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: Better late than never is a great way to describe Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask , the newest puzzle-solving adventure from developer Level-5 and Nintendo. This charming 3DS game was actually a launch title in Japan, when the system debuted in February 2011. After reading about it for well over a year, we're finally able to crack the case. Was the wait worth it? Absolutely.
Pros: Professor Layton as a young man, hundreds of puzzles, useful hint system, excellent 3D effects, easily navigable world, free puzzles for a year.
Cons: That hint system also makes the game too easy, though you don't have to use it.
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
Excerpt: Welcome back to archaeologist and puzzle-solver Professor Layton who is back again to challenge gamers as they help our intrepid professor solve another dastardly case. The game itself continues from the previous game, Professor Layton and the Last Specter that sees Layton joined again by friends Luke and Emmy in order to find the mysterious Masked Gentlemen who has been terrorising the city of Monte d’Or. Your goal is also to solve over 150 brainteasers and mini-games.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (3DS) - Review
29 October 2012
Excerpt: A true gentleman never turns down a good puzzle game Step on up! Come and see the man of amazing mental fortitude use his twin blades of logic and manners to uncover the latest mystery! He’s been called the Prince of Puzzles, the Stovetop Hatted Sherlock, and the Polite Professor. The one, the only… Professor Hershel Layton ! *cheers* Now marvel as he tackles his greatest challenge yet.