Video Game Wednesdays criteria include a) being electronic in nature and b) being a game
I picked this game up from the store a few weeks back. Since then, I’ve been playing it quite a bit. I’m enjoying it so far. Because really, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned witch trial?
I should probably explain and give a quick warning – this game has a ton of witches and creepiness. But is it really magic, or is it something else entirely? That is the spoiler-filled question I will not answer.
The gameplay is fairly easy to learn. If you’ve played either Professor Layton or Phoenix Wright games, portions of gameplay will feel incredibly familiar. I’d never played a Phoenix Wright game (although I watched a YouTube video once) so that portion was a little weird. You’ll need some attention to detail and logic skills (the hint coins from Professor Layton segments are also useful, or if you’re not opposed to cheating slightly, a computer or tablet nearby will be helpful) to do well in the Phoenix Wright sections. Also, an unbreakable will and plain stubbornness helps.
The Professor Layton puzzles range from mathematical to riddles, so be prepared for that as well. While you don’t need previous experience with the series, I’d recommend looking up a Let’s Play or video walkthrough to see what a typical game looks like. Same goes for Phoenix Wright.
The only bad thing I have to say about this is the constant screen flashing gives me a mild headache, and I don’t even play with 3D most of the time. I don’t seem to recall the screen flashing like that in the Professor Layton games, though maybe it wasn’t as frequent, or maybe it was more subtle. I think we have the Ace Attorney to thank for the increased rate.
In the end, even with the screen flashing, I love this game. I wasn’t sure how I’d like Phoenix Wright, but I love Professor Layton, so I figured I’d give it a try.
However, I recommend Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for 12 and up. It’s cute, (maybe not the right word,) well-written, and entertaining (definitely the right word,) but it is quite challenging at times, and seems to take a little more after the Ace Attorney rather than the Professor.
Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is available for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s rated T for mild blood, mild suggestive themes, mild violence, and use of alcohol.
Have fun gaming!