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Professor Layton and The Last Specter - Nintendo DS Standard Edition

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Everyone 10+
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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Professor Layton and The Last Specter - Nintendo DS Standard Edition + Professor Layton and the Unwound Future - Nintendo DS Standard Edition + Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Nintendo DS
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Professor Layton and the Last Specter is a single player puzzle/brain teaser game for the Nintendo DS hardware family and the fourth game in the Professor Layton series to be released in North America. The Last Specter is a prequel to Professor Layton and the Curious Village and the entire series. The events of the game also immediately precede those of the animated feature Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva. The game serves as the first in a trilogy of new Professor Layton games and contains a separate Professor Layton RPG entitled Professor Layton's London Life. Features include: puzzle types such as brain teasers, riddles and conundrums; a built-in help system; an in-game inventory; engrossing animations, characters and music; and additional free weekly puzzle downloads following game launch.

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Emmy solving a puzzle with encouragement from Layton in Professor Layton and the Last Specter
A puzzling prequel that is also the first in a new trilogy of games.
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Professor Layton is Back with a Puzzling Prequel

This fourth installment of the Professor Layton puzzle adventure series begins a new trilogy that is a prequel to the original games. Three years before the events in the Professor Layton and the Curious Village game, Professor Layton receives a letter from his old schoolmate Clark Triton, telling him that a "mysterious giant" is destroying his town." The professor heads to the town of Misthallery to investigate, and is joined by Emmy, his new assistant. What is the meaning of all the destruction, and is it related to the village's folklore legend of a "specter?" The unfolding story also details how Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke Triton, met.

Bonus RPG: Professor Layton's London Life

In the bonus 8-bit role-playing game Professor Layton's London Life, the player's character lives in "Little London" with Professor Layton and a number of characters from the series. Players can customize their character with special clothing and collect items and furniture. Some of these help the player's character to enter certain areas of the city or perform tasks that help out the townspeople.

Key Game Features

  • Classic Professor Layton puzzle gameplay featuring a multitude of brain teasers, riddles and conundrums, a built-in help system, an in-game inventory, and engrossing animations, characters and music
  • Prequel to the existing game series and the Professor Layton movie, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, The Last Specter relates the origins of the puzzling-solving Professor Hershel Layton and how he met his current assistant, Luke Triton
  • Professor Layton and the Last Specter serves is the first in a new trilogy of Professor Layton games
  • The Last Specter contains more puzzles than any game in the series to date
  • Free downloadable puzzles will be available weekly after the game's launch (broadband Internet connection required)
  • Players also get the bonus role-playing game, Professor Layton's London Life that contains 100 hours of additional content

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Emmy, Layton and Luke awaiting the arrival of the Specter in Professor Layton and the Last Specter
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Investigating the destruction left by the Specter in Professor Layton and the Last Specter
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Finding a hint coin in Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Challenging yet accessible play.
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Professor layton is back with a puzzling prequel. The start of a second trilogy the the adventures of professor layton, the story for this fourth ds layton game kicks off three years prior to the events of the original professor layton and the curious village. Professor layton, visiting the mysterious "city of mist," comes into the acquaintance of a young luke for the first time. He also meets remi altiwa, a new heroine. The three embark on a quest surrounding the legend of a giant that threatens to destroy the city. Professor layton and the last specter connects directly to the layton movie, so fans of the series get the complete story first in the game and then continued in the events of the movie.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Professor Layton & The Last Specter is the fourth chapter in the series, and the final installment on the Nintendo DS. Like the previous installments players can solve around 150 puzzles, all while uncovering a central mystery.

The far-fetched plot of The Last Specter should come as no surprise to those who have played Layton's previous adventures. Although it is meant for all ages, it's disappointing that the series veers into the realm of total fantasy. Professor Layton is portrayed as an intelligent investigator who solves mysteries with logic and deduction, much like Sherlock Holmes. However, the actual mysteries he uncovers always feature a catch so ridiculous it can't be fully predicted. It just feels like lazy story-telling to rely on outrageous plot devices.

As usual there are a few mini-games that serve as a diversion from the regular puzzles. They're similar in nature to those of The Unwound Future, and if completed will unlock additional puzzles after you've completed the game. Unfortunately once again one of them is basically a simple ad-lib storybook.

