Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

Video Game Review Professor Layton Miracle Mask

Title: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Company: Level 5
Console: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: Everyone 10+
How we got the game: Christmas gift

Our Review:

Our first introduction to Professor Layton and his world of games was when Rachel and I played “Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright.” We’re big fans of the Ace Attorney series, and we figured playing the crossover game would be a good way to test the waters, so to speak, with the Layton universe.

We definitely enjoyed the character and set out to find other Professor Layton games to add to our game collection. The first one we got was Miracle Mask which, of course, was the second game in the second released (but chronologically the first) trilogy of the series. Considering we discovered Ace Attorney with Trials and Tribulations, the third game of the trilogy, it seems to be a reoccurring theme with us.

Despite that, Miracle Mask was a great game to play through. We were familiar with most of the main characters already, but we definitely didn’t feel as if we were missing any part of the story. The game did really well as a stand-alone game even though it’s part of a trilogy.

I really enjoyed playing Miracle Mask. My favorite part of those kinds of games are the characters, I think. They’re all witty, fun, and comical in their own way. Each character has a true purpose and own unique characteristics that you sometimes don’t expect. For example, the fact that Hershel Layton, the protagonist, is an archaeology professor and gentleman. And he also solves crimes as well as kicks butt!

Besides the characters, the puzzles were my favorite part. Although we had a couple that were a bit frustrating (*coughducktilecough*), they were definitely entertaining! The story was great as well, even if we were able to guess the true antagonist early on.

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Yeah, that duck puzzle was pretty rough… We quit after 45 minutes. We never figured it out. The story was great, I agree. Each chapter alternated between the present and the past. It was funny to see Layton in his college years with funky hair!

Even with the past and present flipping, it was never difficult to keep the story straight. I also enjoyed most of the voice acting and the cut scenes, even if it was a bit odd that some of the cut scenes were cartoon style and others used the computer-animated figures.

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Yes, that was disrupting sometimes. Though, not really a big issue.
The controls were easy enough. Since Miracle Mask is a 3DS game, the touch screen was used a lot. It was how we moved the characters from one place to another and solved puzzles. And… that’s pretty much it. That was really all there was for the game play.

It was definitely more story-orientated than us doing much with the characters themselves (other than solving puzzles, of course). Nevertheless, it was a great game and I’m definitely excited to play the other installments!

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I think that’s why most people play the game, though–fun puzzles and great characters!
With all this in mind, Kris and I both agree on the same rating for this game.

