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Look! Fresh news and screens for Layton vs. Ace Attorney


Sep 18
// Tony Ponce
[Update: According to GamesRadar, an English release might be possible. Hmmmmm...] Guess what game wasn't playable at the Tokyo Game Show this year. Good guess if you said, "Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney"! Now, when will ...
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Layton and the Last Specter hits US October 17


Aug 29
// Conrad Zimmerman
New details have emerged regarding the release of Professor Layton and the Last Specter on Nintendo DS. The fourth installment in the puzzle-solving mystery series begins a new trilogy which acts as a prequel to the dete...
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Professor Layton movie is bound for North America


Jul 02
// Tony Ponce
You cheeky Brits have been enjoying Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva for almost a year now. Now it's time for the filthy Yanks to get our cryptic on! At the Anime Expo in Los Angeles yesterday, anime distributor Viz Medi...
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E3: Professor Layton and the Last Specter announced!


Jun 07
// Chad Concelmo
Okay, this is confusing. Just today, Nintendo announced a brand new game in the extraordinary Professor Layton series, Professor Layton and the Last Specter. But it is not for the 3DS. It's for the regular DS. And it's been ...
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Layton's first game goes platinum in Japan


Apr 05
// Tony Ponce
We know the Layton series is a moneymaker -- the first four DS games have shipped over 11 million units globally. Nonetheless, every time one of the games hits a milestone, I feel like throwing a party. Just this morning, Lev...
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3DS top game: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask


Mar 01
// Dale North
I haven't picked up 3DS game Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask yet, but some of my friends have and they're all loving it. I was wondering if it would be the top-selling title, and now Famitsu has confirmed that...
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Professor Layton and the Mask of the Miracle Afro


Jan 08
// Jonathan Holmes
Have you seen seen Layton's hair in his debut 3DS title, Professor Layton and the Mask of the Miracle? He's totally got an afro now, and I think it's awesome. Reportedly, part of the game takes place in the present day, and ...
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Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle screenshots


Jan 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
A batch of new screenshots for Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle have arrived and they look like screenshots for a Professor Layton game. More than half of these could have been taken directly out of the trai...
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Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle announced


Sep 29
// Conrad Zimmerman
And the 3DS game announcements just keep on coming! Level-5 has released this trailer for Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle and it looks delightful. But I wouldn't expect anything else from the puzzle-loving gent...

