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

Platform : Nintendo DS
4.6 out of 5 stars 287 customer reviews

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Game Information

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

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  • ASIN: B005MND9C6
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm ; 95 g
  • Release Date: 25 Nov. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
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Product description

Professor Layton and the spectres call(Nintendo DS), missing instruction manual.

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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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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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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The Professor Layton games are really well put together. There are a few things that I like about the series and the first is that anyone new to the DS will find them engaging for example if your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/mum/dad/uncle/grandparent etc have never played a DS game before then this is a pretty safe bet to get them started. Very wide appeal. The PEGI rating for this game is 7 years plus but there are quite a few puzzles that a younger child of this age will need help with. Interestingly the US version is ESRB rated Everyone 10+. My husband who has never really played computer games as an adult (long story) and never really taken an interest in my DS activities expressed an interest when I became stuck on a puzzle featured in Professor Layton and the Curious Village. It was a maths based one, you know the sort an 'a=54- 562+b=cx456-987 find the value of Z' type of thing. After an hour of him taking over my game and completing a further 10 or so puzzles I found myself wrestling the DS system back off of him. After that event we found ourselves acting out the advert that advertised the game at the time of release. You know the cheesy one where a couple are sat on the sofa peering over a DS and trying to solve the chicken puzzle? This is another thing I like about this game. You can be social whilst playing these game series. Excellent for a family and even better if you buy a DSi XL. The picture quality may become a bit more pixellated but not so much to ruin your enjoyment. I'm sorry I have strayed a bit from my initial title.Read more ›
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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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This is another great game in the Layton stable. If you haven't come across Professor Layton before then the basic premise is that you have to solve puzzles to help professor Layton in his quest. There are enough puzzles to keep the most ardent of officionados happy. Some are fairly easy and others extremely tricky. The storyline alongside is good but a tad lengthy. Sometimes I felt it dragged which is why I have given four stars instead of five. I like the way Luke si introduced in this one and we get to know more about him. If you like puzzles I would definitely recommend this game.
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