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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well-done game with excellent voice-overs, interesting french history explained during the gameplay, lots of fun to discover. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Melissa
Played a few times, but forgot about it easily. Not a game I looked forward to playing every night.Published 11 months ago by culinary1990
After putting some hours into this game, I think I finally have to just give up on it.
Complete Professor Layton copy cat business aside, the game couldn't stand up on... Read more
$5 you think. I liked Prof. Layton you think. How could I go wrong its made by Konami? You buy it and wait 5 days for it to come in the mail. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer 33
Konami always put effort into their games! This is another great game! It was a grab deal as well!Published 23 months ago by Prince of Peace
I enjoyed the story and the romantic banter between the two main characters (romantic) but beside that I would not recommend this game to someone hoping to find another outlet to... Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Shoshanna
Dr. Lautrec and The Forgotten Knights is very much like the Professor Layton series . Although its similar it deffintely is its own story and has unique gameplay , not only word ,... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by R. Amber Bannon
My 13 year old daughter loves Prof. Layton and Phantom R and pokemon but when she shocked to see a Layton Rip-off! She started to yelling to me "Mom! Mom! Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by amy r
The game played alright. I was expecting harder puzzles rather than fit these blocks in the right places and crosswords... Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by sherilyn p.