The Best of Professor Layton
“Every puzzle has an answer,” says a certain top-hatted gentleman, and the Professor Layton series gives you hundreds of puzzles to find the answers to. But the Professor Layton games have more to offer than just a mental challenge, since their puzzles come in the context of intriguing, often insane stories.
So far, there are 6 games in the main series, along with a movie, a crossover, and a mobile spin-off. Let’s take a look at the best of Professor Layton.
3. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
The 3DS crossover with Ace Attorney introduced a lot of new fans to Professor Layton, and it’s an accessible way to try it out. While it contains gameplay elements from both series, Professor Layton’s influence shines through in the investigations, the puzzles, and the storytelling. The plot twist at the end is controversial (albeit clearly a result of the Professor Layton style), but the majority of the game is exciting and entertaining.
2. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy concluded the prequel trilogy in epic fashion on the 3DS, with a mystery that spans locations across the world, gameplay improvements across the board, and a story that reaches crazier heights than ever. However, since the prequel trilogy has an overarching story, it will be difficult to jump into Azran Legacy if you haven’t played at least Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.
1. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
The original trilogy ended with the DS game Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, and the series has yet to surpass it. It is filled with surprises, excellent puzzles, and a plot that wraps up all the trilogy’s loose ends and tells an exciting, emotional story. More than one player cried at the end, and Unwound Future more than deserves to be named the best Professor Layton game.
These are our picks for the top Professor Layton games, although Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask deserves an honorable mention for being both easily obtained and relatively accessible if you haven’t played the others. What games do you consider to be the best of the Professor Layton series? Where do you think the upcoming seventh game, Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy, will rank among the others?