Layton Brothers Mystery Room Arrives On iOS

Layton Brothers Mystery Room Arrives On iOS

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The first two cases are free, and the rest are available as in-app purchases.

Layton Brothers Mystery Room, featuring genius investigator Alfendi Layton and his indefatigable assistant, DC Lucy Baker, is now out on the iOS store. The first two episodes - The Hand Sandwich, and The Bungled Burglary - are free, but the other seven files are only available as in-app purchases. Investigate nine crime scenes, cutting through the lies and sorting out the red herrings from the real clues, and then face the culprit in the final showdown!

Alphendi is the son of Hershel Layton, the iconic Professor of the Layton series, and as the game progresses you may notice some changes in Alphendi's personality. This is part of the larger mystery; what's going on with Alphendi, and what - if anything - can be done about it? This was originally announced in 2009 as a DS title; Mystery Room is the first original Atamania game put together by Level-5.

For those of you wondering just how much those in-app purchases are likely to be, the first - case files 3 to 6 - will set you back $2.99, while the remaining files will be $1.99.

Source: iStore

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Good stuff.

Hopefully the quality won't be diminished by the episodic format.

Now it just needs to come over to the android aswell.

Ah, so not those two guys that drove around in that dirty red and white truck.

Twinkey:
Good stuff.

Hopefully the quality won't be diminished by the episodic format.

Now it just needs to come over to the android aswell.

Let's hope the android conversion has a shorter Laytency period.

Is this game connected at all with the characters of Ace Attorney/Professor Layton? I have been trying to play all the games to get ready for the cross over.

Capitano Segnaposto:
Is this game connected at all with the characters of Ace Attorney/Professor Layton? I have been trying to play all the games to get ready for the cross over.

Yep, it says so in the article;

"Alphendi is the son of Hershel Layton, the iconic Professor of the Layton series"

Omegatronacles:

Capitano Segnaposto:
Is this game connected at all with the characters of Ace Attorney/Professor Layton? I have been trying to play all the games to get ready for the cross over.

Yep, it says so in the article;

"Alphendi is the son of Hershel Layton, the iconic Professor of the Layton series"

Ah, wrote my post wrong: Does it have anything to do with the over-arching story within the Professor Layton/Ace Attorney franchises? As in, does anything happen in the game that greatly alters the character arks or stories of the next games of PL or AA?

I know I've been very satisfied with the Ace Attorney collection on iOS, so I'll probably pick this one up too.

Wait why is it called Layton Brothers when it's starring the son of Hershal Layton? Also he has a son?!! Well ok I guessing at some point in the Layton game Hershal must of settle down with someone.

BRB, buying. I've never missed a Layton, and never will, even on the iPhone.

Karloff:
Alphendi is the son of Hershel Layton, the iconic Professor of the Layton series, and as the game progresses you may notice some changes in Alphendi's personality. This is part of the larger mystery; what's going on with Alphendi, and what - if anything - can be done about it?

I guessing he has a multiple personality disorder and that's why it's called Layton Brothers.

Seems a bit weird to use the Layton name at all really. The gameplay seems to have nothing to do with the Professor Layton games.

kailus13:

Karloff:
Alphendi is the son of Hershel Layton, the iconic Professor of the Layton series, and as the game progresses you may notice some changes in Alphendi's personality. This is part of the larger mystery; what's going on with Alphendi, and what - if anything - can be done about it?

I guessing he has a multiple personality disorder and that's why it's called Layton Brothers.

Seems a bit weird to use the Layton name at all really. The gameplay seems to have nothing to do with the Professor Layton games.

If anything, it's seems more like Phoenix Wright.

...which I love anyway, so I'm cool with the genre change.

McMarbles:

kailus13:
I guessing he has a multiple personality disorder and that's why it's called Layton Brothers.

Seems a bit weird to use the Layton name at all really. The gameplay seems to have nothing to do with the Professor Layton games.

If anything, it's seems more like Phoenix Wright.

...which I love anyway, so I'm cool with the genre change.

Hopefully they get the witty banter right then. You've got to admit, the Ace Attorney series would be quite dull without the witty banter.

Well it technically seems closer to the Edgeworth games than the Wright ones, but close enough.

That said, why isn't this on a real gaming device? How many iOS folks have even played the original Layton games?

I have just started playing it, and i really dont like, it not the style which i do like but the logic behind the firs case make no sense, it seems to set up seter rule of the world and the crime then tells you there are correct before tell you there are wrong. you spend some time looking for a message the victim left in a sandwich, which doesnt make any sense because if you were being strangled why would you careful organize a message in a sandwhich. but i thought okay, this is a fantasy game it doesnt have to realistic, so you find the hidden message and the games all like "good you got the message" but then it say it must be left by the kill to frame somebody else saying the "who would leave there kills name in a sandwhich, it must be a set up", which is what i though of to bignin with but i was made to go though all of that, read through all the text, figure out the shitty puzzel. and not to forget that this means the kill thought it would be a good idea to leave a fake message in the sandwhich, which it was because we looked there but asnt because it was stupid.

I might play a bit on and see if it gets better but to me this first puzzle was really shit.

Karloff:

... Alfendi ...

Karloff:

... Alphendi ...

I see what you did there. To everyone questioning this rather obvious typo, go play the first proper case, its a reference.

Bought it, finished it in a day, still thought it was good fun. It was initially developed as a standalone game with no relation to Layton, and that certainly shows (presumably the Layton name was later added for the sake of marketability). People are right in comparing it to Ace Attorney, since that's the best point of comparison, though it doesn't really come near that level of quality, as much as I did enjoy it. It's a brief game, and it suffers a little for it, but it's nice while it lasts, and the two lead characters are greatly likable. Alfendi Layton bears little resemblance to his father in either looks or personality, but is an interesting and somewhat unusual character all on his own.

Also, after playing the game through, I decided to check the reviews to see what other people had to say, and it was a little disappointing to see how many people attacked the game for bad translation and grammatical errors, because there aren't really any to note. What there are, however, are a variety of accents from across Britain and elsewhere rendered rather faithfully in the text, which leads to the illusion of errors if you aren't familiar with the accents to begin with. I'm not entirely sure how many non-Brits would be able to identify DC Baker's rather strong Northern accent, with the constant 'were' replacing 'was' and (somewhat grating) use of ont' all the damn time. It's sadly ironic that a game trying to take the translation an extra step further resulted in it being slated for doing it too well.

Also, that soundtrack. Oh man. That soundtrack. Delicious.

 

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