Professor Layton and the Last Specter DS

Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. Dec 5, 2011
    70
    Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call is more of the same great puzzling gameplay, but it's definitely starting to lose its appeal.
  2. Jan 9, 2012
    60
    Just another day at the office for Layton and chums. [Issue#117, p.121]
  3. Nov 16, 2011
    70
    The absence of London Life is particularly grating, as it's arguably the lone element of Spectre's Call (or rather, Last Specter) that tries to do something new. The game we're left with will still please the Professor's long-term supporters, but it's clear that the next instalment needs to bring in a fresh idea or two. Simply being Laytonesque won't cut it anymore.
  4. Oct 20, 2011
    70
    In short, Last Specter is the best Layton yet. The inclusion of a warp system, lack of matchstick puzzles, and memorable cast makes it just a notch better than the Curious Village. However, the series still inconveniences players who play primarily for the story or those, like me, who want to enjoy the story first and puzzles later. There are many players who feel a need to complete every puzzle as they progress. These players won't run into the problem of puzzle tollways or losing track of a previous puzzle's location. However, until the series finds a way to accommodate both types of players, I can't say the game is a must-have for all.
  5. Nov 28, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Jan 9, 2012
    70
    Overall the latest entry in the Professor Layton series in unlikely to convert those who haven't enjoyed the other games in the series, but if you are a fan then this is a great entry with a good variety of puzzles and an intriguing and involving story that gets better as the game goes on.
  7. Dec 1, 2011
    50
    The Layton charm is undoubtedly still present, but it's not enough to carry the series by itself. Upon solving certain puzzles, Layton exclaims 'I love the thrill of a good solution'. So do we, Hershel, so do we. And in this Layton game, sadly, that thrill is all too rare.
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 13, 2011
    9
    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
    10
    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. Jul 13, 2015
    8
    The Layton formula hasn't really changed since the first game and while you wouldn't want to change a winning formula too much, LaytonThe Layton formula hasn't really changed since the first game and while you wouldn't want to change a winning formula too much, Layton veterans may be getting a sense of De ja vu especially when some of puzzles are repeated from earlier games in the series. However, I'll say what I've said about all the Layton games; if you like puzzles you'll love it and this is technically the best game in the series. Full Review »