MCV takes a look at the final instalment in the Professor Layton series, the Azran Legacy.
We detail the game's features, while looking at who Nintendo is aiming the game at.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is out November 8th
The Azran Legacy concludes the prequel trilogy of games, preceeded by The Last Specter and the Miracle Mask. This will also be the last Professor Layton featuring the titular character.
The gang finds Aurora, a woman frozen in ice that turns out to be the last member of a race called the Azrans. Layton and friends free the icy damsel and set about searching for what happened to the Azran civilization and their lost treasure.
This time around there are over 500 puzzles in this game – including 150 puzzles unlocked over the course of the game, as well as 365 ‘Daily Puzzles’ unlocked once a day for a year since release.
As well as new puzzles, there are three new mini games in this installment – Dress Up, where players can clothe the companions they encounter over the course of the game. In order to succeed, fans need to find the perfect combination for each character
Nut Roller sees players controlling a squirrel rolling a nut or rock around a number of courses. Hoarding enough nuts for the furry friend might yield the location of hint coins hidden around the world.
Blooms and Shrooms has players taking care of a garden, strategically placing Burst Flowers, which release life giving light for the trees around, but also poisonous mushrooms. Fans must avoid mushrooms and have a garden of beautiful flowers.
Another addition is Treasure Hunt –fans have to find 100 objects and then challenge other players to find them themselves during StreetPass encounters. Successful completion of this mode gives objects with which players can decorate their airship or tickets which open up dream sequences – featuring several returning characters.
To date there have been five Professor Layton games on Nintendo handhelds, starting in 2007 with The Curious Village. This started the first trilogy of the point and click series, which sees Layton travel the world along with his young companion, Luke Triton.
Pandora’s Box and The Lost Future complete the first trilogy, in total shifting over 12m units. The prequel trilogy started in 2011 and is set three years before the first game and detail how Layton met Triton.
Earlier this year, a Professor Layton title called Layton Brothers: Mystery Room hit iOS and Android and another mobile title is planned.In 2009, an animated film was released, called Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva and a second un-named film is in the pipeline.A crossover game with Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is set to come out at the start of next year, simply named Professor Layton vs. Phonix Wright:?Ace Attorney.
The series has sold just over 16m units to date worldwide.
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is a must have software title for any Layton fan and brings the story full circle with Professor Layton and the Curious Village – the very first Professor Layton game.
We willl really be driving awareness of the game to fans of the series, concentrating especially on those fans that haven’t yet made the leap to the Nintendo 3DS family. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy joins Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask as yet another great addition to the fantastic offering of games exclusive to the growing Nintendo 3DS family.
As this is the Professor’s grand finale we’re hoping all Layton fans, past and present, pick up a copy and embark on this final adventure to uncover the mystery of The Azran Legacy.
I’m a massive completist, so I’m really excited to have fresh, new puzzles to get stuck into again. But what I really play the Layton titles for are the storylines. I’ve tried really hard not to ruin it too much for myself with regards to spoilers, so I’m really excited to play and watch the story unfold.
In the run up to The Azran Legacy’s release Nintendo is going to be carrying out a targeted campaign online and over social media to raise awareness of the game, encouraging people to pre-order the title.
Nintendo is going to be launching a broader campaign specifically targeting female gamers. This will be over both TV and a targeted online campaign.
GAME is the only store running with a pre-order bonus – a real leather wallet embossed with the Professor Layton logo (above). The bonus is available both in store and online