Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

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



Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
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Developers LEVEL-5
Publishers LEVEL-5JP
Nintendo
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Release Dates 26th February 2011JP
28th October 2012NA
26th October 2012EU
27th October 2012AU
Plus Version
6th February 2013JP
Genre Adventure/Puzzle
Mode Single Player
Ratings A: All Ages (CERO)
E: Everyone (ESRB)
7+ (PEGI)
PG: Parental Guidance (ACB)

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (レイトン教授と奇跡の仮面, Reiton-kyōju to Kiseki no Kamen) is the fifth game in the Professor Layton series and the second in the second trilogy in the series. The game features the series protagonist Professor Hershel Layton and his apprentice Luke Triton, being a prequel to the events of Azran Legacy and set after the events of Last Specter. Players are able to get hold of a daily puzzle given out everyday for a whole year via Nintendo WFC.

Contents

[edit] Gameplay

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is an adventure and puzzle game. The interface for this game are different to its predecessors, where the player must now tap an orange circle appearing on the Touch Screen's map to move around Monte d'Or. Instead of tapping the Touch Screen for points of interest like in previous games, the player is able to tap the magnifying glass on the Touch Screen to switch to Investigation Mode. Slide the stylus across the Touch Screen in order to move the magnifying glass on the top screen; the magnifying glass will turn orange where a Hint Coin, hidden puzzle, or collection item can be found. It will also turn orange when a character can be interacted with. The magnifying glass will turn blue when an area can be zoomed in to. As well as helping to solve the mystery of the Masked Gentleman, the player can also participate in many side quests and solving mysteries. As well as the ability to travel around Monte d'Or, the player also has the opportunity to travel to Professor Layton's past home town of Stansbury. The player is able to travel between these two destinations at will once the game is completed. In Layton's hotel room, tap the mirror to travel to the past of Stansbury, and to travel back to Monte d'Or, tap the desk in Hershel's room. The player is also able to switch between day and night, in order to access different areas and people at certain times. In both Layton's hotel room and Hershel's room, tap the bed to switch between day and night.

Many puzzle types from the previous games make a return, including sliding puzzles, brain teasers, and logic puzzles. As well as this, there are puzzles that take advantage of the 3DS's gyroscopic feature. Upon accepting a puzzle, the player is presented 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 Monte d'Or, 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 be either Professor Layton, Luke, or Emmy) will appear and indicate whether the answer is correct or not. If correct, the 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 Granny Riddleton's Shack 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 course to guide a toy robot around to land on a certain square, an aisle for the shop mini-game in order to clear out the shelf, or a play for a rabbit to participate in. Completing all mini-games will unlock extra puzzles in Professor Layton's Challenges in the Bonus section. After solving all 135 puzzles in the main story, extra puzzles will be unlocked within this section. Solving these extra 12 puzzles will finally unlock an extra 3 three puzzles, and upon completing those, extra content will be unlocked, such as extra character profiles. While Weekly Puzzles appeared in the previous games, the player can now download a puzzle every day for a whole year after the release of the game, bringing the total amount of puzzles in the game to 515. 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 both Professor Layton and the Last Specter and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. These passwords do not work unless both games have been recognized on the same 3DS system.

In addition, Miracle Mask introduces a top-down adventure section, where a young Layton and Randall must traverse through underground ruins. The characters can be moved either by using the D-Pad or the buttons on the Touch Screen. Glowing patches of dirt can be dug up with the shovel either by tapping the A Button or tapping the button on the Touch Screen; collection items, Hint Coins, or hidden puzzles can be found here. The A Button can also be used to push boulders. The game requires the player to solve traditional puzzles, boulder puzzles, and puzzles involving escaping from mummies.

[edit] Plot

Professor Layton and Luke arrive at Monte d'Or on the request of Layton's old school friend Angela Ledore. There has been trouble there recently because of the Masked Gentleman, a man who used the power of the mask he wore to terrorize the city people. It is said that the mask has the power to grant wishes of those who own it.

Another curious mystery is revealed, one that happened in Professor Layton's past. Randall Ascot's disappearance in the Akbadain Ruins has sparked curiosity among the Mask.

Can the Masked Gentleman's true identity be unveiled before Monte d'Or's days are over?

[edit] Characters

[edit] Miracle Mask +

An enhanced version of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask was released exclusively through the Japanese Nintendo eShop on February 6, 2013, by the name of Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask +.

The game follows the same story as the original version, but however has additional puzzles and cut scenes not seen throughout the story of the original version, as well as bonus hints and tutorials. It also includes an extra save file, as the Japanese game only had two save slots.

There has been no announcement for an international release.

