Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
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  1. Aug 25, 2014
    Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is certainly one of the best releases on the 3DS this year, and it shouldn’t be missed.
  2. Mar 19, 2014
    It's long, has a great narrative and combines the gameplay both series in an outstanding way. If you just like one of them you'll "only" enjoy half of the experience, but if you like both, it's a game you cannot miss.
  3. Mar 20, 2014
    Without a doubt, Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a wonderful game, both in its story and in its gameplay, which represents the best of both sagas. An absolute must-own for the lovers of Layton and for those of Wright.
  4. Sep 2, 2014
    Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a great pairing that makes for an addictive game. Once you start, you will be immediately drawn into the story and won't be able to put the 3DS down. Fans of both series will be very satisfied, and should demand a sequel. Well done overall.
  5. May 26, 2014
    Fusing together the fundamental elements of both titles for Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney works seamlessly and the combination of characters working as partners in each other's usual settings is truly joyous to behold.
  6. Games Master UK
    Apr 7, 2014
    Funny writing and a genuine affection for both heroes pushes this far beyond a mere whodunit. [May 2014, p.77]
  7. Wright benefits slightly more from the fresh coat of paint, but Layton more than holds his own in this hugely enjoyable slice of comic mystery.
  8. Mar 24, 2014
    A great cross-over, that mixes up two different gameplay styles and boasts a huge amount of playing time.
  9. Mar 19, 2014
    A nearly-perfect crossover between two of the most beloved series of the last decade... no objection!
  10. Mar 19, 2014
    It could have done with more franchise crossover moments, but Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is wonderful, warm and fantastic at making you feel clever. Cleverer than you actually are anyway.
  11. Mar 19, 2014
    Probably the most satisfying video games crossover ever made, and one that plays with the conventions of both franchises and still delivers a funny and touching story.
  12. Sep 30, 2014
    No one should object to this enjoyable crossover.
  13. Sep 23, 2014
    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a love letter to fans. Everything the game tried to do, and did, was to please those that experienced at least one Professor Layton and one Phoenix Wright, and managed to enjoy the stay in these worlds. The world here may be different, but it's still familiar.
  14. Sep 1, 2014
    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is two great tastes that taste great together, even if they don't congeal together until the finale. But wow, what a finale it is!
  15. Aug 29, 2014
    While it’s not everything it could have been, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is still a funny, charming, dramatic, and emotional game, one that brings two very different franchises together into one fantastic gaming crossover.
  16. Aug 25, 2014
    The game’s high production values add charm and character to the experience. The compelling storyline and animation make up for dialogue that might linger a little too long and puzzles that might speed by a little too quickly.
  17. Aug 25, 2014
    While not as challenging or involved as the best games from either series, this is still a crossover fans of both Wright and Layton don't want to pass up.
  18. Apr 15, 2014
    An amazing cross-over, that melts two different styles in a very smart way.
  19. Mar 28, 2014
    An excellent addition to the 3DS library, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright offers the best of both franchises in fantastic bite sized portions.
  20. 85
    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is one beautifully crafted game and an extremely well put together crossover.
  21. Aug 29, 2014
    Whether you choose to label it a cash-in or a shameless celebration, it’s collaborative love from Level-5 and Capcom that you probably won’t want to miss.
  22. Sep 13, 2014
    A good crossover, although not the best adventure of this 2 geniuses by a long mile, the game offers exactly what the old fans of visual adventures want.
  23. Aug 26, 2014
    Some story elements and newly hatched characters are a bit flaccid, and there is a remedial quality to the puzzles, but they are small criticisms that are overshadowed by great artwork, remarkable music, and well-blended gameplay from both universes.
  24. Pelit (Finland)
    May 11, 2014
    An interesting adventure with two popular pacifist heroes. Nothing really new here, though. [Apr 2014]
  25. Sep 8, 2014
    Whether you're a Layton and Phoenix expert or a newcomer, the game does an admirable job of demonstrating why each series is so beloved in the first place. The few rough edges do little to dull the wonder of Labrythina, making us hope that these erudite heroes will someday reunite.
  26. Aug 29, 2014
    As a fan of both, I didn't get all the bells and whistles I expect from both sides, but I’m pleased with how the strongest elements from the Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright games came through in the end.
  27. Aug 28, 2014
    What could've been a simple cash-grab is a great mash-up of two great franchises. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright does its best to bring both sides together in a brand-new setting. More importantly, the game feels like it stays true to the core of both series while also setting a new high bar in presentation. The game favors Wright more than Layton, but fans of both will find something fun here.
