Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure
Little girl, big weapon!
Preview by James Cunningham (Email)
November 1st 2006
The Basics: Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure is a super-cute action RPG starring a young girl who has befriended the monsters living outside her village. After they're kidnapped, she sets out to rescue them with the help of the super-weapon The Legendary Drill, capable of all manner of environmental and bad-guy destruction.
What we think: An action/RPG with a focus on cute yet powerful destruction? Oh yes! Gurumin has “charming” written all over it, with the girl, Parin, getting lots of costume changes and fighting adorable monsters in a bright, colorful world.
As the only child in a mining town, sent there by her parents as they excavate some ruins, Parin is the only one who can see the friendly monsters living outside of town. Their kidnapping is the start of the adventure, leading to all sorts of combat and puzzle solving in the dungeons outside of town. It's a standard gaming plot, especially with a twelve (or so) year old girl acquiring more power than she'll know what to do with, but so what? If it provides an excuse to romp through dungeons swinging around a drill on a stick, smacking monsters while using various skills and combos, and looking for hidden walls giving access to bonus goodies, that's more than enough for me.
Supplementing the dungeon crawling are the costumes Parin can wear. Whether it's maid, monkey, china dress, her normal red dress with goggles, or any of the dozens of other outfits and headpieces, Parin not only looks cute but also gains bonuses to stats and abilities by dressing right. The outfits range from fucntional to silly, and are always cute, but everything should have its purpose.
Gurumin looks to be a fun little actioner, with all sorts of enemies to fight and secrets to ferret out. Its cute and inviting nature combine with sharp visuals and the promise of some good puzzles to make it one of the PSP games to watch in the usually dull late winter gaming season. Also, as I may have mentioned, it's relentlessly cute.