Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy

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Curious Village
Diabolical Box
Unwound Future
Last Specter
Miracle Mask
Azran Legacy
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney



Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
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Developers LEVEL-5
Publishers LEVEL-5JP
Nintendo
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Release Dates February 28, 2013JP
February 28, 2014NA
November 8, 2013EU
November 9, 2013AU
Genre Adventure/Puzzle
Mode Single Player
Ratings A: All Ages (CERO)
E: Everyone (ESRB)
7+ (PEGI)
PG: Parental Guidance (ACB)

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (レイトン教授と超文明Aの遺産, Reiton-kyōju to Chō-Bunmei Ē no Isan) is the sixth game in the Professor Layton Series and the third in the second trilogy in the series. The game is set one year after the events of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, and includes an exciting array of new characters along with old favorites like Professor Layton, Luke Triton and Emmy Altava. The game will be the last game to include Professor Layton as the main protagonist. The game was first released in Japan on February 28th, 2013, later followed by Europe on November 8th, 2013, and in North America on February 28, 2014.

The game's release was announced on the 29th of August 2012 in a Nintendo Direct presentation, assisted by LEVEL-5 CEO Akirino Hino.

Contents

[edit] Gameplay

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is an adventure and puzzle game. To move around each different area, the player must tap highlighted orange circles on the Touch Screen's map. To switch to Investigation Mode, the magnifying glass in the top-right corner of the Touch Screen can be tapped. Slide the stylus along the Touch Screen to move the magnifying glass on the top screen around; the magnifying glass will turn orange where a Hint Coin or hidden puzzle is located, or when a character or object can be interacted with, or will turn blue when an area can be zoomed in to. Cloud shapes will appear from the magnifying glass when a collection item is located.

Professor Layton and the others have the ability to use the Bostonius in order to travel to the many different locations around the world. Tap the Bostonius icon next to the magnifying glass in order to select a destination to travel to, or go to the Bostonius manually and tap the LCD screen at the head of the aircraft. The player will also be able to embark on side quests and solving mysteries along their adventures around the world.

There are many puzzle types in this game, including sliding puzzles, brain teasers, and logic puzzles. Upon accepting the puzzle, the player is presented with a number of Picarats that determines the difficulty of a puzzle. Hint Coins can be used to provide a maximum of three hints for each puzzle, as well as a Super Hint, in order to gain as much Picarats as possible. Hint Coins are in limited supply, however, and can be found throughout the many locations in which the group travel to, however the player starts off with 10 Hint Coins at the beginning of the game. The player can also use the Memo Pad on the Touch Screen to note down any working in solving the puzzle. Once the player has submitted their answer by either selecting an option, circling an option, or manually writing the answer, the character solving the puzzle (which can either be Professor Layton, Luke, Emmy, Desmond Sycamore, Aurora or Jean Descole) will appear and indicate whether the answer is correct or not. If correct, the number of Picarats presented will be added to the total. However, if an answer is incorrect, Picarats will be deducted from the puzzle, and the player can attempt the puzzle again. Picarats will be deducted from the puzzle a total of two times; after that, the player will be able to input an incorrect answer without losing any more Picarats. If the player acquires enough Picarats throughout the story, extra content can be unlocked within the Bonus section, such as character profiles, soundtracks, and cut scenes. If the player is wanting to attempt the puzzle at a later time, they are able to quit the puzzle at no cost. To attempt the puzzle again, the player must find the person who had issued it to them, however it will be sent to Keats if it is left unsolved by a certain point in the story. Some puzzles cannot be avoided, however, as solving them is required to advance through the game. Advancing through certain points in the game also requires the player to have solved a certain amount of puzzles, so skipping too many will not allow one to advance.

