Layton’s Mystery Journey Deluxe Edition Switch review – brain retraining – Latest News


 The Professor Layton series continues on Nintendo Switch, with a welcome remaster of the brain-teasing 3DS game
 When Nintendo started talking about bringing dormant 3DS franchises to the Switch we immediately thought of games like Ace Attorney and Etrian Odyssey, before realising they were nothing to do with Nintendo
Neither is Professor Layton, even though they distribute the series for Level-5 in the West, but although this is just a remaster of the most recent game from 2017 we’re glad to see it make the jump and hopeful that it will allow the series to continue in a post portable-only world
 Professor Layton is very much a product of the Nintendo DS era of portable games
Its modest production values and puzzle-oriented gameplay make much more sense on a handheld device, for both creators and customers
And so, since the decline of the 3DS the once prominent franchise has been almost forgotten, with the various attempts at mobile spin-offs meeting with little obvious success
 That includes Layton’s Mystery Journey, which despite being half the price on mobile still seems more at home on the 3DS and, now, the Switch
For those not familiar with the franchise it was inspired by a series of Japanese puzzle books and features a wide variety of logic puzzles, maths quizzes, riddles, and other text-based conundrums
Many involve little or no onscreen interaction but for anyone that’s ever enjoyed a game of Sudoku the games are a great way to relax and tease your brain
   Layton’s Mystery Journey doesn’t feature Professor Layton in the lead role but instead his daughter Katrielle, although that makes little practical difference to proceedings
This Deluxe Edition bumps the number of puzzles up to over 500 and while a lot of those are previously released free DLC there are 40 brand new ones as well, and you still get daily puzzles for a full year on top of that
 That’s in addition to 50 new outfits and all the original DLC ones, so you’re certainly not lacking for content
There’s also been an attempt to upgrade the graphics, although given the art style and heavy use of static, hand-drawn artwork that only makes so much difference
At least the Switch version has optional use of the touchscreen though, which curiously many 3DS ports do not
 All of that is welcome but the main problem with the original is that most of the puzzles were a notch down in cleverness from the earlier entries in the series, seemingly because of the untimely death of contributor Akira Tago
 Even so, this is still a fun puzzle compilation that works particularly well on the Switch Lite
Whether it will help rejuvenate the series we don’t know but a new game starring the Professor is supposed to be underway and after this we’d certainly welcome him and his daughter back to the Switch
 CLICK HERE FOR THE ORIGINAL FULL REVIEW OF LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY  Formats: Nintendo SwitchPrice: £34
99Publisher: Nintendo/Level-5Developer: Level-5Release Date: 8th November 2019Age Rating: 7  Email [email protected]
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