Professor Layton fans rejoice! Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy is making its way to Switch.
Many fans of the Professor Layton series have been ‘puzzling’ over whether the popular franchise would be excluded from the Switch. But recently, Level 5 announced that last year’s popular puzzle game Layton’s Mystery Journey will also be released on Nintendo Switch.
The game is set to be released in Japan on August 9th.
Whilst there is no confirmation of a release for the West, it’s likely there will be one, and that it will be soon. Layton’s Mystery Journey was released for 3DS in Japan on July 20th 2017. Shortly after, on the October 6th 2017, the game was released worldwide.
The notorious Professor Layton is absent in this game. Layton’s Mystery Journey stars the Professor’s previously unmentioned daughter Katrielle as the Protagonist. Katrielle has undoubtedly inherited her father’s intelligence, but sometimes has people dubious due to her ‘gut feelings’. She is also a little more outspoken and disorganised than her gentlemanly father.
The Professor has been missing for quite some time, and Katrielle is starting to become worried. Nevertheless, she decides continue her father’s legacy and sets up the Layton Detective Agency. Alongside her talking dog (Sherl), her infatuated assistant (Ernest Greeves), and her rival (Emiliana Perfetti) she tackles various difficult cases presented to her by fellow Londoners. The mysteries are often odd, with unexpected culprits, which makes the game unpredictable and interesting.
The game is similar to previous games in the series due to the ability to find and solve puzzles, explore surroundings, collect items, and play minigames. It differs in that instead of having one main storyline with chapters, the game is split into 12 different cases with an overarching theme. Despite scoring slightly lower on Metacritic than other Layton games, the game still holds a respectable rating of 72/100. Having played the 3DS version myself, I would definitely recommend it to Layton fans, Puzzle game fans and Level-5 fans.
You can read more about the game here.