Gurumin 3D

Everyone has heard the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” It’s a phrase that tends to ring true in many aspects of our lives, and especially video games. Gurumin 3D falls right into that category. On the outside it looks like nothing more then a cutesy game for a younger audience. But once you actually start playing it, you’ll find a deep adventure, filled with exploration, a good sense of humor, and a rather steep difficulty.

Two of my favorite games on the original PlayStation were Threads of Fate and Brave Fencer Musashi. Two Square Enix games that have been almost lost in time. Gurumin feels like a beautiful throwback to those games and other games in its style.

In Gurumin you play as Parin, a young girl with a strong sense of adventure. You start the game off coming to stay with your Grandpa while your parents go out and do their adventuring/treasure hunting. Before long you hear of strange happenings around town and find a small hole that leads you out to Monster Village where you discover the adorable group of monsters. Before long the village is destroyed and the monsters kidnapped, and it’s your job to save them.

parin-with-mystery-bag

This is when the game really starts to thrive. I would be lying if I said that when I finished the first level, a tutorial of sorts, I wasn’t thinking to myself, “This game is going to be too easy.” That thought was quickly dismissed. Every level has a rating system, the better you do, the better your grade and reward. Part of that grade is based off the amount of Game Overs you get. I scoffed at the thought of getting a game over the first few levels. By about level 5 I was trying everything I could to not die so I could get the highest score possible. Then the completionist in me would make me keep playing the levels again until I got an S rank. The better you rank, the better medal you get. Those medals can then be exchanged for rewards. Each level you play has a unique feeling with plenty of hidden areas and goodies to find and difficult baddies to go up against.

The game plays exceptionally well with a decent amount of special moves and weapon upgrades to unlock. The controls all feel very fluid and responsive as you play through the different dungeons and challenges Gurumin has to offer. The characters you interact with are surprisingly compelling and interesting, partially due to the stellar voice acting cast which included Tara Strong and Dee Bradley Baker amongst its ranks.

Now this isn’t to say that Gurumin is without its flaws. The graphics seem a bit dated at times and the camera was less then agreeable at times, occasionally being the reason why I would die.. But the excellent game play, fun storytelling, humor, depth to each level and surprisingly compelling character made those few small hiccups easy to completely ignore for this gamer.

gurumin-screenshots

Gurumin may not be a game for everyone, but if you enjoy light hearted adventure with plenty of things to do all set in an Action/RPG type game play, you’ll find a lot to like about Gurumin. The attention to detail is obvious. One thing I really appreciated was that if you jumped and were pressed up against a wall, Parin would run across it matrix style. A relatively small thing sure, but still that kind of attention to detail is rare. Plus the different endings can keep you coming back for more. Not to mention you can easily see that the developers really enjoyed what they were doing with this Gurumin and that alone made the game even more enjoyable.

So if you want a fun game to play on your 3DS, pick up Gurumin. I think you’ll enjoy what it brings to the table.

As an added bonus, if you order this month (October 2016) they’ll throw in a Gurumin Party Time Theme so you can show some Gurumin-love every time you open your 3DS

Animation of Gurumin Themes

Krispy
From as early as he can remember, Krispy has been a gamer. From the Super Mario Bros 3 on NES to Destiny on PS4 he has been running, jumping, and button smashing across worlds on most major consoles. A few of his favorite games are Super Metroid, Earthbound, and the Uncharted series.

2 Responses to Gurumin 3D

  1. LordDrieg says:

    Parin’s last inventory item were her Goggles, sitting on her head!

  2. Shay says:

    Goggles are the last inventory item! Great review, I definitely see the comparison to Threads of Fate, the art style seems kinda similar in my opinion. The game looks so cute and I love some of the voice cast.

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