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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as ever, 2 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I have purchased and played every Professor Layton game so I could not wait to get my hands on this. However, I had pre-ordered for delivery on day of release and it did not arrive! I was off on holiday so thought I would just have to wait three weeks and be patient. Funnily enough, while I was away I was curious to read what people were saying about it on Amazon and saw the reviews about 'London Life' missing from the European games. I managed to purchase an import copy while away and here is my verdict.

Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call (or the Last Specter)
The game was every bit as good as the last three. In fact, I think the story was better than some of the other far-fetched and anti-climax storylines. The addition of Layton's first assistant plus finding out how the Professor met Luke really added to the game. The puzzles are similar to what has gone before but some were harder and there are also new additions, such as solving puzzles mid-story to move the game along (you don't get picarats for these ones but they are pretty crucial to get to the next chapter).

I found that there were rather a lot of animated scenes, more so than before, and I found them a bit annoying. The other thing that really got me were the comments that kept popping up on screen. So if you were tapping around for hint coins you would get several comments first from the Professor, Emmy and Luke before the screen would clear, and if you happened to tap that spot again they would all come up again and obscure the screen. Some may not have minded, but I certainly found it irritating.

However, the game itself is superb and the franchise goes from strength to strength. I could not put this game down and I am already impatient for the next one! Here is where 'London Life' can keep you going...

London Life

Thanks to the prompt and informative reviews on here, I found out about this extra game. As I started playing, I wasn't too bothered about whether I would have had it on the UK version or not, but it quickly became addictive. It's a bit like an 'Animal Crossing' or 'Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams' game whereby you have to build up wealth and happiness to move on. Plus there are main story quests and side quests (around 247 in all) that you can take on and fulfil. The nice thing is, Little London, where this is set, features many characters from all the Layton games, as well as well-known landmarks such as the university or Scotland Yard or the museum. I am enjoying it and just as addicted!

It is a real, real shame that it was not included for the European market. I am surprised that Nintendo did not reward its loyal followers in this way. Perhaps they can include it as a download because it is definitely a great addition. That said, it does not take away from the Spectre game (at least you don't have to listen to bad, fake English accents!) but I still felt I could only give 4 stars not 5 as my review is for the overall package.

Even if you can't get hold of an import, I would highly recommend this game to new and old Laytoners alike.
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