PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE LAST SPECTER
Professor Hershel Layton. He’s kinda the Batman of videogaming.
Well, except that Batman’s kinda the Batman of videogaming. Bat –
uh, but - they do have stuff in common.
Alright, we’re just basing that on their propensity for puzzle
solving, and because they each have junior hangers-on. Hey, you try
coming up with engaging opening paras all the time!
Anyway, this here adventure does the de rigueur prequel thang,
giving us not only the story of how young Luke came to hang out with
the Prof, but also a glimpse into the world of a younger
hat-worshipping Layton, who didn’t quite have that smooth
gentlemanly swagger down as yet. It also introduces Emmy, a girl
rather than an award, who’s his former assistant if you look at the
world through a previously-released-but-future-set Layton adventure
The setting may be earlier, but the name of the game’s the same –
puzzles, and plenty of them. As those already acquainted would
expect, they’re interspersed within an overarching story possessing
a bit of hokey and a whole lotta exploration, and they veer from the
mind-numbingly obvious to the mind-numbingly mind-numbing. This one
involves a big black blotty thing with e-vil red peepers. Eep!
With some 170-plus puzzles you’re assured head-scratching value, and
assorted minigames such as toy trains add to that. Insert bonus RPG
London Life, however, which is basically Animal Crossing
with some Sims and lotsa Layton lore splodged in and you’ve
oodles of engrossingmentasticness. For some this’ll be worth the
admission price alone.
The Yank spelling from the title downwards gives us the shits –
especially for something revelling in more blatant tweegasmic
Englishness than the queen pogoing - but then the Euro release
doesn’t include London Life. Irony noted.
If you loved the other three then you’d be batty to miss this. Top (t)hat!