[edit] Chapters

Prologue: The Dark Parade
Chapter 1: The Mask of Chaos
Chapter 2: The Secret of Norwell
Chapter 3: The Battle of Monte d'Or
Chapter 4: Angela's Tears
Chapter 5: Miracles Unmasked
Chapter 6: The Ghosts of Akbadain
Chapter 7: The Reunion Inn
Chapter 8: The Final Miracle
Epilogue: The City of Miracles

[edit] Mysteries

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    1. The Miracle of Monte d'Or
    Monte d'Or is well known because it started out as an oasis with one small inn and expanded into a large and prosperous city in the space of just 18 years. How could such a city develop so fast?

Solved
    1. The Miracle of Monte d'Or
    Some 18 years ago, Henry offered a hefty reward for Randall's return. Fortune seekers flocked to the Reunion Inn in hopes of securing this prize. Thus, Monte d'Or was built upon Henry's devotion to his friend.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    2. The Petrification Incident
    A number of people were turned to stone during the parade in Carnival Square. Some members of the crowd claimed to have witnessed the petrification as it occurred. Was this really some sort of miraculous act?

Solved
    2. The Petrification Incident
    The petrification miracle was nothing more than an elaborate trick. The perpetrators used the activity of the parade as cover while they positioned the statues and convinced others that these were actually petrified people.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    3. The Mask of Chaos
    It is said that the Mask of Chaos grants magical powers to whoever wears it. Could this power be behind the Masked Gentleman's acts?

Solved
    3. The Mask of Chaos
    Randall used the myth behind the Mask of Chaos to convince everyone of its power. This was a key element in his plan to take revenge on Henry by destroying Monte d'Or.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    4. The Masked Gentleman
    A mysterious villain called the Masked Gentleman is performing oddly dramatic feats across town. He must have some agenda, but his motives are still unclear.

Solved
    4. The Masked Gentleman
    The Masked Gentleman was revealed to be the long-missing Randall! Believing that Henry betrayed him, he set out to ruin Monte d'Or with his malevolent "dark miracles."

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    5. Traces of Another Civilization
    Although Monte d'Or is a new city built in the latest architectural fashion, one can find traces here and there of an ancient design. Where do these come from, and what do they mean?

Solved
    5. Traces of Another Civilization
    Far below Monte d'Or are the hidden ruins of Akbadain, a vestige of the once great Azran civilization. The remnants seen aboveground are just a small part of that ancient structure.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    6. The Mask of Order
    Donald Rutledge's Ancient Histories tells of a Mask of Order, a counterpart to the Mask of Chaos. If this can negate the powers of the Mask of Chaos, it could be the key to stopping the Masked Gentleman. But how to find it?

Solved
    6. The Mask of Order
    The Mask of Order and the Mask of Chaos are, in fact, two halves of the same artifact that can be separated at will. Far from counteracting each other, they have power only when used together.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    7. The Levitation Incident
    After apparently walking on thin air, the Masked Gentleman lifted onlookers into the air before making them vanish altogether. What tricks did he resort to in order to pull off this one?

Solved
    7. The Levitation Incident
    Although the Masked Gentleman appeared to be walking on thin air, he was actually supported by wires strung between the museum and the arcade. His "victims" were actually accomplices who were lifted up by balloons and then cloaked in dark drop cloths.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    8. Henry's Suspicious Behaviour
    Henry is clearly hiding something, which he will not, or cannot, tell us. What could his secret be?

Solved
    8. Henry's Suspicious Behavior
    Henry's devotion to developing his estate was based on his desire to create a perfect home for Randall's eventual return.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    9. Angela's Suspicious Behavior
    Angela has been acting strangely. She may be hiding something. Could her odd behavior be somehow related to the Masked Gentleman?

Solved
    9. Angela's Suspicious Behavior
    At some point, Descole replaced Angela almost seamlessly. Disguised as Angela, he tried to trick Henry into revealing the Mask of Order.

Mystery Solved

Mystery
    10. The Vanishing Incident
    The crowd in Pumpkin Park vanished and then suddenly reappeared...but no one seemed to notice a thing. What could have happened to all of those people in the meantime?

Solved
    10. The Vanishing Incident
    The Masked Gentleman used the darkness in Topsy Tower to disorientate us. He led us to an exact, but empty, replica of the park to make it appear that the crowd had vanished.


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[edit] Reception

Reviews
Review Scores
Site Score
1Up.comB
Edge7/10
Game Informer8/10
Gamespot8.5/10
IGN8.7/10
Giant Bomb4/5
Aggregation Scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 82%
GameRankings 83.09%



Layton series in chronological order

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