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Professor Layton and the Last Specter - Nintendo DS

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
Everyone 10+
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews) 83 / 100

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  • Classic Professor Layton puzzle gameplay featuring brain teasers, riddles and conundrums, a built-in help system, an in-game inventory
  • Free downloadable puzzles will be available weekly after the game's launch
  • Prequel to the existing game series and the Professor Layton movie
  • In the bonus role-playing game, Professor Layton and characters from the series live in 'Little London'
  • Professor Layton and the Last Specter serves is the first in a new trilogy of Professor Layton games

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  • ASIN: B0050SVOHA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.8 x 0.6 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 17, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,426 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Professor Layton is back with a puzzling prequel. The start of a second trilogy the the adventures of Professor Layton, the story for this fourth DS Layton game kicks off three years prior to the events of the original Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Professor Layton, visiting the mysterious "city of mist," comes into the acquaintance of a young Luke for the first time. He also meets Remi Altiwa, a new heroine. The three embark on a quest surrounding the legend of a giant that threatens to destroy the city. Professor Layton and the Last Specter connects directly to the Layton movie, so fans of the series get the complete story first in the game and then continued in the events of the movie.

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter is a single player puzzle/brain teaser game for the Nintendo DS hardware family and the fourth game in the Professor Layton series to be released in North America. The Last Specter is a prequel to Professor Layton and the Curious Village and the entire series. The events of the game also immediately precede those of the animated feature Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva. The game serves as the first in a trilogy of new Professor Layton games and contains a separate Professor Layton RPG entitled Professor Layton's London Life. Features include: puzzle types such as brain teasers, riddles and conundrums; a built-in help system; an in-game inventory; engrossing animations, characters and music; and additional free weekly puzzle downloads following game launch.

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Emmy solving a puzzle with encouragement from Layton in Professor Layton and the Last Specter
A puzzling prequel that is also the first in a new trilogy of games.
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Professor Layton is Back with a Puzzling Prequel

This fourth installment of the Professor Layton puzzle adventure series begins a new trilogy that is a prequel to the original games. Three years before the events in the Professor Layton and the Curious Village game, Professor Layton receives a letter from his old schoolmate Clark Triton, telling him that a "mysterious giant" is destroying his town." The professor heads to the town of Misthallery to investigate, and is joined by Emmy, his new assistant. What is the meaning of all the destruction, and is it related to the village's folklore legend of a "specter?" The unfolding story also details how Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke Triton, met.

Bonus RPG: Professor Layton's London Life

In the bonus 8-bit role-playing game Professor Layton's London Life, the player's character lives in "Little London" with Professor Layton and a number of characters from the series. Players can customize their character with special clothing and collect items and furniture. Some of these help the player's character to enter certain areas of the city or perform tasks that help out the townspeople.

Key Game Features

  • Classic Professor Layton puzzle gameplay featuring a multitude of brain teasers, riddles and conundrums, a built-in help system, an in-game inventory, and engrossing animations, characters and music
  • Prequel to the existing game series and the Professor Layton movie, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, The Last Specter relates the origins of the puzzling-solving Professor Hershel Layton and how he met his current assistant, Luke Triton
  • Professor Layton and the Last Specter serves is the first in a new trilogy of Professor Layton games
  • The Last Specter contains more puzzles than any game in the series to date
  • Free downloadable puzzles will be available weekly after the game's launch (broadband Internet connection required)
  • Players also get the bonus role-playing game, Professor Layton's London Life that contains 100 hours of additional content

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Emmy, Layton and Luke awaiting the arrival of the Specter in Professor Layton and the Last Specter
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Investigating the destruction left by the Specter in Professor Layton and the Last Specter
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Finding a hint coin in Professor Layton and the Last Specter
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gentleman.... October 19, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Professor Layton has become one of my all time favorite video games characters and franchises. The combination of addictive puzzle solving, finely crafted stories and gorgeous hand drawn, fully voiced cutscenes has set this series apart from it's competitors. Last Specter is the 4th game in the series, but 1st in a new prequel trilogy(think Star Wars Episode I), so even if you're new to Layton this is a fine place to start. Each game has added more puzzles and content than the last and Specter continues this trend. Just under 90 minutes into the game, and I've already had more cutscenes and story than any other game at this point. New charecters are being introduced and there's a lot of backstory to cover, which brings up one minor drawback. The story in Last Specter, while rich and full, can make the gameplay drag a bit, but in the end leaves you with a more complete experience. The puzzles in this game really fit the plot even more than before. They've even added little problems to solve right in the middle of the story without taking you to a seperate puzzle screen. One of the great features of this title is it includes a 100 hour bonus RPG, Professor Layton's London Life (Huge round of applause for Nintendo of America localizing this for us. The UK didn't even get it; ironic, huh?) I instantly fell in love with this bonus game! The graphics are crude, to be sure, but that doesn't take away from the joy of moving your avatar into Little London and interacting with characters from all the previous Layton games! The experience feels a little Animal Crossing-ish(moving to town, meeting people, running errands, decorating, etc.) and is a fun diversion when you're stuck on a 70 Picarat puzzle! You can load the RPG from the title screen or from the Professor's Trunk. Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I barely use my DS anymore but have to make an exception each year when the Layton DS games are released; and this new title: Professor Layton and the Last Specter did not meet, but rather exceeded my expectations!

