GBAtemp Recommends! Kuru Kuru Kururin

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  1. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    [​IMG] GBAtemp Recommends! Kuru Kuru Kururin
    G.R. Issue #22 (GBA)

    Welcome back to GBAtemp Recommends! Our popular weekly magazine feature in which we recommend classic Game Boy Advance titles big and small! Now I know that most of you are knee deep in all these new fangled DS titles that have been released lately, but hey, come on... Spend a few minutes to remember some of the classics that brought us to where we are today, ok?

    GBAtemp Recommends!

    Kuru Kuru Kururin
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    A game EVERY Game Boy Advance owner should know about, AND have played; Kuru Kuru Kururin is one of my personal favourite GBA titles. This extremely fresh take on the puzzle/action genre is a fun and challenging game that's just as addictive as it is charming.

    On paper the game sounds pretty bland. You play as Kururin, a strange talking duck/bird thing who has been told by his mother that his siblings have gone astray in various worldly locations. You must guide a rotating STICK (which is actually a helicopter of sorts) through a series of mazes in order to progress. This is probably the reason the game never got a release in the States, just Japan, Europe and Australasia. But this is a game that is a classic example of why you should never judge a book by its cover.

    The gameplay basically boils down to this: You control a stick, er, I mean, helicopter... that is constantly spinning on its axis. You must carefully manoeuvre it through a series of mazes. The catch being that you can't touch any of the walls, which get progressively closer together as the game progresses -- 3 strikes and you have to start over. Some stages have one or two "safe zone checkpoints" that heal you to full health, but these are often sparse. Of course, just to make it even harder, there are a good handful of obstacles scattered throughout the 10 worlds for you to avoid, and you'll even find that some of the passages cannot be passed until you change the direction in which you are spinning, which you can do so with the help of a good few springs placed about. You can boost yourself with the A/B buttons or even hold them both down for an even bigger speed increase. Some of the levels can be completed in as little as 30 seconds, with later stages taking up to nearly 5 minutes on your first run through.

    The best thing about this game though, has to be the level design. There are some fantastic challenges in the game, all of which feel instantly rewarding when you finally conquer them. There is a slight learning curve with this game, but don't be put off. Put enough time into the game and you'll be surprised at just how fast you can move your whirly bird. A Challenge mode that's separate from the main game is included, with 50 extra levels to test your skills. They even threw in single-cart multiplayer for you to battle it out with 3 other friends.

    Kurukuru Kururin is a great pick up and play game. It's simplistic but addictive gameplay will keep you coming back for more. The game has a charming though somewhat simplistic and child-like design, but it really fits the bill. The music in the game is also actually very good, and some of the tunes so catchy, that you may start humming along!

    If you haven't played a Kurukuru Kururin game before, stick this one in your GBA and give it a spin! (Ugh, sorry!)

    The games sequel 'Kururin Paradise' was also released on the GBA, and the game even made its way onto the Gamecube with 'Kururin Squash!', but unfortunately, there's been absolutely no inclination that another Kururin game will be made, neither on the DS nor the Wii, both of which are ideal platforms for a new reincarnation of gameplay for the series.

  2. Kaos

    Kaos Good show!

    Nov 25, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    This was my very first GBA game. I enjoyed it, so hopefully some other people will now get a chance to experience this gem.
  3. blueskies

    blueskies GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 14, 2003
    United States
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Great game! One of the first I remember getting when I got my GBA and flashcart. [​IMG]
  4. Takeshi

    Takeshi GBAtemp Addict

    Jun 1, 2004
    Same here. I bought a Visoly Flash Advance 64Mb Cart at liksang and this was one of the first ever GBA titles I played. The good ol' times. [​IMG]
    Absolutely recommended to anyone that hasn't played it yet.
  5. Smartpal

    Smartpal The Guitar Guy

    Feb 10, 2009
    New Delhi, India
    As always I love GBAtemp's recommendations, gonna put this on my cart and give it a go. [​IMG]
  6. OSW

    OSW Wii King

    Former Staff
    Oct 30, 2006
    Looks like a fun puzzler! I'll have to give it a try too [​IMG]
  7. Bridgy84

    Bridgy84 Yub Nub

    Sep 8, 2003
    United States
    This is a fantastic choice. A must play for anyone that likes a rewarding challenge. Keep up the great work guys, us the gaming world appreciates it.
  8. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    Never heard of this before, but the concept sounds interesting.
    I'll try it, thanks!
  9. Maikel Steneker

    Maikel Steneker M3 Fanboy

    May 16, 2007
    Great game. I remember that I wanted to buy it, but I didn't have the money at the time. When I got my flashcart I finally played it, and it didn't disappoint.
  10. pkbelly

    pkbelly Newbie

    Mar 14, 2009
    I remember the European GBA release date, this game was available along F-Zero and Super Mario Advance, which was a tough competition. Lots of people thought KKK (errr) wasn't "Advance"d enough to show the handheld's capabilities, and you kinda had to see the game in action to really want it.
    Everyone can enjoy this great game now [​IMG]
  11. richufc

    richufc Advanced Member

    Nov 4, 2005
    By an amazing coincidence I started playing through this one again just the other day. Its a bloody great game. Don't let the cutesy exterior put you off. Inside is an addictive skill-based game. To get all the stars and best times you need to be a bit tasty.

    Another great recomendation - keep up the good work!

    The sequel is excellent too but sadly only available in Japanese.
  12. nic0804

    nic0804 Member

    Nov 22, 2005
    Good call, this was the first gba game I brought, and still love playing it (and paradise with the translation patch floating around on the net).
  13. fluffykiwi

    fluffykiwi GBAtemp Fan

    Oct 24, 2002
    This is a great recommendation.

    I played this a lot, and will probably revisit it after reading the review.

    The concept sounds dumb but the game itself is fun. Why the need for duck helicopter flying, etc.

    You guide a rotating stick through a maze avoiding the walls.
  14. Psyfira

    Psyfira Credit: 0ml. Insert tea to continue

    Dec 31, 2003
    I've been bloody stuck on it for years! It's a brilliant game, I really enjoyed the start of it, it's something a little different and it's nice to have a game that puts up a bit of a fight that you can't sleep your way through. I just can't do this damn level! [​IMG]
  15. Sobtanian

    Sobtanian Newbie

    Indeed, lovely game

    Wasn't there a jap only second part? or am I getting confused.
  16. Seicomart

    Seicomart GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 21, 2005
    Nice to see this great series brought up! Loved the first 2, never did buy the GC one though...

    Anyone should be able to pick this up cheaply too...
  17. 1337Nemo

    1337Nemo GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 13, 2007
    Gambia, The

    also my first GBA game [​IMG]
  18. DarkMind

    DarkMind Member

    Nov 3, 2002
    i cant remeber any other game on GBA that i have played so much as KURU-KURU-KURURIN (i love that name ^^) to be honest. Was inside the GBA when i got it (un-official bandle) and i REALLY (still) love this game. Everyone at least must try it as you said
  19. DjFIL

    DjFIL GBAtemp Maniac

    May 29, 2003
    BC, Canada
    I loved this game. Has there ever been anything like this on the DS w/ the stylus (or d-pad controls)?
  20. Smartpal

    Smartpal The Guitar Guy

    Feb 10, 2009
    New Delhi, India
    I'm addicted to this now. It's stopped me playing GTA and Henry Hatsworth, so awesome.