Professor Layton and the Lost Future DSi and DS Lite
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Released on 22/10/2010
Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, receive a confounding letter – from Luke 10 years in the future. But the message inside is even more troubling: London of the future is in disarray, and the only person who can help set things right is Professor Layton.
- More than 165 new puzzles weave seamlessly into the storyline. Players will be challenged with fun, brain-teasing logic puzzles and riddles, and even new types of puzzles.
- This game features significantly more hand-drawn animated sequences and voice acting than the previous installment of the series.
- Players who are still stumped with a puzzle after three subtle hints can select the new “superhint” option to point them toward a solution.
- As with previous incarnations of the franchise, weekly downloadable puzzles Will be available after launch for a limited time.
Nintendo's gone announcement crazy today: it seems that we're getting a new Professor Layton game this October.
According to the console giant, Professor Layton and the Lost Future will be hitting DSs on 22nd October in the UK. The third in the absolutely brilliant series, the game will come with 165 new brain-teasers, all wrapped up inside an exciting adventure story.
Apparently, the Professor's latest case kicks off when he receives a mysterious letter from his sidekick Luke, which appears to have come from ten years in the future. The letter warns that London is going to suffer a terrible calamity, and only Layton can save the day.
With more animated movies than the previous two games, the story promises unprecedented depth as you move around the London Underground and visit Chinatown. "Players will also be able to discover more about the Professor's mysterious past through flashbacks, as the story is revealed with full-motion animation sequences that will explain the secrets behind Professor Layton's lost lover and how he obtained his well-renowned hat," says the press release.
Book October off, we reckon - if you like puzzle games, you're going to be busy.
Konami has revealed it will be launching a puzzle adventure series on the new 3DS console this summer with the release of Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights.
The game follows the adventures of the titular Doctor Lautrec, a surly and unorthodox archaeology professor in 19th century Paris whose brilliance at solving historical mysteries is counterbalanced by his sometimes immoral outlook on life.
Paired up with an idealistic young student named Sophie, Lautrec embarks on a mystery-filled treasure hunt which sees him contest with criminal gangs and sabotage efforts by rival professors.
Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights challenges players to solve complex riddles and object-related puzzles alongside Lautrec and Sophie as they move through a number of diverse locations.
Konami promised that the scenes will be given extra life by the console's 3D capabilities, allowing gamers to scrutinise rich locations and enjoy impressive cartoon cinematics.
The DS has become famous for puzzle adventures thanks to the success of games such as Professor Layton and the Lost Future from Nintendo, a trend that the 3DS will follow with the planned launch of new Layton adventures.
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Well actually, for a few weeks, there was - because this year has seen the release of some real gaming crackers! Want to know which ones are the stars this Christmas? Here's the full top 10 - and not a turkey in sight...
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10. Professor Layton and the Lost Future is easily one of the best games in the popular puzzle series. It wastes no time in getting to the good bits and immediately throws a series of creative puzzles at the player. Make no mistake, this game will require you to get your brain into gear but that won't take much convincing since the puzzles are masterfully woven into an intriguing time-travelling adventure that you'll want to see to the end.
Time may be running out for Professor Layton, that puzzle-loving sleuth who has enchanted gamers on an annual basis since 2007. In a Japanese press presentation, developer Level 5 has announced it's working on another game in the series due for release on Nintendo 3DS next year.
Going by the rather unwieldy literal Japanese title of Professor Layton and the Legacy of Super Civilisation A, the plot for this game, the sixth in the series, apparently kicks off when someone contacts the professor claiming to have found a living mummy. Fans will be saddened to learn that the title, which will boast lots of new puzzles, is being described as "the final adventure" for the top-hatted hero.
Worry not, however, as the lengthy translation process means we've still got the Prof's fifth outing to look forward to. Just as Japan was revealing its plans for his final outing, Nintendo's European operation confirmed it'll be launching Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle in UK shops on October 26th, also for Nintendo 3DS.
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