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5.0 out of 5 stars A sheer joy to play, and a great addition to both series., 3 April 2014
This review is from: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS) (Video Game)
I have been waiting eagerly for this game, and it certainly does not disappoint.

It is important to note the '12' rating on this game. The storyline is much darker than previous Layton games. This, added to the Phoenix Wright courtroom segments, makes the game less suitable for younger children than the Professor's earlier adventures.

The movement between locations for the Professor Layton segments has improved since earlier games. Now you can move directly from one location to another simply by clicking on the map. You are also told how many hint coins and hidden puzzles are to be found in each area - which makes it more straightforward to check you have collected everything.

The artwork and music are simply stunning. The game is an absolute joy to play.

I was a little concerned that some of the minor characters from the two series would not be appearing in this new game - the main characters Layton/Luke and Nick/Maya are transported to a 'new' world, Labyrinthia. But I needn't have worried. Firstly the early scenes are in London and a few old friends from earlier adventures make a brief appearance. In the early Phoenix Wright scenes I was chuckling out loud at the ingenious way that references are made to the early adventures....my favourite moment was the reappearance of the Blue Badger! And secondly, there are plenty of strong new characters to get to know.

It does help if you have played previous games in both Professor Layton and Ace Attorney series. But if not then there are brief but comprehensive introductions to both forms of game play. For those who have never played Ace Attorney before, be prepared for a certain amount of reading - even in the Layton segments.

The Layton puzzles appear to be pretty much up to standard - some straightforward ones - especially at the beginning - and some more challenging. One thing to note - there do not seem to be any mini-games in this adventure. The Phoenix Wright courtroom scenes take on a new twist in Labyrinthia where you cross-examine more than one witness at a time - also Phoenix no longer uses the magatama in his investigations.

I am currently in the middle of the first of the Labyrinthian trials, and find the game challenging, fun and a fine addition to both series.
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