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. Oct 26, 2012
    87
    Probably, the best entry in the series.
  2. 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.
  3. Jan 10, 2014
    70
    Whilst not performing any great new feats, The Miracle Mask is a solid first 3DS addition to the Layton franchise.
  4. 70
    From a technical standpoint Professor Layton and The Miracle Mask is a decent game. While some puzzles are enhanced by the 3D capabilities of the hardware, the gameplay formula has changed very little save for the new investigation mode.
  5. 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.
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    90
    Puzzle fans should not be without this latest masterpiece.
  7. 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.
  8. Oct 30, 2012
    80
    Its fascinating story and well-balanced array of puzzles means Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is probably the best outing in the series since the ground-breaking original, and the new approach to visuals once again reminds you of the system's now forgotten selling point; its terrific 3D screen.
  9. Nov 2, 2012
    70
    Fundamentally, it's hard to bear a grudge against a game with such generosity of spirit and pleasant delivery. But having tangled with mythical sea beasts and alternate Londons, isn't it time for Layton to solve the greatest mystery of all: where does he go next.
  10. Oct 26, 2012
    85
    The changes freshen up the long-running series while also making for a better experience for new players.
  11. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Despite the shift in dimensions, this is a pretty standard Layton adventure. Luckily, since Layton adventures tend to be one of the more dependable highlights of the gaming calendar, that remains a ringing endorsement.
  12. Oct 31, 2012
    80
    Professor Layton comes to the 3DS with an entirely new 3D presentation, one of the best stereoscopic effects to date and a new adventure that, if not as "fresh" as the original, is still as compelling and unique as its visual style.
  13. 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.
  14. Oct 30, 2012
    90
    This is not only a great game, it's the best Layton since The Curious Village.
  15. 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.
  16. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    Same formula, but a nice selection of puzzle and a mysterious story.
  17. Oct 19, 2012
    80
    More new elements like this and a less predictable story would help push Miracle Mask up in the overall Layton ranks.
  18. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    Still, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask doesn't pretend to be anything else. It's exactly what you expect it to be.
  19. Oct 27, 2012
    80
    With better storytelling, new elements to discover on the characters, and the auto-stereoscopic 3D, this new Layton is a success only hindered by a slight lack of inventiveness in the methods used to solve the puzzles.
  20. Nov 4, 2012
    80
    It's a compliment that the fifth Layton-game in the last five years is such a joy to play. The world of the puzzling professor is more charming than ever, partly thanks to its great three-dimensional animations. Although the unchanged formula of finding and solving puzzles won't reel in any new fans, the Miracle Mask is a safe purchase for any Layton-fan.
  21. Nov 23, 2012
    70
    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask does not upend the series' tried and true formula. It's still a delightful puzzle game embalmed in an engaging adventure, filled with eccentric characters in an exciting world. But it would be lovely to see something new added to the core.
  22. Nov 14, 2012
    70
    Some great puzzles, but we know this formula by now.
  23. Oct 17, 2012
    83
    Won't win prizes for innovation, but this is a winning - and generous - portion of puzzles. [Dec 2012, p.80]
  24. 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.
  25. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    Though it would be nice if the devs played more with the formula, at least they're done enough to keep the entertaining franchise fresh--for the time being at least.
  26. 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.
  27. Nov 5, 2012
    80
    Nevertheless, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is an amusing adventure, that doesn't briste with innovation, but again with charm.
  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. 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.
  30. 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!
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.
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  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 »