Professor Layton's Son Comes to iOS

Professor Layton's Son Comes to iOS

It ain't no Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, but it'll do for now.

Finished all of Professor Layton's previous adventures? Then you're probably hungry to play the oft-teased Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, right?

Sadly, there's still no news on a Western release of that game -- seriously, an English language release would allow me to die happy -- but in the meantime, there is a new Professor Layton game for you to get your teeth into.

Sort of, anyway.

Layton Brothers Mystery Room is a new game for iOS devices, developed by Level-5. It stars Inspector Alfendi Layton, who just happens to be the son of one Professor Hershel Layton, whose previous exploits you may be familiar with. The game involves investigating crime scenes, interrogating witnesses and exposing the lies in the testimony of criminal masterminds.

If that all sounds rather Ace Attorney-ish, you'd be absolutely right. And that's no bad thing whatsoever.

The game has been released as a free download, which includes two cases. "The Hand Sandwich" sees Layton and his assistant Detective Constable Lucy Baker investigating the mystery of an asphyxiated woman found with one hand inside a sandwich; "The Bungled Burglary," meanwhile, sees Layton and Baker looking into a murder case where the weapon appears to have disappeared from inside a locked room.

There are nine cases in total, with the others available in two in-app purchase packs of several cases each. Cases 3-6 are available for $2.99, while Cases 7-9 are available for $1.99. Complete all nine cases and you'll discover something interesting about Inspector Layton... but exactly what is yours to discover. (Odds on it being something to do with the "Brothers" part of the title are pretty high, however.)

Layton Brothers Mystery Room is available now from the App Store. No word yet on whether it will be coming to other platforms, but a 3DS version certainly wouldn't go unappreciated, I'm sure.

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