Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
- 3DS PROFESSOR LAYTON AND AZRAN LEGACY
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Journey across the globe aboard the airship Bostonius while solving mind-bending brainteasers themed to their environments. Can you help Professor Layton and his assistants solve the greatest puzzle mankind has ever faced and uncover the mystery surrounding the ancient Azran civilization?
The Professor Layton series couples brilliant puzzle games with a fascinating story to create a riveting formula that has provided great entertainment for mystery fans and puzzle-solving gurus alike. And now, you can complete the Professor Layton storyline with this puzzle-driven narrative from LEVEL-5. This adventure can either stand on its own, or act as the glue that connects the two Layton trilogies into one epic story.
In addition, Layton's latest lets you download an additional puzzle every day for an entire year, beginning on the game's launch day.*
- Journey across the globe in this epic, puzzle-filled quest
- Features a variety of puzzles, from themed riddles to brainteasers to action based set pieces
- Beat the bad guys in a race to solve the grandest puzzle ever created
- Beautifully animated cut-scenes are enhanced with spectroscopic 3D
- A puzzle a day… download daily SpotPass puzzles for a year, beginning on the game's launch day*
- Exchange StreetPass challenges with others and hunt for hidden items
* A wireless internet connection is required to download puzzles. When you connect and download puzzles form Nintendo Network, all currently available puzzles and hints will be downloaded. A new puzzle is scheduled to become available every day for a full year after the release of the game. (This period may be subject to change.) For more info, go to support.nintendo.com.
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If you couldn't tell, I've been a huge fan of this series for the longest time, ever since curious village was around. From brain-bending puzzles and loveable characters to rich storylines and beautiful art, and let's not even mention the MUSIC, the Professor Layton Series for the the DS systems are pretty much the best 'brain' games in existence.
I had pre-ordered this game a few days before it came out, and was very happy to finally have it in my possession. Shipping was fast, ( faster than expected actually) and everything was in order when it reached my house. Six days later, I had completed the story.
Okay, so if I'm such a fan and this is such a big deal, why only four stars?
Well, I can say with out hesitation, that this was indubitably a /good/ game.
But I can't say it was excellent.
It's really amazing to see how far these games have come graphics-wise. They get better and better with every release, and this one is no exception. The art, gameplay, and animated cut scenes were exquisite. Just-- AMAZING!! The bright, rich colors, incredible attention to detail, and slick controls really did it for me. This game is a work of art! Taking advantage of the 3ds top screen and new exploration tools, this game had some new and creative aspects with the visuals this round. On the downside, because of the setup, I felt this game was also meant to be played in 3D, and if the 3d screen gives you a headache or makes you fill sick, or for those of you who the own the 2ds system, you might not get the full blast of awesomeness. This game is still just as stunning and beautiful though without the depth, and if 3d just isn't your thing, I wouldn't worry about it.
First of all, this game contains MAJOR MAJOR plot details, and the pasts of several characters have been unveiled in their entirety. Yes ladies and gentlemen, there's even more to it. I can't tell you too much here, but the story starts off on the airship Bostonius, a small zeppelin belonging to a certain Professor Sycamore who has asked Layton and co. to come help him unravel the mystery of a living mummy. Travel the world, meet new characters, explore new places, and discover the truth about a ancient civilization known as the 'Azran'!
I feel that this game has sort of broken tradition, turning the story into more of a quest format rather than a mystery story. It's a little unsettling-- Professor Layton has been so story-based for so long, this sudden rift in the story style doesn't make a lot of sense. In a nutshell, I think they tried to cram in too much information, ( especially at the end ) some of the points were kind of vague, and the new characters deserved more development. In my personal opinion, the storyline was the biggest drag for me in the overall review, and I tried not to rant too much. This game was kind of a fanservice. It's still good, but some things just didn't click.
The puzzles, music, and designs, were as good as ever though! The music especially has a very elegant, instrumental beauty. ( NOTE: The spelling in this game is Canadian, and therefor a bit different from what we Americans are used to. Kind of weird, but whatever. )
With various other pluses and minuses, this game leveled out to 4 stars for me, while the others (especially the original trilogy hoo boy ) were more like 7 or 8.
In conclusion, this was a good game, and while I didn't love it as much as the other ones, I definitely recommend experiencing it if just for the art experience.
