This past Friday I woke up with a bad cold. So, instead of working and then going out for a night on the town (read: a trip to the bookstore), I was laid up in bed all day sick.
That night, Dear Husband got a call from his brother about a poker game. He felt bad leaving me at home sick by myself on a Friday night, but I insisted he go have fun. (Spoler alert: he won the tournament!)
I was feeling poorly all evening, so I curled up on the couch with a cup of herbal tea and decided to fire up the Nintendo 3DS. Most of my gaming is on my Xbox One, but occasionally I’ll be in the mood for some handheld gaming. Friday was one of those nights.
I decided to play Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. If you’re not familiar, the Professor Layton games are a series of puzzle games from Japanese video game developer Level-5. The franchise holds a special place in my heart, as I spent many a stressed out night during graduate school playing these games to unwind.
Released in North America in February 2014, Azran Legacy tells the tale of Professor Layton on the hunt to solve the mystery of an apparent living mummy, who has mysterious ties to an evil organization called Targent.
Gameplay is standard for Layton games: You use the stylus to dictate which direction Layton walks, and at each location, you will encounter a cast of characters who will help progress the story by offering you puzzles to solve.
The puzzles are a decent mix of geometric puzzles, word puzzles, and math puzzles. My favorite puzzles are always the ones that are variants on the classic river crossing puzzle.
I was pleased when, at the end of Chapter 1, there was a bit more of an adventure game feel to the game. In the interactive cutscene shown below, you are flying in an airship with the Professor, chasing the bad guys in their own airship. You must fire missiles based on quick little puzzles that are thrown at you in rapid succession. It may have been a little too easy, but I enjoyed the diversion.
There are two things that always draw me into Professor Layton games: mainly, the puzzles. But secondly, the charming characters and bizarre plots. Are they even remotely realistic? No. Are there plot holes? Eh, probably. Are the characters terribly fleshed out? No way.
But still, there is something about the whimsical soundtrack and endearing characters that brings me back time and again.
All in all, I give this game five stars!
Have you played Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy? If so, what did you think?
Until next time,