thunder by giving too much away, but this is a totally different game. It feels different, plays different, and has almost no ties back to it’s precedessor aside from the main character and name of the game. I logged a little bit of time with it last night and I am just not feelin’ the magic that the first one had. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing explicitly wrong with Park Patrol, but I was just having a hard time getting into it this time around.
Also, what is up with the Wal-Mart exclusive deal? I wonder how much that set Wal-Mart back. I know Chibi-Robo isn’t exactly this massive franchise, but I hate to think what kind of precedence this might set. For those of you that did pick it up, if you don’t like that Wal-Mar logo on your insert, I posted a “clean” version of the cover over at our sister site, The Cover Project.