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  • Summary: Gurumin stars a strong-willed girl named Parin, who is sent to live with her grandfather in a small mining town while her parents are off excavating an ancient ruin. With no other children living in this town, Parin is surprised one day to encounter a young girl being tormented by a strayGurumin stars a strong-willed girl named Parin, who is sent to live with her grandfather in a small mining town while her parents are off excavating an ancient ruin. With no other children living in this town, Parin is surprised one day to encounter a young girl being tormented by a stray dog. After Parin drives off the mongrel, she is shocked to discover the young girl is actually a monster, and like all monsters, invisible to adults. Parin is soon invited to pass through a crack in the wall behind her home and enter Monster Village. Parin has just started making monster friends when evil spirits, known as the Phantoms, invade the village and monsternap most of the inhabitants. Parin soon learns of the Legendary Drill, a weapon hidden underneath the village and, in the right hands, powerful enough to destroy the Phantoms. Thus begins Parin's quest to reclaim the Legendary Drill and set the world right. Features Non-linear game play set in vast world with a variety of stages in different environments. 23 non-player characters, 48 unique enemies, and over 90 items to collect. Destroy everything in your path with your legendary drill: almost all objects are destructible, and many hide money and valuable items. [Mastiff Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. With an all-star voice cast and an overall wonderful gameplay experience, I heartily recommend Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure to anyone looking for a game for their kids or looking for a good action-RPG for the PSP.
  2. Charming, full of personality, and with a gentle sense of humor. [Mar 2007, p.70]
  3. Even though Gurumin borrows quite a bit from other notable adventure games like Zelda, it's still got a soul of its own and a unique charm that few games possess. It's heartwarming in every way, but also an incredibly satisfying experience that fans of the genre absolutely must look into.
  4. 80
    One of the first real surprises of the year. Fun and childish, yet bizarrely addictive, the mix of solid and interesting gameplay, crazy characters, and some great dungeons make this a great adventure for gamers of all ages.
  5. Gurumin's engaging combat mechanics, likable characters, and standout music easily make up for its more glaringly unoriginal qualities.
  6. 75
    A lot of people may be turned of by the childish themes and plot, but anyone who puts real time in with the game won't be disappointed with how it plays nor with the unexpected amount of depth there is to be found.
  7. As charming as Parin and the residents of monster town are, everything else is rather stale and clich├ęd, and that which has already been done better many times before it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Sep 20, 2013
    10
    Great game, awesome experience, and an excellent game to start the RPG genre with. This is by far my favourite game on the PSP, many othersGreat game, awesome experience, and an excellent game to start the RPG genre with. This is by far my favourite game on the PSP, many others just don't seem to compete. Expand
  2. BiscottiLover
    Feb 14, 2007
    10
    I love this game! I want to be Parin, I want to be there, I want to meet the monsters, I want to talk to them. Can't believe the I love this game! I want to be Parin, I want to be there, I want to meet the monsters, I want to talk to them. Can't believe the characters feel so real. They'll grab your heart within 20 minutes! Expand
  3. TomE.
    Feb 13, 2007
    10
    Without a doubt the best Action RPG on the PSP. Beautiful graphics, great sound, lots of depth, well balanced. Resorted my faith in the PSP.
  4. JaredB.
    Dec 13, 2007
    10
    This game is fantastic. I just bought it and I've played it for two hours non stop. The music is fun, the graphics put my psp to work, This game is fantastic. I just bought it and I've played it for two hours non stop. The music is fun, the graphics put my psp to work, the storyline is interesting, the main character is adorable, and the style is addicting. Best psp game I own. I love the ability to free roam. The only downfall is that it's too easy at times, but there are upgrades for weapons and lots of cool special moves and combos. Expand
  5. EddieB.
    Feb 14, 2007
    9
    The PSP library is finally getting some great games. This game is a hidden gem. It looks really kiddy, which is maybe a minus, but I liked The PSP library is finally getting some great games. This game is a hidden gem. It looks really kiddy, which is maybe a minus, but I liked the graphics and gameplay. It feels very old school (espec. the music!). I recommend that you check it out. Expand
  6. Nick
    Nov 5, 2007
    8
    okay - I got hooked. I didn't think I would, I really didn't. But damn, the whole thing is so cute and endearing! I'm not a okay - I got hooked. I didn't think I would, I really didn't. But damn, the whole thing is so cute and endearing! I'm not a hardcore gamer by any means, but I like my share of stuff like Metroid Prime, etc. And the little things in this game, the little quips here and there show an underlying humor and a love for what they were making. I normally get turned off by the over-Anime style of things, but here - the localization actually works and the humor is smart and enjoyable. The camera makes me want to punch a hole in the wall most of the time, and yes - there is button mashing to be had, but I don't think it's "easy" nor do I think it's "simple". It's fun. Try saying that for MOST PSP games out there, you'll have a hard time. Expand
  7. May 19, 2013
    6
    This game is not that bad. You can have some fun playing it. But I really didn't like the story, it's too childish. I don't know, maybe it wasThis game is not that bad. You can have some fun playing it. But I really didn't like the story, it's too childish. I don't know, maybe it was made for kids, and I think it would serve them well as their 1st rpg. Expand