Game review Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy
Video games are different. Some entertain players on fire at the enemies, allowing you to let off steam after a hard day's work, but there are others. Those who try to make the person better in every way: intelligent, attentive, smarter. A remarkable series of adventure puzzles Professor Layton just refers to the latter. Debuting in 2007, these games today are one of the most fascinating and intelligent in its genre. So I would very much like to tell you about a new part of this great franchise called Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy.
Game: Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy
Platform Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android
Genre: Puzzle, Adventure
Release Date: 6 October 2017
Publisher: Level-5, Nintendo
The concept of Professor Layton series of games is very simple. In fact, we have a set of half-two hundred puzzles, linked by a common storyline centered genius Professor Hershel Layton, painfully reminiscent of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. He is just as attentive to detail, loves puzzles, sometimes extravagant, but it is infinitely charismatic. Together with his assistants professor traveling the world and helping people in the investigation of a variety of things that can not handle the rest of the detectives. But the investigation is a chat with hundreds of NPC, the study of various locations, and a huge number of all kinds of puzzles and puzzles.
Fathers series Professor Layton considered the two men. Firstly, it is the founder of the Japanese studio Level-5, Akihiro Hino. Second - Japanese psychologist Akira Tago, who has written over two dozen books with puzzles for the development of cognitive functions of the human brain. Akihiro Hino childhood adored these books, which is why at some point, he decided to team up with Tago and turn the puzzle into a complete set of video game. The fruit of their joint labor is so came to taste the players that today the game Professor Layton series sold a total circulation of more than 16 million copies. And it is not necessary to forget about manga based on the game, three books, a full-length animated movie and the upcoming anime series of 26 episodes, which premiere is planned for 2018.
When the protagonist of the previous game was Professor Layton himself, the new game protagonistkoy becomes his young daughter Katriel. Professor himself mysteriously disappeared, what we are told in the introduction to the game. That is why his daughter in London opens a detective agency, wanting not only to find his missing father, but also to help the detectives of Scotland Yard in solving the most intricate affairs. Help Katriel in solving the mysteries of her faithful assistant Ernest, whom she once justified in the case of theft, where he boldly framed and funny talking dog Sherl (short for "Sherlock"), who turned in her detective agency for help, and then remained there to work.
Visually, the game continues the tradition of the series. This is still a fascinating adventure, drawn by professional artists and animators from the hand. Topical inserts were established Japanese animation studio A-1 Pictures. This is not to say that this is a traditional anime. The style is a cross between Japanese and European animation. The same studio responsible for creation of screen savers for such popular video games like Persona 4, Valkyrie Chronicles II, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and many others. Dimensional game graphics part (rear backgrounds, scenery, objects), but it uses a three-dimensional model of the characters through stylized 2D cel shading technology. The game looks great. She is charming and cozy, even in this their style, so to speak.
As for the gameplay, here everything is as close as possible to the previous games of the series. Katriel travels to London, he talks to the NPC, interviewing them and collecting evidence. The only serious difference from the main series is the fact that the plot is divided into individual cases. A total of 12, and the story begins with the fact that someone stole a giant clockwise Clock Tower Elizabeth Westminster (with tourists popular name Big Ben, although it is fundamentally wrong - Big Ben has always been called the largest of the five bells clock tower). Katriel step by step solves the mysterious theft, solving puzzles and adding an overall picture of tiny hooks. Once all the clues collected, young Detective makes the only correct conclusion and denounces the criminal. Unfortunately, the choice of the perpetrator does not depend on the views of players, several upsets. It would be good to calculate the offender, and to point the finger at him.
Puzzles are divided into several categories. There are puzzles of logic, attentiveness, there is a mathematical riddles, visual and many others. For example, to position the pieces of the puzzle to fold it together, to shift matches to build the necessary picture, help the candidates for mayor to calculate the probability of winning each of them, according to the preliminary results of the vote, turn the mirror to properly direct the light rays onto the stage, compute a person's age based on the text environment logical puzzles and so on. Puzzles are divided into categories according to their level of difficulty. For the correct decision each player receives a certain number of so-called points - pikaratov. If you can not solve a puzzle the first time - the number of prizes pikaratov reduced. Thus the game motivates the players to ensure that they were fully focused on the decision and did not make any mistakes. As a result, the amount earned by the player pikaratov affects what the outcome of the game. The more points you earn - the more bonus content will be able to unlock in the final.
If you feel like a puzzle you just can not handle, you can use the four tips. The first clue only hints you in which direction you need to think. The second and third - explain the mechanics of the search of the correct answer. A fourth - almost directly talking about the right decision (but do not give it to you!). To take advantage of the tips, you need to spend a special game coins. In each gaming location hidden three of the coins, which the player can be found using the cursor and Taps on the touch screen (the game was released for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as for mobile iOS and Android systems). Search in the locations can not only coins, but also all sorts of bonus items. They do not affect the course of the investigation, and the gameplay, but the search for them will satisfy players who love the game to get the maximum content embedded in it.
None of the games in the series are not complete without a variety of bonus mini-games. In this game the player will be offered to cook a variety of culinary delights, Katriel dress up in beautiful dresses, to furnish her room Agency Feng Shui and much, much more. And this is not the full list of bonus features, because after the completion of the game you will be available to numerous extra puzzles, the number of which will only increase with the release of the new DLC. The main plot of the game is quite possible to go for 15-20 hours. But then, to unveil the game at 100%, you will need much more - about 40-50 hours. And in this game series Professor Layton always pleasing players. I leave this world never want too fast.
- An interesting story with an unexpected finale.
- Nice graphics, animation and dubbing perfect.
- Notable new series of characters.
- The gameplay is fun as before.
- The sea of bonus content, side-quests and mini-games.
- Nice, Free of tension and intelligent humor.
- More than 200 all kinds of puzzles.
- The game is now available for mobile platforms.
- 12 interesting detective cases to solve.
- Free DLC with additional puzzles.
- are practically no serious innovation.
- Investigations into cases do not depend on your decisions.
- Sometimes the game seems too simple.
Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy is a worthy continuation of the series, although it presents us with completely new characters. Katriel delicately picks up the family business his father and incredibly fit harmoniously into the adventure story. The game, as before, is charming in its visual style, pleasant music and great voice acting characters. No questions to the excellent puzzle game where the gameplay is based franchise. Despite the fact that the chief ideologue of the franchise Akira Taga left this world in the past year, puzzles remain true to the traditions and continues to entertain the players, but also actively develop their cognitive skills. Several frustrating but the fact that the game does not appear anything new with respect to the previous series. And significantly easier it became, anyway. The game gets me 8 out of 10.