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I finally pulled the trigger on this one (after searching for it in many stores which didn't have it - yes, I refuse to buy it digitally), my copy should be arriving next week. Anyone playing it? Impressions? I'm excited to see how the new "movement" feels, and as always, the story and puzzles! in 3d!

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Posted: 11/09/12, 20:35:41  - Edited by 
 on: 11/09/12, 20:38:01
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I am currently playing it, purchased it digitally last Sunday. So far I am 50 puzzles in and enjoying it. I love the added depth that the 3D gives it, but 3D is not necessary for it's playability.
Posted: 11/09/12, 20:42:27
I'm into the third chapter. I really like how they revamped walking around town and searching...no more meaningless tapping, just seeking and tapping. Very cool. Daily puzzles are a plus!
Posted: 11/09/12, 22:44:32
With the 3D on each area is like its own little diorama and everything is much livelier with the added animation. It makes this Layton feel a bit less samey than the other post-Curious Village games.

I am on chapter four or five and I am quite enjoying it. Last night I had a problem because I clearly wasn't in the mood for puzzles but I wanted to see where the story was going. Frustrating indeed!

Good game!
Posted: 11/10/12, 00:15:48
Gonna pick this up soon, might make this my first full digital purchase.
Posted: 11/10/12, 01:12:46
Played through about 5 or 6 puzzles. I'm seriously impressed with the changes they made for the 5th game in the series. Finding hint coins is easier, and more intuitive, plus I like the 3D models and it seems there is more voice acting. The two screens are put to better use now that the top screen gets more glory. Looks great in the widescreen and 3D is nice.
Posted: 11/20/12, 19:30:05
I finished the main game and am now working through the extras (the three mini-games and downloads). The main adventure has 135 puzzles, and there are 15 extra puzzles after you complete the game.

@achhibbar

I went digital. This game is great for it.
Posted: 11/20/12, 21:49:22  - Edited by 
 on: 11/20/12, 21:49:32
I got it digital, and I have to say the exclusive Donkey Kong game was a motivating factor. Well worth it, besides.
Posted: 11/21/12, 00:23:04
I have this game digitally as well, mostly because it was an impulse buy, but it was a solid impulse!
Posted: 11/21/12, 03:13:07
All finished the main game.

And of course the Masked Gentlemen was Randall.



No it wasn't. Fuck you M. Night.

Still all that stuff at the end with Descole and the other dude is intriguing. I need to go back and review the story of the other games, see if I can figure out what they're building towards.
Posted: 11/27/12, 09:37:25
I've had a hard time focusing on one game since I'm in the middle of a bunch of games (particularly Dragon Quest VI and Wario Land 1) and getting ready to become very busy with life again.

But the game I have probably been spending the most time with lately is the new Layton (one of my Christmas gifts, I got the cart instead of digital).

7 hours into the game, 39 puzzles solved. What a fantastic evolution of the series for a new system!

It's neat that the necessity of having to re-design the 'search everywhere' feature on 3DS (since the main screen is now on top) actually improves the game a lot, like you guys said. No more poking in every little spot for those hidden items!

The 3D is wonderful; the areas you explore are very lively and a lot more open than those seen in previous Layton games. The 3D is used sparingly in the puzzles but that's fine. Wonderful music in this game, and I love the story, especially seeing that particular character's life in his younger days.

I'm still not sure about how to train the rabbit to keep unlocking more moves for him. I now have his second stage/ play, 'Mail Bunny,' and I'm guessing I don't have all the actions I need. I chat with he bunny, check the Rabbit Journal, tried training (which is funny in its resemblance to Nintendogs when you're just petting him); just not sure if I'm missing something.

As always, the extra mini-games in Layton's suitcase are fun and challenging. In this case, I like Robot and Shop!
Posted: 01/04/13, 06:51:38  - Edited by 
 on: 01/04/13, 06:56:59
Young Layton (is this really a spoiler?) sections are the best. Love how he just "stumbles upon" puzzle solutions in the animation. 'Bout to go play a bit before bed.
Posted: 01/04/13, 06:56:39
Amanda has the first game. If she ever finishes it, I want to make sure I play through it. I've never played a Layton game before!
Posted: 01/04/13, 07:51:25
I got this game for Christmas and tore through it in about a week (I was on vacation). I missed the game right before this, so I was totally lost on the Descole stuff. I haven't touched the 60+ downloadable bonus puzzles yet. Over all, I enjoyed it a lot! I remember puzzles in previous games where I would find the third iteration and think, "Oh man...not this again," but that didn't really happen with this one. Sure there were some repeat puzzles, but none that made me rage. Lots of fun.
Posted: 01/04/13, 17:08:54
@PogueSquadron
You're in for a treat, my favourite IP of the last generation is Professor Layton.
Posted: 01/04/13, 18:21:50
Posted in the finished thread; beat the game and finished the 135 story puzzles!

