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A bit slow paced, but worth every penny!
on October 8, 2007
I picked up this game with low expectations, after having seen some in-game pictures from awhile back and video footage. The environments looked quite dull and ornery, and the entire concept seemed a bit unappealing (Exactly how appealing can a game where you run around as a tiny robot watering flowers get?). Once I began to play and experiment however, my mind was changed.
On the outside, the concept may appear simple - take control of Chibi Robo and help the environment by cleaning up a park... it isn't until you get about 5 or 6 hours in that you see the level of depth presented in this excellent addition to the Chibi Robo series. The main premise involves watering flowers (which takes a matter of 5 seconds), and once they grow, dancing by whipping out your beatbox and circling in time to the music with your stylus, which in turn helps the flowers produce more seeds. The better you dance, the more seeds will be produced. An in-game counter keeps track of how many flowers you've planted, and within certain increments, you'll occasionally be awarded with new gear to place and interact with in your park.
There are tons of upgrades, vehicles, items, and a slew of unique characters who'll assist you in construction in your park in return for some watts. Watts serve as the main currency and enery level in Park Patrol. You'll earn watts by completing certain tasks, interacting with objects, and most importantly, growing flowers. As you labor through daily tasks, your energy (watts) will slowly be drained, and you'll occasionally need to head back to your base to get a quick charge. Reach 0 watts, however, and you're in trouble.
This game is not without its downfalls, however. At times, the pace is very slow, especially during conversations you've heard over 30 times. Ontop of that, most of these conversations and cut scenes are mandatory - you can't tap a button and skip it. The humor is appealing at first, but after reading the same joke over and over, it gets a bit dull. Another hindering problem Park Patrol suffers from is an occasionally awkward camera. At times, the camera seems to make its own decision on where it's moving next. This is remedied by a small camera icon on the bottom screen you can touch to align the camera to Chibi Robo's line of sight, but during a high speed chase as you try to destroy predators from corrupting your flowers, you don't have much time to repeatedly press the camera button.
Overall, Park Patrol is an astoundingly addictive and interesting game. I completed Park Patrol in just a bit under 18 hours, and there's plenty of replay value, as you can continue renovating your park well after completion. I just couldn't seem to put this game down, so a warning: if you decide to pick it (which you should), you may just be losing a bit of sleep at night.