Reviews and Problems with Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
2 September 2013
Summary: When Disney started re-releasing all their classic animated films in 3D because they like money and their classic films are really worth watching again in the theater, I wrote this review of the 3D release of Beauty and the Beast for Flixist. I bring this up for two reasons. The first is so that you're fully aware that I'm recycling a joke here, and the second is because that's exactly what Professor Layton and the Mysterious Mask is. This is Professor Layton... in 3D.
Conclusion: Professor Layton’s games embody the Prof himself. They’re smart, they’re sharp, they’re fun to keep company with, and they even exude controlled amounts of emotion. Like previous Layton games, though, Miracle Mask has a handful of puzzles that are worded badly, or have seemingly unfair solutions—but the general puzzle selection is still good, and solving them is as fun as ever.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask review (3DS)
1 February 2013
Excerpt: Since we’ve now reached the fifth game in the series, it’s natural that not every puzzle is a winner, but the stuff that you’ll find here is mostly very good even if it mostly doesn’t utilize the 3DS hardware in any meaningful way. There are some challenges that do repeat a few times, including some irritating ones that ask you to divide a board into four pieces of the same size while gerrymandering your way around chess pawns, but a lot of the brain teasers are...
Excerpt: The biggest puzzle, of course, is how many Professor Layton games I'll be prepared to put up with before getting bored. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, free from localisation limbo after originally being a 3DS launch title in Japan, arrives in the UK with 150 more Laytonesque teasers on the cartridge, with an additional 365 being offered up as part of a daily download system. But, really, I found myself more intrigued by Layton's new playground, Monte d'Or.
Excerpt: To be honest, I really didn't know much about Professor Layton before taking on this review of Miracle Mask, the first 3DS-exclusive installment in the popular puzzle series. That fact aside, it was only a short matter of time with Level-5's clever little brain-stumper that I fell in love with the charming characters, art style and tricky puzzles. Needless to say, Miracle Mask turned this reviewer into a fan.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (3DS) Review
4 December 2012
Excerpt: Releasing a mere (yeah, right) eighteen months after it’s debut in Japan as a 3DS launch title, the rest of the world is now privileged to catch up with our pal Professor Layton in his latest adventure: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. After four title on the Nintendo DS, the first 3DS installment carries over the same great game play and puzzles as well as a decent knack for story telling.
Excerpt: What I stated in the opening to this review holds true: Miracle Mask is more of the same stuff that we’ve got over the previous Layton games, just prettied up a little (and uglied up, depending) for 3D. If you’re not tired of it yet, you won’t be. If you didn’t like the others, you won’t like this one. If you haven’t experienced Layton yet, this is as good a place to start as any.
Pros: Crazy amount of puzzles thanks to “Daily Download”, minigames and the actual content of the game
Cons: Layton character models were never meant to be realized in three dimensions