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4.0 out of 5 stars Okay puzzles, but nothing more, 26 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Nintendo 3DS) (Video Game)
This is my first Layton game, and I understand that the series is quite popular.

It is indeed an exquisitely well-polished game. But it's not really what I was looking for. I'll write down the reasons, in case you are like me and you don't exactly fit within the target audience.

1. The story has some interesting twists, but unfortunately takes itself a bit too seriously. I felt that it is drawn for too long. While moderately interesting in the beginning, the story throws rather irrelevant details at you, which are not very fun on their own and do not help move the story forward. I wish that the puzzles appeared faster.

2. The puzzles themselves are okay, but not very exciting. They are too easy, for the most part. And when they are difficult, they are not difficult in a "hard, but fun" way.

I am especially disappointed by the large number of puzzles that rely on "thinking out of the box", rather than straight logic. For example, one later puzzle asks you how many packages of a given size can be fit in two wooden crates. The obvious answer is wrong. The final unlockable hint tells you: if you were to break open the two wooden boxes... and join them together into one larger box... then you could fit two more packages. Honestly, I don't enjoy it when a puzzle depends on misinterpreting the rules!

Of course, not all puzzles are like that. You can add your favorite puzzles to a special list, and I added there about four genuinely good puzzles - out of 80 puzzles completed.

My "Activity Log" on the Nintendo 3DS shows that I have played the game for 19 hours. Mind you, much of this was reading the story. It's good that the game kept my attention long enough. But, to tell you the truth, I did hope that the puzzles got better later on.

I have another puzzle game, "James Noir's Holywood Crimes 3D", which is a superior puzzle game in many respects. The puzzles are more interesting, more replayable, and utilize the Nintendo 3DS hardware in surprising ways. There is just enough story content to provide some context, while allowing you to jump into puzzle solving right away.

Again, this Layton game is okay... just maybe not for me. It has great production values and seems very accessible to a younger audience.
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Initial post: 30 Nov 2012 23:50:18 GMT
Katzii says:
Thank you kindly for your objective review!

Posted on 6 Dec 2012 15:22:02 GMT
Agreed, a well written and considered review, thank you for taking the time to write it.

Posted on 7 Jan 2013 00:23:37 GMT
Alan says:
Really good review there! Nicely explained and to the point. You have definitely helped me make my mind up, thanks!
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