  28. Aug 28, 2014
    It may be too bogged down in its own story and look slightly dated, but the pure puzzle mechanics still work both in and out of the courtroom, and are bolstered by the crossing of ideas. It's more than the sum of its parts, and as a result is a nice treat.
  29. Aug 25, 2014
    Though the ending wraps the story up a bit too neatly and the lasting value sharply drops off once you complete the game, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright points its fingers with the best of them.
  30. Aug 14, 2014
    A great mesh of two beloved franchises.
  31. Apr 19, 2014
    The worlds of puzzle-wizard Professor Layton and ace attorney Phoenix Wright combine for the ultimate brain teaser.
  32. Apr 17, 2014
    Even though it doesn't take any chances and walks a safe path, the fusion of these two franchises by Capcom is successful.
  33. Apr 6, 2014
    it’s a touching and satisfying finale, with a lovely coda that brings a smile to the face. It’s that type of game, a warm-hearted collaboration’s of the DS’s most moral, smart and determined heroes. On this evidence, no-one could object if their paths crossed again.
  34. Apr 4, 2014
    Relentlessly charming despite its dark heart, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney handles moments of sweeping sadness as easily as it does comedy awfulness.
  35. Mar 31, 2014
    In light of the fact that both series got strong new entries over the last year, this unlikely meeting of heroes is quite impressive. The pace regularly changes enjoyably between these two distinct kinds of gaming. That they never really mesh is probably the games biggest singular issue. But, as we surely can all agree, there's way worse problems to have.
  36. Mar 27, 2014
    With its winning mix of puzzles and courtroom craziness, it doesn't take a genius to see that picking this game up is a no-brainer.
  37. Mar 21, 2014
    Forget your typical cash-in: Layton vs Wright is a great mashup that keeps the essence of each character, never having the feeling that one is overshadowing the other.
  38. Mar 21, 2014
    Two detectives. One riddle. The biggest riddle of them all, however, is why Layton and Phoenix Wright haven't met before.
  39. Mar 20, 2014
    Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright meets in full the expectations of fans. By combining under the same story two very different characters and different styles of play, the result is a reinforced collaboration between Level-5 and Capcom.
  40. Mar 19, 2014
    This isn't the best Layton game, this isn't the best Phoenix Wright title, but it's an interesting and very logic experiment that deserves the fan's attention.
  41. Mar 19, 2014
    When you aren't bogged down by text, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's crossover gameplay is perfectly complementary, providing an experience we wouldn't object to one day revisiting.
  42. Mar 18, 2014
    An utterly charming, enjoyable experience to satisfy fans of both franchises; it's a crossover that, when experienced, seems entirely natural.
  43. Mar 18, 2014
    The game is extremely generous with its hidden hint coins, with hundreds of the things hidden in every background. You'd have to be a full-on Kardashian to use them all.
  44. Mar 18, 2014
    Instead of delivering a mixed experience between two different gameplay styles, Layton vs Ace Attorney feels as if Capcom and Level-5 had left something on their way to 3DS. The storyline is fun and entertaining and the old-school gameplay works just fine, but we hoped to find something beyond the classical Layton/Ace Attorney experience, that is: a brand new title with the best of both worlds.
  45. Mar 18, 2014
    This crossover between Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright brings the best of two worlds into one game. With its very well thought and executed concept, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright is set to charm fans of both series alike. It does miss out, though, on the quantity and quality of the puzzles offered, as well as on the lacklustre outcome of its plot, perhaps a casualty of such an ambitious crossover.
  46. Mar 18, 2014
    What is here is big, it's often silly, and it's sometimes unwieldy, but it's rarely anything less than engaging thanks to some great execution on tried-and-tested ideas. It's Phoenix, however, in his element in this magical world, that well and truly steals the show.
  47. Mar 21, 2014
    It was a good idea to combine Layton and Wright. It could have been better though if both elements were merged more.
  48. Mar 21, 2014
    It sacrifices some of both series’ challenge, and the alternate-universe story feels like a missed opportunity where there could have been more meaningful interaction between the worlds of Wright and Layton.
  49. Sep 29, 2014
    I especially hope that another cross-over comes down the line, as these two finger-pointers make mystery-solving magic together.
  50. Sep 19, 2014
    I don’t know how a hybrid of the two styles would look, but it feels like a missed opportunity to create an entirely new experience using the best of each game.
  51. Sep 9, 2014
    Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney may not live up to the hype we’ve given it after all these years, but it’s still a great game that celebrates both franchises well.