In addition to the main game there's a full-fledged side game called London Life, wherein players interact with personalities from the Layton universe in Little London. Developed by Brownie Brown, Layton's London Life is drawn in the same delightful style as Mother 3. Unfortunately, you don't actually play as Professor Layton or Luke but instead customize a male or female avatar. Although it was billed as a role-playing game, this is more of an interactive town simulation similar to titles like The Sims or Animal Crossing. That being said, this extra features more emphasis on story than either of those games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for all ages!!! March 4 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This fourth game in the Professor Layton series is just as fun and difficult. You we like the new story like around the mysterious Specter. The Professor and Luke pair up with a new side-kick -- I won't tell you who but it' fun! The mini-game will challenge puzzle solving experts. I hope they keep coming out with more in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for ages 10+ Jan. 9 2014
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Great adventure puzzle game! Have most in the trilogy and all have been great! Highly recommend to those that enjoy puzzles!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FUN! June 18 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is awesome just like the others in the serie. I really recommand it for everybody, for people of all ages!
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gentleman.... Oct. 19 2011
By Sarah & Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Professor Layton has become one of my all time favorite video games characters and franchises. The combination of addictive puzzle solving, finely crafted stories and gorgeous hand drawn, fully voiced cutscenes has set this series apart from it's competitors. Last Specter is the 4th game in the series, but 1st in a new prequel trilogy(think Star Wars Episode I), so even if you're new to Layton this is a fine place to start. Each game has added more puzzles and content than the last and Specter continues this trend. Just under 90 minutes into the game, and I've already had more cutscenes and story than any other game at this point. New charecters are being introduced and there's a lot of backstory to cover, which brings up one minor drawback. The story in Last Specter, while rich and full, can make the gameplay drag a bit, but in the end leaves you with a more complete experience. The puzzles in this game really fit the plot even more than before. They've even added little problems to solve right in the middle of the story without taking you to a seperate puzzle screen. One of the great features of this title is it includes a 100 hour bonus RPG, Professor Layton's London Life (Huge round of applause for Nintendo of America localizing this for us. The UK didn't even get it; ironic, huh?) I instantly fell in love with this bonus game! The graphics are crude, to be sure, but that doesn't take away from the joy of moving your avatar into Little London and interacting with characters from all the previous Layton games! The experience feels a little Animal Crossing-ish(moving to town, meeting people, running errands, decorating, etc.) and is a fun diversion when you're stuck on a 70 Picarat puzzle! You can load the RPG from the title screen or from the Professor's Trunk. So let's summarize: you get a new title from one of the DS's most successful and entertaining franchises, more puzzles than ever before, unlockable content, a new puzzle to download every week and a 100 hour RPG all for $30 bucks? Hmm.... A true gentleman never passes up a great deal. This is most likely the last great game for the Nintendo DS-- may it rest in peace. And if you enjoy Layton as much as you should, be sure to pick up the feature film, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva which is released to DVD on November 8th. The movie takes place right after the events in Last Specter and has been reviewed as one of the best video game films ever made.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive graphics, storyline and great puzzles with lots of little extras thrown in!! Oct. 25 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I barely use my DS anymore but have to make an exception each year when the Layton DS games are released; and this new title: Professor Layton and the Last Specter did not meet, but rather exceeded my expectations!

I have always enjoyed the series, they contain some of the best and indeed trickiest puzzles for the DS systems but all woven into an interesting storyline which almost plays like a movie; exceptional graphics to boot. This game, though the 4th release from the Layton Franchise, is the first in a new prequel; but though it will appeal strongly to those already familiar with the series, it will also deliver a treat to those who have never played a Layton game before. The story is delivered well via graphics and audio; is compelling enough to draw you quickly into both the story and game, but quickly reviews key features of the game to help all become familiar on how to navigate through!

My favorite part about this particular game was the fact that the puzzles were a little more tricky - I found the last game had many puzzles that were too easy to solve or too familiar to previous titles within this franchise, but this time, they certainly threw in some real challenges which is the key to enjoying this series. There are a wide variety of puzzles of various levels of difficulty and for new players, it helps knowing there are hints available along the way. As another reviewer has mentioned, this time, many of the puzzles tie into the actual story which is a nice feature (for example, when the Professor needs to cross the bridge, figuring out which rope to cut, to allow access, is a mini puzzle within the game); this is a nice feature and keeps the game well connected with the story line.

Another huge bonus here is the addition of the bonus RPG, Professor Layton's London Life - 100 hours of additional game play which can be accessed at any time from the main menu!! I found this an excellent addition as once I have completed the Layton game, solved the main puzzle /storyline, I usually resell the game at that point but now I have another game to play which makes this exceptional value. Further more, you can also download a new puzzle each week and there are games / puzzles to unlock within the main game, which makes for hours of entertainment and game play!

