Nintendo's return to cult hit Luigi's Mansion is 'cracking' fun

This ghost-busting game, featuring Super Mario's lesser known brother Luigi, is a 'must have' for handheld gamers

LAST UPDATED AT 07:58 ON Wed 3 Apr 2013

What you need to know
The sequel to the 2001 adventure video game, Luigi's Mansion has been released in the UK. Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon from Nintendo, is another spin off from the incredibly successful Super Mario handheld game series.

In Luigi's Mansion 2, the player controls Luigi (Mario's brother) as he uses a special vacuum cleaner, the Poltergust, to capture ghosts. The main goal of the game is to gather pieces of the shattered Dark Moon, a magical object that subdues ghosts, while exploring five haunted mansions and solving a series of puzzles.

What the critics like
This game is a terrific follow-up to the original cult classic, says Tom Hoggins in the Daily Telegraph. It's incomparable, yet instantly accessible, and a much greater adventure than its modest hero might suggest. "Cracking."

Luigi remains as compelling as ever, cowering in his dungarees, says Michael Plant in The Independent. The game lives up to high expectations, and the 3DS console makes the "perfect spiritual home for a spot of ghost busting".

Luigi's Mansion 2 is a must-have adventure, says Matthew Reynolds on Digital Spy. It's lovingly handcrafted, with a delightful suite of sound effects and a dark edge to Nintendo's trademark art style. Exploring the mansions is "a complete joy".

What they don't like
This game has no shortage of charm, but it can be frustrating, says Carolyn Petit in Gamespot. A lack of mid-level game checkpoints means that if you fall at the last stage of a level with 12 sections, you have to replay the first 11 sections again. It's enough ruin the whole experience. · 

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