LUIGI’S MANSION 2
RRP: $ 59 ( reviewed on 3DS)
FROM the opening scenes of Luigi’s long- awaited spooky sequel, it’s clear developer Next Level Games has lavished attention and detail into every eerie nook and cranny.
The impressive opening video sets up the main story and these high production values don’t let up until to the closing credits.
Luigi’s Mansion 2 combines the familiar exploration and adventure of the original GameCube game, released more than a decade ago, with oodles of originality and ingenious gameplay.
The game’s action adventure structure is not unlike that found in the father of all platformers, Mario 64, by featuring a series of key locations to visit, each with a group of tasks to complete before you can move on.
Examining a dusty old crypt, chasing a paranormal pooch and navigating the innards of a huge tree are just some examples of originality I’ve fallen in love with in Nintendo’s Mario games.
Few gadgets in the gaming sphere provide the entertaining variety of uses of Luigi’s trusty Poltergust 5000.
Why just inhale spooky enemies, when you can pull off table cloths without moving the cutlery, unravel mummified bodies and blow up balloons to float over crevasses.
It’s this special household appliance that gives the game ample variety, thanks to some entertaining puzzles designed to test your grey matter.
The game’s true star, however, is the green clothed plumber, showcased through outstanding 3D visuals and a convincing voice- over actor.
Luigi’s character is full of charm, whether humming playfully along to the game’s theme tune, or tiptoeing nervously through creepy corridors, or tackling the ghostly inhabitants of each mansion.