When a puzzle is solved correctly, the player can receive a reward as well as Picarats; a piece of clothing for the Dress Up mini-game, a course to guide a nut to its goal in Nutty Roller, or a garden to bring back to bloom in Bloom Burst. Completing all mini-games will unlock extra puzzles in Professor Layton's Challenges in the Bonus section. After solving all 150 puzzles in the main story, extra puzzles will be unlocked within this section. Solving these extra 12 puzzles will finally unlock an extra three puzzles, and upon completing those, extra content will be unlocked, such as extra character profiles. The player can also download a puzzle every day for a whole year after the release of the game, but will start with 20 already downloaded. When all of these puzzles are solved, an extra 20 will be unlocked, bringing the total amount of puzzles in the game to 570, the most of any game in the series. These puzzles can be acquired over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Extra bonuses can be unlocked through the Hidden Door, in which the player must input a password from Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. These passwords do not work unless both games have been recognized on the same 3DS system.

[edit] Plot

Professor Layton receives a letter from a fellow archaeologist, Desmond Sycamore, who has found a living mummy encased in ice. Along with his apprentice Luke and assistant Emmy, they set off in the Bostonius to the snowy town of Froenborg to investigate the mummy. When she is set free from her icy prison, she reveals that her name is Aurora, and is the last of the ancient Azran Civilization remaining. Before long, a corrupted group by the name of Targent take away the girl, leaving the team to embark on a journey around the world to reveal the mystery of the Azran's hidden treasure, which Targent is after themselves.

[edit] Characters

[edit] Chapters

Prologue: Setting Off
Chapter 1: Frozen in Time
Chapter 2: The Mysterious Girl
Chapter 3: A Day Out in London
Chapter 4: The Hunt for the Eggs
Chapter 5: Into the Nest
Chapter 6: The Azran Sanctuary
Finale: The Azran Legacy

[edit] Mysteries

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    1. The Mummy
    Renowned archaeologist Professor Desmond Sycamore claims to have discovered what he terms a "living mummy", which is a rather mind-boggling concept. What can he possibly have found?

Solved
    1. The Mummy
    The Azran people used a cryogenic technique to hold a girl in stasis until the day that she would be awoken by a future civilisation. As the messenger of the Azran, Aurora is able to interact with Azran ruins and is likely the key to unlocking their secrets.

    The Whole Story:
    Aurora was created by the Azran to guard their legacy once they were gone. After travelling the world with Professor Layton and fulfilling her role, the time came for her to say goodbye, with the hope of one day being reborn.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    2. Suspicious Men
    A number of uniformed men with an air of malice about them are prowling around Froenborg. They appear to be searching for something, but what could it be?

Solved
    2. Suspicious Men
    The uniformed men turn out to be members of Targent, a secret organisation that seeks to harness the power of the Azran. They have already taken control of the Garden of Healing, the City of Harmony and the Infinite Vault.

    The Whole Story:
    Targent will go to any lengths to get their hands on Azran artefacts. It seems they were once mainly a research organisation, but Bronev’s ruthless ambition has led to them relentlessly increasing their military power.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    3. Siren Lake
    Thanks to the countless number of aircraft crashes that have taken place there, the area around Kodh has acquired the name Siren Lake. Could the reason for these disasters have something to do with the lake?

Solved
    3. Siren Lake
    An incantation from the mysterious girl lifted the seal on the lake and revealed an Azran ruin hidden beneath the water. This ruin seemingly emits some kind of magnetic force that interferes with passing aircraft.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    4. Professor Sycamore
    Despite their rich history, so little is known about the Azran that they are considered something of a phantom civilisation. Professor Sycamore is one of the few who is knowledgeable on the subject, yet he is something of an enigma himself...

Solved
    4. Professor Sycamore
    The archaeologist who called himself Desmond Sycamore was none other than Jean Descole, Professor Layton’s nemesis!

    The Whole Story:
    Delving into his repressed memories, Professor Layton remembers growing up with a brother. It transpires that his brother, from whom he was separated at an early age, was in fact Descole, the man who would become his arch-enemy.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    5. The Aura Stones
    The walls of the Azran dome in Kodh indicate the locations of the five egg-shaped Azran artefacts. These "eggs" apparently form the key that unlocks the legacy of the Azran, but what on earth could this mean in practical terms?

