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