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  • Summary: A new adventure in the Layton series –with a female protagonist: As the seventh main entry into the core Layton series, LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY follows Professor Hershel Layton's daughter, Katrielle "Kat" Layton.A new cast of leading and supporting characters:When Professor Hershel LaytonA new adventure in the Layton series –with a female protagonist: As the seventh main entry into the core Layton series, LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY follows Professor Hershel Layton's daughter, Katrielle "Kat" Layton.A new cast of leading and supporting characters:When Professor Hershel Layton (the protagonist of past Layton titles) goes missing, it's up to his daughter and friends to figure out what’s going on. Smart puzzle solving: As Kat, explore different environments and solve a collection of different puzzles that will get you closer to finding your father. Navigation and puzzle solving will be heavily reliant on the Nintendo 3DS touch screen. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Oct 5, 2017
    84
    The Layton formula is still working great, with more puzzles than ever, a new main character and the London setting. After ten years, though, the storyline is not as good as previous games, and puzzle design is not as imaginative.
  2. Oct 5, 2017
    80
    Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy feels rather comforting, the video game equivalent of a warm blanket. For the most part it reverts to the core formula of the Professor Layton games, albeit with a new cast and by dividing the narrative into mostly lighthearted, charming 'cases'. All it lacks is the confidence to fully embrace its new setting, stopping short of expanding upon some of its ideas. That said, it still delivers the series' unique blend of storytelling and lots of puzzles with aplomb. It'll have fans and newcomers scratching their heads and smiling at the same time; here's hoping it's not Layton's final mystery.
  3. Oct 5, 2017
    78
    There's nothing new compared to the original smartphone versione, but It still works pretty well and will make the fans happy.
  4. 70
    The Layton legacy continues with an endearing new lead and lots of new puzzles, but relatively few new ideas.
  5. Oct 13, 2017
    70
    Layton's Mystery Journey is the point of change for the popular adventure/ puzzle series. Even though Level-5 tried hard to retain the essence of the franchise we can’t overlook the unnecessary repetition of many puzzles and the fact that Kat is not as a charming character as her father was.
  6. Oct 5, 2017
    70
    Gameplay is basically the same as we are used to.
  7. Sep 18, 2017
    60
    Offering the same abundance of barely-integrated gameplay as its predecessors but with new protagonists and smaller cases, the gorgeous Layton's Mystery Journey is ideal for puzzle fans on the go, though at times it sacrifices quality for quantity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Mar 1, 2018
    9
    This is not by any means a bad game, if people insist in comparing this game to its predecessors they will just miss the true essence of thisThis is not by any means a bad game, if people insist in comparing this game to its predecessors they will just miss the true essence of this game. Sure, the small cases may be the weakpoint of this game but the main characters (and some side charcaters) will charm the game like no Layton game before. The puzzles continue to deliver and it has several enhancements for puzzle location, hint coin location, customizable outfits, rooms, references for past games, etc. Now for the story itself, I agree it's not the best but it certainly isn't the worst, I place it just under UF and DB. In conclusion, this one is a really great addition to the series and it's just as worthy as any other Layton game. Expand
  2. Jan 27, 2018
    8
    This game is a pretty good Layton game! Its story may be a bit weaker than some of its predecessor's, and we have to agree that some of theThis game is a pretty good Layton game! Its story may be a bit weaker than some of its predecessor's, and we have to agree that some of the cases' resolutions make little sense and are not that great, but the game has some great puzzles and going through the cases is very fun! I have to say, though, that as you progress in the game it gets better and better. Also, its graphics, for a 3DS, are very good, although of course this game isn't focused on graphics. While we all miss Luke and Professor Layton, the 3 new main characters (Layton's daughter, her assistant Ernest, and the dog) are awesome, they are very charismatic and fun to play with. We have to highlight as well that there are 195 puzzles (185 + 10 special ones), that is I think the highest number ever in a Layton game! Coupled with the daily puzzles you can download, there are a lot of misteries to solve!

    All in all, a pretty good game, if you like the saga this is a must-have, and if you haven't played any other Layton games yet, this one doesn't disappoint as a start!
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  3. Mar 16, 2018
    7
    Short Version: I enjoyed it for the simple adventure it was trying to be, but it's hard to ignore how inconsequential each episode feels inShort Version: I enjoyed it for the simple adventure it was trying to be, but it's hard to ignore how inconsequential each episode feels in the plot as a whole.

    I've been a fan of the Layton series ever since I got my 3DS. I think I'm in the minority when I say that I felt the prequel trilogy was more interesting then the classics, likely because I started with them. Regardless of which Layton games we prefer, I think all fans were excited with the announcement of Lady Layton, later titled "Mystery Journey". It was going to pass on the torch to his daughter, Katrielle, and introduced a new mystery with the famed professor going missing.

    After finishing the game, my thoughts were mostly positive at first, but after giving it more thought, I started having mixed feelings. I'll start with the positives, I feel like this game has really good writing and the best humor in series. The jokes made me laugh and I really liked the use English terms and slang like "donkey years". I also felt that the cast of characters were likable. Katrielle's a very chipper yet intelligent protagonist, Sherl's a lovable grump, and Ernest, Emiliana, and everyone else were just super fun to be around.

    Unfortunately, I feel like the game didn't properly take advantage of it's episodic format. The cases feel too self contained to be connected to one another. There's still a sense of continuity with most cases involving one of the titular millionaires, but even so, none of the cases ever involved or hinted at a "conspiracy" until the end. This would be fine for something like a TV show, but in a story driven video game, it can feel like none of the chapters really matter.