I personally think that there is little that comes close to this franchise - we have the huge number of puzzles which vary widely in terms of type of puzzle and level of difficulty, a compelling storyline, great graphics and extra free content. Its a great deal and one of the best puzzle games (if not best game across all formats) for the DS
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Layton Meets Luke. More excellent puzzles. Oct. 21 2011
By Ed Pegg Jr - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The story starts "in medias res" (in the middle of things), with a cut scene featuring the Spectre. Luke is acting oddly, for those familiar with the previous Layton games: Curious Village, Diabolical Box, and Unwound Future.

Turns out, this is a prequel, and Layton eventually meets Luke for the first time (since he was a baby), and soon after the scene at the beginning repeats again. Layton starts out to investigate, but a terrified Luke hugs him and stops him. Layton does stop, and addresses Luke gently. "Luke, I know you're scared, and so am I. But I need you to think calmly and rationally. Can you do that for me?" I thought this was a powerful moment. Lots of good voice acting throughout, along with the quirky art that often as hidden puzzles and hint coins (tap mailboxes, lamps, and chimneys).

The puzzles again are excellent and fresh. As a puzzle collector that has run a site called mathpuzzle for 13 years, I know fresh puzzles. The Big Book of Brainteasers is a recently released book with similar freshness. Most puzzle books are stale, with old puzzles that are fine for someone new to puzzles, but not that interesting to a puzzle fan. The Layton Series is excellent for puzzle fans due to the freshness. The puzzles are also approachable for anyone, young or old. In addition, many are interactive, and the hint system is excellent.

Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a chore for me than a game.... Jan. 7 2012
By d-backfever - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I have played all three previous Professor Layton games. I loved Curious Village, thought Diabolical Box was ok and adored Unwound Future. I am currently 14 hours into Last Specter and hoping it ends soon so I can play something else. I eagerly purchased this game on release day knowing it was a prequel and would learn how the Professor and Luke meet. Unfortunately, for me, the story is quite lackluster and is barely holding my attention. With Unwound Future, I couldn't wait for those few moments during the day I could grab my DS and solve some puzzles. I can go days in between plays with this installment (obviously since I haven't finished it yet and I've had it three months; I finished Unwound Future in four days-completely). I find myself forcing myself to play this now because I want to finish it before I start DS games I received as Christmas presents.

The story moved slowly and it seemed like you didn't find very many puzzles until you hit Chapter Six. Every time I tapped a person it was just more talking about an uninteresting story and no puzzles. I'm not saying every person you click on needs to have a puzzle, but when you meet six people and none of them have a puzzle and it's a game known for it's puzzles, you feel disappointed. I think I had found and solved 65 puzzles through Chapter 6 and now I'm in Chapter 9 and have solved 113; almost double in just three chapters. I don't particularly like the mini games in this Layton either. The puppet show is dumb, I really don't like the train game and the fish game is just ok. I'll solve them all to unlock the bonus puzzles, but those feel like a chore as well. I'm also hoping eventually I find out what these stupid mouse badges are for.

Why do I keep playing? I guess because I keep hoping it gets better. It's Professor Layton and I love Professor Layton games. However, games are supposed to be fun, and this one has not been the fun for me that previous Layton games were.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Almost perfect game. Jan. 2 2012
By TheTNWrestler - Published on Amazon.com
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I have now completed two of the Layton games completely. I will say that I enjoyed the majority of both as they give a fun story to read and partly watch while going along. In this game, I was happy that there were far more videos that the previous one that I played (I believe it is called the Curious Village). In this game, you continue to get more of the same puzzles. There are some repeats with a slight difference. An example of this is one where you transport a group across water with certain conditions. In the previous game, it was wolves and chicks, and it was now parents and children in this game. There are plenty of extras, however, in this game that make the game more enjoyable and a bit different from the previous ones. One complaint that I have with the game, however, is that sometimes the wording of the puzzles is a bit misleading or they are trying to trick you. Instead of straight puzzles, they might give you one, but you were supposed to realize that they wanted you to flip the screen upside down for a totally different answer. In other words, it's not that flipping the screen is the only answer, there was another that you thought was right. You then get the answer wrong, watch the screen crumble or the character hide their head in shame, and waste hint coins being told that you were supposed to have turned the screen upside down. This does not ruin the game, but just be prepared for some misguiding puzzles here and there that make you say "oh come on." Overall, it gets a 4 due to some repeated puzzles as well as a few misguided or misleading ones.
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