This month sees a relatively new character return to the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, having had a number of successful handheld adventures already in the last few years.
On October 26th, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will launch across Europe, promising more mystery, intrigue and problem-solving for fans of the franchise. But what can gamers expect from this latest instalment?
Familiar faces and forgotten friends
As well as the Professor himself, this particular story will unfold with a number of supporting characters – some of whom will be recognisable to people who have visited his world before, but others known only to him.
Once again, our hero will be joined by his assistant Emmy and his young apprentice Luke, but will be catching up with a number of other old friends from his past too. These include Randall Ascot, his long-lost best friend from childhood, Angela Ledore, who calls upon Professor Layton to travel to Monte d’Or where the story takes place – and a mysterious criminal known only as the Masked Gentlemen.
An all-new story to get stuck in to
It seems this enigmatic Masked Gentlemen has been causing all sorts of trouble in the carnival town of Monte d’Or with his mischievous ‘dark miracles’. After receiving a letter about his terrible grip on the region, Layton, Luke and Emmy head out to find out more about what he is up to and his ability to apparently turn the terrified locals to stone.
Suspecting the involvement of the Mask of Chaos, a dark and powerful item that he is all too familiar with, Professor Layton must dig deep into his past to get to the bottom of the mystery. This means flashbacks to Layton’s history, allowing you to find out a whole lot more about his passion for archaeology.
More puzzles, riddles and games than ever before
One of the great things about this particular series of games so far is that its creators have been keen to give people even more to play with as each title has been released. This time around, there are not only 150 puzzles to get through, but also a host of mini games to tackle in the Professor’s Trunk.
Not only that, but there will be a new puzzle to download through the Nintendo Network every single day from the day of launch – which means 365 all new brain-teasing freebies to enjoy.