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    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Review

    Post  benleslie5 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:11 am

    Since 2008 the Professor Layton series has always been a huge success for the Nintendo DS system, it's even had a movie released, not only that it's sold over 3 million copies worldwide to both Layton fans and gamers.

    This is the first time a Professor Layton game is released for the 3DS instead of the Nintendo DS, fifth game in the series but do note that the story for the Miracle Mask takes place after Spectres Call and Eternal Diva if you have been following the series like I have.

    Main story is set in the carnival city of Monte d'Or where Professor Layton receives a worrying letter from an old school friend Angela. Layton's assistant Emmy and his apprentice Luke head to the city where the fun happens with a big festival and parade. After hearing news and legends about the Mask of Chaos, the Masked Gentleman appears and starts threatening the city with his impossible and terrifying miracles. So it's up to Professor Layton to solve this mystery and his childhood he must face once again.

    Gameplay: Using the touch screen to move around and investigating, you can search the area by tapping on the micronizing glass and search for clues or talk to the town's people. You can also use the touch screen to move around by tapping on the mapped icons throughout the city, hint coins are scattered almost everywhere which can be useful when it comes to puzzles.

    Now to the fun part, which is solving puzzles which can be from talking to the town's people or touching certain items or objects? There are a total of 150 puzzles throughout the main game and story; some puzzles might feel familiar to those who have been following the series. There some new puzzles and mini-games being added in, using the touch screen to solve puzzles, some are sliding and placing shapes into a box, or writing down a number or even tapping on a variety of answers from A-D. Some puzzles you'll have to think before answering.

    Each puzzle you'll get picarats which are like points which can unlock various stuff on Bonuses the more you have the likely you'll unlock the extras. But however if you fail to guess correctly for each puzzle the picarats will decrease but if you have trouble solving a puzzle you can come back to it any time.

    There are hint coins which can be used to spend on giving you hints on how to solve the puzzle straight away but some hints on certain puzzles don't really give you any help at all. Another thing that may annoy a few 3DS owners out there or anyone new to gaming that if you are writing a number down it might not recognise your handwriting. Some puzzle's you'll be using Memo quite a lot for taking notes down for various puzzles which might be handy if you've stuck on a puzzle.

    Graphics and Sound: Huge improvements from the 2D styled Layton games from the DS system, everything is now in 3D from its environments, characters, and even its mini-games are in 3D. When using the 3D on your 3DS everything does pop out of the top screen which makes it really impressive to see, seeing Professor Layton pointing his finger at you after solving a puzzle is really impressive. You've still got text-dialog when it comes to cutscenes and talking to town's people and the main characters.

    Its Anime cutscenes still make an appearance at various parts of the game, making almost perfect as a good film or Anime series if there was one, it's also the same if you have the 3D turned on it makes it more impressive to watch. There's quite a few puzzles that also have some good 3D effects, even though that they are in 2D you can see some of the puzzles or people or animals moving across on the top screen.

    The voice acting still remains for its main characters which the series has always been great for in the series, most of the town's people you meet all have a British/cockney accent. Soundtrack does a nice job too making you more focused on its puzzle and hearing a few odd tunes once again making it feel you welcomed back to the series.

    Overall: Even after clearing the story which can take around 15 hours or more pending on how many puzzles you solve. There's still a ton of things to unlock on its bonus pages, mini-games to play through from guiding a toy robot and looking after a pet rabbit.

    For 3DS owners you can use spotpass which tells you when the latest puzzles are available to download, there's over 365 puzzles which you can download from the Wi-Fi if you head over to daily puzzles, there was supposed to be a puzzle a day but it could be likely weekly puzzles instead.

    Once again this was worth the wait for anyone who has been following the Professor Layton series but it's also a 3DS game worth picking up for your collection and will keep you busy for a long time.

    8.5/10
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    Re: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Review

    Post  Kent Hammer on Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:02 am

    A great review of a great game buddy.

    Really hope to see more of your reviews here on the future
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    Re: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Review

    Post  ChaosControl on Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:43 am

    I love the Professor Layton series. I have Eternal Diva on DVD. I love it!!
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    Re: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Review

    Post  benleslie5 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:48 am

    I'm really looking forward to the next Layton game unless they release Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright first

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