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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

The only experience I have with Professor Layton games are the times I’ve seen other people playing them. I’ve always wanted to play them, but wasn’t a Nintendo 3DS/DS owner until recently with my purchase of the XL. Now, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the number one game — right next to Animal Crossing 3DS, of course — on my must-buy list.

In my brief time with the game, I was impressed with the anime-style artwork, the voice work and the overall charm of the game. I was immersed in the world of Professor Layton from the get-go. Set in a carnival city called Monte d’Or, you need to solve puzzles as you investigate a mysterious villain known as the Masked Man.

professor layton and the miracle mask puzzle

Using the touchscreen and stylus, you can investigate different people and objects around the area you’re in. I found a man tangled in a bunch of balloons, and to have him help me, I had to help untangle him first. And thus, I was presented with my first puzzle. Swapping tiles that contain pieces of string, I had to get four individual, untwisted pieces of string — and it was not easy, even for a first puzzle. A couple of wrong moves and you could find yourself with multiple twists. That was only a taste of the things that lie ahead.

professor layton and the miracle mask

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is available at retail stores and in the Nintendo eshop on 10/28/12.

You can follow Movies and Culture Editor Lance Liebl on Twitter @Lance_GZ. He likes talking sports, video games, and the stupidity of celebrities. Email at LLiebl@GameZone.com

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