Solved
    5. The Aura Stones
    Aurora used her mysterious powers to combine the five eggs. Together they form the key stone that will unlock the legacy of the Azran.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    6. Deception at the Museum
    Upon investigation of the string of robberies that have taken place at the museum, it becomes apparent that some artefacts were replaced with fakes. Who could the culprit be? The police are at a complete loss, despite their best efforts…

Solved
    6. Deception at the Museum
    A corrupt police officer must have been claiming to recover the stolen artefacts while actually replacing them with fakes and making away with the real ones. The only officer in a position to pull off such a crime was DI Leonard Bloom himself!

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    7. The Deadpan Chief
    The village chief of Phong Gi steadfastly refuses to so much as smile, no matter how much the locals try and entertain him. A festival with the aim of making him laugh has been going on for days now. Why won’t he laugh?

Solved
    7. The Deadpan Chief
    The Phong Gi village chief turns out to be a cheerful fellow who loves nothing more than chuckling at a silly face. His only problem was his poor eyesight, which prevented him from even noticing the villagers’ comedic performances.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    8. Popoño - A Happy Tradition
    The shops and market stalls of San Grio are full of items called "popoños" that bear an uncanny resemblance to the Azran eggs. Everyone on the island seems fond of these popoños, but what is the real story behind them?

Solved
    8. Popoño - A Happy Tradition
    The popoño tradition started with a man named Eduardo Popoño. At a low point in his life, he found the Azran egg and it brought him great joy. He started the popoño-passing tradition in the hope of bringing happiness to those around him.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    9. The Terror of Old Red
    The residents of the desert town of Torrido live in fear of a mighty wolf they call "Old Red". Every time the beast makes his way into town, the people flee. But why does Old Red need to come to Torrido in the first place?

Solved
    9. The Terror of Old Red
    Old Red did not come to Torrido to scare its inhabitants. In fact, the wolf only wished to return a pendant to the girl who once saved his life.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    10. The Bride of Hoogland
    Hoogland is home to a disturbing custom in which a young lady from the village is selected to be the Dragonlord’s bride and locked up in the local chapel as part of their "wedding ceremony". Why on earth do they persist with such a tradition?

Solved
    10. The Bride of Hoogland
    The whirlwinds that devastated Hoogland were caused by an imbalance in the Azran technology found within the chapel. Restoring the balance has brought an end to the destructive winds and to the "wedding ceremonies" that appeased the non-existent Dragonlord.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    11. Tears of the Phoenix
    Azran traditions remain strong in Mosinnia, but the entire adult population of the town is fast asleep. It seems a phoenix’s tears would rouse the locals from their slumber, but does such a mythical creature even exist?

Solved
    11. Tears of the Phoenix
    Solving a number of puzzles around Mosinnia allowed water to flood into its canals, which form the shape of a phoenix. In the phoenix’s eye, a vast Azran archive contains incredible wonders, including the formula of an all-curing panacea.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    12. The Targent Mastermind
    Bronev is waiting for our heroes in the Obsidian Tower, a skyscraper at the heart of the Nest. As the commander of Targent, Bronev is undeniably a powerful man. Why does he need to lure Professor Layton and the others onto his own turf?

Solved
    12. The Targent Mastermind
    Bronev sacrificed everything in pursuit of the Azran legacy, and through his ruthlessness, unleashed a force that would destroy the world. Faced with the fact that his dream is in fact a nightmare, Bronev’s ambition crumbles into dust.

    The Whole Story:
    In helping Professor Layton and the others prove humanity’s worth to the Azran, Bronev played a part in averting the destruction of the world. He appears to have rediscovered his humanity, but can he ever make up for his past deeds?


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Reviews
Review Scores
Site Score
1Up.com
Edge
Game Informer8.25/10
Gamespot7/10
GameTrailers
IGN8.5/10
Giant Bomb
Aggregation Scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 81%
GameRankings 80.91%


Layton series in chronological order

  Last Specter   Eternal Diva   Miracle Mask   Azran Legacy   Curious Village   Diabolical Box   Unwound Future  

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