Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy [Video Game Review]

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Title: Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy
Publisher: Level-5
Developer: Level-5
Platform: 
iOS, Android, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
Category:
Puzzle, Adventure
Release Date: 
July 20, 2017 (iOS, Android), October 6, 2017 (Nintendo 3DS), November 8, 2019 (Nintendo Switch)
How we got the game:
Received it for Christmas 2019 on the Nintendo Switch

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Layton’s Mystery Journey — or Lady Layton, as we’ve been calling it — has been a game that’s been on our radar since it was announced for the 3DS. We’ve enjoyed the few Professor Layton games we’ve played, and we were looking forward to seeing what Lady Layton was all about.

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Lady Layton, of course, is not Professor Layton himself. However, we enjoy the puzzles and characters so we were interested in seeing how Lady Layton presented herself after playing so much Professor Layton.

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Lady Layton has similar gameplay mechanics as the Professor Layton series. Navigating through different scenes, you point and click on the environment to interact with objects and people, finding clues to the current mystery as well as short puzzles that bolster the gameplay. While you don’t directly control the main character’s movements, you are able to go between scenes via the handy map.

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All you need is the ability to point-and-click with your Joy-Con and have enough brain power to solve some puzzles. Lady Layton is part visual novel where the characters interact. We took turns reading dialogue from certain characters though some parts were voice-acted with a short anime cut scene here and there.

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That’s pretty much all there is to the gameplay mechanics. Some puzzles include literally rotating pieces to solve them, others include more mathematics, and still some are more logic puzzles. Aside from the puzzles and main storylines, there are also a plethora of minigames that tie in to the few cases — puzzles that have to do with shopping or food or Sherl the canine sidekick — as well as a wardrobe change function for Katrielle. We didn’t really explore these options too much, to be honest, as we weren’t too interested in them.

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I play the Layton games mostly for the puzzles. In this particular game, however, the puzzles were too easy. Normally there are puzzles we get stuck on and need to use our hint coins a lot or rope our parents in to help us. The majority of the puzzles in this game we breezed right there. There were only a handful of puzzles we got stuck on.

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We did feel a bit more bored by the majority of the puzzles than we have in other Professor Layton games, yes. This game felt like there was a lot more fluff rather than substance when it came to the actual gameplay.

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Yes, it was pretty light-hearted for the most part. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed the banter between the characters. Overall, though, the main gameplay could have issued a little more of a challenge for me.

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The graphics of the game are cute, the same style that has been used for previous Professor Layton games to keep them connected. While some of the more exaggerated designs for characters I could do without, the art style is engaging and keeps me interested in continuing the story.

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I enjoy the art style. I think it’s charming overall. There are certainly some interesting looking people but it’s fun nonetheless.

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The music for this game is cozy. Relaxing and soft, the tunes do well being paired with the characters — the main cast being comprised of a gentlewoman and her eager, polite assistant — and the locations of the game. I enjoyed the music, but it was low-key for a game about solving crimes.

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I agree that it was low-key for a crime-solving game. Then again, none of the “crimes” were dire so it seemed as though the music fit. Lady Layton is a fairly light-hearted game. The music was catchy regardless though.
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The title of this game is Katrielle and The Millionaires’ Conspiracy, which gives one the impression that there is a larger, overarching story amid the multiple cases that this game provides. Within the dozen cases that the game provides, the “millionaires” are introduced but there is no larger case that you are always trying to discover. Each case is individual before it brings all the characters together during the last case of the game.

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I don’t mind having multiple cases throughout the game. Having 12 cases to solve seems fun. However, other than the characters, none of the cases had anything to do with… anything, really. The cases introduced the characters but never hinted at a bigger conspiracy until the final case. Even then, the solution seemed out of the blue.

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The solution both seemed like it came out of the blue, but it wasn’t particularly surprising either. We had guessed who the true culprit was before the answer came about and, even now, there are parts of the last case that don’t make sense to me for the culprit to be who they were. The story could have been a lot stronger when it came to the characters. The characters themselves were interesting enough, but there wasn’t enough of a plot to really show their strengths.

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Not to mention that Sherl, a talking dog, approached Kat the beginning of the game wondering who he was and how he got turned into a dog. Supposedly, he was human at one time and has no memory. That mystery was never answered. After the credits, it hinted at a sequel, but I would have liked more mention of that. Once he initially asked for her help figuring out who he is, his “case” was never mentioned again throughout the entire game.