  52. Apr 8, 2014
    Professor Layton VS. Ace Attorney reach only half of its objectives. From a purely scenaristic point of view, the mission is rather accomplished, as Level 5 offers a great piece of story without going nuts with the cross-over stuff. Unfortunately, the two gameplays stay far from each other and never really mix. That's kind of awkward for a cross-over title.
  53. Mar 24, 2014
    Definitely worth a playthrough if you are into great stories. Gameplay is fun, but you will spend a little too much time in court in one go. Overall a really charming game.
  54. Mar 20, 2014
    The one solves puzzles, the other crimes. One is a civilized British gentleman, the other a somewhat dumb attorney. Both love pointing, getting proven right and justice. Not an obvious match, but a fun one.
  55. Mar 20, 2014
    It might not be Layton's or Wright's best game, but Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is a fun and weird game that doesn't shy away from a lot of text, tough puzzles and an entertaining, but convoluted story.
  56. Sep 7, 2014
    Though it’s engrossing in its own right, and it provides a hearty serving of gameplay, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney feels full of wasted potential.
  57. Aug 25, 2014
    Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright drags on too long, but even towards the end it's enjoyable at its basest of levels.
  58. Hyper Magazine
    May 4, 2014
    It's great, but not quite as strong as either series' peak. [June 2014, p.66]
  59. Mar 19, 2014
    it’s too wordy for its own good, and the clash of styles is sometimes jarring and somewhat nonsensical, but this blend of two classics maintains enough quality from each to be well worth investigating. a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging crossover.
  60. Mar 18, 2014
    It’s worth a go if you’re a fan of either series, and you won’t be disappointed by the story – just be prepared to invest plenty of time to see it through.
  61. Mar 18, 2014
    Though the necessities of catering to two different audiences mean that it perhaps never quite reaches the heights of either of the pair’s best individual outings, as the credits roll, you’ll likely experience a hollow feeling, the emptiness that only the best stories leave behind.
  62. Sep 4, 2014
    In the end, the game attempts to pull back the curtain with a certain amount of Scooby-Doo.
  63. I even occasionally found myself skipping through the all-important court dialogue without reading, then using hint coins to solve the case just so I could get back to Layton’s puzzles.
  64. Sep 21, 2014
    Despite being a long time coming for North American fans, the real value here is more about getting two gameplay experiences for the price of one. That’s just enough to keep this one from being an average experience.
  65. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 16, 2014
    New world, new clashes in the courtroom, good old heroes. If you count yourselves among their fans, you’ll won’t be disappointed. [Issue#241]
  66. Apr 13, 2014
    A bit disappointing start aside, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright becomes a pretty descent game after a couple of hours, even if the gameplay is full of missing potential. Instead of a interesting mash-up it's safety first, with well known mechanics and very few surprises.
  67. 60
    So, again; fried chicken is awesome. Choc mint gelato is delicious. Combining the two is not the great experience that does justice to either flavour.
  68. CD-Action
    Jul 25, 2014
    There’s around 8 hours of great story here. Unfortunately it was bloated into 20 hours of ordeal. [07/2014, p.69]
  69. Jan 2, 2013
    Impossible not to be disappointed after so long a wait. But when one witnesses the result, on will probably think that this cross-over wasn't meant to be. I love spaghetti, and I love chocolate spread, but with a little thinking, I wouldn't mix the two. Maybe that's how they should have contemplated this wedding between Layton and Wright. Even the brilliant production values, 3D transition and exquisite music are not enough to make us forget about the dull situations one has to repeat over and over again. It's the poorest of the Phoenix Wrights and the most laughable Layton.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 111
  2. Negative: 8 out of 111
  1. Mar 26, 2016
    As a fan of the Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton games this not only is a big disappointment, but it also is....well...let's just move on.As a fan of the Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton games this not only is a big disappointment, but it also is....well...let's just move on.

    STORY: The story begins with a girl named Espella who is escaping from a bunch of black-flying-red-eye-creatures in car controlled by (insert the name of the guy i don't remember), eventually they end up in a car accident and the man tells Espella to look for Professor Layton, meanwhile Phoenix and Maya are visiting London...because of Attorney reasons. Eventually Espella finds Professor Layton and tells him all what happend + the fact that the black-flying-red-eye-creatures were actually witches, of course the Professor doubts about her testimony until his apprentice Luke let's one of the Witches get in the room and capture Espella, then they find her and send her into a boat and the Professor and Luke get trapped in a book, a crime occurs, Phoenix defends Espella, "Not Guilty", Phoenix and Maya get trapped in the book as well...oh god.

