Luigi's Mansion (GameCube)
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- Clear Luigi's new home of ghosts
- Explore a graphically spectacular haunted mansion
- Translucent ghosts, mirrored images, and particle effects
- Comic shenanigans and riveting gameplay
- From the mind of Mario and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto
- Also available: Official Strategy Guides from Prima and Brady
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- Platform: GameCube
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Join Luigi as he searches for Mario in this blockbuster game for the Nintendo Gamecube.
When Luigi's Mansion was first announced many assumed it would be a title to follow in the legendary footsteps of Super Mario World and Super Mario 64. It's nowhere near as epic as either of these titles, though, and also unlike them will never be accused of being the "best game ever". Once you get over the shock of the game being on such a small scale, though, its various charms do become obvious. The game involves you, as Mario's brother Luigi, trying to exorcise a haunted mansion of ghosts by sucking them into a vacuum cleaner. If only Bill Murray and the Catholic Church had realised it was so easy. Except it's not really that easy at all: the complications and cleverness of the game come in with the use of light and shadow. Many ghosts cannot be seen unless you reveal their shadow or manipulate the objects in a room to make them appear. These imaginative--but never frustrating--puzzles add to the otherwise simplistic process of catching the smaller ghosts by freezing them with a beam of light and sucking them up the Hoover. It's only a minor classic but Luigi's Mansion does a good job of showing off some off the Gamecube's graphical effects and providing a game which all the family can enjoy. If only it was a bit longer... but then, knowing Nintendo, if it was longer it wouldn't have come out until the space year 3050.--David JenkinsSee all Product description
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Luigi's won a mansion in a competition he didn't enter, something dodgy going on there!! When he gets there he finds the place riddled with ghosts, and no sight of Mario. After a quick look around, and some other worldly experiences, you meet Professor E. Gadd, inventor of the Poltergust 3000, your weapon to fend off the ghouls. This game gives you good insight of the capabilities of the new style controler, you need nearly all the buttons to play this game. After a brief introduction to ghost catching, it's off the mansion for some serious hunting.
Walking in and out of dark rooms, you can hear Luigi nervously whistling or humming the theme tune. The graphics are lovely. When Luigi shines his torch about you can see dust floating in the air. The flickering candles and the dripping taps all add to the atmosphere.
Catching the ghosts is quite easy, once you get used to the controls, and herein lies one of the main faults of the game. Once you've caught one of the big ghosts, other than trying to find new ways to surprise them, you've caught them all. The most challenging ghosts to catch are actually the Boo's, once you've released them that is. To catch a Boo you have to direct Luigi with the control stick and the 'c' stick.
The game is also surprisingly short. It's possible to finish the game in a couple of days of serious playing.
The idea behind the game is fresh though, and you'll be laughing after 5 minutes play. If this is any indication of things to come from the big N, we should be getting excited.
Equipped only with a hoover and a flashlight, and little in the way of bravery, Luigi ventures into his newly won mansion to rescue his portly brother from the escaped ghosts who inhabit the place. In the simplest terms, you're asked to hoover them up so that the local lunatic professor can return them to the paintings they came from. Along the way, you're advised to hoover up hearts to stay alive and money to... well. That would be telling.
This game demostrates the Gamecube pad's brilliance instantly. The control is tight and refined, and very easy to grasp after a few tries, meaning you'll be hoovering ghosts up with ease in no time. You'll also find your hoover being used in different ways will unearth bonuses and solve the wealth of puzzles in the rooms.
The structure is simple - you can access a room to begin with; defeat the ghost(s) in the room and you'll often find a key, which will let you advance to another room. Repeat. Sound boring? It's anything but. Many of the puzzles are brilliantly ingenius, making solving them immensely satisfying. Sometimes randomly vacuuming various things will obtain results, but more often than not serious thinking will go a long way. It's hard to explain, but each room is so littered with surprises that a huge grin will weld itself to your face. Trust me, it's a golden experience.
The graphics are brilliant, but you must have already known that. If you haven't seen them in action, then you'll be amazed. Luigi's animations are fluid, as are the things you can vacuum; aim your hoover at a tablecloth or bedspread and watch how realistic it looks - it's incredible. Also worth mentioning are the excellent shadow effects. Lightning strikes send the shadows of Luigi and other objects streaking up the wall - it's truly fantastic. Other spot effects enhance what is generally an immensely pleasing visual experience.
This is the sort of game you wish would carry on forever, but sadly this is far from the truth. Despite some tricky puzzles, Luigi will take the aveage gamer under 10 hours to finish. And while there is another mansion to play through at the end, most will be disappointed to find that it's just the old one reversed, with harder ghosts. And the replay value is pretty non-existent - when you know how to solve all the puzzles, the game loses some of it's appeal. Nevertheless, you'd be moronic to avoid at least TRYING this game for that reason. It's just like all the best thing - over far too soon.
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