Luigi: Dream Team Bros. slam their way onto the Nintendo 3DS as
these brothers embark on another fun filled adventure as they
attempt to (again) rescue Princess Peach from the nefarious
King of Bats, the dreaded Antasma. Kidnapped (thankfully not by
Bowser) from the colourful and
wonderful resort of Pi'iilo, Peach is taken to the Dream World where
the two brothers must work in unison to bring her back in classic
Mario Bros fashion.
One great twist to the story is that the two
brothers must look for dream pillows so when Luigi goes to sleep on
them, it allows Mario to access dream portals in order to resume
their search for
Peach. However while Luigi is sleeping, Mario is joined with a
metaphysical aspect of Luigi to assist in the hunt. It's almost like
The Matrix or Inception meets Super Mario Bros.
enough this game is an action RPG that has parallels to a variety of
Super Mario games, especially Paper Mario with its colourful
graphics and exotic locations. Given that, the gaming environment of Mario and Luigi: Dream
Team Bros. is quite varied and interactive as you explore a
of strange places with puzzles, enemies and other challenges that
could only be found in a Super Mario game.
Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros. is not your average Mario game as
its considerably more focused on RPG elements such as the turn based
combat and timing mechanics. Fortunately there is a tutorial mode to
help newcomers of the series master the gaming mechanics as you
begin your journey in the Mushroom Kingdom in classic Super Mario
Bros fashion. Welcome to wonder world!
Apart from saving
the lovely Princess Peach, our favourite plumbers must also rescue
the citizens of Pi'iilo who look like little block people who have
been trapped. Although there are certain platform areas and puzzles
that must be solved, the majority of the game apart from exploring
is combat. Combat mirrors the arcade games as you jump on the heads
of enemies and use classic shells to dispense your foes for example.
You do have the ability to dodge attacks and also perform special
movies which really highlight the entertaining combat system of this
element is that when you are in the dream world and you're attacking
as Mario, you can call upon the power of Dreamy Luigi to battle your
enemies by unleashing a hoard of Luigis or Luiginoids as they are
called in the game. These create some bizarre attacks that must be
seen to be believed. It's also great that the developers have left
the safe zone of the Super Mario games and created something truly
unique in terms of its originality.
Apart from Mario
and Dreamy Luigi (heh... I'll never tire of that), the sleeping face
of Luigi can also interact with the dream world. How so I hear you
ask? Well my dear gamer, by moving certain elements of Luigi's face
with the stylus, it effects the dream world such as making him
sneeze or perform some other strange action. My favourite feature is
to twirl Luigi's moustache in order to make Mario jump higher in the
gaming environment. This is probably the highlight of the game as it
doesn't feel like a traditional RPG title but rather, it's a
combination of arcade meets RPG that creates a very addictive
experience from start to finish.
In terms of
Luigi: Dream Team Bros. will take most seasoned gamers in excess of
around 35 hours to successfully complete and that's dependent on how
lost you want to become in this enhancing gaming world. Best of all,
there was not one moment in the game where I got bored with the
gameplay as the developers continue throwing something unique at the
player. It's this that kept me glued to the screen.
Luigi: Dream Team Bros. is a visual delight on the 3DS and the
3D does work well with the gameplay. The environments are extremely
colourful and although simplistic, they lend themselves well to the
Super Mario Bros. mythos. There's also some great special effects
employed in the game, especially all those little Luigi's in the
The musical score
is also brilliant and pays homage to the Nintendo games of
yesteryear as do the sound effects and the classic Mario and Luigi
one-liners that never and I'll say it again, never get repetitive.
The only drawback is that at times, you do need to turn off the 3D
but for the majority it works like a treat. Controls also work hand
in hand with the graphics and gameplay, especially the stylus that
doesn't feel tacked on but is actually needed to successfully play
another winner on their hand and if you're looking for a game that
will keep you busy for hours upon hours than
Luigi: Dream Team Bros. is that game. The gameplay is quite
unique on the 3DS and successfully merges two gaming genres, RPG and
Arcade to create this interesting hybrid with a whole lot of fun at
the same time. Add in a clever combat system and a variety of whacky
super moves and you, Mario and Luigi will be working successfully
together to rescue the beautiful Princess Peach.