Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask - 3DS

Release Date:

26 October 2012

Viewing UK:

Also on USA.
7.3

Summary:

In Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, players join the professor and his assistants Emmy and Luke as they explore their surroundings, talk with residents, and solve dozens of logic puzzles. The investigation soon leads them to find a mysterious artifact that may explain why the professor's friend disappeared 18 years earlier. Puzzle scenarios are presented on the top screen, with players using their stylus and touch screen to solve puzzles and earn Picarats. Gamers receive the maximum number of Picarats if they find the solution on their first try, but they can also use Hint Coins if they get stuck on any particular puzzle. Miracle Mask also includes a variety of mini-games outside of the main storyline.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Level 5
  • Publisher(s):
    • Nintendo
  • Release Date(s):
    • 26 October, 2012
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 7+
  • Series:
    • Professor Layton
  • Mode(s):
    • Single-player
  • Internet:
    • Download Puzzles
  • Not Compatible:
    • Download Play
    • StreetPass
    • Local Play
  • 3D Mode:
    • Yes
  • SpotPass:
    • Yes

Technical Information

  • Average Playing Time:
    • 30 Hours
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Posted:
2013-03-18

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3DS

6.5

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the fifth game in the Professor Layton series. The series, known for its puzzles, lovable characters, intriguing plots and mysterious worlds, does not disappoint with this latest installment.

At the end of something wonderful, one often asks for more. That is to say, more of the same. Veterans of the series will be pleased to find that this is exactly what Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask delivers: more of the same. The gameplay and mechanics remain largely unchanged. At first, this may seem like a point of criticism, but even seasoned fans will find that there is still much to learn about solving the same types of puzzles that were present in past Professor Layton games. The folks at Level-5 (the creators) show that the old puzzle types have not been exhausted, and the whole game feels fresh.

For this series, the world and setting are perhaps more important than the gameplay itself. The Professor Layton series may fall into the "puzzle" genre, but it is first and foremost an adventure series, at the heart of which are astounding new worlds. Miracle Mask takes advantage of the 3DS's enhanced processing and graphical power, and presents an imaginative, vibrant world that pushes the boundaries of reality and fantasy.

In Miracle Mask, the characters enter Monte d'Or, a fictional, city-sized carnival. Monte d'Or is reminiscent of a Disney theme park with hints of Vegas and Europe also present. The effect is the creation of a place that could believably exist in reality, while maintaining the charm needed to satisfy fans' craving for a fantasy world.

The plot of the game revolves around a masked man performing dark miracles at Monte d'Or. This clash between fantastical entertainment and magical darkness seems to offer some commentary on the elusiveness of pleasure and entertainment. The presence of magic allows for sublime happiness, but also a looming darkness. The city, which thrives on entertainment, shows and games, becomes the entertainment of a twisted figure, demonstrating the potential consequences of pleasure, and complicating the roles of audience and performer. These intellectual issues make Miracle Mask, and indeed, the entire Professor Layton series, enjoyable for a mature audience. However, these themes are explored at a level suitable for any age. Being a sort of detective, Professor Layton undergoes an ironic quest for truth in this fantasy world, as he tries to discover the identity and motive of the masked man. The plot takes as many twists and turns as one of Monte d'Or's roller coasters, providing entertainment for the sophisticated parent, or their child.

The game as a whole is a masterpiece of integrated parts. The story and puzzles complement each other, as opposed to one aspect overshadowing the other. In many games, the plot is simply a necessary evil, thrown in as an excuse for the gameplay. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, on the other hand, seamlessly welds its puzzles, characters, visuals and story into an astounding package.

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