Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Level 5 Pieces Together Another Great Game
Level 5 has already made a trilogy of great Professor Layton games, and the fourth one (1st in a new trilogy) in the series shows how well they've mastered it.
The story follows Layton as he solves the case of a mysterious specter that seems to be destroying a small town, Misthallery. Following him is his new assistant, Emmy. This girl is quick with her mind and fists, never afraid to take on a challenge with either. As they start looking for clues, they come across boy, the mayor's son. This boy is famous in Misthallery for seemingly predicting the exact time and location the specter will strike. Interestingly, this turns out to be the same boy that accompanies Layton on his later adventures.
The touch screen controls are, just like the others in the series, crisp and easy to handle. There's not much difference there, but that a good thing. The gameplay is like the others too, but as well, that's a good thing. All I need is more puzzles to keep me satisfied. The minigames in here a fun to solve, including getting a toy train to the station, directing a play, and helping a fish get gold.
One thing that was advertised much was a minigame, titled "Professor Layton's London Life". They say its a 100+ hour RPG, but really its just a dumbed down and less fun version of Animal Crossing. its fun when your first start off, but after a while it just gets repetitive. Even if you don't touch this game, you're still looking at around 17 hours of playtime. WAY longer than other DS games.
In the end the story left me heart wrenched and sad, but satisfied. I don't think it was as good as Unwound Future's ending, but this series is by far the best story you'll get on the DS.
So, this is another masterpiece made by Level 5, and they sohw no sign of stopping right now. One of the best games on the DS to date.
I am a HUGE Prof. Layton fan, but this game just didn't cut it. Sure it had a bit better graphics, but it wasn't well thought out. First off, the initial interactions between Layton and Luke were a bit off, and I thought Luke would have an interesting backstory. The plot was very lackluster, as you could see every twist before you got to it. The professor never invented anything cool (even I could make a catapult out of a boat) and I HATED the new girl. She totally disrupts the non forceful aspect. Anyway, Unwound Future is really hard to top, and this game just didn't do it.
If you like the others, get this one too
Note: I am an 19 year old, sophomore in college.
I've played all of the others and this one follows the same formula. Solve puzzles, follow a plot. And there isn't anything wrong with this one either. The Professor Layton games are just so well done that the gameplay works. If you've played the others, you know what to expect and you will like this one too.
The plot. I felt that the plot in this game was much better than the previous ones. It felt coherent and more in depth than the others. I was also able to piece some parts together before they actually make you (they do mini-puzzles where you explain the plot and they explain how things are put together to reach the conclusions). There are still some ridiculous moments, like when they reveal the specter for the first time, but they still seem to oddly fit the Layton universe.
The puzzles were, as usual, varied and mostly well thought out. There were only a few that I just couldn't understand what they were asking and required a hint coin. There were also a lot more hint coins, probably due to a much larger area that you can explore. It certainly felt more open.
The soundtrack was also very fitting and well done, I give that an A.
The difficulty. I can't say for certain, either they toned down the difficulty to attract a younger age group or I am simply growing older and recognize the puzzles more. I completed the game with 107 of the 133 hint coins I found (they keep track for you). It just felt too easy, going through the game in roughly 10 hours. However, I completed the game with only about 110 puzzles done, so I'm probably going to the harder ones now, along with the quirky minigames.
I played about 30 minutes of the London Life, and it seems pretty cool, a kind of Animal Crossing with quests blend. You also can see all of the characters from the old games, which is pretty neat.
Overall: If you like solving puzzles, along with the thinking, turning the DS, and staying up later until just the next puzzle, get it.
Very fun and somewhat challenging
This game is very fun, no doubt. The only problem I see with it is the fact that whenever I'm about to do a puzzle, I pray for it to be difficult, but then see it worth only a few picarats. Still, the puzzles are very fun.
Prof. Layton does it again!
I thoroughly enjoy a good puzzle, and this game definitely gives you plenty to solve. I own the rest of the series, but this one is currently my favorite. I'm still playing it and I can't seem to put it down!!
OMG the puzzle pleasure.
This game is awesome. The pleasure and pain of playing this game is crazy. Some puzzles are challenging and drive me crazy whereas others are simple. The simple ones make me feel brilliant, the challenging ones make me feel more determined. I know some people are not like that so if you hate a challenge don't play this game. I gave this game a 9 for gameplay because I found it annoying that I had to tap so much for reading all the captions. There is A LOT of tapping, especially with all the dialogue. Overall, I am enjoying this game. The story line is great and I like the characters. I LOVE the Puzzles! :)
When I first turned on the game I was expirincing a lot of dramacitic stuff at the beginning. I can't wait to venture more in the game.
Gotta have it!
After having played the other three, I can't wait to get this one.
could be really good or a complete letdown
I've been looking forward to this game since it first came out in japan in 2010, and after seeing all the exciting trailer's for the spectre's flute and how the giant question of how Luke and the Professor met answered had me willing to wait a little longer than usual for them to perfect this amazing story. But seeing how last minute all this was announced in america, and the rather lackluster voice acting for descole has me worried that this game might not exactcly be up to par with the rest of the series. I'm still buying this game in the 17th (even if it is released on a monday..) and I'm hoping that Level-5 will go above and beyond expectations like they always do ^-^/
BEST PUZZLE SERIES
i can not wait for this game to come out. i love the layton series and i want to play this one.