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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Japanese: レイトン教授と奇跡の仮面, Hepburn: Reiton-kyōju to Kiseki no Kamen, is a puzzle adventure video game developed by Level-5 It is the fifth game in the Professor Layton series, the second in the prequel trilogy of games, and the first in the series to be developed for the Nintendo 3DS2 The game was produced by Akihiro Hino and composed for by Tomohito Nishiura Akira Tago provided the game's puzzles, of which there are 150 in addition to 365 made available for download via Nintendo Network The game's ending theme, "Mysterious Flower", was composed by Yumi Matsutoya

Miracle Mask was released as a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on February 26, 2011, becoming the best-selling game on the day of the system's launch with over 117,000 copies sold The game was released in Europe on October 26, 2012,4 and in North America on October 28, 2012,5 both in retail stores and as a download via the Nintendo eShop On February 6, 2013, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Plus was released exclusively for the Nintendo eShop in Japan, containing new puzzles and added cutscenes3

Contents

  • 1 Gameplay
  • 2 Plot
  • 3 Development
  • 4 Release
  • 5 Soundtrack
  • 6 Reception
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Gameplayedit

See also: Gameplay in the Professor Layton series

Like previous games in the series, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a puzzle adventure game split across various chapters Players explore areas and converse with characters to help solve the mysteries that lay before them At various points in the game, the player will encounter puzzles that need to be solved Solving these puzzles earn Picarats, used for accessing bonus content, with more Picarats earned for solving the puzzle without any mistakes Hint coins can also be found which can be spent to unlock hints to help players solve a puzzle if they get stuck

There are various changes made during the transition to the Nintendo 3DS, as characters and environments are now presented in 3D graphics Unlike the previous games, in which players interacted directly with the environment on the touch screen, players now use the touch screen to control a magnifying glass to navigate the environment displayed on the top screen When the magnifying glass is hovered over something of interest, the player can tap the touch screen to inspect it, initiating conversation with characters or revealing a hint coin or puzzle Certain areas can be zoomed in to reveal more areas to interact with Puzzles are still controlled on the touch screen, though many have 3D graphics displayed on the top screen and a few also utilise the 3DS' gyroscope feature Players are given the option to have reminders of the puzzle description temporarily appear on the bottom screen, or stick it to the top

Like the previous games before it, Miracle Mask has a set of unique minigames that are expanded upon as the player solves puzzles 'Toy Robot' tasks the player with navigating a maze in order to reach a goal panel whilst avoiding enemies 'One-Stop Shop' requires players to arrange items on a shelf based on their type and color in order to entice customers to buy everything on display 'Rabbit Show' sees Luke taking care of a rabbit and training it to perform in the circus As Luke converses and trains the rabbit, it learns new actions that must be used accordingly to follow a script in a play In addition, there is a horse-riding minigame which sees players riding a horse, dodging barrels and collecting carrots to speed up Midway through the game, there is a top-down adventure portion which sees a young Layton navigating an underground ruin During this segment, Layton must solve puzzles such as pushing boulders and avoiding mummies, also digging up certain areas to reveal hint coins and hidden puzzles

Along with the 150 puzzles found in the main game, players are also capable of connecting to Nintendo Network in order to download additional puzzles These puzzles are made available weekly for a year following release, with seven puzzles made available each week; in all, 365 puzzles can be downloaded Puzzle packages are downloaded automatically via the Spotpass function of the Nintendo 3DS6

Plotedit

See also: List of Professor Layton characters

Eighteen years prior to the story, a young Hershel Layton, who had little interest in archaeology, started to become interested thanks to his friend, Randall Ascot, who is passionate and devoted to the subject Randall had been investigating an ancient artifact called the Mask of Chaos, which he believes comes from an ancient civilization known as the Azrans Randall had found the mask after deciphering a code left by the Azrans, which eventually led to the Mask of Chaos Researching into the mask, Randall tells Layton that he wants to take him on an expedition to the ancient ruins of Akbadain to search for a hidden treasure Angela, Randall's girlfriend, is distressed by the news, as her brother died during such an expedition some years before, but Randall promises her that they'll be okay During the expedition however, a sudden trap causes Randall to fall to his death, and Layton is left to continue the expedition alone Although he finds a large pile of gold, the treasure they had looked for, he decides to not tell anyone of it in memory of Randall However, Randall's butler and surrogate brother, Henry, is so distraught at having lost his best friend, and Angela the love of her life, that he spends his entire family fortune in searching for Randall, coming across both the treasure and the mask inadvertently but not finding Randall

