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Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
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  1. Dec 16, 2019
    90
    With better aesthetics, all DLC included, and new puzzles, this 3DS port has a lot going for it. LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition is a great series debut on the Nintendo Switch, and it should excite fans of LEVEL-5’s long-running series. It’d even be a good starting point for first-time Layton players.
  2. NF Magazine
    May 1, 2020
    85
    I would have liked to see a better payoff to the story's setup at the end of the game. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 69]
  3. Nov 12, 2019
    85
    The Deluxe Edition on Switch is not only a great way for old fans to return to the franchise, but an excellent jumping-on point for new players to dive into the Layton series.
  4. Apr 28, 2020
    80
    My only real gripes with the game come from the occasionally too long dialogue sequences (it seems that every character has to quip or comment about Katrielle's current course of action) and the frustrating lack of resolution at the end of the game. Although the game obviously sets up a sequel, neither of the two core mysteries introduced at the outset of the game are solved at all. If you're looking for some charming brain teasers and puzzles to distract you from the current goings-on, give Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy a try.
  5. Jan 29, 2020
    80
    Even though a bit harder to play compared to the original, the wonderfully designed puzzles, characters and music make this game a wonderful experience. Players that enjoy brain teasers without being forced into a time constraint will enjoy Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy - Deluxe Edition, as a relaxing and sometimes infuriating title - but remember that every puzzle has an answer!
  6. 80
    It may not quite reach the series' previous highs, but Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy is a more than serviceable addition, and a welcome debut on the Nintendo Switch.
  7. Nov 15, 2019
    80
    Even the things that were off-putting felt more like small stumbles than full-on faceplants. With so much to explore and unravel in this game, plus accessible daily puzzles, Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy feels like a game we could get lost in for a good, long time.
  8. Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Level-5 offers us this adventure on Nintendo Switch with news such as its new protagonist, independent cases in its story and a lot of downloadable content. Despite not being the most outstanding Layton game, it is undoubtedly the most complete title to date and an essential game for every fan of the franchise.
  9. Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Level-5 brings the classic 3DS game back, with upgraded visuals and a great control adaptation for both TV and portable Switch modes. It offers plenty of puzzles and minigames, though some of them are confusing.
  10. Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Katrielle's adventure makes your brain work for progress on the Switch. With 40 new puzzles the game is the largest Layton game yet. The game is ported fantastically for the Switch and has never looked as great as this before. A definite must buy.
  11. Nov 8, 2019
    78
    Layton’s classic adventure holds up quite well. This version offers extra content and, even if they are not big additions, it’s a good reason to rediscover this classic.
  12. Nov 7, 2019
    78
    Quotation forthcoming.
  13. Nov 7, 2019
    78
    This is more picturesque sightseeing than mysterious storytelling, but the puzzles are mostly challenging and work well on Switch.
  14. Dec 30, 2019
    75
    Even though dear professor is missing on this one, his daughter still manages to keep the flames of the series' spirit bright and burning. It is a loving and relaxing adventure that may not be as epic and mind bending as before, but still pretty much close to the original charm. Whether you go for the better and older, or newer yet still a great title, there is no wrong choice here. Leave the thinking for in game…
  15. 75
    Overall, while her debut adventure is not nearly as grand as anything her father did, Katrielle’s story is still full of the same wit and charm one can expect from a game in the Professor Layton series. If you like past games in the series, you will probably still enjoy this more laid back entry, but first timers would be better off starting from the beginning. Various side features like dressing Kat in different outfits or decorating the agency’s office give the player ample opportunity to sit back and take a break from all the puzzles, and London’s streets are still fun to explore, especially when coupled with another fantastic soundtrack from series composer Tomohito Nishiura. If you find yourself craving some puzzles and English accents, Mystery Journey is a game you should look into picking up.
  16. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jan 14, 2020
    70
    Searching for clues and interviewing witnesses isn’t all it takes to beat this game, you’ll also have to solve hundreds of puzzles – most of them random and not tied into the main plot at all. [Issue#242, p.60]
  17. Dec 2, 2019
    70
    The unique mixture of visual novel and puzzler found in Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition is great to be played on short bursts. Tons of contents and charismatic characters are enough to make you ignore its annoying tidbits.
