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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The main message here -- presented in lighthearted, cartoonish, playful way -- is to be brave, have confidence, confront your fears. Courage doesn't exist without fear. Multiplayer encourages teamwork, can foster positive local social gaming experience.
Positive Role Models
Luigi is scared, but perseveres in order to save his friends. He's also smart, using his wits to solve puzzles and figure out how to defeat crafty ghosts.
Ease of Play
This one's a bit trickier than you might expect from a cartoonish Nintendo game. Controls are a little confusing to start -- movement direction is relative to Luigi, not the player -- and some puzzles can leave players stumped. A hint system that players can call on whenever they like provides helpful tips, but not in every situation.
Violence & Scariness
Luigi uses a vacuum to grab onto and capture ghosts, smashing them into objects and other ghosts until they tire and get sucked in.
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Products & Purchases
Latest installment in Luigi's Mansion franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Luigi's Mansion 3 is a comical, lighthearted haunted house game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch that sees Mario's brother exploring a ghost-infested hotel. He's pretty scared, flinching at the slightest sound, teeth chattering whenever he sees something spooky. But he faces his fears in order to take on the hotel's unnerving matriarch, who has captured and frozen his friends in paintings. Puzzle-like locations and ghosts force him (and the player) to put on his thinking cap and figure out how to defeat them. Violence is cartoonish and mild, involving only a vacuum cleaner that Luigi uses to grab onto and suck up ghosts, whacking them on objects and other ghosts to weaken them. But parents should note that this game can prove a bit tricky thanks to some tough puzzles that could leave players stumped. An on-call hint system is helpful, but it doesn't provide guidance in every situation. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Luigi's Mansion 3.
Is It Any Good?
Luigi may never be as popular as his spotlight-hogging brother, but this distinctive ghost adventure is just as innovative and entertaining as anything Mario has been up to on Switch. The first thing many players will notice about Luigi's Mansion 3 is its beautifully drawn world rich with details. Each room is loaded with stuff to investigate and appreciate, from realistically flowing curtains and bedsheets to suspicious paintings and crevices. The dynamic lighting effects are particularly impressive, augmenting the spooky mood while also being ingeniously used as a game mechanic to reveal secrets and stun ghosts. And the whole game is absolutely brimming with personality, from themed rooms -- including a movie set, a restaurant, and luxury suites -- to memorable temperamental ghost bosses who become irate in funny and delightful ways when Luigi disturbs them.
These environments and characters have been cleverly built around the game's exploration, puzzle, and combat systems. Players must constantly think about Luigi's range of abilities and how they can be used in order to find secrets and overcome obstacles. If Luigi isn't strong enough to tug something on his own, have Gooigi join him to see if the pair can do it together. If a painting looks dodgy, blast it with dark light to see if you can reveal something new. If your vacuum cleaner's sucking function isn't doing the trick, try reversing the flow and blasting air to push objects around instead. It's all about curiosity and experimentation -- and the delight you feel when you discover something new. Luigi's Mansion 3 is creative game design at its best, and will be most rewarding to players who enjoy taking the time to investigate everything that the game will let them do.
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