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: 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.
Excerpt: On the DS, Professor Layton admirably created brain-bending puzzles and whimsical adventures that combined European artistic aesthetics with anime style. While the previous entries were celebrated, the series was in danger of becoming repetitive and--dare we say it?--old hat. Thankfully, the jump into three dimensions with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask freshens things up in some much needed ways.
Pros: Clever, challenging puzzles, A beautiful world rendered in 3D, Intriguing minigames
Cons: Core gameplay virtually unchanged, Too whimsical for some, Overly quaint British accents