Traveling to remote villages, solving countless mysteries, and helping everyday citizens with simple brainteasers are all in a day’s work for Professor Hershel Layton. By now you pretty much know what to expect from a Professor Layton game: a good story, beautiful visuals, and of course lots of puzzles to keep your brain working for hours. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the fifth game in the series and the first to appear on the 3DS. With upgraded visuals, 150 new puzzles, and another solid mystery to solve, Miracle Mask is the professor’s best outing since the first game released in 2008.
I wasn’t quite sure how I’d feel about Professor Layton on the 3DS: I knew the graphics were going to be different, I knew the puzzles were going to change, and the previous game didn’t spark the same flame in my gaming heart as the titles before it. All of that concern was happily swept away after seeing Layton, Luke, and Emmy return to form. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll find a lot to love about Miracle Mask, and it should be sitting in your 3DS right now.