Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
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.
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 One-Stop 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.
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.
Can the Masked Gentleman's true identity be unveiled before Monte d'Or's days are over?
- Professor Layton
- Luke Triton
- Emmy Altava
- Angela Ledore
- Henry Ledore
- Randall Ascot
- Masked Gentleman
- Leon Bronev
- Jean Descole
 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.
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
|Layton series in chronological order|
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