Reviews and Problems with Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle
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The graphics and scenery are beautiful as usual
27 November 2014
Summary: This game was incredible. A riveting storyline with a layton-esque twist at the end. The graphics and scenery are beautiful as usual, giving a hand-painted feel, however the 3d renditions of the characters feels "chunky". Ive read many complaints at the number of puzzles available and, quite frankly, I find it astonishing. There are over 120 puzzles in my save at game completion, and I didn't seek out all of the hidden puzzles or go back for missed puzzles.
Summary: I've played all 4 of the previous Layton games which were all excellent, so I had high hopes for the first 3DS installment. I wasn't dissapointed, and it exceeded my expectations. The visuals and sound are as charming as ever, taking full advantage of the 3D capability to create an almost "pop-up book" effect. On top of the puzzle-packed main story and delightful mini-games, 365 free daily puzzles are available, which can be downloaded in one big batch.
Summary: It's a great Professor Layton game, with superb voice acting, incredible art and a good set of characters and NPCs... but I found the puzzles to be much less inspired than the ones of the first three games of the series. On the top of that, there are a lot of "action puzzles" that simply fail to be either challenging or fun. It was the first game I bought on my 3DS, but it's also one of the few that I didn't put an end to.
Professor Layton series is absolutely the best concept in game making!
dysLexieK "Deb", Amazon
9 August 2014
Summary: Well, I just received it today, Saturday, and I wasn't even expecting it until Monday or Tuesday! But, there's no doubt I will love this game, I have the first 3 games and they were awesome! Which of course why I got #4 and hopefully soon I'll be able to get game #5 in the series! The puzzles are fantastic, some hard some easy, just a great mix, and following the storyline along with it breaks the monotony of just sitting and playing a bunch of puzzles.
Summary: I'm bought this at release and still haven't finished it, mostly because it's a fun diversion when I want to do some puzzles, but as a narrative it doesn't hold my interest. It went on the backburner while I finished Bravely Default, and now Tomodachi Life is taking up my time. For me, it takes too long to get from puzzle to puzzle and the puzzles themselves are only mildly challenging at best. Still, the story is cute and the art is fantastic.