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Archaeologist and puzzle-solver Professor Layton is set to return in an all-new adventure that will take players deeper into the professor’s past than ever before: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.

Featuring 150 brand new brainteasers and a new set of minigames courtesy of the Professor’s Trunk, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask also boasts 365 additional Daily Puzzles distributed via the Nintendo Network – one puzzle a day for a whole year from the day of the game’s launch.

The fifth game in the series sees you pick up with Layton, Luke and Emmy some time after the events of Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call. The intrepid trio is called upon to stop the mysterious Masked Gentleman from terrorising the city of Monte d’Or with magically dark miracles, such as turning citizens to stone. The professor suspects the involvement of the Mask of Chaos, a mask rumoured to bestow great power upon whoever wears it. The revelation takes Layton back to a dark episode of his past, which may hold the solution to the problems of the present. These flashbacks introduce Layton’s parents and childhood friend Randall, and allow you to play as the 17 year-old Layton, who pays a high price for discovering his passion for archaeology…

While being presented in the charming hand-drawn style of previous games in the series, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask on the Nintendo 3DS system uses 3D animations and character models to bring depth to the visuals. The game also features a brand new game mode that sees the young Professor Layton explore ancient ruins and requires you to help him reach the exits of a series of puzzling chambers while avoiding a variety of obstacles and mummy enemies.

There are also three new minigames available from the Professor’s Trunk. The Toy Robot challenges you to control a wind-up toy robot that always moves three steps at a time. Navigating a series of contraptions along the way, can you guide it to the goal safely? The second addition is One-Stop Shop where your skills of stocking shelves in an appealing way are put to the test – you’ll only succeed if you manage to entice customers to buy everything off the shelves in one go. Finally, in Rabbit Show, you’ll help Luke train a circus rabbit that has been deemed unfit to perform by its angry ringmaster. Chat with and train the rabbit to teach it new tricks and perform in plays that will persuade its master to accept it back into the circus.

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It's Layton, so you probably know the answer

While gamers in Japan are eagerly awaiting the final part of the Professor Layton prequel trilogy, those of us in the West are relieved to finally get our hands on what was a Japanese 3DS launch title, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask — originally...

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User Comments (17)

ExploderReviews

#2

ExploderReviews said:

why are they making this and one for the ds it seems like your gonna have to choose one over the other (this obviously being the good choice) depending on if you can buy this system. I myself have only played the first one but it was pretty fun so I might try the diabolical box before i get this.

Cipher

#3

Cipher said:

@ExploderReviews - This is the fifth title in the series so it won't launch in North America and Europe until the end of 2012. There are still two DS titles to launch from the series - Unwound Future this year and Specter's Flute in 2011.

Colors

#5

Colors said:

@Cipher They're going to release it sooner because the specter's flute is probably not going to be released in europe or america

SuperAj3

#7

SuperAj3 said:

Yes! We will now be on par with Japan! (Last Specter's been released in Australia now too!)

geekygamer

#8

geekygamer said:

:( i want this game SO BAD!Im only 11 and i got a dsi 2 years ago.Im not allowed a 3ds D: i dunno HOW im gonna survive(spelling fail) with 2 layton games out on a console i cannot play.DX

Tobias95

#15

Tobias95 said:

I am sur gonna get this! I love tha Layton games ^^ (And the movie ia great too)

TWK

#16

TWK said:

Can't wait for this one! Will be my first real Layton title.

SqueedilyPlays

#17

SqueedilyPlays said:

Recently remembered I had a free download code for this. Fantastic game, love the story driven narrative and the puzzles.I've been playing this for over 10 hours. I can't wait for the next one in 2014.

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