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Professor Layton and The Miracle Mask - Nintendo 3DS

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  • Pick up your stylus and use the Touch Screen to showcase your skills with hundreds of fun puzzles ranging from clever logic dilemmas, baffling riddles, and captivating visual puzzles.
  • It's easy for even the most insatiable brainteaser fans to get their fill here! With 365 puzzles in downloadable content alone, players with wireless Internet can download a free puzzle every day for a year via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection!
  • Sharpen your wits as you uncover the secrets hidden in this enchanting tale of miracles and mysteries. With every puzzle you solve, you'll be one step closer to breaking the Masked Gentleman's nefarious hold on the town of Monte d'Or!
  • Brimming with colorful animation and quirky characters, this lively whodunit is a charmingly unique puzzle-adventure sure to entertain players of all ages!

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Dive into a vibrant world filled with delightful puzzles and mind-bending intrigue! When Professor Layton travels to the festive city of Monte d’Or to investigate a series of terrifying incidents, he must search his past in order to stop a shadowy villain. Mind the clues and puzzle your way to finding the truth that lurks behind the mystery of the Masked Gentleman!

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Release date October 28, 2012
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4.5 out of 5 stars 170 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 4.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
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By P. Romance VINE VOICE on November 4, 2012
Professor Layton received a letter from an old friend, Angela Ledore, that he haven't seen in 18 years. In her town of Monte d'Or, a mysterious man called "The Masked Gentleman" have been creating havoc, by turning people to stone and burning people alive. But there was more than meets the eye and by using his deductive puzzling skills and delving into his own past, the mystery of the "Mask of Chaos" can be finally be solved.

There are a few things to note that are slightly different from its DS counterpart:

1) The characters are now outlined 3D figures on the screen. They are now moving! It can be a bit awkward though. Their outlines are jagged and wholly incomplete. But the background is superbly done. Even without using the 3D function, you can still gain an illusion of distance and movement. I still kind of preferred the 2D graphics but these new graphics have their charm.

2) It was easier to find things on screen. Remember tapping the screen all over the place to find 3-4 hidden hint coins? Now, that pain is over. There is a magnifying glass function that you use on the screen to search for clues. When it turned orange, there were either hint coins, comments, character interactions or puzzles. So there is less chance of missing anything.

3) There are a couple of parts of the games that are not exactly puzzles per se. At the beginning, you are chasing down the Masked Gentleman on horseback. You have to dodge barrels by moving side to side. The other will occur in chapter 6. Similar to Dr. Lautrec, Layton navigated an underground labyrinth, while avoiding ancient mummies and solving puzzles, to find the final goal. The creators were definitely trying to add an element of role-play.
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I thought the first one was a timeless classic and the best of the series. I have completed all of the Layton games completely. I have enjoyed all of them - fun stories and great puzzles to solve - as good as adventure games get. This game is my favorite now - even over the first one which is almost perfect. This game has 3D graphics which make it more enjoyable and a bit different from the previous ones. Also much more voice acting as well.

The same qualities that make a Layton game a Layton game are still here however - beautiful hand drawn graphics and interesting characters to meet and interact with. So, if you loved any of the DS Layton outings, you'll love this one - better graphics, more voice acting and the best story since The Curious Village - all in 3D too - just the perfect mix for Layton's first 3DS outing.
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Multiple choice time. Please choose the option that best fits you.

a. I am die-hard fan of the Professor Layton series.

b. I tried the Professor Layton series but didn't like it. What's with all the puzzles?

c. What's a Professor Layton?

d. I used to love the Professor Layton series, but it got kind of stale.

If you answered a, get this game. Go get it now.

If you answered b, move along. This game is still about solving puzzles, and you probably won't like it.

If you answered c, well, do you like puzzles--brain teasers, word puzzles, simple math puzzles, logic puzzles, etc.? If so, go get this game. You'll love it. Playing previous games in the series is a bonus, but not necessary. If you don't like puzzles, see option b.

If you answered d, this game *might* be fresh enough to get you back into this wonderful series.

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask marks the series debut on the 3DS, and this really should have been the start of a new trilogy, instead of the lackluster Last Spectre.

The graphics POP. The scenery is deep and gorgeous, and, thanks to a new for the series 3D modeling technique, bustling with activity. Exploring the city feels more like exploring and less like pointing and clicking a Where's Waldo book.

The puzzles are varied and fun. Hint coins are in abundance if you get stumped.

The mini-games are great. There's a robot game where you have to move your little robot to the end square. It requires a lot of planning and logic, and there are a lot of levels. It's very fun. There's a shopkeeper game where you have to logically lay out items. It's a blast, and makes some funny commentary on impulsive capitalistic culture.
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This is the first Professor Layton game that is exclusively for the 3DS, and it looks amazing. The 3DS upper screen has about twice the pixels of the DS and DSi, resulting in sharp vibrant graphics, and noticeably better text as well. The 3D effects are also well done.

The graphics, cut scenes, voice acting and music are all first-rate, as we have come to expect from Professor Layton games.

I'm about 20 puzzles in and having a great time, except one complaint concerning the controls.

With older Layton games, you would touch the stylus on objects and people on the lower screen to interact with them. Now, the people and street scenes are shown on the upper screen, and the lower screen shows a grey rectangle where you have to DRAG the stylus around to move a pointer or magnifying glass on the upper screen.

So on every street scene you encounter, to look for coins and secret puzzles, you have to DRAG the stylus all over the grey rectangle on the lower screen. This is tedious and I fear could damage the lower touch screen over time.

It would have been much better to use the analog stick to move the cursor around the upper screen. Or at least the option to do so would have been nice.

So far I have encountered two puzzles that also require the stylus, but would have been MUCH better with the analog stick instead.

For example, in one puzzle you have to pursue someone thru the streets on horseback, frequently avoiding obstacles and taking the correct fork in the road. With the stylus this is sketchy, but the analog stick would have been perfect.

Another puzzle shows a 3D corn-on-the-cob with kernels missing, forming a maze on the surface of the cob. You have to guide one ladybug thru the maze to locate her friend.
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