Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    Though padded somewhat by a repetitive combination of puzzles, strategy and RPG elements, Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights finally gives gamers an adventure of substance on the Nintendo 3DS.
  2. Jan 3, 2012
    76
    Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights combines Zelda gameplay with Pokèmon stlye fights with a hint of Layton puzzles. A recipe for an adventure hit!
  3. Dec 1, 2011
    40
    We were expecting a serious competitor against Layton. Lautrec is aiming for more than a succession of riddles, with added exploration, stealth, and a hint of RPG-styled combat. But it doesn't really seduce in any aspect of the lot. The only real success is the atmosphere, and the bits and pieces of knowledge you can get on the city of Paris.
  4. Apr 23, 2012
    20
    With all of the incredibly boring slogging that goes on between puzzles, and considering that the quality of the puzzles themselves ranges from bad to mediocre, Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is impossible to recommend to even the most ravenous puzzle players. Even if this game were available for free, I wouldn't recommend spending time with it.
  5. Mar 22, 2012
    42
    A collection of missed opportunities. It's a game that wants to be like a Layton game and not be like one, and suffers in the comparison because of all the ways it falls short. The incredible amount of French history, clever story elements and extensive dialogue filling the game establish this wasn't a title that was thrown on shelves with minimal investment.
  6. Mar 2, 2012
    50
    In the end Doctor Lautrec is really enjoyable when you play it and boring when you're sitting through long cutscenes and dialog exchanges between its bland cast of chracters. It's just too bad the gameplay is spread too far and too thin
  7. 40
    Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is interesting only in how miserably it misses the Layton mark. While its presentation is wondrous, the actual game part is terrible. No part of the game succeeds enough to make the other parts worth slogging through. Unless you're hard up for a game that slightly resembles much better games, you are best off avoiding Doctor Lautrec's debut journey at all costs.
  8. Jan 9, 2012
    60
    Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights fails to counter the popularity of professor's Layton adventures, presenting a poor charachter design and puzzles.
  9. Jan 6, 2012
    55
    Professor Layton this is not, but imitation it tries. Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights fails to capture the magic that it is trying to emulate. Repetitive puzzles and a lack of player interaction during gameplay will leave you wanting much more.
  10. Dec 27, 2011
    40
    What little Lautrec does, it does competently but not compellingly.
  11. Dec 23, 2011
    75
    Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is a surprisingly well crafted clone of the Professor Layton series which tries to offer something new to the fans of the genre. However, it lacks the depth and freshness of Layton's puzzles and its three-layered structure gets repetitive too fast.
  12. Dec 15, 2011
    60
    A dull and uninspired Layton clone, with a couple of good ideas ad a lot of repetitive puzzles. Sorry Doctor, but we prefer our Professor!
  13. A high quality game that makes a strong start then descends into repetition, sadly.
  14. Nov 24, 2011
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.
  15. Dec 26, 2013
    70
    Whilst not the superb Professor Layton competitor that people were expecting, Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is a pleasant surprise, proving to be an intriguing prospect on its own merits.
  16. Jan 9, 2012
    40
    If this is edutainment, it could do with a lot more of the latter part. [Issue#117, p.118]
  17. Dec 7, 2011
    56
    Does an awful lot, but it fails to do any of it well. [Dec 2011, p.52]
  18. Nov 20, 2011
    68
    A stunning-looking 3DS game but one that gets boring after countless similar missions. [Christmas 2011, p.80]
  19. Oct 6, 2011
    65
    The turn-based battle system--in which you pit your collection of possessed treasures against enemy spirits--is sort of interesting, but not enough to make up for the title's shortcomings. [Oct 2011, p.84]
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 13, 2013
    6
    A game with bad versions of pokemon fights and bad versions of puzzle solving games. There seemed to be a max of 5 different types of puzzles, pathetically easy. The characters looked interesting but the story fell down and overall it just wasn't that great. Full Review »