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Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call (Nintendo DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 7 and Over
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • ASIN: B005MND9C6
  • Item Weight: 95 g
  • Release Date: 25 Nov. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,107 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

The consummate gentleman will soon return in his most thrilling case yet: Professor Layton And The Spectre's Call is coming to Nintendo DS.

Professor Layton And The Spectre's Call is bursting to the brim with brand new puzzles to challenge and delight both seasoned Professor Layton fans and those new to the series. The exciting storyline, set three years before the events of Professor Layton and the Curious Village, follows the story of how Professor Layton first met his soon-to-be trusty assistant Luke. Players will also be introduced to Layton's female assistant, Emmy, who is keen to work with him to discover the mystery behind the Misthallery spectre. The more puzzles you solve, the closer you will get to cracking Layton's latest mystery.

This new instalment still features the animated charm and hand-drawn art that has featured in the previous Professor Layton titles, as well as lots of brand new content. Brand-new minigames and all-new episodes can be unlocked as you progress through the game. Each episode offers you a glimpse into the life of some of the interesting characters that you meet while solving the case.

As well as guiding Layton through this captivating new storyline, you can also get to grips with three new minigames. Lay a train track for a small model train to pass through all the stations and reach the goal, or juggle verbs to get the right performance on stage. The third new minigame involves you guiding a fish around an obstacle course to collect golden coins.

  • 170+ brand new puzzles!
  • Unravel the events surrounding how Layton and his young protégé Luke first met, in this thrilling prequel to Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Every puzzle unlocks a new secret in Layton's biggest case yet!
  • Save the town of Misthallery from a dangerous spectre, summoned by a peculiar flute

Manufacturer's Description

Eponymous puzzle-solver Professor Layton returns exclusively to the Nintendo DS family of consoles including Nintendo 3DS, in a new mysterious adventure, Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call, available across Europe on 25th November.

Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call is bursting to the brim with brand new puzzles to challenge and delight both seasoned Professor Layton fans and those new to the series. The exciting storyline, set three years before the events of Professor Layton and the Curious Village, follows the story of how Professor Layton first met his soon-to-be trusty assistant Luke. Players will also be introduced to Layton’s female assistant, Emmy, who is keen to work with him to discover the mystery behind the Misthallery spectre. The more puzzles you solve, the closer you will get to cracking Layton’s latest mystery.

Features:

  • This new instalment still features the animated charm and hand-drawn art that has featured in the previous Professor Layton titles, as well as lots of brand new content.
  • Set 3 years before The Curious Village when the Professor first met Luke.
  • Brand-new mini-games and all-new episodes can be unlocked as you progress through the game.
  • There are three new mini-games in total. Lay a train track for a small model train to pass through all the stations and reach the goal, or juggle verbs to get the right performance on stage. The third new minigame involves you guiding a fish around an obstacle course to collect golden coins.
  • Each episode offers you a glimpse into the life of some of the interesting characters that you meet while solving the case.

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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Layton Yet? 29 Nov. 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It needs to be said, if you loved the previous Professor Layton games then you'll love this one. The presentation is better, the minigames are more engaging, more variety of puzzles, more voice acting and cut scenes, the quality of this game is faultless. It cannot quite compare to the emotional impact of "The Lost Future" but the story is unmitigated fan service, with nods the fans will love, including just how Layton and Luke met, and some surprising returns from old characters.

The only issue I have with this game is "London Life". For those of you who don't know, this was an extra minigame included in the Japan and US releases. It is an RPG which sees you living in London doing quests for characters of the games, and purports to have 100 hours of playtime. Many people are outraged that due to long localization times this game is not available in Europe (as although an english copy of the game is in circulation in the US, UK English, French, German, Spanish etc versions are not available). If this is an issue for you, I would strongly recommend importing this game from the US. If however you are not too bothered about this, I cannot recommend this release higher to you. The voice-acting is sublime as always (the UK voice actors are less irritating than their US counterparts), and this is the most complete Layton experience ever.

Even without London Life, this is a worthy package that deserves to be in your DS (or 3DS) for many months, fully deserving the same ratings that the other games in the series regularly get.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layton Returns. 17 Dec. 2011
By Roxy
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Professor Layton never seems to let you down. I love the puzzles, just wish it was much longer. I just don't want it to end, another downfall is that it makes you very unsociable towards friends and loved ones, as once you start its hard to put it down!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layton strikes again 19 Dec. 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Once again Prof Layton doesn't dissapoint, the only trouble with this is its so addictive I've nearly finished it....whens the next oneProfessor Layton and the Spectre's Call (Nintendo DS)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really gets the grey matter working! 9 Jan. 2012
By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I think this has to be the best Layton so far. It is jam packed full of puzzles ranging from fairly easy ones to ones that are so hard it nearly drives you mad trying to work them out. My poor Husband has had cries for help so many times during this game that he said he may as well have played the entire thing himself :-) Even he who has a really logical mind was stymied by one particular puzzle and announced it couldn't be done. I did prove him wrong and through sheer persistence and bloody mindedness managed to work it out myself.

You tend to become rather anti-social whilst playing this game as it is so compulsive and I simply couldn't bear going to bed leaving a puzzle unsolved. I did draw the line one night when I simply had to cheat because it was nearly 2.00am and I was still struggling.

The graphics are good as usual and so are the voices and the music although I hardly ever have the sound turned on as I find it a bit of distraction. You have to check these things out though.

I thought the story was better than some of the other Layton games even though it was a little sad at the end.

My only slight moan is that some of the video clips were a bit too long and I got rather impatient.

I loved the mini games in particular whacking the mice which sent me into a total frenzy. I shall probably go back and play this game all over again at some point but in general I was very pleased with my score, the highest I have ever achieved to date.

A superb, well thought out game indeed and very highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New one for me 1 Jan. 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Having just bought a Nintendo DS, I love the games. I've done Sherlock Holmes and Titanic, and by far, Professor Layton is brilliant. The Spectre's Call is my first Professor, so I've got lots to plough through. Its a great game, having played Titanic and Sherlock Holmes, and completed them in a couple of days (I only play for a couple of hours at any given time), I started Professor Layton, Spectre's Call on Boxing Day, playing it for a couple of hours every day up to today, 1 January, and I'm still no nearer finishing it. A great buy (well, I didn't buy it, its pressie off my hubby):)
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 11 Dec. 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ignore the bad reviews, they are just childish people who are sore about not getting it all.

This is a great game, it is everything you expect from the usual Prof Layton games.

DO NOT be put off buying it because of the "missing game". Having played 'London Life' it isn't that great. It isn't the acclaimed "100+ RPG". It takes much less time than that and is a joke to call it an RPG. It could easily be mistaken for a Gameboy colour game. You are not missing anything.

If you want a good Professor Layton game with the same great puzzles as you have come to expect then buy it, don't hesitate.

If you are thinking of taking the risk of buying an American copy, don't
1) The game really isn't worth it.
2) There is no garuntee it will work on your DS (the bad reviews fail to mention this)
3) I'm guessing you are buying this because you want a fun puzzle game? yes. If you want to have an RPG buy something that was made to be an RPG, not something stuck into a bundle.

If you want an RPG that DOES last a long time, then buy this AND Skyrim, or pick up a Final Fantasy game. Just don't be put off that 'London Life' isn't here, it really isn't worth the hassle.
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