    Without spoiling too much, the second to last case's title made me think something crazy was going to happen that could lead to major stakes in the final case. Instead, everything that happens in the second to last case is solved at the very end of it, having no effect on the final case whatsoever. It's SO inconsequential, that I feel like cutting this case out of the game would have effected NOTHING, even more so than any of the other cases in the game which at least have the excuse of introducing the millionaires one by one and giving other characters interesting backgrounds (there's this other one involving the Inspector's wife that's complete filler, but at the very least I give it credit making itself obvious filler and not teasing me in to thinking it was important).

    I didn't hate this game, there were things that I really liked as a Layton fan and none of the characters stood out as particularly unlikable. Most of the cases, if treated as individual stories like TV show episodes to a cartoon, can be seen as fun and charming on their own. Also, I did really like the final case since there was a twist that I genuinely didn't see coming. But the reason I didn't see that twist coming was because they never built up to the ending with the cases and instead chose to make feel inconsequential. The least they could've done were slight hints, but they didn't even give that much.

    I can't in good faith recommend this to a newcomer, which was the developer's intention for this game, since it would make for a terrible first impression of the Layton series. It's hard to even recommend it on it's own merits since I could see many people being bored with the lack of an overarching plot in an episodic game of all things. I can only really recommend this to Layton fans who are willing to lower their expectations.
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  4. Dec 6, 2017
    6
    I'll agree that this story isn't nearly as emotionally amazing as Unwound Future (which I hold was the best story out of the whole series ifI'll agree that this story isn't nearly as emotionally amazing as Unwound Future (which I hold was the best story out of the whole series if only for that ending that just stabs you right in the heart), but I think I was ready for something lighter. The Professor Layton games have always been great, but the scale just kept getting bigger to the point where it started to feel less special with each one. So I don't think a scaling back to simpler plots is really all that bad.

    The cast is fantastic. Sure, no one will ever replace Layton and Luke, but Katrielle and her crew do a pretty great job of endearing you to them pretty quickly. They also did a fantastic job of instilling just the right hints of Layton's personality into Katrielle that make the transition all the easier and help to forge the father-daughter connection all the better.

    Unfortunately, this game does end up faltering. The mysteries all wind up being solved via "dues ex machina" discoveries made by Katrielle, things that you could never predict from the other 5 clues that are gathered or any of the conversations or cut scenes previous to that moment, so you end up feeling cheated for even trying to think ahead.

    Likewise, the puzzles are a big miss, and they are, of course, the main draw of the game. Nearly all of the puzzles either end up being Gotchas ("Oh, you didn't think about the fact that some people don't like apples!") or they end up being answered either with 0 or the smallest possible number. They were either barely a puzzle or impossible to solve without knowing the exact thought process of the puzzle writer.

    In the end, the game still has a little charm, but the lackluster mysteries and puzzles end up growing stale. I'd actually recommend skipping this one unless you're a die-hard Layton fan, then you might get some minor enjoyment out of it.
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  5. Feb 18, 2018
    5
    while this game certainly isn't bad, it is horrible compared to its predecessors.
    bad translation work in puzzles, non synced cutscenes,
    while this game certainly isn't bad, it is horrible compared to its predecessors.
    bad translation work in puzzles, non synced cutscenes, puzzles that make you think "out of the box" with utter stupid solutions.
    This game might be aiming at a younger public, I found myself frustrated with some puzzle solutions that just don't make any logical sense.
    good game if you're out of others to play, but please, play all other laytons first
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  6. Apr 9, 2019
    3
    I just replayed all Layton Games again and this is just by far the worst one. The puzzles, which in the Professor Layton Games always had aI just replayed all Layton Games again and this is just by far the worst one. The puzzles, which in the Professor Layton Games always had a twist, are made for children, there wasn't one where I had any kind of difficulties and none of them needed any second thought.
    The stories are just completely boring, without the length needed to build up any excitement and comming from the 3DS games (especially Azran Legacy and the Phoenix Wright crossover) this was just pure disappointment. The characters weren't even the problem, even though Ernest mad his so mad with his bs character, but what really was, was the child friendliness, even more present than in the other games. I think the TV series shows the route they took with Lady Layton really well and sadly this is not what me and any other fans was excited for the 3 years this game was in development.
    The Layton Franchise is a great one, but this entry just isn't worthy to be called a Layton game or even a puzzle game in general
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  7. Mar 10, 2018
    2
    The puzzles are okay though not really interesting. The game in general is terrible. While the professor Layton games still were quite unisexThe puzzles are okay though not really interesting. The game in general is terrible. While the professor Layton games still were quite unisex games you will feel quite out of place when you are playing Mystery Journey and aren't a completely girly girl. Dress ups, interior decoration and Katrielle always feeling the need to stuff herself with food (a character treat she seems to share with absolutely every female lead character of Japanese girl series) - these so far were more prominent than an actual storyline. The stories are just small single chapters with close to no connection and the plot and also the characters really lack charm. While the professor Layton games were serious/emotional with a touch of humour (absolutely fitting) I have the feeling this game tries to be funny with a touch of seriousness but horribly fails at both. The voice actors often say something different from the text on screen (and it's actually sounding better than the text on screen). And what's with all these pointless two second long cutscenes? Also the translations sometimes seem quite bad, not only in the English version which others have already mentioned here but also in the German version that I played.
    Are we really sure - is this really a game developed by Level 5 or a bootleg copycat that tried to make some quick cash with a lackluster phone game that for whatever reason was later copied to 3DS?
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