Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask was launched in Japan back in February, and we're happy to report that it's finally making its way west, arriving in Europe on October 26th, Australia and New Zealand from October 27th, and North America from October 28th. Finally, non-Japanese gamers are given the opportunity to check out the latest adventures of our favourite archaeologist and puzzle-solver.
The game is packed with 150 new brainteasers and a bunch of new minigames hidden away in the Professor's Trunk. If that's not enough, there are also 365 Daily Puzzles that will be handed out via the Nintendo Network - one new puzzle every day for a whole year from the game's launch in your region.
Believe it or not, we're up to the fifth game in the series, which picks up "some time" after the events of The Last Specter. This time around, Layton, Luke and Emmy must stop the mysterious Masked Gentleman from terrorising the city of Monte d'Or - but the Gentleman has other ideas, including turning citizens to stone!
Could the Mask of Chaos be behind all of this?
The ongoing adventure includes a series of flashbacks, introducing Layton's parents and his childhood friend Randall, as well as giving you the opportunity to play as a 17-year old Layton. (He even gets his own game mode, exploring ancient ruins and avoiding mummy enemies while searching for the exits of puzzle chambers!)
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask features the adorable hand-drawn art style we've come to expect from Level-5, but this time around there's 3D animations thrown in as well as more detailed character models, adding an extra depth (ha!) to the visuals.
If you're into Professor Layton games, you'll already be itching for this one. You don't need to be told that there are three new minigames which let you act as a storekeeper, control a wind-up toy robot, and train a rabbit - but they're icing on an already tasty cake.
The best bit? If you don't want to leave the house to pick up your copy, you don't have to - Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will be available from day one through the Nintendo eShop as well as in brick-and-mortar retailers.
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