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