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By Mairie "Mary Appins" Heijnen on March 7, 2018

We all (or, at least, most of the Nintendo DS fans among us) know the Professor Layton series. This series has now been brought to mobile devices all around the world with Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy. However, instead of following Professor Hershel Layton we now follow his daughter, Katrielle. The game was even released for the smartphones before it made its world wide debut on the Nintendo 3DS.

For those among us who already know the Professor Layton games, the first part of this review won't tell you anything new, I guess. For me, this game is completely new because I had previously never played any of the Professor Layton games on my old school DSi. Let's start at the beginning; every Professor Layton game revolves around a mystery story that is told throughout the game by means of many, many hand-drawn cutscenes. This is really nice because it really tells the story in a nice and proper way.

Besides the beautiful cutscenes, you will have to read through a fair amount of conversation. Although these conversations also clarify the story quite a bit, it was a bit too much reading for my taste, to be honest. However, the story is fun and the humor incorporated into the game (even when translated) is a really nice touch. It is a game with a lot of different aspects and that is precisely what makes it fun. You have to solve mysteries and find clues in the environment you are in at that moment. Besides these clues you can also find "presents" and hint coins. These coins come in really handy when you can't solve a particularly nasty puzzle. You can then exchange these coins for hints on how to solve the conundrum at hand.

The puzzles you'll encounter while playing the game are amazingly fun to solve and intricately crafted and certainly help make the game as cool as it is. While solving the mystery at hand, you must also solve (sometimes quick but complex) puzzles. I must say that I sometimes question whether or not these puzzles are doable for (young) children. Nevertheless, the game is also fun for adults also due to the humor. This comical relief is all thanks to the talking dog Sherl... yes, there's a talking dog. The most fun part about Sherl is that almost no one can understand his barking. No one but the two protagonists, Katrielle and Ernest that is! Along the way, Sherl will often comment on the ongoing investigation, which makes for added fun to the story.

When you begin playing Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy, you start your journey by accepting a Big Case, that entails the finding of a "small" object. The smallest handle of one of the clocks of the Big Ben is missing. Due to this unfortunate theft, many people in London don't know what time it is anymore. So you can see why this is a case which must be solved post haste. The cases you will come across are very diverse and each of them has a nice touch of its own, so its not just a matter of copy/pasting and entire game together. As with, I guess, most of the Professor Layton games, you'll get hints throughout the mystery solving part of the game. By combining these hints, you can eventually solve the mystery. This part of the game might be a bit too easy and straight forward for most adult players, but it is still fun to solve a mystery.

The game's core mechanics are is introduced by playing through the first case (The hands of Time). It is during this case that you will receive a detailed step-by-step explanation of how everything works. Now, if you've played Professor Layton games before, this part might become a bit boring, but for us newbies, it is really good because the game explains everything while at the same letting you solve a fun Mystery. The numerous jokes and puzzles, which are an integral part of this case, make the tutorial a lot less taxing.

Being a Professor Layton virgin, I can only say I really liked playing Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy. it is a good, nice and fun game that is both challenging and truly entertaining. The only one thing the diehard Professor Layton fans might miss is the illustrious Professor himself. Don't worry, he will show up, but I won't tell when and how. Just enjoy the story, the puzzles and the fun and quirky demeanour of Layton's daughter, her assistant and most of all, the talking dog.

available on:

Level 5
July 20, 2017 (Android / iOS / 3DS (Japan only))
October 6, 2017 (3DS (Worldwide))