Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy

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Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy is ranked in the 52nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 39 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

36%

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Based on 39 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2019

With better aesthetics, all DLC included, and new puzzles, this 3DS port has a lot going for it. LAYTON'S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition is a great series debut on the Nintendo Switch, and it should excite fans of LEVEL-5's long-running series. It'd even be a good starting point for first-time Layton players.

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PowerUp!
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2020

With a tonne of puzzles included in the campaign, daily puzzles available to download, secrets to find and a story to unravel, Katrielle And The Millionaire’s Conspiracy is a great Switch game and a worthy addition to the Layton franchise

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Layton's Mystery Journey for Nintendo Switch is the latest foray into the Layton franchise, but is this brand new port worth investigating?

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Hobby Consolas
84 / 100
84 / 100
Oct 5, 2017

Layton formula is still working great, with more puzzles than ever, a new main character and the London setting. After ten years, though, the storyline is not as good as previous games, and puzzle design is not as imaginative.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy feels rather comforting, the video game equivalent of a warm blanket.

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We Got This Covered
Dec 3, 2019

It may not quite reach the series' previous highs, but Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy is a more than serviceable addition, and a welcome debut on the Nintendo Switch.

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Just Push Start
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 11, 2019

There is a fair amount of charm to Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy – Deluxe Edition. Characters stand out, it doesn't take long to warm up to Katrielle and the animated scenes make the experience so much better. Toss in a wide variety of challenging, yet accessible, puzzles and you have a fun adventure that is sure to delight kids of all ages.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 6, 2017

While the story leaves a little to be desired, Layton's Mystery still makes for an enjoyable entry into the puzzling series.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2019

Puzzle-solving adventure is back with some improvements and more puzzle. Good choice for Nintendo Switch players.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 15, 2019

With so much to explore and unravel in this game, plus accessible daily puzzles, Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy feels like a game we could get lost in for a good, long time.

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Goomba Stomp
8 / 10.0
Goomba Stomp
John Websell
8 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2017

As charming, imaginative, and challenging as ever, Layton's Mystery Journey proves there's plenty of life left in the series yet. However, a staggered, slightly underwhelming narrative prevents it from establishing itself as a puzzle genre classic.

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Impulsegamer
3.9 / 5.0
3.9 / 5.0
Nov 15, 2019

Just like Katrielle, this game has a reputation to live up to. And it is indeed a Layton game, just with different strengths and weaknesses.

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NintendoWorldReport
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

I enjoyed my time with Layton's Mystery Journey. The puzzles and investigative work are enjoyable as usual, but that special sauce from previous Layton titles has been left out.

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Nexus
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

The puzzles are both fun and challenging, which somewhat make up for the uncompelling story and generally weak characters.

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Cerealkillerz
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2019

As a non-expert on father Layton's predecessors, I experienced in Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires conspiracy Deluxe a fun-loving detective who solves many nice puzzles in a charming adventure across London, but has to give up on suspense and surprising Solutions because of the child-friendly presentation.

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VGN
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

The new iteration of the Level-5 adventure series does not impress when it comes to puzzles, plot and character development, but despite that Layton's Mystery Journey is a great start for a new cycle in the franchise history. If you loved the previous games of the saga, you will definitely enjoy the new adventure of Katrielle Layton, but we hope that in future Level-5 and Nintendo could join forces to create something really special based on Nintendo Switch unique features.

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RPG Fan
71%
71%
Nov 8, 2017

Layton's Mystery Journey is a mediocre game at best, with uneventful mysteries and anticlimactic plot twists. As a returning veteran, it almost doesn't feel like a Layton game at all.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

The Layton legacy continues with an endearing new lead and lots of new puzzles, but relatively few new ideas.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 16, 2019

Despite some shaky elements, Katrielle Layton does admirable work taking over the family business.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 29, 2019

Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy is more Layton, but with a host of new characters and a healthy dollop of puzzles. Unfortunately, they're weaker, more contrived tests of your mind than previously. Katrielle and the stellar supporting cast really boost the experience, as do the stunning visuals, but the sum of its parts is less than I expect from a Layton title.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Nov 10, 2019

Professor Layton has always targeted a very niche market and Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy - Deluxe Edition should fit right in alongside the past games. The lack of an overarching story and any drastic changes in the gameplay is a disappointment, but there's just something charming about this series that hopefully will continue to grow from here after shedding the handheld only roots of the series moving forward.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Nov 15, 2019

Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy may not have an interesting plot, but the game's likeable characters, a plethora of puzzles, and beautiful artwork are enough to see it through to the end. While it is a bit too easy for my taste, it's still a fun enough journey.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

Layton's Mystery Journey is a lot of fun, and Katrielle is just a better character than her father is, but this journey is a lot more predictable and less memorable than the Professor's best.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

Carried by the Layton family's experience in mystery, Katrielle starts her detective career with modern resolutions, such as the episodic investigation proceedings. But the cases and their protagonists ultimately lack depth, while the whole plot looks like a long introduction. The puzzles and mini games also appear less inspired, or bold, since Kat solves the most relevant riddles by herself anyway. Let's hope that she's keeping more tricks in her hat for the upcoming adventures...