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The cases themselves are fairly linear, with the one outcome each. Likewise, the puzzles usually only have a couple of ways to reach the answers as well, if they have more than one way to the outcome in the first place. The only replayability this game may have is if the player missed some puzzles and wanted to go and find them again. There are some minigames to play as well but nothing that we found particularly striking.

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I’m not sure if this is a game I’d pick up again. The puzzles were fun but pretty easy compared to the Professor Layton games. The mini-games weren’t great and overall, each case didn’t allow you to solve it alongside Kat. It made some parts boring. The game was okay overall and the characters were certainly enjoyable.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives
3 out of 5 lives.

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Character Spotlight: Professor Layton

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

Professor Layton is a stand-up guy and he’s a character I instantly fell in love with. I enjoy puzzle games (even if I’m not that great at them) but the Professor Layton games are ten-times better because the puzzles and the characters really make it what it is. 

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Professor Hershel Layton, or just known as Professor Layton or simply Professor, is an archaeology professor known for his puzzle-solving skills. He’s a fine gentleman, keeps his cool at all costs, and is such a fun character to follow along and play as.

He first appeared in his own game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village for the Nintendo DS in 2007. Since then, he’s starred in his own series for a handful of games after that even having a cross-over game with the famous Phoenix Wright putting his court and investigative skills together with Layton’s investigative and puzzle-solving skills. It’s a great game, if you haven’t tried it.

In fact, that was the game that first introduced me to Professor Layton. Kris and I were curious about the Professor Layton games since we had such a love for Phoenix Wright. We were unsure if we’d enjoy it, so when the cross-over came out, we decided to start with that. We instantly fell in love with Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke. Thus, we bought a few Professor Layton games and really enjoy them.

Professor Layton even stars in his own anime movie, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, which came to North America in 2011. Kris and I watched the DVD a while ago and we really enjoyed the movie, hoping more movies (or a TV show) will come in the future.

Layton is a well-rounded character. He has a fun personality, the games are great, and he works well with the beloved Phoenix Wright. There’s nothing not to love about this guy.

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Throwback Thursday: Playing Layton Vs. Wright

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Time for another Throwback, one I’ve been thinking about a lot recently!

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Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney came out in late November 2012 for the Nintendo 3DS. Kris and I absolutely the Ace Attorney series and we were interested in the Professor Layton series because of that. However, it’s not Phoenix Wright and definitely more puzzle-related so we weren’t sure how we’d enjoy it. When Layton Vs. Phoenix came out, we got it to see some familiar faces from Ace Attorney and meet new friends in Professor Layton.

This game was awesome and I definitely need to play it again sometime soon. The game had elements from both series and split them down 50/50. You play as both protagonists in court cases, investigations, and puzzle solving. This was the game that made us fall in love with Layton as well.

I’m already invested in the Phoenix Wright characters, but it was great to get to know the Layton characters on a deeper level. Plus, they mixed the characters up as well. From what I remember, there’s a part where Maya and Layton are together for a while.

I remember playing on my parents’ bed because Kris and I were huddled together flipping back and forth our 3DS consoles (you know, when one battery died, we’d charge it, take the game out and use the other 3DS and repeat). We read the game out loud to each other, each playing certain characters. At some point in the game, something big happens and I bawled my eyes out. I can’t remember if Kris cried, but I was a mess.

Our parents came home and my mother was so concerned when she saw me crying. Kris simply said, “Something happened in our video game.” My mother then shrugged her shoulders and then walked away. She knows us all too well.

It was a good time though. The plot of the game was awesome as were, of course, the characters. I’ll never forget my first playthrough of it, even though I don’t remember the exact premise of the game… other than witch trials, I think.

I’m definitely playing this one again soon.

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Crossover Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday to everyone, and happy Easter to those who celebrated it! Here’s hoping we all don’t get sick from chocolate!

I wonder how an egg-delivering rabbit became the symbol of the holiday. Wouldn’t a chicken make more sense?

aiw_master-1-960x540A couple of weeks ago there was a meme going around on Twitter regarding the newest Avengers movie coming out, with the movie claiming to be the “most ambitious crossover event” in history. The Internet had a field day tweeting out pictures of what they believed to be even bigger crossover events than Marvel’s upcoming movie.

That episode of Full House with Steve Urkel from Family Matters. Space Jam with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Bill Nye the Science Guy appearing on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

Video games were, of course, also mentioned.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympics? Check. Kingdom Hearts? Duh. X-Men versus Street Fighter, or Marvel versus Capcom? C’mon, Marvel, you got characters in those. And do we even need to say Super Smash Bros.?

