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Professor Layton (2008) is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.

The following adventures are available:
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village (2008) on Nintendo DS.
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box/Pandora's Box (2009) on Nintendo DS.
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future/Lost Future (2010) on Nintendo DS.

Prequel trilogy set before the original games:
  • Professor Layton and the Last Specter/Spectre's Call (2011) on Nintendo DS. It includes an RPG called Professor Layton's London Life.
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (2012) on Nintendo 3DS. The game features daily puzzles
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (2013) on Nintendo 3DS.

New series following Katrielle Layton:
  • Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy (2017)on Nintendo 3DS

Spin Offs
  • Layton Brothers: Mystery Room (2013) on iOS, Android.
  • Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2012) on Nintendo 3DS a crossover between the Professor Layton and Ace Attorney series.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Professor Layton 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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This is a Narrative and Puzzle game with Adventure and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game. Time to complete these games depends on the logic solving skills of the player.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 30 hours to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

This game is part of the following pathways:

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Content Rating

Layton's Mystery Journey received a PEGI 7 because it contains violence against humans that is not shown but is implied. The game contains comprehensive anime cutscenes. Some feature scenes containing implied violence towards human-like characters.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although some puzzles are more complicated, players can ask for help from parents and guardians (or siblings sometimes). This and the cartoon story make it a good fit for younger players.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 11-year-olds play this game:


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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/11/2008

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Switch and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle (Adventure and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 2 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: LEVE L5 IA (@LEVEL5_IA)

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