Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash
Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash is a Nintendo 3DS game co-developed by Skip Ltd. and Vanpool and published by Nintendo. It was released in Japan and North America in October 2015, and in Europe and Australia in November 2015. It is the fifth game in the Chibi-Robo! series and the second Chibi-Robo! game on the 3DS after Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder as well as the final Chibi-Robo! game.
- The game has almost nothing to do with Chibi-Robo! series, it's a very generic game with Chibi-Robo! slapped into it.
- The gameplay is a poor version of Mega Man.
- Instead of being in a house, it's in places around the world, which doesn't fit the series.
- When you complete a level, you spin a "Destination Wheel", a roulette that can make you either go to the next stage or skip a maximum of 2 stages depending where you land. Basically you choose stages as if you're moving on a board game. If you get a stage you already completed, you have to complete that stage again before spinning for another stage.
- Since all stages are required to beat the game, the wheel mechanic is a constant annoyance.
- On top of that, you can actually buy wedges for the spinner to guarantee you spin to the next level, which makes the whole thing pointless.
- The levels are very slow.
- Collectibles are almost useless and are only added to add replayability (and failed to do so).
- Lots of product placement in the game.
- The graphics are blocky and ugly, but any product placement usually have better graphics.
- Instead of being a small robot doing house works, you're basically trying to stop aliens from taking over the world, which is generic and doesn't fit the series at all.
- Most of the bosses are boring.
- Once you finish the game, you have to fight a final boss to see the true ending. However you need to use in game coins to get certain gadgets to battle said boss, forcing you to grind once you're done with the game.
- One of the levels is set in the South Pole but has lava theme in it.
- Nintendo tried guilting the fans into buying the game to save the series (which failed unfortunately).
- The final boss is decent.
- There's an amiibo for it that unlocks some decent goodies such as Super Chibi-Robo, for example, you can have more energy which gives you 2500 energy and more speed.
- Also, you can also scan other Amiibos like Mario and others, it gives you 50 coins.
- Fantastic soundtrack.
- To be fair, the game works fine and it's playable, It's just not fun.
- Also, the controls are fluid and responsive.
- As mentioned before in WIS#7, Despite having many products in the game, it is a bit interesting and surreal, for example in Cool Spot you have products about the 7up drink.
- Although the graphics are still ugly, they are surprisingly colorful and beautiful for 3DS standards.
The game received mixed reviews and sold poorly. Many criticized the game for having nothing to do with Chibi-Robo! series, for being unoriginal, boring, and repetitive. Many have criticized Nintendo for guilting gamers into buying the game.