Generally favorable reviews - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    Another fine addition to the celebrated series and one of the last quality puzzle games for Nintendo's DS. Don't miss it.
  2. Oct 23, 2011
    It is the beginning of a new trilogy that has the true potential to surpass the first one. Someone said that the DS was dead? Level-5 certainly disagrees.
  3. Nov 1, 2011
    The inclusion of Emmy is certainly a great idea, and the wonderful mini-games and side game of London Life are much needed diversions that help break up any monotony earned by just solving puzzles.
  4. Oct 17, 2011
    I don't know that I'd necessarily recommend London Life as a standalone release, but as a freebie with a solid story-driven puzzler it's a no-brainer. In fact, the question of whether or not The Last Specter is worth a purchase is the easiest Layton puzzle answer of all.
  5. Dec 30, 2011
    Excellent presentation, compelling story and gameplay and value for money, Professor Layton and the Last Spectre is both a fitting sendoff for the DS and a great new beginning for the Layton series.
  6. Nov 28, 2011
    Professor Layton and the Last Specter is an awesome new adventure with Hershel Layton, packed with tons of riddles in an stunning storyline.
  7. Nov 23, 2011
    In the case of where everything is already done right, the lack of change isn't that bad. With a great new story, this is Layton's finest adventure yet.
  8. The result is another mesmerising entry to the series. There's little incentive to replay it after you've finished, but it's one of the most enjoyable narrative rides in gaming today, and it burns bright and strong while it lasts.
  9. Nov 20, 2011
    Minor tweaks and a top notch spit shine sets it up as the best designed Layton yet, even if it doesn't really push the series forward or outside of its comfort zone. Its charming, quirky, fun, and the puzzling will put your brain meat to the test at times.
  10. Nov 4, 2011
    The Spectre's Call is definitely the second best out of the four entries in the Professor Layton series so far, though, and a fantastic treat just in time for the holiday period.
  11. 90
    Professor Layton's escapades are a known commodity by now. The Last Specter does nothing to dilute the brand, offering the same polished gameplay and presentation the series is known for. Throw in London Life, and it is the most robust game in the franchise, more or less containing two games in one.
  12. Oct 24, 2011
    Another Professor Layton game, another bit of puzzling brilliance. Some of the brain teasers feel a bit recycled - instead of foxes and chickens, you're shuttling dogs and cats across the river, for example - but there's more than enough variety to warrant doggedly tracking down every last one. But if you only solve the ones you need to move the story forward, that's ok, too.
  13. Oct 20, 2011
    Professor Layton and the Last Specter is a very solid game, especially for those who prefer thinking over reflexes in their games.
  14. Oct 18, 2011
    Another top-quality game in a truly brilliant series. It challenges your mind in a way very few games seriously attempt to do, and the feeling you get when you solve a particularly difficult puzzle is less one of relief than it is a desire to leap ahead in the game and find the next one. Playing this game is its own reward, and we'd have it no other way.
  15. Oct 18, 2011
    While it doesn't change much from Layton's previous adventures, the small tweaks (and the generous extras) make this my favorite Layton game to-date. The series is one of the few remaining champions of the graphic adventure, and, fortunately, they're doing a damn fine job of keeping that genre relevant for a modern audience.
  16. Oct 17, 2011
    From top to bottom, this is the most expertly put-together Layton game in the series.
  17. Dec 16, 2011
    You'll get what you expect in the new Layton game. Some great puzzles and a beautiful story are offering some great fun. German players had to wait two years after the japanese release of the game. Layton Life is not included in the european version.
  18. Oct 31, 2011
    I love this series, and even if they developed a Layton title comprised entirely of sliding block puzzles, I would still play. Such thoughtlessness is only fantasy, of course, because Level-5 pours their heart into this series. Regardless of how much heart they muster, however, the Layton formula just doesn't have infinite vitality, and with The Last Specter, a bit of wear is finally starting to show.