Review: Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Sep 20 // Aerox
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS)Developer: Level-5Publisher: NintendoReleased: September 12, 2010MSRP: $29.99 Layton and Luke are invited to the unveiling of a scientist named Dr. Stahngun's latest invention -- a time machine. Out of place and surrounded by some of England's most respected scientists and political leaders, Layton and Luke end up embroiled in a massive mystery after Stahngun's machine explodes during the demonstration, causing both the scientist and the Prime Minister of England to vanish without a trace. Shortly afterward, Layton receives a message from Luke, but it's dated ten years in the future. The future version of Professor Layton has become a criminal and taken over London with his organized crime group he's named The Family, and Future Luke needs Present Day Layton's help to put a stop to Future Layton's nefarious activities. Layton and Luke are able to find a way to travel to this Future London, and this is where the majority of the game takes place. Confused yet? This is just the beginning. No spoilers here -- but, just like the last Layton games, nothing is ever what it actually seems to be. Overall, I think this is the strongest story yet of the series. It still has the trademark "Oh, by the way, here is a bunch of information we didn't tell you until the last minute that makes the entire mystery make sense" that is kind of a hallmark of the series, but generally speaking I found the story to have a bit more mature tone than the past games. As you approach the final chapters of the game, the story takes a fairly dark turn, and the final few scenes are actually incredibly moving. The animation and art in the Layton games have always been great, and Unwound Future doesn't disappoint. There are way more cutscenes in Unwound Future than all the previous games, and they're all done in that fantastic European animation style that the series is known for. Both the cutscenes and the gameplay art are incredibly detailed, and I actually went back after I finished the game and watched a couple of them again from the extras menu because I really enjoyed them. The voice acting is also top notch, although Layton sounds slightly different than he did in previous games -- a little bit more gruff, but it's not terribly noticeable. Gameplay is virtually identical to the previous games in the series. Layton, Luke, and whoever else happens to be accompanying you at the time go through town, talk to the residents, madly tap the screen to find hint coins, and have a barrage of puzzles constantly thrown at you. A number of the puzzles revolve around the whole time theme of the game, so expect a significant amount of clock puzzles and puzzles that ask you to figure out how long it takes for people to do various things. Despite the game being very similar to previous titles, most of the puzzles still feel fresh and original. The style of some of the puzzles may be similar to those in previous games, but rarely do you feel that you're just rehashing puzzles from the older games. On the whole, the puzzles in Unwound Future are slightly less difficult than the ones in previous games. The sliding puzzles everyone loves to hate are barely present in Unwound Future, and the few that exist in the main game are much easier than the ones in the previous series. That isn't to say, though, all the puzzles are easy -- there are still quite a few in the game that will have you stumped, particularly the ones in the bonus puzzle houses that are unlocked through completion of the various minigames. As in the past, the hint coins you find in each area can be spent to unlock three hints to help you if you're having trouble. If you find yourself really stumped, and the three hints you've already purchased aren't helping, you can spend two additional coins to unlock a Super Hint. The Super Hints basically tell you almost exactly what you need to do to solve the puzzle, barring perhaps the last one or two steps, so I would suggest holding off on using them unless you're truly stumped. I appreciate that the option was included though, as I imagine everyone has one or two puzzle types they simply can't stand. The three new minigames included in Unwound Future all work well, and are probably my favorite set of minigames in any of the Layton games. The first one you have access to is a set of picture books that have incomplete stories. Using various stickers you collect by solving specific puzzles, you are tasked with putting the correct stickers into the books so that the story makes sense. It's the simplest of the three minigames, and not particularly difficult, but I found it to be a nice distraction from the more difficult puzzles of the main game. The second set you gain access to involve a toy car and is similar to Chu Chu Rocket and the Hamster minigame from Diabolical Box. Armed with a set of directional arrows and jump squares, you have to guide the car around various tracks using the arrows and jump squares, collecting every item on the track and finishing in a specific goal square. While the tracks start out easy, some of the later ones require some serious planning and strategy. The final minigame involves a parrot you find -- the animal companion in Unwound Future that helps you in finding hint coins, like the aforementioned hamster, and the robotic dog from Curious Village. The parrot minigame is the most interesting, and the most difficult, of all three minigames, and some of the levels will seriously stump you. As the parrot, you are tasked with delivering parcels to various characters you meet in the game. You can't actually control the parrot though -- all he does is jump in short hops. Each level has a bunch of pegs scattered across the screen, and you have a limited number of ropes you can stretch between them. The parrot can land on any flat rope, and will bounce off any angled rope you have stretched across the course. Oh, and there's also a time limit. There's only one solution (as far as I could tell) for each delivery, and it's not uncommon to think you have it solved only to run out of time right before the parrot lands. I had to take a couple breaks from this minigame because I got really frustrated on a number of the courses, but I eventually managed to solve them all, and ended up appreciating their inclusion. Despite being difficult -- they are a really unique addition to the game, and unlike any puzzles in any previous Layton titles. It took me between thirteen to fourteen hours to complete the main game, and I still haven't finished all of the bonus puzzles. Even once you complete everything, Unwound Future has the weekly downloadable puzzles just like the last games, so you'll probably find yourself booting the game up at least once a week after you finish the game. Overall, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a wonderful title, and my personal favorite of the series. The deus ex machina at the end will likely annoy a number of players, but it's not enough to seriously tarnish the title, and Layton fans should be expecting it anyway. Unwound Future isn't innovative or groundbreaking, and what few changes exist are mostly just new puzzle types, but the game and overall story are polished, interesting, and just simply fun. Layton and Luke's adventures will have you playing for a while, and even though the game isn't doing anything new, it avoids ever feeling stale. Score: 9.0 -- Superb (9s are a hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.)
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Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke have returned for their third DS game, and as those who have played the previous games probably expected, it's really good. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future takes the formula th...