  18. Nov 29, 2019
    70
    Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy is more Layton, but with a host of new characters and a healthy dollop of puzzles. Unfortunately, they're weaker, more contrived tests of your mind than previously. Katrielle and the stellar supporting cast really boost the experience, as do the stunning visuals, but the sum of its parts is less than I expect from a Layton title.
  19. Nov 27, 2019
    70
    For the most part, you'll spend your time solving pleasant puzzles, enjoying a pleasant story, and having a pleasant time. The Layton series can be so much better than this, though, and I hope their next outing, no matter who it stars, aims higher.
  20. Nov 25, 2019
    70
    Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires Conspiracy Deluxe Edition is as complete as this game will get, with the added benefit of being on a current console. The spirit of the Layton series continues on, but the story doesn’t live up to its predecessors. If you’re here for the puzzles there is more than ever, there are even extra daily puzzles. Just be prepared for a few too many ‘trick’ puzzles or unclear instructions that can have you second-guessing often. At the end of the day, Layton’s Mystery Journey is a decent game that will hopefully lead into a grander adventure with Katrielle at the helm.
  21. Nov 15, 2019
    70
    In Katrielle Layton's London, it's a season of golden leaves, stiff breezes, and sun that provides light but less warmth. It's the perfect atmosphere for a game that provides such quaint joys for hours on end, cackling at its next pun, zippy one-liner, or absurd new scenario while putting creaky parts of the brain to good use. Sometimes the breeze is a bit too cold, or there's rain, or, oh, you know, the solution to a logic problem you've been staring at for 45 minutes might be “air” and you hate everything for a few minutes, but it doesn't last, and the next pleasant moment is never too far away.
  22. Nov 15, 2019
    70
    Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy may not have an interesting plot, but the game’s likeable characters, a plethora of puzzles, and beautiful artwork are enough to see it through to the end. While it is a bit too easy for my taste, it’s still a fun enough journey.
  23. Nov 15, 2019
    70
    An attempted effort to improve a game that does not meet the quality standards the first six games of the Layton series have set. While it tries to follow the footsteps of its predecessors, Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy fails in providing a compelling story, memorable characters and emotional peaks. The new adventure seems to be targeting a new audience, meaning that some of the old fans might opt out while they wait for Kat to really follow her father’s footsteps and find her proper place in the genre.
  24. 70
    Initially I was worried that Layton sans the titular professor would be a problem. In the end that wasn't where the issues lay with Layton's Mystery Journey. I'm certainly on board with Katrielle taking over and having the kind of long career that her father did, but Level-5 does need to get some fresh new puzzle-designers in, because with this game they dropped the ball too frequently for a series of this calibre.
  25. Nov 13, 2019
    70
    Layton’s Mystery Journey is a mixed bag of tricks and treats. There’s never a dull moment with the fantastic voice acting and clever script, but without an overarching narrative and below par puzzles, the game’s missing one of its largest draws. The Deluxe Edition for the Switch, though, has a truly unique experience in that it can be enjoyed by many in one fell swoop; a good addition to the family catalogue. For Katrielle, she’s not quite there yet.
  26. Nov 12, 2019
    70
    The exuberant Katrielle, after having delighted us with her frivolities on portable devices and 3DS, breaks in with all her energy even on the Nintendo hybrid console.
  27. 70
    Professor Layton has always targeted a very niche market and Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition also does just that. The lack of an overarching story and any drastic changes in the gameplay is a disappointment, but there’s just something charming about this series that will hopefully continue to grow from here after finally shedding the handheld only roots of the series moving forward.
  28. Nov 11, 2019
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  29. Nov 10, 2019
    70
    Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and The Millionaires' Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition, a very long name for a game that may not be the most ambitious in the Professor Layton series, or even an entirely new game as this is a remaster of a previous game with some additional content but that's not an obstacle for delivering fun and creative puzzles and a charming overall atmosphere. Its relative lack of enough new content makes this a more difficult purchase for those already familiar with the original game but those just starting in the Layton series will have a good, enjoyable and welcoming introduction.