One of my favorite crossover games, if you will, is Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: tumblr_nbn6flz7yj1qzp9weo2_r1_1280Ace Attorney. It was Rachel’s and my first taste of the Professor Layton games, and including that kind of game play with Ace Attorney was perfect. Having the familiar characters work alongside ones from a franchise we’ve never played was a great introduction to the Layton games.

I’ve also enjoyed the Dynasty Warriors crossovers, Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors. They’re both such fun hack-and-slash games! Pokken Tournament, blending Pokemon with Bandai Namco’s Tekken series, is a great example as well. The fighting genre seems to lend itself well to crossovers among video games, but it’s always fun to see cameos and playable characters from other franchises visiting games outside their norm, isn’t it?

What do you think of crossover games? Do you have any favorites? Any that you believe didn’t work as well as they could have?

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Friday Favorites: Switch Wish List

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

I know most people share their video game wish lists before E3, but I figured I would share mine now since Nintendo’s Spotlight just gave us a lot of little bites of some of their planned projects rather than giving us more to chew on. Here’s what I wish for the Switch’s future come next year!

Super Smash Bros.

With the deluxe editions of Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament making their way to the Switch, I’m wondering why Nintendo hasn’t hinted at doing a Smash Bros. installment, or even a port of Brawl for the Switch yet. The Smash franchise is a big project, I know, but even a deluxe port with the DLC from Brawl like they did with Mario Kart 8 would have been fine with me. I’m sure this is in the back of Nintendo’s mind right now, but a little hint would have been nice.

Virtual Console

This is the big one. Everyone has been hounding Nintendo about the Virtual Console, and even Nintendo of America’s president Reggie Fils-Aime said, “Certainly, we recognize there’s an appetite for all of our great legacy content.” Some sort of time frame, even if it needs to be revised down the line, would have been great for those of us just waiting for the Virtual Console library to come to the Nintendo Switch. Here’s hoping we’ll hear more about it in 2018!

Ace Attorney and Professor Layton

Although these two franchises usually make their homes on the handheld devices, considering the Switch can be portable, I wouldn’t mind these detective games making their way to the console in the future. The Joy-Con and their technology would be perfect for the point-and-click puzzle games, and I would love to see the animated cut scenes on my television. (That, and Rachel and I like to play them together, and it gets a little cramped hunched over the same 3DS, haha!)

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Remake

This is actually something Rachel had mentioned the other night. We both adore the Legend of Zelda franchise, and Four Swords Adventures for the GameCube had been the perfect multiplayer experience for the series. Being able to easily split the Joy-Con between multiple players instead of dealing with setting up the wires for GameBoy Advances would be great for the game. That, and after seeing remakes of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the 3DS, and then HD versions of WindWaker and Twilight Princess, I think seeing another older Zelda game remade wouldn’t be a bad idea.

What do you hope for the Switch’s future? Did Nintendo’s Spotlight answer any of your wishes?

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Friday Favorites: Wanted Smash Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiWith the Nintendo Switch slated for release in a couple of months, I was thinking of the games that would be available for the console. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game I’m anxiously awaiting, but I’m sure there will also be a new Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart, and a Super Smash Bros. for the Switch. Down below are a few characters that I hope will one day kick ass in a Super Smash Bros. title.

On a side note, where are the games with “sisters” in the title? Us girl gamers are here too!

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Chun-Li was the first female playable character in fighting game history, helping to drive the fact that, hey, female protagonists could fight, too. Considering that she was literally made for fighting games, I think it would be awesome to see her in the Smash franchise.

Tifa Lockhart, Final Fantasytifa

Hey, we have Cloud added to the abundance of sword-users in the series… Why not add another brawler? And a female one at that? Tifa Lockhart would have plenty of moves to add to the Smash franchise, helping to round out the roster of Pokemon and swordsman characters.


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Rachel and I were first introduced to Professor Layton when we tried out the Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright game for the 3DS. And, honestly, we were so impressed with how much Layton kicked ass in both the game and the cutscenes. This gentleman has demonstrated being proficient in hand-to-hand combat, perfect in defending himself against fellow Smashers.

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This probably isn’t a surprise to many of you readers who have been around for a while. Geno is probably one of my favorite video game characters of all time, and if it wasn’t for the copyright issue surrounding him, his popularity probably would have already propelled him into the Smash franchise. With a unique character design and a wide array of special attacks from his game, Geno would be an amazing addition.

What characters would you love to see in a future Smash game?