Eighteen years later, following the events of Last Specter and Eternal Diva, Layton is contacted by his old friend, Angela Ledore Since Randall's death, Angela had married Henry after her parents pressured her to marry someone Henry and Angela had worked together, and had turned an arid desert into a thriving city in the space of eighteen years Henry attributes his success of the city of Monte d'Or to the Mask of Chaos, which he has named as the city's symbol However, within the last month the Mask had been stolen from Henry's office and a mysterious figure calling himself the Masked Gentleman, wearing the Mask of Chaos, has started performing various 'miracles' across Monte d'Or such as making paintings come alive and turning people into horses Layton, Luke and Emmy all set off to Monte d'Or to investigate, and are almost immediately faced by the Masked Gentleman, who proceeds to turn a crowd of citizens into stone and creates panic in the crowd As Layton and his friends investigates, he finds that these supposed miracles are mere tricks designed to target someone Layton is helped by the city's police chief, Sheffield, and Scotland Yard investigators Bloom and Grosky, who all help in the investigation After the masked gentleman appears for his fifth miracle, where he causes members of a crowd to levitate into the air and disappear, Layton's friend Dalston is arrested Dalston is the owner of a hotel chain that rivals Henry Ledore's hotels, and the police suspect him of attempting to frame Henry An enraged Dalston states that Angela is the Masked Gentleman, who wishes to get revenge on Henry for leaving Randall to die

The next day, Layton and his friends witness another miracle, in which an entire fairground seemingly vanishes and reappears again within a few minutes The police then realize that Dalston cannot be the Masked Gentleman and duly release him Layton then begins to suspect Angela and Henry of hiding something from him due to their suspicious behaviour Furthermore, the team are pressed to search for the Mask of Order, another Azran treasure which is said to counteract the Mask of Chaos' power, thus rendering the Masked Gentleman useless

The next night, Layton and his company arrive at the Reunion Inn, the establishment that is said to have provided Monte d'Or with enough money to become a city While in the Inn, the team follow a series of mysterious clues left by the Masked Gentleman which slowly reveal his identity Furthermore, Detective Bloom is revealed to be a traitor albeit not to Layton, Luke or Emmy who is working for a man named Bronev, a shadowy figure that is eager to find lost Azran ruins Layton eventually confronts the Masked Gentleman, who is revealed to be Randall After he fell into the chasm eighteen years ago, he survived the fall by being caught in a river However, the fall erased most of his memory, and he was cared for by a local village who he helped Years later, he received an anonymous letter stating that he had been betrayed by a friend called Henry Ledore, who had stolen his fortune and his girlfriend Angela Enraged, Randall agreed to work with this man to get revenge on Henry, stealing the Mask of Chaos and wreaking havoc in the city that Henry had built using Randall's money After showing himself, Randall starts to destroy the city by flooding it with sand However, Layton reveals that the Mask of Order is in fact two masks put together- the Masks of Order and Chaos, which he uses to unlock an underground cavern Then, Layton and Angela solve an Azran puzzle that reveals the hidden Azran vault, lifting the town upwards to safety in the process Randall is then overcome with shame as he realizes he has been used- Henry had not stolen Angela from Randall, but had actually organized a fake marriage with her so that they could wait for Randall's return Furthermore, Henry had used the Akbadain treasure to send search parties for Randall and created the Reunion Inn for the countless explorers wishing to find Randall for the reward offered The city of Monte d'Or was created because of the immeasurable success of the Reunion Inn

However, Layton reveals that his suspicions of Angela were not false- shortly after Layton's arrival she had been kidnapped and replaced Angela then takes off her disguise and reveals she is in fact Jean Descole Layton's rival Descole had intended for Layton to find the Azran vault beneath Monte d'Or for his own, unsaid gains Descole flees, but Randall is comforted by his friends who welcome him back As Randall finally returns home to his friends and family, Layton and company set off on their next adventure, Descole arrives at a new mysterious pit decorated with Azran markings- the vault he had wanted all along Despite this he is immediately confronted by Bronev and his organization Targent who attempt to capture Descole Descole is able to flee from capture, but Bronev's men secure the vault He then states that this, along with The Gardens of Healing from Misthallery which Layton found in the Last Specter, The City of Harmony from Ambrosia which Layton found in the Eternal Diva and The Nautilus Chamber of Akbadain from Monte d'Or, would combine to form the three Azran legacies, which he plans to use for his own gains78

Developmentedit

Miracle Mask was overseen by Akihiro Hino, the CEO of Level-5, and directed by Jun Suzuki9 The game's puzzles were created by Akira Tago, author of the Atama no Taisō 頭の体操, Mental Gymnastics series of puzzle books, who had also created the puzzles for the previous games in the series9

