Professor Layton was a puzzling marvel of the Nintendo DS and it was an absolute success. So it seems only right that Nintendo should should carry the series over to the Nintendo 3DS. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the Professor's big 3D debut...
The Miracle Mask follows the same structure of previous Layton games, which we're sure you're quite acquainted with and we'd be very surprised if you're not! You follow yet another devious plot with Layton and Luke, whilst solving puzzles to help them along the way.
We're not going to talk too much about the story here, because that is something you will really want to discover for yourself. Although, the plot does see Layton and Luke travel to Monte d'Or to investigate a strange affair. You'll also discover more about the Professor's past.
Puzzles are as devious as ever, and there's over 150 of them to contend with. They're all an innovative affair and make nice work of the 3DS' capabilities. Level 5 are also offering 365 extra levels available for download, which is a puzzle a day, for a year. Nice, eh?
Likewise, Luke is as annoying as ever. By heck, we hate that child. For those new to the series, Luke is the Professor's assistant, and he comes in the form of a small irritating school boy.
The graphics aren't exactly going to be winning any prizes for best use of 3D, but they're still nice and warm. The colour and clarity are welcoming to both veterans of the series and newcomers. For example, characters have nice bold outlines which help them stand out.
Like many Layton titles before, it's the story here that really stands out. Like a deeply engrossing book, Professor Layton's story will have you hooked for more than a short while.
On the whole, there's about 15-20 hours of gameplay here, plus there is loads more to squeeze out of the game. If you're the type that is after perfection, you will be here for a while and do take into consideration the downloadable content that will keep you munching.
In conclusion, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a true credit to the much loved series. It represents a solid transition between the DS and 3DS generation and provides equal stability to both newcomers and veterans of the series. + Josh Moorcroft-Jones
9/10 - A truly warm and solid addition to the Layton series.