Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask’s Petrifying Beginning

By Spencer . October 18, 2012 . 5:55pm

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask should be a grand time for Layton and his young sidekick Luke. The duo arrive in the festive city Monte d’Or during an extravagant parade, but tragedy strikes when suddenly a giant clown balloon falls from the sky and people turn into stone.


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Layton traveled to Monte d’Or after receiving a letter from Angela, a long lost friend he hasn’t spoken to in 18 years. Angela tells Layton about the Mask of Chaos curse and pleads for the professor’s help. Being an English gentleman, Professor Layton isn’t the type of guy to abandon an old friend, so he travels to Monte d’Or with Luke and Emmy.


Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask sticks with the same formula where you solve brainteasers to move the story forward. In the first puzzle, you help Layton untie balloon strings by tapping panels on the touch screen. Then a little girl comes over to Layton asking where her mommy is, but only gives a vague description about her hair color and purse. You have to pick the correct mom by looking at five clues said by five women.


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I was expecting Medusa, but instead a Masked Man took credit for ruining the parade and turning people to stone. Professor Layton hopped on a horse and made chase. This led to a mini-game where I had to slide Layton left or right to dodge crates and grab carrots to get a speed boost. Imagine a riding a horse in Animal Crossing: Wild World, that’s kind of what this was like.


What’s else is new? Aside from the story, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask moves the series into the third dimension with 3D character models. If you turn on the depth slider you’ll see Layton’s finger poke out of the screen when you solve a puzzle and "look into" the town of Monte d’Or. It feels like Level-5 had more places to hide precious hint coins in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask since you can zoom into parts of the map.


With only two puzzles solved, there is a lot more of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for me to see. I suppose there will be a lot to see even after I complete the game since Level-5 will release a free brainteaser everyday for an entire year. That’s 365 more puzzles and bonus content until October 28, 2013. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask comes out on October 28, 2012.

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  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Well…… it is Layton there are no need to question for the game being great there.^_^

  • sfried

     I have this preordered like a true gentleman.

  • Phlo

    So how are they going to explain things without magic this time? Whatever they do, I’m sure it will be as delightfully loopy as always.

  • neetyneety

    My goodness I am terribly excited for this game. The wait is excruciating, agonizing even. 

  • Aoshi00

    Just started the US version today, I was surprised it has 3 save slots instead of 1 that was in the Jpn version, no wonder one of the Club Nintendo questions when you register was “how many family members are playing this game?” :)  I was like no more than 1 person could play at a time.. that was one complaint from many Jpn gamers before. 

    The graphics and text are small as always, so it would really help playing it on an XL.. still I find the new presentation/toggling btwn the 2 screens more cumbersome to read the description, look at the pic, and jot down on memo at the same time, also poking around and moving on the map is also more of a hassle compared to the DS games..

  • Elvick

    Haven’t picked it up yet, couldn’t since there were so many games releasing that week. I feel guilty, since I’ve bought them all day 1… but I still haven’t gotten through the first one. I feel like cheating on the puzzles defeats the purpose, so I go really really slowly through them. I’m not always in the mood to feel stupid. :P

    I’ll probably ask for this for Christmas.

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