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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Layton Meets Luke. More excellent puzzles., October 21, 2011
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This review is from: Professor Layton and the Last Specter - Nintendo DS (Video Game)
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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Initial post: Jan 29, 2012 12:51:43 PM PST
I think your comment about puzzle freshness is an excellent & salient point to bring up. Nice job.
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