I have always enjoyed the series, they contain some of the best and indeed trickiest puzzles for the DS systems but all woven into an interesting storyline which almost plays like a movie; exceptional graphics to boot. This game, though the 4th release from the Layton Franchise, is the first in a new prequel; but though it will appeal strongly to those already familiar with the series, it will also deliver a treat to those who have never played a Layton game before. The story is delivered well via graphics and audio; is compelling enough to draw you quickly into both the story and game, but quickly reviews key features of the game to help all become familiar on how to navigate through!

My favorite part about this particular game was the fact that the puzzles were a little more tricky - I found the last game had many puzzles that were too easy to solve or too familiar to previous titles within this franchise, but this time, they certainly threw in some real challenges which is the key to enjoying this series. There are a wide variety of puzzles of various levels of difficulty and for new players, it helps knowing there are hints available along the way. As another reviewer has mentioned, this time, many of the puzzles tie into the actual story which is a nice feature (for example, when the Professor needs to cross the bridge, figuring out which rope to cut, to allow access, is a mini puzzle within the game); this is a nice feature and keeps the game well connected with the story line.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Layton Meets Luke. More excellent puzzles. October 21, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The story starts "in medias res" (in the middle of things), with a cut scene featuring the Spectre. Luke is acting oddly, for those familiar with the previous Layton games: Curious Village, Diabolical Box, and Unwound Future.

Turns out, this is a prequel, and Layton eventually meets Luke for the first time (since he was a baby), and soon after the scene at the beginning repeats again. Layton starts out to investigate, but a terrified Luke hugs him and stops him. Layton does stop, and addresses Luke gently. "Luke, I know you're scared, and so am I. But I need you to think calmly and rationally. Can you do that for me?" I thought this was a powerful moment. Lots of good voice acting throughout, along with the quirky art that often as hidden puzzles and hint coins (tap mailboxes, lamps, and chimneys).

The puzzles again are excellent and fresh. As a puzzle collector that has run a site called mathpuzzle for 13 years, I know fresh puzzles. The Big Book of Brainteasers is a recently released book with similar freshness. Most puzzle books are stale, with old puzzles that are fine for someone new to puzzles, but not that interesting to a puzzle fan. The Layton Series is excellent for puzzle fans due to the freshness. The puzzles are also approachable for anyone, young or old. In addition, many are interactive, and the hint system is excellent.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a chore for me than a game.... January 7, 2012
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I have played all three previous Professor Layton games. I loved Curious Village, thought Diabolical Box was ok and adored Unwound Future. I am currently 14 hours into Last Specter and hoping it ends soon so I can play something else. I eagerly purchased this game on release day knowing it was a prequel and would learn how the Professor and Luke meet. Unfortunately, for me, the story is quite lackluster and is barely holding my attention. With Unwound Future, I couldn't wait for those few moments during the day I could grab my DS and solve some puzzles. I can go days in between plays with this installment (obviously since I haven't finished it yet and I've had it three months; I finished Unwound Future in four days-completely). I find myself forcing myself to play this now because I want to finish it before I start DS games I received as Christmas presents.

The story moved slowly and it seemed like you didn't find very many puzzles until you hit Chapter Six. Every time I tapped a person it was just more talking about an uninteresting story and no puzzles. I'm not saying every person you click on needs to have a puzzle, but when you meet six people and none of them have a puzzle and it's a game known for it's puzzles, you feel disappointed. I think I had found and solved 65 puzzles through Chapter 6 and now I'm in Chapter 9 and have solved 113; almost double in just three chapters. I don't particularly like the mini games in this Layton either. The puppet show is dumb, I really don't like the train game and the fish game is just ok. I'll solve them all to unlock the bonus puzzles, but those feel like a chore as well. I'm also hoping eventually I find out what these stupid mouse badges are for.

Why do I keep playing? I guess because I keep hoping it gets better. It's Professor Layton and I love Professor Layton games. However, games are supposed to be fun, and this one has not been the fun for me that previous Layton games were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by anthony rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars but I like all of the Layton series and this is a ...
Got stuck ....really stuck ...... on a few of these......Professor Layton does it again.........I just wish they would make these games for another format...... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hubbell Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great games!
Kids love all Professor Layton games!
Published 3 months ago by Sue Feaser
4.0 out of 5 stars Puzzle 70 solution has bug in Last Specter
I am a great fan of the Professor Layton series and received this one as a Christmas gift a few years ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by luv to read mysteries
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these games!!!
Have always loved these games and the shipping was fine :)
Published 4 months ago by JDecker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Daughter loved the game. She has all of the Professor Layton games and has worked them.
Published 4 months ago by L. Brackin
5.0 out of 5 stars No complaints
What my son in law wanted, heard no complaints so must have been good. Video games are always a good choice at gift giving times.
Published 7 months ago by Michael M
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Love this series and enjoy the puzzles within. This new chapter is fresh and intriguing and can't wait to see where it leads.
Published 8 months ago by Stephen White
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
cant get by the candy count-----that's a bummer--- why would it be so difficult that you could not get this puzzle?
Published 10 months ago by Mary L Lochner
5.0 out of 5 stars Nonstop playing
Great game, and children love the London life side game. Great puzzles (a little tougher). Would recommend for any Prof Layton fans.
Published 10 months ago by DEva
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