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Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights - Nintendo 3DS

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Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights will be the game that'll make you pick up a Nintendo 3DS if you don't already own one. And be the game that you always carry if you own one. It's a robust and immersive adventure game with brain bending puzzles that'll challenge both you and your friends. With a unique cast of characters and a storyline that'll engage you from the beginning the challenges that lie ahead will be well worth your time!

With the Eiffel Tower under construction and preparations for the Exposition Universelle of 1889 underway, Paris at the end of the 19th century is a lively, bustling city. At the same time, a group of adventurers are preparing to prowl the city's underground in search of "Treasures Animatus" otherwise known as living treasures. They begin their adventure by gathering at a bar called "Le Repaire" located beneath the Palais Garnier opera house, armed with a mysterious treasure map. Only a few of the smartest and bravest would obtain fame and fortune. For the rest, only death awaits.

Jean-Pierre Lautrec, a mystery-loving archeologist from the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN), is one of these adventurers. Lautrec is a brilliant man, calm and reassuring while also being sarcastic and argumentative. He has few friends in this world but seems not to care. His true love and passion is immersing himself in mysteries and puzzles. He's not one to break the laws that surround him, but he lacks morals and knows how to bend them. Aided by his one true friend and assistant, Sophie, they together search tirelessly for Treasures Animatus. Sophie, a young, outgoing and emotional student also at the university frequently assists Lautrec in his quests and secretly has a crush on the professor.

One day, a woman named Marie visits Lautrec bearing a curious gadget. Unsure what it is she seeks his guidance. The mysterious map that the gadget displays seems to point the way to a fantastic hidden treasure belonging to Louis XIV of the House of Bourbon, a dynasty that had collapsed nearly a century earlier and gone unfound for decades.

As Lautrec and Sophie search for the treasure, they find themselves targeted by a mysterious man named Vidocq. They are blocked at every turn by the Knights of the Iron Mask, a mysterious group of men with iron masks and claws.

Will Lautrec be able to find the hidden treasure of Louis XIV? And what is the true identity of the mysterious Marie? All mysteries will be revealed in this puzzle solving adventure on the Nintendo 3DS.


  • A Game for Anyone: Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is the perfect game for anyone ages 15-55. If you have a healthy love for solving puzzles, enjoy games with a rich and robust adventure story, great characters and hours upon hours of game play, then this is the game for you. Family friendly fun for everyone.

  • 3D Technology: Harness the power of the Nintendo 3DS like never before and experience an epic puzzle solving adventure in full 3D (Standard 2D game play also possible)

  • Brain Bending Puzzles: Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights offers more than 250 brain bending puzzles sure to challenge you. Solve word puzzles, spot the difference, drawing puzzles and so many more each growing in difficulty as you progress

  • Immersive Game Play: Journey through more than 20 hours of interactive and immersive game play that you can take with you just about anywhere

  • Captivating Adventure: Uniquely complex characters and a rich storyline are brilliantly weaved together to capture and engross you in a robust gaming experience similar to that of Indiana Jones meets Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Expanded Gamer Experience: Includes secondary RPG style elements to give you a more engaging adventure game that aids in expanding and enhancing the game play. Avoid guards, journey through the catacombs undetected, topple walls, battle living spirits and much more


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Jean-Pierre Lautrec - 28 years old. He is the main character of this story and an Archeology professor at Muséum national d'histoire naturelle (MNHN) in Paris. His demeanor; logical, calm and reassuring although argumentative and sarcastic. He is also a genius. He lacks communication skills and doesn't have many friends, but he seems not to care. His true loves are mysteries and puzzles, which was the reason he began a career in archeology. At the University he is unpopular among the students. His classes are frequently canceled and so no one registered for this year's postgraduate courses. He has a habit of saying "There just isn't enough time to solve the mysteries in this world". Dr. Lautrec is not the type of person to break laws, but he does lack morals and has no problem bending them to his will and he's not much interested in right and wrong. When an excavation is unreasonably prohibited, he claims that it is "inconsequential" and carries on without permission. Nothing but the mystery matters more.


Sophie Coubertin - 22 years old. Profession, student. Sophie is a linguistics major at the University of Paris. She spent her childhood in Egypt, and is a fluent speaker of Arabic. Since her part time job as an assistant to Dr. Lautrec on an excavation in Egypt, she has been visiting his office frequently. Sophie voluntarily does assistant-like work for Dr. Lautrec.

She is bright, outgoing and emotionally charged. Sophie laughs a lot and gets angry quite frequently as well. She is small, slender, and extremely attractive. The "Quasi-Miss. University of Paris". Many have shown interest in going out with her, but she isn't interested because she likes Lautrec instead. Sophie is frustrated because he seems not to care a single bit. She is always arguing with Dr. Lautrec.

"Dr. Lautrec, doing puzzles again? Don't you get tired of it? Geez, that's why your students are fed up with you!"


Jack-Marie Vidocq is his full name but goes just by Vidocq. 30 years old. He is a linguistic scholar and a historian at Sorbonne University, or so he would have you believe. Brilliant, calculating, methodical with an extreme attention to detail. He has no friends but instead has associates. He trusts no one and believes no one. He's cold hearted.