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Professor Layton's men vs women San Francisco challenge


Aug 31
// Dale North
Nintendo has a Professor Layton themed event planned for September 7th in San Francisco, giving fans a taste of the latest release in the franchise. Taking place at Union Square, Nintendo will have red British phone booths on...
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You love him, I love him -- the good Professor Layton will be making his return to Nintendo's handheld on September 12 with Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. Puzzled as to why this is news, considering a release date f...

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E3 10: New Prof. Layton game dated for September 20th


Jun 15
// Aerox
Puzzle fans rejoice! The next installment in the Professor Layton series, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, will be coming out for the DS on September 20th of this year. (There's also a separate Layton game, ...
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Professor Layton anime to be released in English


Apr 07
// Dale North
There's a Professor Layton animated movie called Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva that was released in Japan awhile back. It was written by Level-5's Akihiro Hino, the designer of all three Layton games, for theatrical r...
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Professor Layton takes to the ice


Jan 29
// Conrad Zimmerman
This ought to brighten your day a bit. It's Professor Layton, master mystery mister, cavorting arou nd on an ice rink. Marvel as he twirls, spins and looks alternately quizzical and smug. I swear, is there nothing that man in the stovepipe can't do? Next, we're going to see him pulling 720° spins on a halfpipe somewhere. Or wrestling bears. Professor Layton - ON ICE! [AllAbouttheGames]
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So baller: Professor Layton Revoltech coming in March


Jan 15
// Joseph Leray
Ok, let's be perfectly honest here: this Professor Layton Revoltech figure is on-fire hot. If I had a saltier lexicon, one surely unbefitting of a gentleman like Professor Layton, I'd say it was sh*thot. At the very least, I ...
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Professor Layton lands in action figure form


Nov 01
// Matthew Razak
Sometimes a picture says a 1,000 words. This is one of those cases. Look above. You want it. I don't even need to write anymore, do I? Professor Layton toys would be the bomb and now they exist or will at some point and you w...
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TGS 09: Professor Layton plushies are coming!


Sep 25
// Colette Bennett
As you can see from the photo above, one of the sights of the TGS merch room this year would be a sure thrill to fans of the Professor Layton game series. These unfortunately weren't for sale just yet, displayed with a sign t...
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The Memory Card .68: Anton's love story


Sep 24
// Chad Concelmo
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.Love is portrayed in many different ways in videogames. In epic J...
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Professor Layton traveling America, giving free stuff


Sep 22
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Nintendo is sending out a Professor Layton lookalike to four major cities across the United States. Why? To give people free stuff! Tomorrow, the Layton will be somewhere in Minneapolis from 11AM to 1PM. If you spot the Layto...
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Professor Layton and the Devil's Flute ... the RPG?


Aug 25
// Colette Bennett
Well, it won't be it's own standalone RPG ... but the new Professor Layton game (the fourth in the series) will have some RPG elements in it. Joystiq reports that at last night's Level-5 Vision conference the company revealed...
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Want to know what's going to be at Tokyo Game Show?


Aug 21
// Colette Bennett
What do Dale, Nick, Rey and myself get to check out when we head out next month to this year's Tokyo Game Show, you ask? Well, it seems like (via show organizer CESA) a few companies have released listings of what games will...
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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box tea party!


Aug 21
// Colette Bennett
The concept of "Ladies Who Lunch" somehow got a whole lot less boring last night at the The Carlyle hotel in New York as a tea party was held to celebrate the release of Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. Good...
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Professor Layton movie trailer hits Japan


Jul 18
// Matthew Razak
Professor Layton is awesome. I don't think I've ever wanted to be told I was correct by anyone else more in my entire life. And when you were wrong... oh the shame. Why bring up what everyone already knows? Well, besides the ...
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Stop the presses: Professor Layton is on Twitter


Jun 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Breaking news everybody! Professor Layton is on Twitter! The account was created to build up hype for Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box's upcoming release this August and the Professor has been giving out riddles since ...






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