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You play Luigi, who goes on a relaxing holiday with Mario, Peach and the crew. All seems fine until you check in and go to your separate rooms, but suddenly the hotel transforms into a house of horrors, with your friends nowhere to be seen. Along with E. Gadd from the first two games and his bizarre inventions, you must overcome your fear, cover the mystery of the hotel, and save your friends.
Play remains similar - You use your flashlight to stun ghosts, then suck them up with your vacuum. You also use the blacklight mode on your torch to reveal hidden doorways and secrets. While the puzzles blocking your way start off simple, such as finding a key and then using it on the right door, as you move through the increasingly over-the-top floors, the puzzles get progressively more challenging and inventive, requiring you to experiment and search every area for clues.
A major new feature in this game is the presence of Gooigi who, after a brief appearance in the 3DS release of the first game, becomes integral to progression. You, or a second player, can take control of him and use him to move through grates and twisting pipes to reach hidden areas and unlock the way forward.
The result is a game that's spooky yet never too scary, leaning more heavily than ever into the comedy and absurdity of the premise. Combined with the expanded mechanics and puzzles, as well as the richly detailed environments present, it makes for a compelling addition to the franchise.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Luigi's Mansion 3 5 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
Additionally, you can play with up to eight other people on one console, using local wireless, or online in dedicated game modes. You can also buy even more game modes to play in multiplayer.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Comic Mischief and Mild Cartoon Violence. Ghosts struggle when captured, and Luigi can whack them back and forth against the ground. Boss battles depict brief explosions and electrocution effects. During the course of the game, a ghost can be seen sitting on a toilet seat; a storyboard drawing depicts a dog urinating on a plant.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Younger children need to learn to be methodical in their exploration. Persevering when stuck is also important.
Luigi's Mansion 3
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You need a subscription to play online:
- You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You can buy extra content called the Multiplayer Pack which includes additional cosmetic items as well as extra game modes and stages for multiplayer play.
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