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Professor Layton and the Last Specter
2 September 2013
Summary: "Tap away and let us be bound by our love of puzzles," a man tells you during your adventures through Misthallery -- the latest haunted, puzzle-infested English town that investigator Layton and his pint-size sidekick Luke must plod through. Like past Layton titles, the appeal of Professor Layton and the Last Specter lies in its challenging puzzles, eccentric characters, and the narrative's surrounding mysteries.
Conclusion: Professor Layton and the Last Specter is essentially a Professor Layton game--in other words, it's a fun story-based puzzle game with top-notch graphics and sound. London Life is also a very welcome bonus. If you've been hanging around Layton for this long, go ahead and pick up Last Specter. The Professor will be happy to have your company. Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy .
Excerpt: The latest Professor Layton game goes back to the beginning. See how it all started. Professor Layton and the Last Specter is part mystery, and part Brain Age. It is astounding how well Nintendo wove those two together. The presentation of this game is top notch - which is probably why this franchise has had so many games in it. Four games to be precise.
Excerpt: Despite the finality implied by its title, Professor Layton and the Last Specter is actually a prequel that tells the story of how Layton and his sidekick Luke first met. It follows the exact same formula of the last three Layton games, where a variety of brain teasers and puzzles are scattered throughout a point-and-click adventure story. In the case of Professor Layton though, saying The Last Specter is "more of the same" could actually be taken as a compliment.
Pros: Same variety of well-crafted puzzles, More dynamic animations, Great story
Cons: Some slightly spotty voice acting, Puppet minigame is for five-year olds, Not getting London Life if you're in Europe
Excerpt: Early on in Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call there's a moment where Emmy, plucky assistant to the top-hatted prof, takes a moment to reflect upon the situation at hand. "A great archaeological find linked to a mysterious letter with an air of danger about it!" she exclaims. "I couldn't possibly imagine a situation being more Laytonesque!
Captivating puzzle game makes doing brainteasers a blast.
Common Sense Media
27 January 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Professor Layton and the Last Specter is a prequel to the other titles in the popular Professor Layton series. This game focuses on character development and helps reveal the backstories of the professor and his companions. In this installment, Professor Layton meets his new assistant Emmy and the child Luke (who becomes his apprentice in the other games), and together they try to figure out the mystery behind a ghostly figure that haunts a...
Excerpt: The Professor Layton series was born on the Nintendo DS, it seems fitting that this latest instalment will be one of last great games on the system that brought the original to life. Although this is the last Layton title on the DS, it takes you back in time to before Layton met Luke, making it the first game chronologically in the series.