http://www.gamesetwatch.com/chibirobo.jpg One of our absolute favorite alt.gaming sites, The New Gamer, has posted a new article called 'Chibi Robo & Domestic Compensation', discussing Nintendo and Skip's frankly little-referenced (yes, apart from Chris Kohler's sacrificial shrine!) GameCube robot housekeeping game.

It includes, among other things, a wonderfully complete explanatory paragraph on the game: "n Chibi Robo, children and other family members are freed from monotony of chores, leaving robots to bear that burden. You control a six-inch tall robot named Chibi Robo through the Sandersons' estate, home of a financially strapped and troubled family. Jenny, the daughter, dresses solely as a frog and refuses to say anything but 'ribbit' while the father and mother grow more and more estranged, thanks to the father's recent lack of employment. But Chibi is oblivious to such family matters - he's just a simple robot who serves only to scrub the floors and pick up after his owners and, as Chibi's puppeteer, you'll be doing plenty of both."

Somehow, the game seems particularly, well, Japanese, as reviewer G. Turner notes: "Chibi Robo tries to instill the same pride in a job well done with its in-game financial imbursement but, as my parents learned, money isn't always the best carrot. All the Moolah, Happy Points or merit badges are no motivational substitute for real intrigue, suspense or emotional intensity. Chibi Robo was able to deliver the intrigue, but tosses money and collectibles at the player in lieu of a substantial conclusion to these characters' stories and in hopes that it'll compensate for the terribly redundant gameplay." Aw.