Kuru Kuru Kururin is a weirdly-named but wonderful (and original) Game Boy Advance game, developed by Eighting and first published by Nintendo in 2001.
The idea is that you have to control a spinning stick, and take it around a series of increasingly twisting and torturous courses, without touching the sides, or hitting other hazards. And do it against a time limit. It’s one of those games with a simple premise, but offers quite a tough and interesting challenge.
Being Japanese, it has a cute – and bizarre – cast of characters, and is packed full of nice ideas and touches.
In fact, Kuru Kuru Kururin is so well-regarded that it has been recently re-released for the Wii U by Nintendo. It also spawned two sequels.
Definitely one to track down and play if you’ve never encountered it. It’ll do your nut in and no doubt make you smile at the same time. Like it does me… The Japanese really know how to turn quirky ideas into successful games!