PRO­FES­SOR LAY­TON AND THE MIR­A­CLE MASK

★★★★ 7 cert, Nin­tendo, 3DS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN& GAMES - CIARA O’BRIEN

An­swer­ing a call for help from the city of Monte d’Or, Lay­ton and his trusty as­sis­tants find them­selves em­broiled in yet an­other mys­tery. The Masked Gen­tle­man is ter­ror­is­ing the city with his so-called “mir­a­cles”, such as turn­ing peo­ple to stone or bring­ing paint­ings to life. And the source of his power is the tit­u­lar mask. As usual with the Lay­ton games, you have to solve puz­zles to progress through the story. Us­ing the 3DS’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties to its ad­van­tage, you can use the built-in gy­ro­scope to con­trol some of the puz­zles, and a new mag­ni­fy­ing glass al­lows you to re­ally hunt for hid­den clues in the en­vi­ron­ments. The graph­ics are now in 3D as well. There are ac­tion-based puz­zles that see you ex­plore ruins, new minigames to un­lock and new puz­zles to down­load. The game keeps its sense of fun, and is worth see­ing through.

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