Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure is a fantastic Action-RPG from leading Japanese developer Falcom (Developers of “Ys” and “Zwei” among other classics) featuring real-time combat, stunning 3D graphics, tons of fully voiced characters and mini-games , 90+ items, multiple endings, a rocking soundtrack, 35+ hours of playtime, and more.Read full description
“With an all-star voice cast and an overall wonderful gameplay experience, I heartily recommend Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure[.]”
96% – [Worth Playing]
“It’s rare for a game to provide such a simple, wonderful experience like Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure.”
9/10 – [Game Podunk]
“…hallmarks of Nihon Falcom games include responsive controls and tight, old-school gameplay, however they do also excel in creating rich, inviting worlds… Gurumin bears the standard hallmarks with pride.”
4.75/5 – [Got Game]
Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure is a fantastic Action-RPG from leading Japanese developer Falcom (Developers of “Ys” and “Zwei” among other classics) featuring real-time combat, stunning 3D graphics, tons of fully voiced characters and mini-games , 90+ items, multiple endings, a rocking soundtrack, 35+ hours of playtime, and more.
Originally released outside Japan on Sony’s PSP®, Mastiff is proud to bring a fully localized and updated version of Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure to Windows and to offer it through Steam with a full set of Steam specific features including Achievements, Trading Cards, Big Picture and Cloud Save.
Gurumin stars Parin, a strong-willed girl sent to live with her grandfather in a small mining town. Parin soon discovers an invisible monster village hidden behind her home. She is quickly drawn into a fight between the village’s friendly monster residents and the Phantoms, evil monsters that want to destroy them. Learning of a weapon hidden underneath the village that she alone is fit to wield, Parin embarks on a quest to stop the Phantoms and make the world right.
30 stages of non-linear game play
23 non-player characters, 48 unique enemies, and more than 90 items to collect
Brilliantly diabolical dungeons, traps, puzzles and boss encounters
5 difficulty levels
Hidden characters, modes, and other secrets
Supports Windows XP, 7 and 8 at high resolution (up to 1920x1080) and with modern Anti-aliasing (up to 8X MSAA)
Full Steam support including: Achievements, Steam Cloud, Big Picture mode, and...
Beautiful Steam Trading Cards
An All Star Cast
Amber Hood as Parin
Tara Strong – Cream/Mosby
Justin Shenkarow as Puku/Prince
Dee (Bradley) Baker as Rocko/Digby
Robin Atkin Downes – Pierre/Doug
Michael Gough – Hyperbolic/Giga
Steve Blum – Motoro/Bob
Quinton Flynn – Roger/Poco
(C)2015 Nihon Falcom. Localized and published under license by Mastiff.
This game is maybe aimed at kids but hey, who cares? I played this game anyway and I think it's a decent adventure RPG games. In this game, you will play as Parin (or whatever custom name you chose at the beginning of the game) and you will be tasked to rebuild your friend's town, which was destroyed by the enemy. You will be given a drill, which is your weapon, and you can buy new combat techniques at a seller in town. Throughout the game, you will have to collect stuff belonging to your friends, like a boombox, sofa, etc. Each time you bring your friend's stuff back, they will clear some area, and make them available for you to play. In town, you can also buy some stuff that will enhance your gameplay, like a vampire hat, that will recover health as you deal damage to the enemy or a "cat ear" bandana, that will reveal all treasures in a level. In this game, the more you drill something, your drill will level up, which in turn makes your drill deal more damage. But if you take damage, your drill will "level down".
I played this originally on PSP, but it was ported to PC and held up pretty well. You will explore tons of dungeons in this game. There is no world map to explore, just a map where you click on where you want to go. The town you do get to explore is very small. The characters are mostly likable and the story is pretty well told, but the gameplay is more where this game's strengths are. The dungeons are fun and sometimes challenging. The puzzles aren't very hard to figure out, which I like because I hate when I waste too much time and the solution made no sense anyway. There are hidden areas and breakable walls in the dungeons so it will take a few plays of each dungeon to find everything. The replay value in Gurumin lies solely in whether you want to better your rank in each dungeon. There's a lot of difficulty levels to choose from. There are also many costumes to unlock, some of which are tied to ranks in the dungeons, and others to which difficulty you play on. The voice acting is excellent and they got some really good talent for the cast, but they just aren't given a whole lot to work with. If you like dungeon crawlers, this game is an excellent choice. Just don't go in expecting more, because that's solely where this game's strengths are.
This game has nice music and a good English voice cast. I felt that the camera movement was not the best at times and for some reason you can't rotate the camera at all while in certain areas of the town. Gurumin has a lot of stuff to unlock so there is good replay value but unfortunately the game is a little repetitive and I found myself spamming two different attacks. Sadly the story is not that great and isn't very long either. If you like action RPGs and don't mind the art style you'll enjoy this.
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