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask gets…

5 lives double jump5/5 Lives

Top Tuesday: Favorite Games

rachmiiHey everyone! Rachel here.
For my first official post, I thought I would group together my top ten favorite video games!
That way you guys can get to know me a little better and see what kinds of games I’m into. So, without further ado…
Top Tuesday Video Games Double Jump
10. The Sims 4
The Sims is a life simulator game in which you can create anyone and control their life. You’re basically God which I think is fantastic. Your sims can buy a house, get a job, make friends, fall in love, get married, have children, have grandchildren, and then die. It’s the great circle of life.
I especially love the sims because I enjoy making myself and wish I could live in that world. I especially love building houses and making mansions. Also, it takes a sim 30 in-game hours to write a book and it sells right away. Wouldn’t that be nice?
9. Mario Kart Wii
I am the queen at Mario Kart Wii! No matter who I play against, I always win. I know winning isn’t everything, but… It really is. I’m a killer on Rainbow Road and Wario’s Gold Mine.
Mario Kart Wii is a mindless game, yet it’s so much fun especially when you’re playing with friends. Though, it can ruin friendships…
8. Batman: Arkham Asylum
This is probably one of the darkest games I’ve ever played. I’m sure you’ll figure that out just by looking at this list.
I love Batman. I think it’s awesome that’s he’s an ordinary guy who turned himself into a superhero without falling in a tub of toxic waste or anything crazy like that. He’s a vigilante too, no doubt which makes him so much cooler.
What I love most about this game is the controls. When you fight as Batman, he automatically locks onto the different targets so you just button-mash. I mean, is there really any other way to fight?
7. Luigi’s Mansion
I’ve always favored Luigi over Mario. I don’t exactly know why. Maybe it’s because Luigi is a little brother and I’m a little sister. Luigi is a sidekick and I’m sure if I went on an adventure, I would be sidekick and not the leader. If Mario and Luigi ever played video games together, I bet Mario was first player and Luigi was second player. See? Luigi and I have a lot in common.
I’ve always been afraid of the dark and afraid of ghosts, but it’s fun to embark on a journey as Luigi through a haunted mansion in an attempt to save Mario. The setting is cool and even the premise is pretty good. I mean, who doesn’t want to save the hero of the franchise? We have to mix it up sometimes.
6. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
I love mindless games and I also love collecting treasure and making money. If only I could fish and sell fruit all day every day and become rich in real life. How wonderful would that be?
I originally started playing Animal Crossing on the Gamecube. My sister got it for her birthday and I was the one who fell in the love with the game. My all-time favorite villager is Fang, a wolf. He is not in New Leaf, but that’s beside the point…
New Leaf is my favorite Animal Crossing game because I feel as though there’s more to do. Yes, the premise is still to make money and pay off your debt. But you’re not just trying to better your home. As mayor, you’re also trying to better the town.
Plus you have your own private island which, I must say, is a gold mine.
5. Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 is probably one of the best games ever invented. The different levels of the game is really what keeps it going.
It’s not like you play one level and then you’re done, either. Each level has seven different stars to get. Plus there are 12 hidden stars throughout the whole castle.
The world of Super Mario 64 is huge and seems endless, even though most of it is all just an illusion. Which I think is pretty cool.
4. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Who doesn’t love the Legend of Zelda? I know most people absolutely love Majora’s Mask or Ocarina of Time the best, but there’s just something about Skyward Sword that I love even more.
I love having the knowledge of what the world used to be like before Hyrule became a place. The “love” story between Link and Zelda is too adorable to pass up. The characters all had great development (especially Groose), the puzzles were fun, the graphics were beautiful. Throughout playing I laughed, I cried, I overall just had a great time playing the game.
3. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations
Trials and Tribulations is the third game of the main Ace Attorney series. Yet, my sister and I didn’t know that when we discovered the game. Not realizing it was the third in a series, we played this one first. And boy, were we blown away.
The level of difficulty gets harder with each case you play, the first case being more like a tutorial. The cases get longer, too. By the time you get to the final case, everything is pieced together and it feels like a huge finale and it feels like a party.
I loved thinking outside the box and I certainly fell in love with the characters and the relationships they had with one another.
2. Pokemon X/Y
I have loved Pokemon since it first came out. I was too young to play the original games, though I do have copies of them. All but Red, at least.
I was amazed when X and Y came out. I loved the new Pokemon, the graphics were amazing, and the new features of the game were so much fun. I absolutely love the Pokemon Amie and wish all the games had that. I hope they keep that feature in for future games.
I beat this game in two days. I got it for Christmas and then played non-stop. Yet, I’m still working on filling up that National Pokedex. There’s over 700 Pokemon now… It’s going to take a while.
1. Paper Mario
Paper Mario has always and will always have a special place in my heart. I don’t know what it is about the game, but I absolutely love it.
It originally came out for the Nintendo 64 and I loved watching my sister play it. Back then I enjoyed watching her play rather than playing the games myself. When we got our Nintendo Wii, we downloaded it from the virtual console. I’ve played and beaten it too many times to count since then.
It’s a simple game, and just like most other Mario games, you have to save Princess Peach from Bowser. The game can certainly be sappy at times, but there’s a lot of humor as well; especially during the Bowser scenes. I honestly think Bowser is one of my favorite characters in that game.
What are your favorite video games?

"Ready Player One" Review

krismii Hello everyone! Kris here with a review of a novel that allows readers to dive into a virtual reality world. I hope you enjoy it!
“For a bunch of hairless apes, we’ve actually managed to invent some pretty incredible things.” – Ernest Cline (Ready Player One)

“Ready Player One” Review

This post may contain spoilers for the book.
Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” is catered to video gamers and comic book geeks, and it’s fantastic!
“Ready Player One” plays in a future version of our world, one that is bleak except for the virtual utopia OASIS. It is OASIS that allows the main character, teenage Wade Watts, to enjoy his life as he prefers the virtual world with its puzzles and various lands to reality. The novel is rife with pop culture references for readers of this time, implementing them into the adventure and romance plot flawlessly.
Although the novel started out slowly as us readers got acquainted with Cline’s world and Wade was arrogant in his skills, it was a fun read with the core plot revolving around a competition for control of OASIS. We are soon immersed in the wonder of the virtual reality and Wade’s skills, both of the gaming and social variety, are constantly challenged. Friendships are tested and strengthened, and a strong sense of community rises both in OASIS and the real world that so many try to escape on a normal basis.
With rich, fantasy settings, a wonderful and diverse cast of characters, and a healthy dose of geekiness, “Ready Player One” is more than worthy of a read.
“Ready Player One” gets a 4 out of 5 stars.

Choose Your Character

Hey everyone and welcome to Double Jump, my sister’s and my personal little geeky corner of the blogging world. My name is Kristen.

And I’m Rachel! Nice to meet you!

Our goal for this blog is to discuss, rant, and rave about our favorite video games. We’ve each been playing games and writing for most of our lives, and thought this would be an appropriate way to share our love for gaming.

Every Tuesday and Thursday you’ll get to hear from yours truly! Every Monday and Friday, you get to listen to Kris. Every Wednesday, we’ll get together and do a post together just like this one!

Our posts will range from reviews, debates, favorites lists, and other general articles that strike our fancy about video games. Please note that these are our opinions, and we would love to hear opinions from other gamers!

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so feel free to agree or disagree with us just as long as you’re pleasant about it.

Although it can be a bit difficult on the Internet, we do our best to support mutual respect between everyone sharing this space of the blogging world with us. On that note, we hope you’re looking forward to seeing what we put out! See you next week!

We can’t wait to share our love of video games with you! Kris will be back on Monday with something exciting. Have a great week, everyone!