  19. Oct 22, 2011
    Despite starting to show signs of age, Professor Layton and The Last Specter is a tremendous value. For under $30 you get a story mode that easily lasts over 10 hours, fun mini-games, bonus content, weekly downloadable puzzles, and an all-new RPG that will keep you coming back to this one for a while.
  20. Oct 19, 2011
    The amount of content available in this game is quite impressive.
  21. Oct 19, 2011
    Professor Layton and the Last Specter continues to push the high production values of the cartoon mystery series while still providing a slew of enjoyable puzzles along the way.
  22. Oct 16, 2011
    The Layton series has held up remarkably well over the years, and The Last Specter is no exception, but that's not to say Professor Layton isn't getting a bit long in the tooth. The next installment will need some innovations lest the series run the risk of stagnating.
  23. Dec 7, 2011
    Despite the lack of innovations and the exclusion of London Life from the european version, Professor Layton and the Last Specter is a rich and well orchestrated adventure. A nice start for a new trilogy.
  24. Dec 6, 2011
    Another great adventure: the good variety of puzzles, the storyline and small innovations ensure a high-level experience.
  25. Dec 2, 2011
    It is a very fun adventure, a must-have for those who have a Nintendo DS and have never tried a Professor Layton adventure. For those who did, the formula keeps working and engaging, but they'll have the feeling of having playing this before, although the story of the game will keep them going forward.
  26. Nov 25, 2011
    Layton comes back for another year, as always, but he doesn't fail. 170 new puzzles, dozens of extras, mystery, crazy characters and mind challenges. It's the same game, but bigger. Although, regrettably, in Europe version isn't London Life mode.
  27. Nov 7, 2011
    Series veterans who are itching for more puzzles and anyone new to the genre will have plenty here to enjoy.
  28. Oct 18, 2011
    London Life will ensure plenty of gameplay to bridge the gap to the next 3DS Layton chapter.
  29. Oct 6, 2011
    Layton's London life probably isn't deep enough to turn any series nonbelievers into fans, but when added to the winning formula of puzzles and exploration, it helps cement Professor Layton and the Last Specter as another fine entry in the franchise. [Oct 2011, p.82]
  30. Nov 25, 2011
    Professor Layton and the Last Specter is another good entry in the franchise. The loss of London Life mode is a pity.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 13, 2011
    Professor Layton and Spectre's Call is a great adventure for all owners of the Nintendo DS will not let go. With a good variety of puzzlesProfessor Layton and Spectre's Call is a great adventure for all owners of the Nintendo DS will not let go. With a good variety of puzzles some, thanks to unaa plot very engaging and small news, the series "Professor Layton" This year guarantees quality. Although fans will have a sense of déjà vu rather strongly, because of some of the ideas seen in previous chapters, this latest chapter is a must for any fan of the Professor. The premise of the story, which serve as the prequel trilogy, the chapter ended with last year, Professor Layton and Lure of the spectrum is a particularly recommended for all those who want to know for the first time the protagonists of the series. While waiting for the next chapter for Nintendo 3DS, this chapter can be considered the best in the series, thanks to an ever increasing difficulty and prohibitive!
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  2. Nov 28, 2011
    This game is great for people who didn't play the last three and want to get into the series. The visuals amazing, the story is captivatingThis game is great for people who didn't play the last three and want to get into the series. The visuals amazing, the story is captivating (though a bit slower-paced than the other games) but a bit...abstract... at times, the music is at it's usual great, and the characters are unique.

    There is no fault in this game. but it's not for everyone.
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  3. Feb 2, 2012
    Mysteries are once again very good and very (almost different to them some of the others. A novelty: there is a small quiz from time to timeMysteries are once again very good and very (almost different to them some of the others. A novelty: there is a small quiz from time to time with 3 answers: and it is not always hollow out. Mysteries are often easy, but game is very good really. Full Review »