LAYTON BROTHERS MYSTERY ROOM Review
- Inventive mysteries.
- Cases string together nicely.
- Great music and sound design.
- Charming as heck.
- Might be too linear for some.
- Some grammatical errors throughout.
- A flat fee would have been nice.
An interesting and charming spin-off to the Professor Layton games that gives you more than enough reason to don your deerstalker and get sleuthing.
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If you own a Nintendo DS, chances are you've heard of the Professor Layton games. If not, they're a series of puzzle adventures in which Hershel Layton and his apprentices solve mysteries, riddles, and logic problems. A hallmark of the series has been its charming art style, memorable music, and likeable characters. Thankfully, all of this applies to iOS spin-off Layton Brothers: Mystery Room as well.
You control Lucy Baker, a rookie cop who works for the enigmatic Alfendi Layton, one of the great professor's sons. It's up to the pair to solve murder mysteries by questioning suspects, investigating the crime scene, and identifying the criminal responsible.
In spirit, this game plays more like a title in the Ace Attorney series. You scour the crime scene for clues, answer your mentor's questions, and look over the case files to find a solution. Most of the questions are multiple choice, and you generally get a hint before you ever put your deduction hat on. And, if you mess up, you just have another go. It's linear, and a little on the easy side, but it's still pretty engaging stuff.
The slick presentation certainly doesn't hurt. The music is also a delight, adding a blues and jazz accompanyment your sleuthing. The characters are not voice acted, but given how Lucy is portrayed as a cockney, complete with horrible slang, this may be for the best. Characters are drawn in the classic Layton style, and really pop on retina displays.
Here's where things get confusing. The game is free to download, and the first two cases will cost you nothing. If you wish to continue after that, the next four cases will cost you $2.99. If you're still interested, the final three cases can be your for $1.99. There is an over-arcing story throughout the episodes, so to ask you for two payments during the campaign, rather than a one-off fee, is a little odd.
If you're a fan of adventure games like the Ace Attorney series, Layton Brothers: Mystery Room is an easy recommendation. Given the core differences in mechanic and tone, it's tough to know whether Layton lovers will enjoy this offering as much. Still, it costs nothing to give it a go. And who knows, you might be charmed enough by the mysteries and quirky characters to see how the tale plays out.
DescriptionThe latest game from the PROFESSOR LAYTON adventure game series that has shipped over 15 million units worldwide! LAYTON BROTHERS MYSTERY ROOM is a new crime-solving mystery game featuring none other than the son of the great Professor Layton!
*** DESCRIPTION ***
Genius investigator, Inspector Alfendi Layton and his newly assigned assistant, Detective Constable Lucy Baker, research only the most extraordinary cases in the “Mystery Room” deep within Scotland Yard. Investigate the evidence, find the contradictions, and unravel the truth that lies shrouded in mystery!
■ Investigate the Crime Scene
Uncover the details behind each crime as you zoom in and examine suspicious objects to add them to your mounting list of evidence. Piece them together to form an airtight case!
■ Cut Through the Web of Deceit!
Expose the crucial contradictions in the case files as you match them with evidence that just doesn’t add up. Call in the witnesses and find out if they have anything to hide!
■ Face the Culprit in the Final Showdown!
These criminal masterminds won’t make solving their heinous crimes easy. Find the holes in their arguments until their lies shatter around them, bringing the truth of each mystery to light!
■ These Mysteries and More Await!
File No.001: The Hand Sandwich
A woman was found murdered at the seaside hotel of a bustling travel destination. Her asphyxiated body lies on the balcony with one hand inside the sandwich that was to be her last meal.
Who is guilty of murder? What is the significance of the sandwich?
File No.002:The Bungled Burglary
A man was murdered inside his apartment. Two suspects emerge based on eyewitness testimonies, but the murder weapon seems to have vanished into thin air.
Who is the perpetrator, and what kind of murder weapon disappears from a locked room?
Play the prologue, Case File No.001, and Case File No.002 for FREE!
Files 3 through 6 and 7 through 9 are available as two separate in-app purchases.
■ Alfendi Layton’s Secret
As you expose the contradictions and culprits throughout each case, you may catch glimpses of a drastic change that occurs in Inspector Layton’s personality… Uncover the truth of Layton’s condition by solving the mystery of all nine files!
*** COMPATIBLE DEVICES ***
iOS: 4.3 or later
iPhone: 4 or later
iPod touch: 4th generation or later
iPad: iPad (1st generation) or later
*** OFFICIAL WEBSITE ***
What's New in Version 1.0.2Version 1.0.2 Patch Notes
- Fixed some issues that arose from the previous update.
- If you are unable to play episodes that you have purchased, please restore your purchase data.