Is Gurumin 3D Worth a Look?
Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure, which recently launched for the Nintendo 3DS, is an action RPG about a young girl who befriends a village of monsters and must fight to save them when their village is attacked by the evil Phantoms. It was developed by Nihon Falcom, the company behind the Ys and Legend of Heroes series, among others.
The original Gurumin was a Japan-only PC game released in 2004. It was later ported to the PSP in 2006 and brought outside of Japan for the first time. In 2015, the original PC version was translated and re-released in HD on Steam. There were slight differences between the two, such as costumes only present in the PSP and a “rhythm bar” excluded from the PSP version.
Attacks that follow the beat of the music are critical hits, but the developers felt the rhythm bar in the original game distracted players from the action, which is the main focus. As such, Gurumin 3D does not have the rhythm bar either.
For the 3DS release, they made a few improvements to the tutorial and menu, added C-stick camera controls, and created all-new unlockable costumes. For the most part, however, Gurumin 3D is nearly identical to the PSP version, which itself was almost the same as the PC version. If you’ve played a previous version, there is no need to get this one unless you really want to experience it in 3D or see the new costumes.
If you’ve never played Gurumin before, however, it’s definitely worth a look. Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure is a charming little game with five difficulty levels, multiple endings, puzzles, humor, enjoyable combat, and more. It’s an action RPG, but one that plays similarly in many ways to the Legend of Zelda series, and with 3D platforming elements thrown in as well.
What do you think of Gurumin 3D? If you haven’t played it yet, are you going to give it a try? If you have, share your impressions of it in the comments.