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Solve this riddle for me. Level 5 has made the third game in the "Professor Layton" series. Is it worth playing? If you answered "No", you're wrong my friend. This game is amazing.
The Professor is on another adventure, er, investigation. This time, into the terrible future of London. The story grabs you with this simple concept, and doesn't let go until you finish the game. With so many twists, turns, and surprises, it keeps you wanting to play until you finish it. Of course, it wouldn't be gentlemanly like to spoil those surprises here. On another note, if you want to check out the series, star with the first two (Professor Layton and the Curious Village, and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box) before you play this one. You won't regret it.
This entry of the series also embraces a bit more humor this time. With hilarious, somewhat mature jokes and great slapstick, I was laughing throughout the entire game.
Nothing really changes here, it's the same "Solve this puzzle, go here, solve this puzzle, omg plot twist" game. Not that that's a bad thing. The two newest things, the Super Hint and the improved Notepad, are a welcome addition. With the Super Hint, if you're stuck on a puzzle, you can pay two hint coins for it, and it basically gives you the answer ... Sometimes. But sometimes, it just confuses you more, or isn't worth it. That said, I found some puzzles weren't explained well enough, and could have been easier if they were.
On topic of puzzles, sometimes they're just faulty. There was one that only accepted one answer, yet I gave virtually the same one, but with different numbers. It would have been easy and quick to just add another right answer, so I question why it wasn't added.
I've always loved the art style of the Layton series, and this game completely expands on it to make a truly amazing work of moving art. From the anime cutscenes to the the enviroments, this game is completely hand drawn, and looks fantastic. Plus, no ugly 3D hamster!
Though not for everyone, the Layton series is an amazing and fun series that I'm proud to be a fan of. If you like brain teasers, riddles, point and click adventures, or great stories, this is the game for you.
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