Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon video game reviewWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Video game review by Michael Siebenaler – Toledo Free Press
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo)
In this Nintendo 3DS exclusive, Mario’s famous brother suits up in his familiar green duds and grabs gadgets like the powerful Poltergust 5000 ghost-catching vacuum cleaner to hunt various spooky creatures across five mansions set in Evershade Valley. Developers create a deliberate pace full of action, discovery, surprises, and puzzles, which could have been more integrated into the storylines. Players have the ultimate goal of collecting pieces of the magical Dark Moon to win against the spooky specters at the request of Professor E. Gad.
Of course, Luigi collects coins and other items for gadget upgrades. The new Strobulb and Dark Light Device gadgets expand the already engaging gameplay. Luigi also gets an upgradable flashlight to uncover different baddies, special areas, etc. Single player mode focuses while players can also expand to a cooperative multiplayer mode (local and online).
The intuitive action combines well with the 3D viewing option and gyroscopic controls, which gives players an enhanced experience…as long as they have the room to roam a little. Luigi even hums along to the soundtrack as the content entertains with enough originality among various clichés and familiar fear elements.
Backtracking and a few clunky movements, which are especially inconvenient when avoiding enemies, can frustrate occasionally. The game needs more save points, but overall, players can really enjoy this charm game full of replay value and clever challenges (***1/2, rated E for crude humor, supernatural themes, and mild cartoon violence).
This action-adventure game was developed by Next Level Games and is the sequel to the 2001 GameCube game Luigi’s Mansion. Look for Luigi to continue his winning streak later this summer with New Super Luigi U on the WiiU (with special content for New Super Mario Bros. U owners) and Mario and Luigi Dream Team.