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Overall Gurumin is a fantastic and really fun game. The graphics look great on the 3DS – especially so thanks to the 3DS effect from Nintendo’s portable console. There’s a nice variety of enemies to defeat, plenty of areas to visit and lots of puzzles to solve. There are several hours of content in this one, and you’re going to love every minute of it!
Gurumin 3D may be short on epic story and have a few technical blemishes around the edges of its gameplay, but its fun style and a surprising depth in collectibles and replayability make it well worthy of consideration for action-RPG fans. Did we mention there's a pretty sweet drill?
The game is paced well, with mini-games, scenes and boss fights breaking up the basic dungeon progression in neat intervals. It keeps things feeling exciting and dynamic. At $14.99 the game is a fantastic value. Parin and her pals are easy to love and so too is the game itself. The main campaign should take you at least 9 hours and there are various secrets and things to collect for completionists. Fifteen bucks is very little to pay for a title that channels some of gaming’s best known IP in its strongest moments.
At the end of the day, Gurumin 3D does what it needs to, and does it well. A charming throwback in form and function to classic PS1 RPGs, this re-release is a fun romp down memory lane.
It’s hard to deny that Gurumin has some technical problems, but there’s a lot of charm under the surface. It’s fun to rebuild the town piece by piece and see more of the map unlock as the prince’s evil mist dissipates. Here’s hoping we can drill into some more Falcom games on the 3DS soon.
Casting all of the positives aside, however, Gurumin 3D suffers from near game breaking technical issues — including the eye-bogging 3D function that nearly defeats its own purpose. The story of Parin is probably better played on Steam or, if you still have it handy, your PSP. While the whole experience is present and able to be enjoyed, the disastrous technical issues severely harm this port.
As far as action RPGs go, Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure is simple and with an accessible plot. It takes a while to become involving but it does have a pretty decent lifespan, even if it can't help becoming repetitive at some moments, as well as frustrating from its camera and imprecise controls. Nevertheless, it still has its value and should not be overlooked by RPG fans.
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Gurumin 3D comes at a low price at $14.99, which is very fair for this title. Fans will get their money's worth for sure, and while it may not be Falcom's best, it is still more interesting than other eShop titles available. This is a silly story with goofy characters that had some effort to flesh out their lives to make people care about them and the world. While it may not take much to hit bedrock with this shallow game, it does have heart, which is more than what most games have.
For gamers who miss the simple days of Playstation era action and adventure, check out Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure. Just consider playing it on Steam instead of the 3DS.