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Kururin Squash! (くるりんスカッシュ!?) is an action-puzzle video game developed by Eighting and published by Nintendo. It was released for the GameCube on October 14, 2004 exclusively in Japan. It is the successor to Kururin Paradise and is the only title of the Kururin series with 3D computer graphics.
The Kururin family won the grand prize at a local lottery, which sent them on a cruise around the four countries of the world. The entire family enjoyed the trip, but upon returning home, they suddenly realized that they had returned with only three members of the family; Kururin, Kakarin, and Totorin. All of Kururin's siblings had disappeared during the trip! Kururin sets off to the four countries on the special helicopter "Helirin" in search of the others.
The player controls a slowly spinning stick called the Helirin, and must maneuver it through a series of mazes without touching the walls. If the stick hits any wall or dangerous object three times it will shatter, forcing the player to start over again. The player controls the stick's direction and 3 levels of speed, but the continual rotation of the stick makes the task difficult. Bonus points are awarded once the player has successfully completed a level, and a gold star for completing the level without any crashes. If the payer succeeds to complete the level without any crash, and also succeeds to have all the coins of the level, he will be awardded with a rainbow star, which represent the perfect run for a stage.The game also records shortest times taken to beat each level.
The game starts off with simple training levels, where instructions are given on how to play and get around the first corners. After this tutorial there are eight levels in each stage which progressively increase in difficulty and length. The main objective in the puzzle mode is to collect coins, and the objective in the race mode is to finish each maze within a target time frame. Multiplayer can include up to four players in a split-screen frenzy, or a battle mode where players must collect coins while holding off their opponents with various weapons.
Unlike the previous titles of the series, Kururin Squash! introduces water levels with power-ups that make the Helirin work like a submarine, use guns, punch with boxing gloves, create tornadoes, or use flame-throwers. Bosses are also present at the end of each stage.