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Friday Favorites: 2017 Games

Double Jump Kris MiiWith every new year comes plenty of anticipation and new games. Quite a few titles are slated for a 2017 release, and I’m eagerly looking forward to them! Below are just a couple of games I’ll be anxious to try playing.

 

Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy

It’s a Professor Layton game but starring his daughter, and as a fan of the puzzle franchise, I can’t wait to see what they do with Lady Layton as the protagonist. The story revolves around the disappearance of her father, who we all know kicks ass. I’m intrigued by the mystery already.

Yooka-Laylee

The spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee looks to be tons of fun. With quirky graphics, cute characters, and the same composer as BK working on the music, Yooka-Laylee was a shoe-in for this list.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Was this a surprise to anyone? The Legend of Zelda franchise continuously brings absolute gems when it comes to video games and, after being delayed for a few years, Breath of the Wild looks as if it’ll have no problem living up to the series. With gorgeous graphics, an open world, and plenty of new gameplay features like clothing, cooking, and having an actual jump button, Breath of the Wild is what I’m most anxious to play in 2017.

What games are you looking forward to in 2017?

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Dream Loot Crate

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So there’s this awesome thing called Loot Crate, a monthly subscription service where you get a box full of geeky items that range from t-shirts and socks to bobble heads and magnets to towels and comics. Each box contains four to six licensed items from multiple franchises all centered around the month’s theme. While they have the generic Loot Crate, they also offer Loot Anime, Loot Pets and, of course, Loot Gaming.

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We’re excited to share what would be in our “Dream Crate.” This is a crate created by us that we would love to see in the future. We can add anything we want to it. Kris and I came up with a bunch of different themes. Since there’s two of us, we thought we’d talk about two of our ideas. The themes would be Justice and Sweet Treats.

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With Justice, what comes to mind for us is our favorite heroes and all their awesome gadgets and costumes. I want to open up a Justice-themed Loot Crate box and have Link pop out! If I can’t have the guy, I’d love his hat, bracelets or necklaces of the medallions from Ocarina of Time, plushies of Sheik, Epona, and a cucco. A Batman mask and cape, replicas of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ weapons (or even a real-life Shellcycle!), a poster of the Pokemon champions and legendaries, and an art book or comic filled with pictures and lore of the Fire Emblem franchise are just a few other items that I would love to see from a Justice-themed Loot Crate.

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There are so many different items that could go with Justice and I would definitely want all the ones you included. For me, I would love anything Ace Attorney. An “Objection!” decal sticker, Apollo Justice’s bracelet or Maya Fey’s Magatama necklace. I wouldn’t mind having Professor Layton’s hat either. I would especially want a mug just like prosecutor Godot. It could have him on it with a quote or something. I would treasure that always! I would love anything from Luigi’s mansion. A ghost plushie, a Poltergeist 3000 replica, a cute figurine of Luigi from the game, or a Dark Moon paper weight. I don’t really know what I’d use a paper weight for, but I’m sure it would look pretty! The mansion would be nice too, with all the money inside. I’m going to add onto your TMNT list (because I didn’t think of them) and I would definitely add socks and pillows. I wouldn’t mind having a pillow in the shape of a Donatello head and having a comfy pair of socks with their happy faces and pizza.

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Ahh, the Phoenix Wright franchise is perfect for this crate! Godot’s coffee and Maya’s burgers would also work for our food-inspired Sweet Treats theme as well. Mugs, aprons, and oven mitts decorated with the characters and catchphrases like, “OBJECTION!” would definitely encourage me to cook more, haha! Recipes from different games would be cool, too, like Princess Peach’s (rather, Toadstool as she was known then) cake recipe from Super Mario 64. Bottles for red potions, LonLon milk, or chu jellies from the Legend of Zelda, or poffins recipes from Pokemon for either you or your dog would be other great additions!

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Cookie cutters! Cookie cutters everywhere! Cookie cutters of everything from all the games! Seriously, though, I’d be a master baker. Recipes would be nice, but having a copy of Rosana Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies cookbook would be cool. I would love to have utensils and appliances based on games. A Gameboy fridge would be cool. It’s the right shape and they’re making smartphone fridges, so all the tools are right there! Speaking of Ace Attorney again, I’d love to have an apron from Tres Bien, a restaurant location from one of the games. And what about the Gourmet Shy Guy in Paper Mario? I’d love to have a pillow or plushie of him. Oh, and anything Yoshi. He gobbles everything up!