The game was first announced as a Nintendo DS title at the official launch event for Professor Layton and the Last Specter, where it was scheduled for Japanese release during Q3 201010 Hino promised that Miracle Mask would bring major changes to the series' gameplay systems, and said that the trilogy was imagined with a second movie to take place after Miracle Mask10 Although artwork, a logo, and the setting of the game's story were given, the game was not demonstrated at the event10

After seeing the Nintendo 3DS, Hino systematically shifted projects from other systems to it, in hopes that Level-5 would be recognized as a firm part of the image of the Nintendo 3DS system11 Miracle Mask was one of these projects Though the game was originally built in 2D, it was made to look "pseudo-3D"11 for Nintendo's E3 2010 presentation After seeing what other publishers had produced for the system, however, Hino decided to completely remake the game in order to use the systems's unique qualities11 He expressed his belief that the game would be the "best in the series so far", and that the game felt like "something completely new, something no one's ever seen before"12

At a Nintendo press event later in 2010, the first trailer for Miracle Mask, originally under the name The Mask of Miracle, was released along with screenshots, demonstrating the graphical and gameplay overhauls that had taken place over the system's switch to Nintendo 3DS; the previous games' hand-drawn 2D sprites had been replaced by 3D models, areas of the game could now be examined in a 3D perspective, and several puzzles took advantage of the 3DS' features, including its motion sensor13 Despite the game's new visual style, the appearance of the series' animated cutscenes remained intact, albeit rendered in 3D1314 Another trailer was released at Level-5's 2010 "Vision" event, revealing the Japanese voice actors, the game's ending theme, the plans for the game's puzzle downloading service, and the game's second timeline, following a younger Professor Layton in high school9

Releaseedit

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask was first released in 2011 as a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS within Japan It sold 117,000 copies in its first weekend, making it the system's best-selling title upon its release815 Ultimately, the title would be outsold by other Nintendo 3DS games, such as Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7, to become the sixth best-selling Nintendo 3DS game in the region during 2012 at 360,000 copies16 It was also the second best-selling third party title for the system, behind Monster Hunter Tri G, and the twenty-sixth best-selling game of the year overall16

A tentative English title for the game, Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle, was provided along with an early demo at E3 2010; however, no other information was provided about its international release In late 2011, a European trailer for Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call alluded to a fifth entry in the series being released for Nintendo 3DS in 2012; this was later confirmed in a press release, where the game received its second tentative title of Professor Layton 51718

In May 2012, a trademark titled Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask its final title was filed by Level 5, hinting at an eventual US release19 Despite this, no announcements were made at E3 201220 The game was later released in Europe on October 26, 2012, in Australia on October 27, and in North America on October 28

An updated version of the game titled Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Plus was released for the Nintendo eShop in Japan in early 2013 It added new features to the original game, including more cutscenes, three save slots, and additional puzzles It includes bonus tutorials and hints for younger players as well as all the downloadable content from the original3

Soundtrackedit

The game's soundtrack was composed by Tomohito Nishiura Unlike the other titles in the series, no official soundtrack has been released for Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

The game's ending theme, entitled "Mysterious Flower", was composed by Yumi Matsutoya21 Her 2011 album Road Show features a music video for the song animated in the style of Professor Layton, adding her into cutscenes from the game21

Receptionedit

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Metacritic Publication Score
Adventure Gamers Destructoid Edge EGM Eurogamer Famitsu Game Informer Game Revolution GameSpot IGN Joystiq Nintendo Power Common Sense Media Digital Spy

Referencesedit

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  5. ^ Sal Romano August 13, 2012 "Paper Mario 3DS dated, Luigi's Mansion delayed" Gematsu Retrieved August 13, 2012 
  6. ^ Anoop Gantayat April 19, 2011 "Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is Buggy" Andriasang Retrieved December 17, 2011 
  7. ^ James Newton June 15, 2010 "E3 2010: Two New Professor Layton Mysteries On the Way" Nintendo Life Retrieved April 13, 2016 
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  11. ^ a b c "Iwata Asks: Nintendo 3DS Third Party Developers: I'd Bet On This Hardware" Nintendo of America Retrieved December 14, 2011 
  12. ^ Thomas East February 10, 2011 "Professor Layton 3D is the best Layton game yet - Level 5" Official Nintendo Magazine Archived from the original on October 8, 2014 Retrieved April 13, 2016 
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External linksedit

  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask at MobyGames
  • Official website

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