Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy
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.
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.
Layton's Mystery Journey for Nintendo Switch is the latest foray into the Layton franchise, but is this brand new port worth investigating?
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.
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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Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire's Conspiracy feels rather comforting, the video game equivalent of a warm blanket.
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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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.
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.
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.