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In Luigi's Mansion 3, Luigi, his brother Mario and some friends are transported to a luxury hotel. The hotel stay promises relaxation and lots of fun. However, as soon as the sun sets, the trip turns out to be a horror trip. Suddenly, the hotel no longer looks inviting. Creepy noises, spooky surprises, and terrifying ghosts give Luigi a huge fr...

Luigi’s Mansion™ 3

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • May 20, 2021

In Luigi's Mansion 3, Luigi, his brother Mario and some friends are transported to a luxury hotel. The hotel stay promises relaxation and lots of fun. However, as soon as the sun sets, the trip turns out to be a horror trip. Suddenly, the hotel no longer looks inviting. Creepy noises, spooky surprises, and terrifying ghosts give Luigi a huge fright. To make matters worse, all of Luigi's friends have been locked in paintings. Armed with a flashlight and the F-LU scare path, he sets out on a rescue mission. The Schreckweg F-LU is more or less a vacuum cleaner. Instead of dust, however, it sucks up ghosts.

While exploring the hotel, you will catch numerous ghosts. To do this, you must first blind them with your flashlight. Then you can hold them for a short time with the F-LU scare path. If you hold a ghost, it will try to escape. Now your time has come. While holding the ghost, use the stick to move in the opposite direction until a circle fills up. When it's full, you can fling the ghost around and finally suck it in. Sounds fun, but it feels awkward and clumsy, especially at first. It becomes much more pleasant with motion control. In handheld mode, for example, the Switch can be used to aim with the flashlight.

Luigi's Mansion 3 offers plenty of puzzles. These play a crucial role in making the game interesting for experienced players as well. While the story is designed to be mastered by many players, some of the optional puzzles prove to be challenging brainteasers. You can see some treasure through a small crack in the wall, but you have to find the way there first. Even as an experienced player, I found myself puzzling over some of the puzzles.

If you get stuck, you can always ask Professor I. Gidd for advice via the menu. He often gives a suitable hint with the fence post. Unfortunately, some of his statements are also worthless, as they are completely irrelevant and unrelated to the current section of the story. Concerning the young target group, more precise help would have been good here in some places. Still, Luigi's Mansion 3 does a lot to lend a helping hand. The advice is only part of it. The player can read up on important information and gets tips on gameplay. This way, the thread won't get lost even after a few days off.

Luigi's Mansion 3 easily manages to appeal to a broad audience. Of course, you shouldn't expect a super creepy ghost adventure here. The game is visibly aimed at a young audience. The gloomy theme is accompanied by humor. The developers have done a good job here and hit the right notes.

Besides the story, Luigi's Mansion 3 also offers other options. On the one hand, there is the possibility to play entertaining mini-games via couch co-op in party mode. Of course, this doesn't turn the game into Mario Party, but it's worth a look for a fun evening with friends or family. More exciting than the mini-games is the confusion tower.

The game throws you onto a floor of the hotel, where you have to solve tasks. One such task might be to catch plenty of ghosts. Most players should not spend an excessive amount of time here either. However, the confusion tower is interesting, for example, to play an occasional round with friends. Would the multiplayer modes have been needed? Not really, they are too entertaining for that. A nice to have, but not a must-have.

The positive picture is rounded off by the great look. Not only does the game look good, but it also offers a lot of variety for the eye. The floors of the hotel are each dedicated to a theme. For example, there is a medieval floor with knight's armor, nasty traps, and a battlefield. The background music underlines the gloomy atmosphere.

Conclusion:
Luigi's Mansion 3 is equally interesting for big and small players. While my kids found the trip to the haunted hotel pretty creepy, the game scored points with me for its humor. It was just as much fun for me as a mom to explore the floors of the hotel as it was for the kids. The game manages to pick up a wide audience. It's designed with kids in mind as the target audience but doesn't forget the big Luigi fans at all. The story is not overly challenging in terms of difficulty. Instead, the player can expect some tricky puzzles. The good overall impression is rounded off by the successful graphics. The great boss fights are one of the highlights of the game.

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