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy has a big legacy to honour and by most accounts, it succeeds at it thanks to its varied puzzles, high quality audiovisual environment and interesting plot. At the same time, this game also tries to make the Layton series more accessible to a wider audience at the cost of reducing its difficulty level, which may not please all the series' followers.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2017

The Layton series returns with a new cast as daughter Katrielle takes on the puzzle-solving mantle. The gameplay, however, is classic Layton, which can be good or bad depending on whether you love its traditional mechanics or are starting to feel a bit burned out by it. If you're looking for a totally different experience, this doesn't quite fit the bill. If you love that classic Layton charm, however, Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy delivers.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

After six successful games and a brilliant spin off, the Layton saga begins anew with this episode, but the end result it's not on par with the quality level we were used to. It's simpler, a little shorter and, more than this, it's double the price if compared to the identical mobile version.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2017

The staleness has begun to set in by now, but Layton's Mystery Journey is still a charming, sweet game with some great puzzles that engaged series fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with.

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Saudi Gamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 6, 2017

A charming and joyful game with a rich amount of content, but a slow and simplistic plot throughout the majority of the game and a seemingly rushed ending, in addition to some dubious puzzles make this, while still good,  an overall inferior entry in the series.

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Digitally Downloaded
Nov 13, 2019

Initially I was worried that Layton sans the titular professor would be a problem. In the end that wasn't where the issues lay with Layton's Mystery Journey. I'm certainly on board with Katrielle taking over and having the kind of long career that her father did, but Level-5 does need to get some fresh new puzzle-designers in, because with this game they dropped the ball too frequently for a series of this calibre.

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Darkstation
Nov 27, 2019

I don't want to seem too down on Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy - Deluxe Edition. LEVEL-5 included all of the original version's DLC while adding a ton of additional content and there's a lot of game here for your money. For the most part, you'll spend your time solving pleasant puzzles, enjoying a pleasant story, and having a pleasant time.

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The Games Machine
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2019

Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle e il complotto dei milionari is a slightly lazy conversion of a rather disappointing game at the time of its original release. It's a decent budget game, but it's not as good as the previous games dedicated to professor Hershel.

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God is a Geek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

Factor in the rather obtuse nature of the puzzling and the uninspiring cast and you'll find that there's a lot to be disappointed with in this return for the famed puzzle series.

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG
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Top Critic

6 / 10
Nov 13, 2017

Non-charismatic characters, poor plot and simplistic puzzles along with the lack of 3D make Layton's Mystery Journey the weakest game in the main series yet.

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DarkZero
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

conclusion, with the interesting part kicking in way, way too late into the game and being left quickly after with an unsatisfying conclusion made me feel like I had simply wasted my time. Having to drone through shallow plots and mysteries that the player figures out ages before Katrielle does just left me wanting to skip directly to the next puzzle or go back and play a much better Layton game.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

Kat may be a Layton but she's far from "the" Layton everyone knows and loves. Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy feels more like a pale imitation with glimpses of the greatness that has come before. There's a ton of potential here and the adventure is still enjoyable, but just falls short. It holds a lot of promise for the future, at least, and the story wraps up with plenty of questions unanswered. Level-5 is clearly ready to keep this story going; however, hopefully it is with something much better and more deserving of the series' lineage.

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MonsterVine
3 / 5
3 / 5
Aug 13, 2017

If you’re a lover of puzzle games and whimsical animation in a Britain of talking dogs handing out riddles, it may be worth a peek, but it’s only mandatory for fans of the series.

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Continue-Magazin
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 2, 2017

This game is not what it should be. Most of the riddles (the essence of the game) are often misleading and cheating. No logic can solve those wannabe-Professor-Layton brainteasers. What could have been great ended up in a mess. Go and play the old Professor Layton games. You're better off with them.

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SA Gamer
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2017

Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy takes the saying 'Truth is stranger than fiction' to a level that not even children can believe. If you can look past the ridiculousness of the contrived drama you'll find plenty of gems in the form of delightful brain teasers.

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