Developer Level-5 has published a whopping five entries in the hit DS and 3DS Professor Layton series, with the sixth already out in Japan. However, a new spinoff entry in the series has been both announced and released, but not on a Nintendo platform. For this new title, Layton Brothers Mystery Room, Level-5 has jumped ship to iOS, with the game available for newer iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad models.
Whereas Professor Layton is a mostly lighthearted series with each game’s story revolving around a series of brainteasers and logic puzzles, Mystery Room takes a decidedly darker turn, following Layton’s son, Alfendi, and his assistant, Lucy Baker, through a series of murder mysteries. Gameplay primarily revolves around investigating crime scenes, discovering clues, and interrogating suspects to discover the culprit, not dissimilar from the Ace Attorney series.
As a nice touch, the first two cases are available for free with the base game for download, with seven additional cases available for in-app purchase in two packs. A launch trailer for Layton Brothers Mystery Room is available for viewing below.
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