    I don't know how to explain it, but this story feels...bland, at no point does the story actually gets entreteining and on top of the main story, since this is also an Ace Attorney game, we also get uninteresting, boring, cliche and distracting mini-stories that are nowhere near as great as the normal Ace Attorney games. My biggest gripe with the type of way that they delivered the story is with the combining of the main stories of Professor Layton and the mini-stories of Ace Attorney, they tried their best to make it work, but this combination doesn't work at all and is one of the reasons mini-stories are MINI-STORIES!!!, you can't have this type of important stories on their own right with a main story because they distract from the point of the game, you can technically say that that's not true since side-quest do exist, but the difference there is that those are optional and don't distract from the main story, but here they just distract and i would of prefered the game having a main story and using the courtroom segments to reinforce that plot instead of creating an unimportant one.

    On top of that we have the characters, now i didn't mentioned the characters in my Ace Attorney review because many of them while important in their mini-stories, they really weren't important in the game as a whole, but i did mentioned that all of them were excellent in terms of design, personality, backstories and even names (this holds true for Professor Layton as well), but here is the complete opposite, aside from the main 4 we only get 3 remotely interesting characters, Espella, Sir Zacharias Barnham (the prosecutor or Inquisitor) and the High Inquisitor, every other character is bland, generic and not memorable overall, i mean ,do you remember Kira? i'm sure i don't, there is certainly no Ben & Trilo or Luke Atmey here.

    PRESENTATION: In this game they decided to go for a 3D look and it's actually pretty good, they translated every animation and added some new one's to the characters and many of the models look very nice and i actually prefer the model of Phoenix in this game over the one in Dual Destinies, but that's just me. The music is very nice, tho i feel like it doesn't live up to both series, but it's still a good soundtrack overall, the backgrounds are also very well done and another thing that is great is the cutscenes, which are done in a clean anime style that looks very nice. But not everything is perfect, the animations can get stiff at times, the framerate also stutters when there's too many characters on screen and the expressions...uuugh...ok the expressions of the characters were one of the things that i most enjoyed in the Ace Attorney games, but here every character when they get contradicted just put a "surprise" face and jumps back a little bit, that is soooooooo lame and boring, they ****** up something that i really enjoyed and that's just...uggh. The presentation is overall not as strong as the standards of either series, but i still consider it a decent presentation.

    GAMEPLAY: The gameplay is a mix between the courtroom segments of Ace Attorney and the Puzzles of Layton. In the Layton part you explore the overworld finding puzzles to resolve in different ways, you also find evidence and coins that you use to get clues in the puzzles or the courtrooms, which resolves the problem of getting stucked and in the courtroom parts you find contradictions in witnesses testimonies and use the evidence to point out the contradictions and press them to get more information, you might notice that i'm using plural sentences and that's because the biggest addition to the courtrooms is that you can interrogate multiple witnesses at once, but this only means that they will contradict themselves anyway so i don't see the point.

    Overall this is the weakest game of both series and a decent presentation doesn't save it from mediocrity, this is game i will never touch again. i'll give it a 6/10.
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  2. Jul 13, 2015
    A truly fantastic crossover. However, its biggest flaw is that it is aimed at fans of both PL and AA, and people who have only played one ofA truly fantastic crossover. However, its biggest flaw is that it is aimed at fans of both PL and AA, and people who have only played one of the game series may be frustrated at some points. But, once you learn the ropes of the game, said "biggest flaw" becomes insignificant, and the game will become an experience you will not soon forget. Full Review »
  3. May 8, 2015
    I'm a fan of the Phoenix Wright series, so I picked this game up thinking it would be a cool game to play after I was finished playing PhoenixI'm a fan of the Phoenix Wright series, so I picked this game up thinking it would be a cool game to play after I was finished playing Phoenix Wright 3 on the 3DS. Playing the game immediately after playing a Phoenix Wright game made it pretty obvious that this game is short in some of the key Ace Attorney elements. My main complaint would be that every investigation sequence featuring Phoenix is very short and seems pretty shoe horned in.
    To be honest, this doesn't really detract that much from the game at all. It is still plenty long even without a whole lot of collecting clues and interrogating people. The two series worked really well together, and the court sequences are an exciting way to advance the story, even if a lot of the contradictions you find are similar to those in the Larry Butz "The Thinker" case.
    I agree that this game seems like more of a Professor Layton game with Ace Attorney elements, but who cares it is still an awesome game. Great music, cool characters, awesome story this game has it all! I am playing the Miracle Mask now, thanks to this game.
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