Video Game: Kuru Kuru Kururin
Kuru Kuru Kururin
is a puzzle game developed by Eighting
for the Game Boy Advance
, released in 2001.
In the game, you control a little bird called Kururin in his stick-shaped helicopter, appropriately named "Helirin", in a quest to save your siblings. Yes, it's that kind of game
The gameplay consists of maneuvering the ever-rotating Helirin through many narrow passages, moving obstacles and stationary turrets. In the story mode, you need to steer your Helirin through 10 stages (with names like Cake Land
, Star Land and Cloud Land), each with three levels that you need to finish in a linear fashion. Then there's the Challenge Mode, which has 50 very short challenge levels that are appropriately very difficult.
The game also has two sequels that appeared only in Japan: Kururin Paradise
(GBA) and Kururin Squash!
Kuru Kuru Kururin provides examples of:
- Brutal Bonus Level: If you finish every single one of the 50 challenge level without getting hit (which is quite difficult), you unlock 5 more challenge levels, each of them very difficult.
- Difficulty Levels: There's an "Easy" and a "Normal" mode. In Easy mode, the Helirin is half the size, making every level so much easier.
- Excuse Plot: Yes, you see your siblings in level 3 of each stage, but all you do is pick them up, get to the end of the level and that's it.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: The game encourages these because if you go through a level without getting hit, you get a star in that level. Get a star in every level and you unlock an extra stage with three very long levels.
Then there's Hare T, Hare P and Hare M. At the beginning, there's only Hare T on the high score table and if you beat one of the Hares, you can see the next one's times. And Hare M is incredibly hard to beat.