He too deals in mysteries and puzzles with a healthy obsession for treasure of his own. Instead of excavating he is instead the mastermind of an organization crime that fences grave robbing and steals treasure. He has henchmen that work for him, secretly, under the table. Vidocq, is a charlatan who lies about being a professor at the University and is the mastermind of the Knights of the Holy Mask.


Jean Legrand, co-leader of a low-level branch of a crime syndicate. Sworn brother of Paul Lepetit. The two are practically inseparable. Acts smug and fashions himself as a ladies' man.


Paul Lepetit, co-leader of a low-level branch of a crime syndicate. His uncle was a high-ranking syndicate executive. Sworn brother of Jean Legrand. The two are practically inseparable. Fond of machinery, and is constantly inventing new devices, but they do not always work as expected.


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Release date December 13, 2011
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3.2 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 4.7 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
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Let's get this out of the way, because it's blatantly obvious. Yes, Doctor Lautrec is a Professor Layton ripoff plain and simple. I don't think Konami cared to avoid the comparisons, but since a North American release of the 3DS Layton is still a ways off, I gravitated toward Lautrec for my temporary puzzle fix. In my review I do compare them a lot, as it's really unavoidable, but I use it as a gauge for how much fans of this type of game might find interest in DLATFK. Okay, so...

I was immediately impressed with the presentation of Lautrec. From the (Laytonesque) music, to the anime-styled cutscenes, and even the still art during conversations, this game oozes character. Graphically it's very nice to look at, and the 3D element is well-implemented although not a necessity, which is the only fault I can find in the visuals department. As of late game developers, especially Nintendo themselves, have been finding intelligent ways of implementing 3D into 3DS games as an element of gameplay itself rather than a gimmick. Lautrec does not. No biggie, but the puzzle aspect could have benefitted in some way from smart 3D. Look at the recently released eShop title Pushmo as an prime example of this.

I loved the music, too. Once again you'll get the feeling you've heard these tracks before and that isnt a bad thing assuming you liked the Nintendo series' tracks. Additionally the majority of conversations throughout the game are voiced, and this is another area that Lautrec excels in. The voice acting is excellent!! The kooky menagerie of characters all stand out as memorable in their own respects with very distinct personalities. I will say unfortunately that my least favorite character is Doctor Lautec himself.
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This game is nothing like Professor Layton games which offer a wide variety of puzzles. Instead it consists mostly of going through really frustrating mazes in which you have to have to push crates around while avoiding numerous wandering police officers. Once one spots you, you have to restart the room and any progress you made in pushing the crates around is lost. Every once in a while you get a special puzzle to solve which is a simple spot the difference or jigsaw type puzzle. There is also a role playing type aspect in which you collect treasures by defeating then in a weird battle system. All of this is wrapped up in a decent story set in 19th Century Great Britain. The graphics, music and voice acting are fine. But the crate pushing part of the game is so annoying, I have no desire to play.
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I am likely coming into this review from a different perspective than others, as I have not played any of the Prof. Layton games and do not have that point of comparison for this game.

I became interested in Doctor Lautrec based on the trailer, letting the visuals and story draw me in and counting on the gameplay to support it. The game has a good look and feel to it, and so far the story has played out in an amusing manner. The puzzles I've encountered have been good. Nothing extraordinary, but fun. The "boss battles" (you place previously collected artifacts on a circular attack grid to wear down a new possessed artifact to hopefully capture it without destroying it or being defeated) are decent and add variety.

The "exploration" parts however have killed the game for me. I'm five hours in and already beyond sick of pushing crates around a maze to stealth my way past guards. It slows the game way down and breaks the immersion for me. The idea of having to avoid police patrolling forbidden archeological sites is good, but I've never cared for stealth games, particularly where getting noticed at all resets the room.

If you found yourself nodding in agreement with the last paragraph avoid this. Otherwise it's probably worth a look for puzzle game fans.
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This is an adventure game set up in a turn-of-the-century Paris. It features a professor who likes to solve mysteries, and surrounds himself with interesting characters.

The concept is that you get to explore the city and the catacombs beneath it.

When it comes to the surface of the city, the game gives you an opportunity to learn quite a few true facts about old and modern Paris (as well as other things too). The amount of research that went in the game is quite impressive.

When exploring the catacombs, there's a labyrinth aspect to it. You need to avoid policemen (they have patterns that reminded me of the game "Commandos"). And perhaps move some boxes to reach certain areas.

Reaching some areas of the underground will also ask you to solve puzzles. These are not very difficult. In fact, there are only a few categories of puzzles. They are easy, but still rewarding, and don't break the flow of the story. After all, you already did some work to get to the puzzles. And there's other work ahead, as you get to "tame" the spirits that inhabit the treasures.

Since this is more of a Japanese vision of Paris, the catacombs hold treasures. Some of these treasures have a "guardian spirit", which must be defeated by using the other spirits in your possession.

My opinion of the game:

- well-written, fun non-violent story
- unique mix of game mechanisms
- good production values, with excellent voices and nice anime cartoons
- a lot of content (many hours of gameplay, much more than the 20 hours mentioned on the back of the box)

But if you are the kind of player that would skip story scenes to get to the next mega-challenging puzzle, then probably this is not a game for you.
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