  30. Nov 7, 2019
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  31. 70
    A welcome return for one of gaming’s greatest puzzle franchises, and while it’s not quite the best in the series it certainly has the most content.
  32. Nov 7, 2019
    70
    Refined in every possible way, particularly through more practical puzzles, this Deluxe Edition proves a good introduction to the somehow lighthearted and acidulous investigations of Kat.
  33. Nov 7, 2019
    70
    Without proposing any incredible new features, this title is a successful port, adapted to the Switch's requirements. It is pleasant to (re)discover it, with improved graphics that help dynamise the investigations. Available at an honest price, Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy is a good way to get into the license. Those who have not yet solved the mysteries of the 3DS version will certainly enjoy it.
  34. Nov 7, 2019
    70
    A strong puzzle game in its own right, although compared to the highs of its predecessors, it doesn’t nearly hold up as well. Even so, the pleasant visuals, wonderful writing, and (mostly) strong puzzle design make this an easy sell, even if the occasional missteps in some of the puzzle answers and the lack of compelling new features for this re-release prove to be drawbacks. We’d give this a recommendation to anybody looking for a slower-paced game that still demands lots of attention. It’s an excellent ‘winding down before bed’ sort of game, and though it might not fully live up to the series legacy, we’re still excited for whatever Level-5 is planning next for Kat.
  35. Jan 23, 2020
    67
    Even with the game’s many flaws, however, I’m still happy to get a chance to play a Layton game on the Switch. Layton’s Mystery Journey may feel bloated, and have iffy controls, and feature lousy characters, but at the end of the day, it’s still Professor Layton. You’ve got to be willing to put up with a lot of extraneous stuff that isn’t that great, but I’d much rather have this flawed game than none at all.
  36. Nov 14, 2019
    62
    Aslightly lazy conversion of a rather disappointing game at the time of its original release. It's a decent budget game, but it's not as good as the previous games dedicated to professor Hershel.
  37. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 28, 2020
    60
    Great for newcomers, perhaps a little easy for experienced puzzle solvers but still a pleasant puzzle game with its typical humour and an episodic approach to storytelling. [Issue#300]
  38. Nov 27, 2019
    60
    Layton's Mystery Journey isn't the best game in the series by any means, but it can still be an enjoyable collection of low-stress puzzles - especially in the absence of any other Layton titles on modern systems. Between the splendid production values and the large number of clever but recycled puzzles, new players will probably be the ones getting the most out of this Deluxe Edition.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 41
  2. Negative: 7 out of 41
  1. Jan 2, 2020
    7
    It's a nice game, but some puzzles aren't that logical or unclear what the meaning is. In this game the overall story is very weak, not evenIt's a nice game, but some puzzles aren't that logical or unclear what the meaning is. In this game the overall story is very weak, not even once i was curious how the story ended. In the first 6 layton games, the overall story was exciting to follow, with a lot more cinematics.

    There is also too much dialog. Eventually i started skipping the conversations. i rather see more cinematics and more puzzles then dialog.

    I finished the game, i mildly enjoy it, i will go back to some cases to play missing puzzles, but afterwards i wont play this game ever again.

    I really want a layton game like the first six.
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  2. Nov 12, 2019
    7
    No es la mejor obra de esta saga, pero si es una muy competente y la protagonista tiene un grab carisma. Y sobre la jugabilidad nada q no seNo es la mejor obra de esta saga, pero si es una muy competente y la protagonista tiene un grab carisma. Y sobre la jugabilidad nada q no se sepa de esta saga. Pero lo q es la historia en si mas floja que en otros titulos. Full Review »
  3. Dec 30, 2020
    2
    I hate this game. There is a horrendous amount of drab / superfluous dialogue. I've played a singled puzzle and then it resumed vomitting dialogue.