San Francisco, CA – July 1, 2008 - Mastiff, a San Francisco based developer and publisher of videogames, announced today that Nihon Falcom’s action-RPG, Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure has become the first third-party PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system title available for online purchase and download to the PSP system through the PLAYSTATION®Store and is available now.
Upon its release last year, Gurumin immediately won over the hearts of countless reviewers.
Gamespy, for example, said “Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure delivers the classic Japanese RPG experience and is simultaneously adorable and hilarious. If you're only planning to get a single RPG for your PSP this year, this could well be the one to play.”
The Associated Press said "Gurumin" is filled with a uniquely Japanese sense of whimsy that translates well into English, and it's one of the nicest surprises of the year so far.” Review site Deeko said “Gurumin is one of those rare games that should be in every PSP owners collection.” Console Gameworld, echoed the sentiment, writing “Gurumin is definitely one of those titles you have to pick up, period.”
“Charming, full of personality, and with a gentle sense of humor, Gurumin is a bright and catchy portable game,” said Heather Campbell of Play magazine. And Geoff Haynes of leading gaming website IGN.com, called Gurumin “… an excellent title that should appeal to action fans.” Gurumin’s strong reviews earned it a place in the top 50 of almost 1100 PSP titles ranked on IGN.com.
About Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure:
Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure 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 the mysterious Monster Village, which happens to be hidden right behind her town. Parin has just started making monster friends when evil spirits, known as Phantoms, invade the village and monsternap most of the inhabitants. Parin soon learns of the Legendary Drill, a weapon hidden underneath the village that is powerful enough to destroy the Phantoms. Thus begins Parin’s quest to reclaim the Legendary Drill and set the world right.
Gurumin features include:
• Non-linear game play in over 30 stages set in a variety of environments.
• 23 non-player characters, 48 unique enemies, and more than 90 items to collect.
• 18+ costumes to unlock, and 15 equip-able headgear to level up.
• Destroy everything in your path with your legendary drill: almost all objects in a stage can be destroyed, and many hide money and valuable items.
• Challenging boss battles, puzzles and traps.
• Mini-games galore!
• Hidden characters, modes and other secrets.
More information can be found at www.gurumin.us
Mastiff is a publisher of interactive entertainment with offices in Tokyo, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Titles from Mastiff include Gurumin for PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system, Dr Sudoku for the Game Boy® Advance, Pump It Up: Exceed, and La Pucelle: Tactics, which was awarded an Editor's Choice Award from leading gaming website, IGN.com. Other releases include Gungrave: Overdose, Technic Beat and Top Gun: Combat Zones. Mastiff’s upcoming titles include Major League Eating: The Game for WiiWare and Moon for DS. Please visit www.mastiff-games.com for more information.
About Nihon Falcom:
Founded in 1981 by Masayuki Kato, Nihon Falcom Corporation released Japan's first computer role- playing game in 1983. Over the past two decades, Nihon Falcom has produced numerous role-playing, action and adventure games, including the popular Ys and Dragon Slayer series. Please visit www.falcom.com for more information.
©2008 Mastiff, LLC. Mastiff and the Mastiff logo are trademarks of Mastiff, LLC. Gurumin and Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure are trademarks of Nihon Falcom Corporation. ©2004-2007 Nihon Falcom Corporation. All rights reserved.
Mastiff Press Contact:
Michael Meyers Public Relations