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  • Summary: Defense attorney Phoenix Wright and archeologist Hershel Layton collaborate to solve puzzles in a medieval city.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    100
    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
    90
    A nearly-perfect crossover between two of the most beloved series of the last decade... no objection!
  3. Aug 25, 2014
    85
    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.
  4. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    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.
  5. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    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.
  6. Sep 9, 2014
    75
    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.
  7. Jan 2, 2013
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Jul 13, 2015
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Nov 16, 2014
    10
    This game definitely takes the best of both worlds. There are plenty of puzzles to solve, and many court cases to be a part of. The storylineThis game definitely takes the best of both worlds. There are plenty of puzzles to solve, and many court cases to be a part of. The storyline is well done, the art is unique, and the music is captivating.

    If you like Professor Layton games, or Phoenix Wright games, this one will not disappoint you.
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  3. Jan 19, 2015
    9
    An amazing game here. The story is just incredible, and it really mixes this two franchises very well.
    It has a lot of puzzle to solve and
    An amazing game here. The story is just incredible, and it really mixes this two franchises very well.
    It has a lot of puzzle to solve and the court cases, which are the parts that i most enjoy, are amazing and very well done. Fans of both of the franchises should definitely look this up
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  4. May 12, 2018
    8
    For the most part, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a great combination of the two series. I can't speak for ProfessorFor the most part, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a great combination of the two series. I can't speak for Professor Layton (since I've not played one of those games before this), but the Ace Attorney-style trials are still there, albeit not as engaging.

    Rather than in London or Los Angeles, this game predominantly takes place in the medieval-inspired Labyrinthia, where the inhabitants believe in witches and magic, and hold "witch trials", with anyone found guilty of witchcraft immediately executed. However, although the conversations between characters like Maya and Luke are handled well, the setting prevents many characters interacting with characters from the other series (there's no Professor Layton/Larry Butz interaction here). Also, the new characters vary widely in quality. On one hand, there's pretty developed characters like Barnham, while there are other less memorable ones, like a man called "Tuggit", whose beard tugging seems to be his only unique quality.

    There are some fairly challenging puzzles in the game, and the witch trials can get a bit fantastical with all the "spells" and whatnot. It's clear that they put a lot of effort into the game, and I appreciate that. Overall, a good visual novel and puzzle game.
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  5. Jan 25, 2020
    8
    While it is a novel to see both franchises taking leaps in its story-telling towards rather dark places, the eventual conclusion is ratherWhile it is a novel to see both franchises taking leaps in its story-telling towards rather dark places, the eventual conclusion is rather disappointing. Expand
  6. Jan 17, 2015
    7
    I have the feeling that this game could have been much more but it has in my opinion a few but strong flaws:
    - Due to the new dynamic
    I have the feeling that this game could have been much more but it has in my opinion a few but strong flaws:
    - Due to the new dynamic approach to puzzles, they've become much simpler and easier than ever.
    - The trials are by far more appealing than the investigation part.
    - The classic Ace Attorney mistake: you've more or less guessed the whole plot but you have to painfully go thorough desperate dialogues and express the contradictions the way the game wants to. This have been always an issue of the saga: it really needs more flexibility.

    I love both Layton and Phoenix's games but the result, while it's well made, does nothing new.
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  7. Nov 8, 2019
    5
    Que no os engañen, es el peor profesor layton y el peor Ace Attorney. Layton no luce absolutamente nada en este juego y las zonas de Phoenix,Que no os engañen, es el peor profesor layton y el peor Ace Attorney. Layton no luce absolutamente nada en este juego y las zonas de Phoenix, son las mejores del juego, pero bueno, siendo un juego mediocre, no hay mucho que decir.

    Historia sosa, personajes sosos y muy buena música, eso si
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