(Did not finish all the Robot, Shop, and Rabbit mini-games, as well as the Layton Challenges and Daily Puzzles. Oh, and I'm missing three items in the collection, not sure what these things do anyway?)

My stats at the end:

26 hr 30 min.
4,905 picarats

I was able to find and solve all the story puzzles on my own (using hint coins when needed) except for one frustratingly difficult puzzle: # 112: build the duck using the colored tiles. I sought out help online; how anyone could figure that out on their own amazes me. Maybe @ludist210 did!

Anyway, the story was very enjoyable. Just like @Shadowlink said, I could tell who the M. Gentleman would turn out to be.

The ending was very touching and it nice to see Henry really did care about Randall so much.

It's also cool how they're building up to the last game with this mysterious guy going for world domination or something like that based on the wonders of the world that have been discovered so far (including Ambrosia from Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva? That movie was ok.) It was cool to see him and Descole confront each other at the end.


I loved the 3D in this game. I did turn it off on many of the puzzles because the 3D isn't really necessary for a lot of them (though it was great to see it in use for the ladybug-on-the-corn puzzles). Music was just as fantastic as ever for the series, along with all kinds of mysterious events that Layton eventually figures out.

And wow at the underground dungeon level with young Layton and Randall, that part went on pretty long. At first it felt too much like the Zelda puzzles (switches on the floor, etc), but those mummy enemies made things very interesting. I didn't think this aspect of the game would take up such a large chunk, but I did enjoy it nonetheless.

I would post more thoughts but I need to head to bed now!
Posted: 01/14/13, 07:32:20  - Edited by 
 on: 01/14/13, 07:34:31
@roykoopa64
I ended up cheating through that darned tile duck too! Arrgh!!!

I was pretty surprised they had the Ambrosia reference in there. I did enjoy the movie quite a bit though.
Posted: 01/14/13, 19:12:37
I beat the tile duck last night, WOOHOO! I was surprised to see that you could finish it without using one of the yellow tiles. No thanks! lol
Posted: 02/13/13, 23:30:04
I just grabbed this game for $15 from Best Buy. Not sure when I'm going to get to crack into it.
Posted: 02/18/13, 23:07:32  - Edited by 
 on: 02/18/13, 23:07:54
Finished the game. I liked the ending, tied up everything nicely with an interesting "twist" (Descole was impersonating Angela), though I did not shed a tear, as I did with Diabolical Box, Unwound Future and Last Specter. It was quite obvious that Randall was the Masked Gentleman though I don't think I empathized for him as much as the writers would have wanted when we find out he was a puppet for Descole. The ending also leaves the door open for an epic finale. I suspect Detective Bloom will have a significant role to play in that one. Now on to 100% it.

This is one of the best 3DS games, hands down. It evolves the Layton formula, has a great story and tons and tons of content. I'm loving the side games, and I have 365 bonus puzzles to look forward to via free DLC. Already past the 40 hour mark on the game clock.

Honestly, even if you've never played a Layton game before, this is a great place to start. There aren't many references to past games, it's easy to get into and entertaining throughout. Check it out!
Posted: 02/25/13, 23:12:16  - Edited by 
 on: 02/25/13, 23:14:55
So glad this one's over. I really didn't find myself engaged in the story but the puzzles were fun again. The whole underground labyrinth chapter was annoying to me though. Puzzles weren't overly tricky or clever, plus the instructions were boring as hell and constant. I was happy when that was over. I guess I loved the last one I played much more. I still find myself wanting the one that came out yesterday, particularly to continue the Azran storyline but overall I don't care how long it takes to get it. No rush at all.

Sorry but I guess I'm a hater on this game a bit. Nabbed it for free a while back though so it's alright in the end.
Posted: 03/01/14, 21:34:16
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