Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. Mar 28, 2014
    95
    With a full year of puzzles on top of what’s already in the game, puzzle enthusiasts will find a lot of enjoyment here.
  2. May 22, 2014
    90
    A worthy finale to Professor Layton's adventures, whether you've played the previous games or not.
  3. Mar 15, 2014
    90
    With his sixth globetrotting escapade, Professor Layton secures an enduring gaming legacy, with just a few little bumps on the way.
  4. Feb 25, 2014
    90
    Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy follows a grand tradition of puzzle-adventures. Filled to the brim with brain teasers of all shapes and sizes, The Azran Legacy is a relatively non-linear exploration of the series' last mysteries. Will you like it? It depends. How much do you enjoy having your mental processes challenged?
  5. Dec 1, 2013
    90
    All in all, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy shows there is still plenty of mileage in the series, but as time has been called on this particular line of Hershel Layton adventures, it proves to be a fitting closure with some great twists at the story's conclusion, along with clever plot elements that tie this precursor trilogy back into the first ever game, The Curious Village.
  6. Nov 6, 2013
    90
    Puzzle solving is a gentlemanly pursuit, one that will perhaps never be better personified than in Professor Layton and his inquiring entourage.
  7. Nov 4, 2013
    90
    Instead of feeling exhausted, this episode brings some of the best moments of the series. Another outstanding adventure of the Professor that every fan of puzzles should try.
  8. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    If Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy really is the end of an era, it's a fitting sign-off. Hershel Layton and his companions have been wonderful additions to the DS and 3DS systems, bringing gracious simplicity and charm with each release.
  9. Feb 25, 2014
    88
    An amazing conclusion to the beloved puzzle series. Its variety and clever storytelling make it the most interesting and well-executed installment of the franchise, and it’s nice to see that after six games, Level-5 can keep surprising players with intriguing, surprisingly moving plots and hundreds of clever puzzles.
  10. Nov 6, 2013
    88
    An intriguing conclusion to the adventures of Layton.
  11. Mar 11, 2014
    87
    Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is a very pretty adventure, which uses various puzzles where other games would use action or fights. The puzzles should be a bit more in tune with the story and the locations, though. [Nov 2013]
  12. Mar 9, 2014
    86
    All-in-all, the Layton series has been and will always be a wonderful break from some of the more established gaming formulas.
  13. Nov 13, 2013
    86
    Layton says goodbye with a grand story in a game that feels like a compilation of the best elements of the fantastic Level 5 puzzle saga.
  14. Mar 7, 2014
    85
    Anyone who's a fan of Layton will find another great adventure. If you haven't had a chance to travel with the great Professor, this can be a great jumping off point to really get a good idea of what this series is all about.
  15. Mar 6, 2014
    85
    An excellent farewell to a gentleman that never disappoints, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy keeps intact the high quality and endearing charm of the series.
  16. Feb 25, 2014
    85
    While Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy offers little innovation or surprise, it’s still just as charming and entertaining as ever, and it’s a fitting end to a legacy of perplexing brainteasers.
  17. Nov 27, 2013
    85
    Layton goes out with neither a band nor a whimper, but with a nice cup of tea. [Christmas 2013, p.79]
  18. Nov 19, 2013
    85
    After six games Level-5 is still capable of delivering fresh, innovative and addictive puzzles in a beloved franchise.
  19. Nov 12, 2013
    85
    The last entry in the Layton series maintains the magic and the witty puzzles, and closes the saga with an interesting and mysterious storyline. If you loved the previous entries you'll love this one too, it's quite the closure.
  20. Nov 11, 2013
    85
    It doesn't take many risks with the established formula, but its story is engaging, intelligently written and compelling to the end.
  21. Goodbye, old friend: it's been one hell of a ride, albeit a very familiar one. Azran Legacy represents a rock-solid end to a Nintendo handheld champion.
  22. 85
    As this is a prequel and the fate of many characters is already well known, Azran Legacy can’t really hope to compete with the emotional gravity of Lost Future. However, it is an intelligent and engaging addition to the series, bringing together the best of the new and old.
  23. 83
    Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, is a great, even perspective changing game that showed me that games don’t need endless action to be fun.
  24. Feb 25, 2014
    83
    Level-5 insists this is the end of Professor Layton taking top billing. The franchise will continue in unknown directions, but The Azran Legacy offers a worthwhile conclusion that adheres closely to the same formula that made Layton so beloved.
  25. Nov 15, 2013
    82
    A charming farewell of the puzzle sleuth.
  26. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is a puzzle game that doesn’t just exist to solve cryptic riddles but also to provide pure entertainment and enjoyment.
  27. Mar 6, 2014
    80
    The massive catalog of puzzles is incredibly enticing and the visuals give it a unique beauty.
  28. Mar 4, 2014
    80
    Although it's too familiar for its own good, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is a fine conclusion for the series, at least for the time being. With a fresh story, solid presentation and plenty of puzzles and challenges, this is one mystery that doesn't wear out its welcome.
  29. Feb 26, 2014
    80
    A great conclusion to a great trilogy, and hundreds of puzzles to keep you busy. Minigames from previous titles have been the highlight, but fall short in this final entry.
  30. Feb 25, 2014
    80
    Azran Legacy doesn’t change much about the Layton formula, but the series stays true to its strengths to the very end.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 3, 2013
    9
    Great storyline completion. Of course the number of puzzles reduced due to greater attention to the storyline (can sprint as minus), butGreat storyline completion. Of course the number of puzzles reduced due to greater attention to the storyline (can sprint as minus), but recycled and puzzles themselves look much fresher than in the Miracle Mask. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2014
    6
    a great end to a great series. the puzzles may not surprise long time fans like myself but i still managed to get a lot of enjoyment whena great end to a great series. the puzzles may not surprise long time fans like myself but i still managed to get a lot of enjoyment when solving this games clever collection of puzzles. the plot is also pretty great too and new characters like professor s and the azran girl are very likeable. the soundtrack and graphics are also very impressive too. Full Review »
  3. Mar 4, 2014
    10
    Azran Legacy is truly a fitting end to an amazing series. Clever puzzles and superb music and animation mixed with a compelling story and aAzran Legacy is truly a fitting end to an amazing series. Clever puzzles and superb music and animation mixed with a compelling story and a less linear structure put this among the very best Layton games out there, and up with the best games on the 3DS. It also includes some of the best visuals on the system. Despite a slower start than usual, the story is great and cleverly connects the two trilogies without leaving many loose ends. 365 daily puzzles plus StreetPass content leaves plenty to do after the 9-12 hour main story.

    Core Game: 9.5
    Presentation: 10
    Visuals: 10
    Gameplay: 9.5
    Audio: 10
    Lasting Appeal: 10

    Overall: 9.5/10
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