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Review – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

14 May on Blogs, Reviews  
Pobre Luigi... logo o irmão medroso precisa encarar mansões assombradas

Poor Luigi... the scaredy cat brother is the one that has to explore haunted mansions

Poor Luigi. The eternal second fiddle to his famous brother finally had his triumphant solo debut on the GameCube - probably due to Nintendo's inability to finish Super Mario Sunshine as a launch title for the console. His adventure in the haunted house of Luigi's Mansion impressed with amazing light and shadow simulation, which gave a deep volume to its 3D graphics... Nintendo even programmed 3D support for an unreleased accessory that stayed buried somewhere in their Kyoto offices. Now, with the 3DS, the ghost hunting can finally make the jump to the third dimension.

Developed in Canada by Next Level, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon brings the "Green Mario" once again to be recruted by the quirky professor E. Gadd, victim of revolting ghosts that were set off by the mysterious disappearance of the titular Dark Moon. Armed with his trusted Poltergust vacuum and flashlight, he must explore a new set of mansions... and rescue a mysterious figure while trying to discover who started this whole mess. Players of the original probably have a good idea of who these two figures might be.

A animação realmente impressiona com seu carisma

The animation in the game is constantly charismatic

The overall mechanics are very similar to the original:Luigi needs to explore the many rooms filled with hidden money, seeking keys and tricks to open new places in order to complete his missions. On his way he will be confronted by several crazy ghosts that need to be stunned with a flash and subsequently sucked with the vacuum, in what is reminiscent of a fishing game.

The transition from console to portable is solid. Despite the lack of a second analog (which can be frustrating in some rare cases, like wanting to turn while charging the flash), the new "tug-of-war" mechanic of the vacuum, which requires the player to pull against the escaping ghost while avoiding harmful obstacles, works surprisingly well. And to guarantee short sessions, the structure of the game was split into 15-30 minute missions, making it great for quick play on a bus or line. Visually, the game is just as beautiful as its groundbreaking predecessor, but now with even more charm and variety in its environment and animation. The professor's silly humor reaches new heights and won't fail to bring a smile at the most unexpected moments. In fact, the comic charm of the adventure is lurking at every corner, reminding us that Luigi can be even more charismatic than his star brother - they certainly gave voice actor Charles Martinet more latitude to play than in all his career as Mario put together.

A luz negra é o novo truque para encontrar objetos invisíveis

The black light bulb is the new trick to find the invisible

There are many creative moments during the adventure, like the very first boss battle or some of the most devious puzzles scattered through the missions. The new mechanics, like the black light that reveals hidden objects, only reinforces Next Level's creativity, and opens up several optional goals that guarantee great replayability. And if that wasn't enough, an enticing multiplayer mode for four players (with Download Play, requiring only one cartridge) offers even more hours of fun even after the quest is finished.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon may not be as impressive as some big-name titles out there, but its unique and quirky charm reminds us that this plumber needs not be green with envy under Mario's shadow - this different game is an excellent hidden gem, as are the many secrets waiting to be dug up in the most unexpected places. Just don't get scared if you start humming the theme song in real life like Luigi does after playing...

Tech Sheet
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Plataforms: 3DS
Developer: Next Level Games
Publisher: Nintendo

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Author, freelance videogame journalist, cinematography major and a little insane.