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Parents' Guide to

Luigi's Mansion 3

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cartoonish haunted house game has a smart, brave hero.

Game Nintendo Switch 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 5+

Fun solving puzzles and even provided a couple challenges for Daughter and Daddy

I bought this "for me" as a late Christmas gift. I play Mario Kart and Mario Party with my daughter (we'll call her Princess Peach), and Dad needs something fresh. I had seen the gameplay for Luigi's Mansion 3 and noticed you could play it with two players on story mode. I've been playing games my whole life and naturally wanted to get Peach into them. So knowing Peach's level of critical thinking, I thought she might do well to challenge herself and learn a game that didn't drive for her (i.e. mario kart drive assist). Peach will be 5 in July 2020. Peach has got a pretty good grip on most the controls. You'll be using both thumbs, the left to move Luigi around and the right to aim the Poltergust (vaccuum) or flashlight. She moves around just fine, can open doors and interact with objects. There was a learning curve that I had to walk her through, but it didn't take her long to pick up on it at all. She sometimes struggles with aiming the Poltergust and getting the ghosts (which can get tougher the further up the mansion you go). Still, we were able to beat the entire game, but there were times I had to take on Luigi so we didn't die. I tried to have her use Gooigi who can die and come back to life as many times as you want. One note on Co-Op: You will be unable to play the story on co-op until you get through a "tutorial" portion at the beginning of the game - once you get the poltergust and defeat the bellhop ghost in the garage, you'll have to get a briefcase which gives you access to Gooigi and finally a
age 8+

Is It Any Good?

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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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