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Top 5 Professor Layton Moments

19th May 2011; By KnucklesSonic8

I've been thinking a lot about the Professor Layton series lately and how much these games have reached me on a personal level. Today, I felt an urge to reflect on some key moments/scenes/chapters -- whatever you want to call them -- that really embody some of the true brilliance Level-5 has shown in crafting these different experiences. That and I'm getting impatient for more news on Miracle Mask's localization. So sue me. 

Right off the bat, I'd like to issue a fair warning that while I try to keep out some details wherever possible, this feature is not spoiler-free. You have been warned!

SPOILER ALERT !  This feature includes significant spoilers on some of the scenes within the first three games.

#5: Layton & Luke Brew Tea
From: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

There was something very appropriate about seeing the Tea Set puzzles in Diabolical Box. Much more, in fact, than the furniture arrangements seen in the first release. Ironically, the best part came, not from brewing tea properly using the right ingredients, but from making mistakes. Seeing the reactions of both characters was really charming in itself. "There's smoke coming off this tea!" Luke yells after one bad concoction. Then at another time, Layton himself chimes in with, "This tea isn't fit for human consumption." Love 'em!

#4: Don Paolo's Debut
From: Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Before we even see Don Paolo make an appearance in the flesh, Layton is forced to endure some pretty rude behaviour on the part of Inspector Chelmey. But seeing him accuse Layton of murder was pretty hilarious. A gentlemen of his stature committing such a heinous crime? Really now DP, are you trying to get yourself ousted? Anyway, seeing Don Paolo work under the guise of the Inspector for a good portion of the game was actually really entertaining. Especially when Luke started to express himself over Chelmey's antics. But when the mask was removed to reveal this villain, I was actually creeped out initially. His appearance looked so odd (yet originally so) that I found it hard to believe this character was in the same game. Over time (and by that I mean three game's worth) I took a liking to this bumbling villain, but it was his initial entrance into the series that still stands out for me.

#3: Solving the Mystery of the Elysian Box
From: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Yes, I know full well that this isn't exactly a "moment" per se, but it's my article so deal! Seriously though, I thoroughly enjoyed the latter part of this entire game but in particular, figuring out the mystery behind the Elysian Box nearly threw me for a loop. Leading up to the Layton's explanation of the newly-solved mystery was a trail of breadcrumbs that tried to help you, as the player, piece things together. But unlike in Curious Village, I actually didn't see the ending coming -- not even a bit. 

Starting from Chapter 7 (or even slightly before that), things started to get really really good. Layton & Luke find themselves kidnapped at the hands of a sinister vampire villain who leads them on into believing he'll actually be consuming them for a meal. At which, Luke makes the remark "I KNEW it! You ARE a vampire!" in his hilarious moody/realization voice. It was great trying to escape the Herzen Castle whilst trying to solve the mystery of the Elysian Box in the back of your mind. The surmounting battle between Anton and Layton was pretty epic for all its intents and purposes, and the back-story was a mostly-believable tale. But again, I still can't get over how the answer to the mystery was revealed at the end of the game. Add to that the beautiful song that plays during the closing credits, and you have one of the most scenes in the entire series. 

#2: Layton & Don Paolo Work Together
From: Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

I totally loved what the developers did in Chapters 9 & 10 of this game as it all came together extremely well. However, I couldn't resist drawing attention to the time when Layton included Don Paolo in his clever plan. His "ace in the hole" wasn't that big of a surprise, but it sure did a great job of boosting Layton's character even this late in the franchise. 

Through a series of consecutive scenes, an explanation was given as to why Don Paolo made Layton his archenemy in the first place. What was brilliant about it was the fact that it all tied back to the very first game in the series, really tackling some of the lingering questions that I personally had when I finished Curious Village. I was really impressed that the developers had the foresight to lay the groundwork early on and intentionally leave players wondering at the end of Curious Village and to return to it two games later.

And who could forget Luke's reaction to the whole ordeal, bickering with Don Paolo constantly? "Won't you put a lid on it little brat?!" "I most certainly will not!" I can recall numerous times when Luke got pretty fired up in all three games, but seeing him clash with Don Paolo, if only for a brief while, was great. Plus, hearing him stand up for himself ("Call me a brat again and just see what happens!") definitely added to his personality and it really said a lot about how much of an effect Layton has been on his young apprentice. Oh and one last thing... In case you haven't picked up on it already, I not only love Luke's character, but also his voice. And just like with his "vampire comment" in Diabolical Box, I couldn't help but laugh as he strained his voice to call out, "Help us, Professor!" Maybe I'm just easily amused. 

#1: Learning the True Meaning of the 'Unwound Future'
From: Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

And now we come to the last one. I'm sure seeing this isn't much of a surprise for you if you've completed all three games, and you probably feel the same way as I do about this particular moment. Let me just say that I was so excited to see consecutive plot twists pop up as I got closer to the end of the game. They really made the game hard to put down! But the Epilogue in particular gave me goosebumps (and it still does). This was just so well-approached in the way it completely grabbed your attention and didn't want to pull you away. Before the story even reached the very end, I thought it was clever the way Level-5 touched on justice and the rise to power. But really nothing could compare with that final unveiling that leads to one of the emotional scenes I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing in a video game. Easily the most memorable moment in the whole franchise.

Other Memorable Moments:
  • Flora's Evil Look in Diabolical Box
  • Puzzle Battles in Unwound Future
  • Layton & Luke Running Away From the Ferris Wheel in Curious Village
  • Beasly Gets Swatted in Unwound Future

I eagerly look forward to experiencing these same feelings as future Layton games release in North America. Can't wait!

Feature by KnucklesSonic8
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