Thanks for reading this review, I hope it helps!
Returning fans won't be disappointed with the game. Things pretty much stay to formula. The voice actors and the BGM remain the same. Unfortunately, there was still not a lot of voice acting. What was slightly different was the fact you flew by plane to different parts of the world. No little buggy here. So, instead of being confined to a city, there were 8 different places to visit and each with their own unique culture. The only downside was the fact the areas were small and the story in each were short. Personally, I felt the story suffered a bit from jumping around from one place to another, creating a lack of depth and diverting from the main plot. It just didn't have the mysteriousness that I have come to expect. However, the ending didn't disappoint. It culminated into something cool. It will shock you and then make you teary-eyed.
Note for parents: I know that there are a few young players and I will like to warn some parents that the ending may be intense and possibly traumatic for your children. It was a great ending but can be a bit much for the younger set. Please play at your discretion.
Next, let's talk graphics. Graphic-wise, it hasn't changed too much from the previous 3DS game. The characters' movements and drawings definitely had more of a natural feel this time around. However, the main improvement was to the puzzles' designs. They became even more interactive! The pictures above the puzzle moved as you try to solve the puzzle, i.e. you jumped over a tomato, a tomato will flop onto the patty. In retrospect, this did affect the type of puzzles you'll be playing. There were still "deep thinking" ones but puzzles using the stylus has become the dominant type here, i.e. finding your way across the ice, jumping boats, dividing up logs, etc. I found I barely used the memo function at all.
Now, the only thing that really bothered me was the magnifying search function. Before, the background was stationary. But now it moved along with you. It was headache-inducing. You'll get use to it, but it can be rather annoying when you are searching for hint coins. You're moving and the background is moving. Ugh~
Here's what new.
1) In the bottom left corner of your briefcase, there is a bubble with a question mark. Make use of it ASAP. This will trigger a world-wide item hunting game.
2) There was a part at the beginning where you are being bombarded by missiles and have to use your puzzle skills to destroy them.
3) There will be an icon labeled World Times. After visiting a new area, it will trigger a release of 3 news articles. These articles will lead you to another puzzle or an extra area.
4) Here are the 4 new mini-games:
a) Nutty Roller - A squirrel needs help moving his nut through an obstacle course. With correct placement of rocks and acorns, the nut should roll to its goal. This was personally difficult for me.
b) Dress Up - Eight different characters will make a request for you to design an outfit for them with their exact criteria.
c) Bloom Burst - A garden needs your help of ridding itself of the poisonous mushrooms and reviving the rosebushes. Placing flowers at strategic points to clean up the garden.
For those not familiar with the games, you are Professor Layton. Your help is needed in solving a mystery that revolves around the Azran legend. You talk to people scatter throughout the different towns for clues but they won't give it to you that easily. You will have to solve a puzzle to earn it. If you are having problems, there are 3 hints and 1 super hint. I suggest using them sparingly since you have a limited amount of hint coins. As you gather clues and solve puzzles, you get closer to solving the mystery. Should you play the other games before? Highly recommended, but not necessary. Since this is a finale to the Azran trilogy, playing the previous games and seeing the movie would make better sense of the background story.
Overall, this was a decent game that tested my thinking capabilities. I finished the main game within 24 hours. And still have over 20+ hours of additional content to tackle. Well, worth the $30. If you enjoy a good brain teaser with a good plot, look no further. Get it when you can. I still think $40 is a little steep. But it's up to you. If you aren't a fan of puzzles, pass this one by. Was this the best Layton? Not really. But I did enjoyed it and definitely adding it to my gaming shelf.
Pick this or the previous titles, and you won't regret it!
This is the 3rd game in the trilogy, so I recommend playing the other 2 first. However, the game is designed so that you don't have to play the previous games (although it is recommended).
The basis of the game is to progress through the game by solving puzzles. There are some easy puzzles, but this is not a game that a elementary school kid should be playing.
As a college graduate and a graduate student, I sometimes spend half an hour on some of the trickier puzzles.
All the puzzles are fun, and they really synergize well with storyline.
One of the strong suits of the game is that you can pick it up, and literally play for 10 minutes. It doesn't require constant grinding. Unlike other games, this doesn't require you to spend at least half an hour to progress.
In this sense, it is a must have for people with busy schedules, but would like a little gaming in their lives.