Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. Nov 5, 2012
    100
    Combine the new 3D effect and art style with an intriguing look at Layton's history, along with a story that manages to propel the series forward, and you're left with what I believe to be the best in the series so far.
  2. Nov 14, 2012
    91
    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a marvelous return to form, expertly adapting to the 3DS all of the strengths of the franchise– compelling characters, top-notch production values, and the all-important puzzle– into a cohesive game. We love the thrill of a good solution, and this latest entry to the series provides them in spades.
  3. Dec 4, 2012
    90
    The obvious choice for problem-solvers of all ages with decent English skills, and the best Professor Layton game so far.
  4. Nov 26, 2012
    90
    Great puzzles, lovely cut scenes and vibrant 3D environments; Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the total package. The Layton formula is renewed just enough through a new search function, some action sequences and great 3D implementation. The story might be somewhat predictable, but because of these great improvements Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the best Layton game so far.
  5. Oct 30, 2012
    90
    This is not only a great game, it's the best Layton since The Curious Village.
  6. Oct 22, 2012
    90
    Professor Layton's move to Nintendo 3DS is a hugely successful one, as Miracle Mask is one of the best Layton games to date.
  7. Oct 15, 2012
    90
    The broad range of characters, the emotional tone of the storyline and the teasing promise of more makes for an utterly engrossing experience. The question is whether this is worth your money; if you enjoy puzzles and charming tales of adventure, then you should already know the answer.
  8. Oct 15, 2012
    90
    Puzzle fans should not be without this latest masterpiece.
  9. Nov 12, 2012
    89
    It remains a perfect game for a mobile platform – something that can be quickly picked up and enjoyed for either a short or long stretch of time. It's still the best game of its kind, and something that will keep puzzle fans happy for a very long time.
  10. Oct 31, 2012
    88
    This game shows that there's still plenty of magic left in the Professor Layton series, and leaves me interested in playing the final game in this prequel trilogy.
  11. Oct 26, 2012
    88
    Layton's highly anticipated 3DS-Debut keeps the brilliant puzzle gameplay and spices it up with some nice innovations.
  12. Oct 27, 2012
    87
    Offers a gorgeous visual presentation, an intriguing story and incredible puzzle design - all in one of the most charming gaming worlds out there.
  13. Oct 26, 2012
    87
    Probably, the best entry in the series.
  14. Dec 16, 2012
    86
    The Layton series' formulaic approach to gameplay is a double-edged sword – it's still engaging and fun, but at the same time, the premise has begun to show some weathering. Still, the mix of point-and-click adventure and logic puzzles is something that few other games can offer, and Miracle Mask still does it well. For anyone who is deeply invested in the Layton series and jumps at any chance to experience a new Layton game, Miracle Mask is not a game to be missed.
  15. Dec 12, 2012
    86
    Professor Layton's first appearance on 3DS is one of the best entries in the series. The puzzles are grade A and the main storyline is compelling. The technological advances are somewhat minor and the game doesn't really benefit from the 3D effect. [Dec 2012]
  16. Oct 26, 2012
    86
    Just another step forward of the series, without relevant additions, but still recommended for any Professor Layton fan or for those who want to try it for the very first time. However, we really hope Level 5 will manage to surprise us with the next episode before the whole series get stuck.
  17. Nov 16, 2012
    85
    Fans will enjoy the added life, charm, and depth (yes, I said it) that the 3D redesign brings to the series, but this isn't going to win over any non-Layton lovers. The beauty of it is that no one really wants the series to change.
  18. Nov 12, 2012
    85
    The biggest change the series has seen so far. Layton fanatics may cry foul at the series' change of 2D to 3D visuals, but upon playing the game you'll see the game is hands down the best looking of the series.
  19. Nov 4, 2012
    85
    In the end, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a fun game that both adults and children alike will enjoy, provided you like to be challenged. For younger gamers, the title does contain a hint system but fortunately this can be ignored, although I must admit we may have used it once or twice. If you're a fan of puzzles than look no further because this game will keep your mind well trained and best of all, have a blast!
  20. Nov 2, 2012
    85
    Although it isn't a different game, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle has managed to jump to 3DS, with good graphic aspect and many unique puzzles. Also there are other 365 challenges more to lengthen the experience.
  21. Oct 29, 2012
    85
    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is another well-executed and interesting adventure in an (almost) never changing series.
  22. Oct 26, 2012
    85
    The changes freshen up the long-running series while also making for a better experience for new players.
  23. It's not the smartest Layton ever, but it's a huge improvement on Spectre's Call.
  24. Oct 23, 2012
    85
    Another sterling effort for Messrs. Layton and Triton. A much-needed freshening of the graphics and interface give Layton's fifth adventure a new lease of life.
  25. Oct 15, 2012
    85
    In Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, thoughtful puzzle design shows that the series is still at the top of its game.
  26. Oct 26, 2012
    84
    I wish that Level 5 would take some more risks and implement some new ideas. On the other hand the series' proven qualities shine through at every corner: You'll get well conceived puzzles by the bucket, a comfortable multi-tiered help system and an interesting adventure story with charming cartoon sequences.
  27. Oct 17, 2012
    83
    Won't win prizes for innovation, but this is a winning - and generous - portion of puzzles. [Dec 2012, p.80]
  28. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    A sweet, good-natured puzzler that continues the series' traditions with some great new elements, too. [Jan 2013, p.69]
  29. Dec 4, 2012
    80
    As charming and shrewd as ever, but this time with a greater focus on story and characters. The visual style looks good and the puzzles are both smart and varied.
  30. Nov 15, 2012
    80
    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is another great game for veterans of the series, but also for beginners. Especially for those who will immerse themselves in this world of puzzles that present themselves quantity and quality.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Oct 28, 2012
    10
    Fantastic! This whole series is the best of the Nintendo DS! I recommend this game to everyone. You won't regret this purchase even if you haven't played any of the other 4 in the series before this one. The puzzles are the best in the business. Plus, as a bonus you get one puzzle download a day for the next 365 days! 150 + 365 = 515 puzzles total by October 28, 2013! A+ 10/10. Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2012
    10
    Great Music, Puzzles and Story, so anybody who enjoys this kind of game will have a top-notch dose of entertainment.
    Returning fans can
    expect more of the same, shaken up by a whole new top-down puzzle section that involves evading mummies and boulder puzzles.
    The Story is a tease, even though it's technically finished in itself it sets up the last game perfectly.
    Full Review »
  3. Nov 14, 2012
    10
    While Lost Future still contains my favourite story, Miracle Mask definitely has the best gameplay in a Layton game to date. I go to explore these underground ruins, expecting it to be a series of doors locked by puzzles, and the game actually turns into a dungeon crawler, while still maintaining the Layton style of using your brain to get through. The game's villain escapes being pursued by Layton and co on horseback, and you actually get to control this section and give chase. The new 3D puzzles are all excellent uses of what the 3DS can do. The story is incredibly interesting, miles better than Spector's call, (which is an achievement) telling the story of how Layton lost his best friend in the past, and at the same time showing us this beautiful city being under constant attacks by the "masked gentleman" and his "miracles". Seeing the two timelines intersect made for some really good storytelling. I'd definitely recommend this. Full Review »