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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask 3DS
Reviewed by
James Wright
on
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask 3DS Review. In the end, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a fun game that both adults and children alike will enjoy, provided you like to be challenged.
Rating:
4.25

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.5
Sound 8.0
Value 8.5
Distributor: Nintendo
Classification:
PG
Review Date:
Nov 2012
Reviewer:
James Wright

8.5


Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

Welcome back to archaeologist and puzzle-solver Professor Layton who is back again to challenge gamers as they help our intrepid professor solve another dastardly case. The game itself continues from the previous game, Professor Layton and the Last Specter that sees Layton joined again by friends Luke and Emmy in order to find the mysterious Masked Gentlemen who has been terrorising the city of Monte dOr. Your goal is also to solve over 150 brainteasers and mini-games. I really loved the introduction of this game that had Layton receiving a letter from his old friend Angela about a Masked Gentlemen using magical powers on the citizens of Monte dOr. From there, Layton and his two assistants go to Monte dOr to investigate... the mystery begins!

So here we are again, another fun and twisted adventure as 3DS gamers embark on some of the most challenging puzzles to date. Add in the ability of 3D and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is definitely the best game of the series. With some great cinematics, the title really draws you, especially the interesting case of the Masked Gentlemen. There is even a twist in series that allows players through flashback sequences to play as the young 17-year old Layton which helps immerse the player even more into our favourite gaming archaeologist. However I won't spoil the twists and turns of the story!

At its core, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a puzzler which requires players to solve a variety of puzzles. These range from easy to at times quite complex and developers Level-5 don't pull any punches. The best things about the puzzles is that the clues are right in front of you so sometimes you need to put the game down and then come back to it once your brain has been refreshed.

Also if you never played a Layton game before, there's a great tutorial in the game to teach you the gaming mechanics. The main tool used for interaction is of course your stylus which also works as a magnifying glass for our hero and friends. Sometimes you need to explore every nook and cranny in the screen in case you miss a clue.

The catch with this current game is the inclusion of 3D which really adds to the puzzle solving of this game. Thankfully this does not add to the difficulty of the title but does make you think outside the square. Once a puzzle is solved, you're generally treated to a fun and sometimes humorous cutscenes that assists with the story telling. Each puzzle also has a rating difficulty called a Picarat. There is a hint system (albeit a little easy) in the game and you also have access to Layton's "Professor Trunk" which is where you store all the items you found, read about clues and replay puzzles.

As mentioned, the game also supports a plethora of mini-games to help breakup from the main puzzle elements of the game and does help spice things up for the player, especially the rabbit training game. There's even some great character interaction in the game that helps you piece together the puzzles of the Masked Gentlemen and of course catching him... or her! If you still want more puzzles, the game features Daily Puzzles via the net which allows you download a new puzzle every day. The only downside to the game is probably the hint season as the temptation to use is sometimes too strong.

Graphics/Audio

Graphically, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a good looking game on the 3DS which makes full use of the 3D capabilities of this console. The cutscenes are gorgeous and look like some amusing anime straight from Japan. Puzzles are well thought out, especially when viewed in 3D and overall, this is quite a colourful game. Music and sound effects only enhance the gaming experience.

Final Thoughts?

In the end, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a fun game that both adults and children alike will enjoy, provided you like to be challenged. For younger gamers, the title does contain a hint system but fortunately this can be ignored, although I must admit we may have used it once or twice. If you're a fan of puzzles than look no further because this game will keep your mind well trained and best of all, have a blast!






 
 



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