Luigi's Mansion (GameCube)

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Written by  :  Lawnmower Man (145)
Written on  :  Jun 21, 2008
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Who Ya Gonna Call? LUIGI!

The Good

Luigi's Mansion finally allows Mario's little brother to step into the hero role and rescue his brother from evil ghosts, who have hidden inside a giant mansion. Luigi must rid the mansion of ghosts, stop the evil Boos who have escaped, and find clues to track down Mario. It's a pretty straight forward game, but it's fun.

The best part about Luigi's mansion is Luigi's Vacuum Cleaner Pack. Much like Mario's Water Pack in Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi needs to use his pack to solve his problems. In addition to sucking up ghosts and hard to reach items, Luigi can get special stones that equip his pack with elemental powers like Water, Fire, and Ice. Luigi can use his powers to attack special ghosts, solve element specific puzzles, and other things.

The mansion itself is a sight behold and is plenty big. Nearly every room contains something helpful and there are tons of things to uncover. Several rooms have secret passages which lead to other rooms or to a healthy jack pot of coins.

Luigi's mansion also provides a well balanced challenge. The game is rarely unfair and puzzles aren't stare-at-the-wall mind boggling. Ghosts are not easy to beat but at the same time not impossible. Its the right amount of challenge for both hardcore and casual gamers.

The Bad

Luigi's Mansion, though fun, is a little on the short side. When all the Boos escape from the basement, you have already explored 56% of the mansion. While the boss battles extend the game's life span, they are pretty simple and only add mere minutes to the gameplay. Most expert gamers will be able to beat the game in about a week, maybe a few days if they spend some dedicated time to it.

The mansion's layout can become pester some at times. Several rooms can't be accessed on the same floors as other rooms, which can make getting from place to place a bit hassle-some.

The Bottom Line

While on the shorter side, Luigi's Mansion is an enjoyable survival game (You can't really call it survival 'horror' unless little white ghosts are what you consider horrible). The gameplay is interesting and the mansion can be at times fun to explore. This game is well worth your time and you will probably play it until you find all the secrets and beat the game.