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- Mario's clumsy brother takes center stage in this spooky ghost-hunting and puzzle-solving adventure game
- Five massive mansions to explore, complete with puzzling challenges you’ll need to solve to access new corridors and hidden secrets
- Use the Poltergust 5000, a powerful ghost-catching vaccum cleaner, to capture a host of clever ghosts and creatures
- New gadgets like the Strobulb and Dark Light Device add depth to the ghost hunting and puzzle action
- Collect coins, cash, and other treasures as you make your way through the mansions in order to upgrade Luigi’s gadgets
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Help Luigi overcome ghastly ghosts, mind-melting puzzles, and his own clumsiness in an all-new spooky adventure. Armed with his trusty Poltergust 5000—a ghost-catching vacuum cleaner—and all the courage of a wet napkin, the green-hatted hero needs your help to battle through five massive mansions full of hidden passages and bone-chilling challenges. Whether you’re charging up the new strobe light to stun a slime-tossing Gobber ghost, revealing illusions with the new Dark Light Device, or reeling in multiple poltergeists with timely button presses, you’ll need to use all of your paranormal survival skills.
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Mario's clumsy brother takes center stage in this spooky ghost-hunting and puzzle-solving adventure game
• Five massive mansions to explore, complete with puzzling challenges you’ll need to solve to access new corridors and hidden secrets
• Use the Poltergust 5000, a powerful ghost-catching vaccum cleaner, to capture a host of clever ghosts and creatures
• New gadgets like the Strobulb and Dark Light Device add depth to the ghost hunting and puzzle action
• Collect coins, cash, and other treasures as you make your way through the mansions in order to upgrade Luigi’s gadgets
10/10, this is a fun game.
Side note: I am a 20 year old female, and my two younger siblings (14 year old boy and 10 year old girl) also love the game, so it does reach a nice age range.
My favorite part of the game has to be the online multiplayer, as it adds a creative spin to the already stellar gameplay and encourages teamwork rather than rivalry. You can easily find yourself killing hours here. Hunter, Rush, and Polterpup are all mostly equally fun modes that each have something pretty unique to offer. For Americans, I'd say the best time to play online is during the day. At night, finding decent players can be quite a bit difficult, and there are only a few Japanese people on there. I suspect this loosens up at some point as the time shifts in the Eastern Hemisphere, but I digress. Unfortunately, as with all multiplayer games (especially those with co-op), there are trolls who enjoy souring the experience for others by hurling spike seeds at you for some unprovoked reason, deliberately refusing to step on their tile in Rush mode, or making nary an effort to win. People bumping into you to steal your key and leaving your game before crucial moments can also be a bit frustrating. Be wary of these people!
Basically, it's a really fun game that grows on you if it doesn't impress you initially. There's plenty of content offered here without being overwhelming. Even after two years, the price for this game is still above $20 and it's well-deserved, in my opinion. Definitely recommended.
As Luigi, you explore several mansions that have been haunted by troublemaking ghosts (not to be confused with Boos, who are also present but in smaller numbers). Along the way, you solve puzzles, collect money, capture ghosts, and try to recollect shards of the shattered Dark Moon. The atmosphere is typical Mario-universe, perhaps slightly darker than usual, but with plenty of comic relief at Luigi's expense. It's a perfect style for kids, but I still found myself greatly enjoying the gameplay as an adult gamer, even if watching Luigi jump and shiver in fear doesn't particularly amuse me.
Most of the gameplay revolves around the Poltergust 5000, a vacuum with attachments that would make any Dirt Devil feel outclassed. Full completion of the game requires a thorough inspection of each room with your Poltergust - can you suck up that carpet to reveal a hidden button in the floor? Are there gold bars stashed behind that painting on the wall? What happens if you blow air on the ceiling fan? Every room is very interactive, and your explorations are often rewarded with ample cash.
The game makes excellent use of physics in conjunction with the Poltergust. Wads of paper or cash swirl through the air in the vortex of your vacuum's intake. Cloth realistically flaps, folds, and stretches when pulled on or blown by the machine. Watching the effects of the vacuum is its own reward. I liked that Dark Moon offers more monetary variety than the typical Mario game. You'll still be collecting gold coins, but there are also paper bills and gold bars. Bills are fun to suck up, and the bars are rewarding to find.
The highlight of the game is in conflict with ghosts. You will attempt to stun ghosts you encounter with a burst from your flashlight, and then catch them in the intake gust of your vacuum. Once a ghost is caught in the vortex, it will squirm around rapidly. By pulling away from it, you can charge your Poltergust for electric bursts. Each fight is a visual treat, with brightly colored ghosts and electrical discharges, swirling winds, and lighting effects. Catching multiple ghosts at once causes them to drop extra cash, with huge bonuses when you capture three or more.
Each location has about five stages, including a boss stage, and a bonus stage. The rooms you explore in each stage often overlap, but there will be differences from stage to stage - new treats might be hidden in the dresser, cobwebs might block a previously open path, or new passageways may appear. These changes keep the stages feeling fresh. Each stage (except the boss stage) contains a hidden Boo, found by illuminating invisible objects with the "dark-light device" - a paranormal flashlight. Capturing all the Boos in an area unlocks the bonus stage.
I feel that the mansion setting really benefits from the 3D capabilities. With the 3D slider on, you feel like you are peering into the mansion, a miniature stage set before you. The effect works well, and the game doesn't feel the need to remind you that you are playing a 3DS by using gimmicky 3D.
Give the trailers a watch - if the visuals or gameplay seem appealing to you, this is a must-have.