is a little nervous--maybe a lot--but he is going to brave the
haunted house that he won in a contest and save his brother,
Mario, anyhow. Armed with a vacuum-like device called the
Poltergust, kids lead Luigi through the rooms of the mansion,
stunning and sucking up ghosts of all varieties as they do.
Luigi's Mansion is a fun
escapade for the Game Cube. It features detailed graphics, holds a
good measure of suspense, and requires a bit of strategy to
complete. Though older kids will probably finish the game sooner
than they'd like, Luigi's Mansion will entertain the
younger crowd faithfully for quite some time.
This game is really quite comical
at times--kids giggle at Luigi's reactions to, and struggles with,
the ghosts. Capturing the ghosts depends on their variety. Some
are easy to suck up, while others require some strategy and
thinking skills to exorcise. After clearing the ghosts in
particular rooms, kids encounter a boss for the level. One of
the mini-bosses is Van Gore, who is a ghost artist who creates
little ghosts by painting them. King Boo is the boss of the
game--he's the one who kidnapped Mario and put him in a painting.
He has built a robot Bowser to attack (he's actually very weak on
Kids should try to remember where
hearts are hidden so they can use them to heal Luigi after he's
been weakened by the ghosts' attacks. Kids never quite know when
ghosts will pop up--they can sneak up from behind, for example.
Expecting them to appear at any time is helpful so that kids can
minimize their "startle" factor.
Rated E for Everyone (ages
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- Funny, original
- Requires strategy.
|For Nintendo Game Cube