I know it's an old game, but it was new to me so I thought I'd write a review either way. It ended up taking me 3 months to play through the game, not because it was hard, but because life has just been crazy for the past 6 months. Well, anyway, on with the review.
I believe this was the first 3D game Luigi ever starred in. He is a bit of a fraidy cat, but over all not that much different from Mario.
Freeze the ghosts with your flashlight, suck them up with the vacuum. That about all there is to the combat. A few variations, including: only being able to see enemies by way of a mirror, removing masks before you can freeze them, and using the environment against them. The only enemies with any GREAT difference would be the bosses. Each boss has a different formula that you need to figure out in order to defeat it. These can easily be found in online walkthroughs, but either way they are not hard.
Other than combat the only other gameplay is exploration and collecting. Exploration goes hand in hand with the combat. As you progress through the game, you must clear each room of ghosts before you can move on. Sometimes you can find hidden rooms that are filled with cash an jewels. Which brings us to the collecting portion of the game. The only thing to collect is money, this comes in many forms, cash, coins, pearls, jewels, etc. I guess there you can also collect Boos, but I don't really consider it a collection because you need 40 of the 50 in order to finish the game. Anyway, depending how much cash you collect will determine the size mansion you get at the end of the game.
Mario disappears and Luigi receives a letter stating that he has won a mansion. Luigi finds out that Mario is being held captive by King Boo and Luigi must battle his way through the mansion to save Mario. That is pretty much the extent of the plot. If you like deep storylines look elsewhere this game is about exploration, not about storylines.
The music was charming. It was just the right blend of creepy and fun. I don't really have much else to say though, because the music, while not bad, wasn't extraordinarily good. I still think it was charming, but can't say I really spent a whole attention toward it either.
Overall I enjoyed Luigi's mansion, it was a fun game and having Luigi as the protagonist was a nice change of pace. However, the lack of variety in gameplay, enemies, and objectives (the whole thing is pretty much room clearing), causes me to think twice about buying Dark Moon. If anyone out there has played the sequel please tell me if you think it's better than the original. If you don't mind repetition or simply want to check out Luigi's first 3D role it's worth it...just don't break the bank on this game.