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Kirby too! Remember his final Smash in the Smash Brothers game, where he gathers everyone into a giant pot? Let’s just have a plushie or figurine of him with his little chef hat and everything! A chef hat with Kirby on it would be awesome too! A book full of Harvest Moon recipes would be another item for my Sweet Treats list. To go along with cookie cutters, cake molds of characters like Link and Mario would be great! Oh, I could go on and on about all of these…

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I could go on and on as well. Sadly, I know some of these items are unrealistic, but that is why it’s called a “Dream Crate.” This may or may not happen, but it’s always fun to dream about!

If you guys could have anything in a Loot Crate, what would they be? Let us know!

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Professor Layton and the Curious Village Game Review

Title: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Company: Level-5, Nintendo
Console:
Nintendo DS
Release Date:
February 2007
How we got the game: 
We bought it

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Rachel and I have been fans of the Ace Attorney games for a few years now after buying Trials and Tribulations on the Wii’s Virtual Console on a whim. When Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright came out, we played it mainly for the ace attorney, but we were definitely charmed by the gentleman puzzle master. It prompted us to try out the Professor Layton games, and Curious Village was our second dive into the series, after Miracle Mask. So far, we’re enjoying the ride.

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Being the first game in the whole Profess Layton series, I thought it wouldn’t be as good as Miracle Mask. In fact, I thought it would be easier. Well, it was just as good as Miracle Mask and if I’m going to be completely honest, I would say that it was harder than Miracle Mask.

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There were too many damn math problems, haha! We prefer the logic puzzles and riddles rather than puzzles like, “If next year I’ll be twice as old as my sister, but last year was only three years younger, how old are we?” kind of things. Not only did Curious Village seem to have more puzzles than Miracle Mask, I don’t think the story was balanced as well with the puzzles as Miracle Mask had done. It seemed that everything we clicked on was a puzzle, which usually is fine, but not when we’re trying to investigate a kidnapping or murder.

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I agree. I hate math. The puzzles were more plentiful and more difficult. Plus, we seemed to have a hard time finding hint coins. I don’t know if there just wasn’t that many around or if we were terrible pointing the stylus at the screen. The story itself was easier. We figured it out almost instantly and were a little crept out by it as we anticipated what was going to happen next!

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I dislike using hint coins, but when it’s getting later in the evening after I spent a day at work dealing with math, they definitely came in handy for those kind of puzzles. While we did figure out the story and, yes, were crept out by it, it was definitely an interesting twist to a video game! I enjoyed the story quite a bit.

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I don’t like using the hint coins either. There are those tough puzzles, though… Like that one where we got the answer right but we just typed it in wrong. It was a date and you wrote “04” for April when they were just looking for “4.”

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Those were the worst! It reminded me of the first time we played Trials and Tribulations, though. We knew the answer, we just weren’t sure how to reach it. Despite those little mishaps, though, the game itself was good. The characters, especially Layton and Luke, are all colorful and unique, both in design and personality. While we guessed the ending to the story and half of the mysteries, it was still enjoyable to help Layton solve them.

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This game definitely seemed to be more about the puzzles than the story itself, but it was good fun all the same. The village was curious, indeed. (Sorry, but not really.)

Professor Layton and the Curious Village gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

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What Do You Recommend?

Double Jump Kris MiiMonday again, huh? What happened to the weekend and all that time to play video games? Nevertheless, I hope everyone had a lovely start of the new week!

Has everyone heard that Breath of the Wild may be delayed again? My only consolation to this news is that I’m sure Nintendo just wants to make the best possible game they can…

That and there’s plenty of other games that I can play in the meantime. I’m itching for a new Zelda game, of course, always am. Yet, I realized fairly recently that I haven’t really played too many new games this year. While Rachel and I are currently working on Professor Layton and the Curious Village, I spent much of this year replaying old favorites, like Super Mario 64, Twilight Princess, and Mario Party 2.

While it’s always great replaying games, having that enjoyable reminder as to why I play games in the first place, there are so many other games out there that I have yet to try. (Oh, Blockbuster, how my wallet and I miss you! Anyone else remember that place? Or am I showing my age?)

This blog is fantastic for finding new games, and I’m busy devising a list of games to try out, such as Mass Effect from Kairos5 and Danganronpa from Mr. Panda. I was curious if there were any other games for people to throw Rachel’s and my way? We have all of the Nintendo consoles, along with a PlayStation 3 that we admittedly don’t use as often as we should. PC games are also cool.

Or, hey, if there’s any oldie but goody games that you’ve been playing again recently, feel free to share those too!