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'Layton' back on the case

Mar 4, 2014

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Professor Layton and the Azran LegacyWelcome back the world's greatest detective. No, we are not talking about Batman or Sherlock Holmes but that puzzle solving machine: Professor Layton.

In his latest riddle deciphering adventure for the Nintendo 3DS – 'Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy' - Layton is navigating the fallout of 'The Miracle Mask' case. In the finale of the second Layton game trilogy, those sneaky Targent agents are looking to exploit the powers held by the Azran, a mysterious ancient civilization.

Professor Layton and the Azran LegacyThe adventure begins with Layton and his companions Luke and Emmy flying aboard an airship at the request of Layton's good friend Professor Sycamore. The famed archaeologist has discovered a "living mummy" trapped in ice and need Layton's help to free her. When Targent lackeys arrive on the scene, things get really complicated in a real hurry.

On the whole, 'Azran Legacy' emulates the gameplay of 'The Miracle Mask' with players using the touch screen to search various environments in the United States, Russia and South Africa for clues and to solve mind-bending puzzles. There are a host of mini games that can be unlocked too.

Once again, the story of 'The Azran Legacy' is told with striking anime imagery. Whether you are engaged in a thrilling airship pursuit or carefully exploring ancient caves and temples a la Indiana Jones; the setting and environments are superb in every way.

Professor Layton and the Azran LegacyMy only gripes are that Luke is still as annoying as ever and sometimes there is way too much text and dialogue to wade through. I will never understand why there can't be voice-acting throughout the entire game and why the exasperating Luke cannot be replaced by a potted plant, a coffee table or even a talking squirrel. I guess those mysteries will have to remain unsolved for now.

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
Format: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Level-5
ESRB Rating: E 10+
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Rating: 7 / 10

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