Professor Layton, everyone’s favourite professor of wits, has struck a chord with many people during his reign over the Nintendo landscape from the 2000s to the 2010s. The kind-hearted, beady-eyed, and top-hatted gentleman has stayed with many thanks to his heroic, humble personality as well as the charm of the games themselves. In the nine Layton games, players follow Professor Layton and his loyal assistant, Luke, or other people who are related to the professor.
With hundreds of puzzles for different types of learners and thinkers and memorable cutscenes, art direction, game design, and story, it’s not hard to see why the Layton game has become so popular and gained a cult following.
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle And The Millionaires’ Conspiracy – 73
The famous Professor’s journey is followed by that of his daughter, Katrielle Layton, who is looking for her missing father. Even though this is the newest game in the series and can be seen as a spinoff, many people thought it was at best just okay, since it used the same formula as other Layton games without changing it. The story wasn’t as interesting, and players seemed to miss the main character from the first game. 4Players.de says, “The story isn’t very good for a Layton game, and the puzzles are what you’d expect from a long-running series.” Even so, there is still a lot of charm and fun to be had in many of the characters, like the young detective who is the main character and the art direction.
Layton Brothers: Mystery Room – 75
Many people say that the spinoff game is a good experience on its own, separate from the Layton games. It’s about Alfendi, the son of Professor Hershel Layton, and Lucy, who acts a lot like Luke Skywalker. Even though the story may not be as good as its famous predecessors, players have said that its simple design makes it more of a mystery game than a puzzle game on IOS, which is a big difference from the older games.
Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney – 79
Many people think that the popular crossover is one of the best puzzle games that Nintendo has to offer. Fans of both the Layton series and Ace Attorney will enjoy it, and most of the reviews are good. People have said nice things about the game’s puzzles, story, and length.
Modojo, a game critic, says that Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a great game because it brings together two great characters. The styles of the two worlds work well together, and the fantasy elements aren’t too out there or silly.
Professor Layton And The Azran Legacy – 81
In the last and most emotional part of the main Professor Layton series and the Professor Layton prequels, we see a younger Luke, Layton, and Emmy investigate a “living mummy” and the history she reveals about the old world. The 3D animation is sharper than in The Miracle Mask, and the cutscenes are just as exciting and motivating. The art direction and settings are even richer than before, yet it stands as the lowest-rated in the series canon as the story gets to be a bit overdramatic in the attempt to shake its players as entries such as The Diabolocial Box or The Unwound Future have in the past.
Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask – 82
The Miracle Mask is one of the most exciting and action-packed Layton games. It is the first one to come out on the Nintendo 3DS. The characters are easy to remember, the mystery is intriguing, and the city where the game takes place is a lot of fun to explore. The pace is probably the best of all the books in the series. But many players thought the early 3-D animation was kind of ugly because the characters were big and didn’t have as much detail as when they were drawn in-game.
Professor Layton And The Last Specter – 83
The Last Specter is the first of three games that serve as prequels to the Layton series. It is one of the more strange games in the series. A few years before, when Luke and Layton first meet, the player watches as their relationship grows.
Emmy, who works for the Professor and is both a martial artist and a photographer, is also a part of the main cast. Even though it has one of the less memorable plots and settings, Layton’s usual charm and style are still there in the comfort and style.
Professor Layton And The Diabolical Box – 84
After the success of The Curious Village, The Diabolical Box is a strong second book in the series. One of Professor Layton’s friends is left for dead in cold blood in a suspicious way that seems to be linked to spooky events and a darker mystery. Layton and Luke find one of the most ambitious plot threads, which has a lot of twists and turns, as they try to figure out what the man had to do with the scary clues he left behind. The game is also the first one in the Layton series to try to make you feel something.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS)
At the top of our list is the third book in the DS trilogy about solving mysteries. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future doesn’t change much from the winning formula of the first two games. Instead, it focuses on giving the best storyline and minigames of the series on the console. It’s also no slouch when it comes to puzzles that make you think. If you’re a fan of the series, it’s safe to say that you should play this. It’s the best Professor Layton game and deserves the title. Well done, Hershel.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village was the first book in the puzzle-solving detective series. It was the first time people met the title character, Professor Layton, and his student Luke, who was like Layton’s Watson. From the beginning, Level-5’s series had a wide range of fans. Its unique blend of mystery, adventure, great characters, and writing brought in a whole new group of gamers. It was games like this and Nintendo’s Touch Generation series that got people who didn’t think they’d like video games to try them out. The fact that the franchise keeps doing well shows that it wasn’t just a lucky break. Even though it didn’t win our poll, and even though the sequels might have made it better, Level-5 got the basics right from the start.