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Professor Layton and the Last Specter (Nintendo DS)

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4.4
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100
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Réalisation graphique de haute volée, ambiance sonore géniale... Professeur Layton et l'Appel du Spectre a plus d’un argument pour nous convaincre. Mais c’est surtout la durée de vie du titre qui retient notre attention : finir le jeu en ligne droite, sans faire tous les « à côtés » requière une dizaine d’heures, au minimum. Mais dès que l’on s’attaque au reste - plus de 170 énigmes de base, de nouveaux mini-jeux, la quête des bonus dans le menu général, etc. - alors là, c’est en dizaines d’heure que l’on compte !
100
Modojo
Professor Layton and the Last Specter is a wonderful game that fits like a comfy pair of slippers. Longtime fans will find everything the franchise is known for, including a wide array of eccentric characters, a satisfying mix of puzzles, animated cut scenes and a gripping story. Newcomers, meanwhile, are in for a real treat, since this is technically the first game in the series. In other words, the perfect place to start.
91
1UP
You don't play a Professor Layton game because you're looking for a shocking new form of interactive narrative, though. You play because you like the characters -- the erudite gentleman who serves as the hero, his eager young assistant Luke, and the frequently odd folk who surround the latest mystery -- and because you enjoy solving riddles, both in the sense of overt brain-teasers and the inevitable nesting puzzles that comprise each game's plot. A Professor Layton game is a whimsical, intriguing detective novel crammed with both cartoons and overt calls for mental gymnastics.
90
GamezGeneration
Professor Layton ist zurück und beschert dem Nintendo DS auf seine alten Tage noch einmal einen grandiosen Rätselspaß, dem es an nichts mangelt! Die Rätsel sind einmal mehr grandios, die Inszenierung nahezu perfekt und das gesamte Spiel macht einfach nur Spaß! Für mich ist Layton‘s nunmehr vierter Auftritt trotz fehlender Neuerungen klar der Nintendo DS Titel des Jahres und ich lege das Spiel jedem Knobelfreund auf dem Nintendo DS und Nintendo 3DS ans Herzen, um sich die Zeit bis zum ersten 3DS Ableger der Reihe im kommenden Jahr zu versüßen!
90
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies
La franchise du professeur Layton offre toujours le même concept, le même style et pourtant, elle n'arrive pas encore à lasser son public. La qualité de ses énigmes et le style propre à la série sont toujours un cocktail efficace pour captiver le joueur. Avec son scénario toujours aussi captivant, L'appel du Spectre se déguste comme tous les précédents épisodes. Une valeur sûre donc pour cette fin d'année.
90
GameFocus
Professor Layton and the Last Specter is another solid entry in the series. Minor tweaks and a top notch spit shine sets it up as the best designed Layton yet, even if it doesn’t really push the series forward or outside of its comfort zone. Its charming, quirky, fun, and the puzzling will put your brain meat to the test at times. The story, while not quite as interesting as previous entries, does a great job of showing players how the Layton super-team came together. If, for some reason, you haven’t taken the time to explore Level 5’s puzzling series, The Last Specter positions itself as a fantastic starting point, welcoming both newbies and veterans with open arms and an open notebook.
90
N-Europe
So, while The Spectre’s Call doesn’t expand on the gameplay, it’s still a fantastic new story and setting for the Layton franchise. The music and voice acting are as great as ever and the lovely hand drawn graphics look great no matter if you’re playing on the DS or 3DS. The pre-rendered animated cutscenes still have their lovely art style and sadly, end way too soon, as always. If you like Layton, the choice to purchase this is a no-brainer. If you haven’t tried it before, then this is the perfect opportunity to jump on board.
90
Official Nintendo Magazine
A series that's about confounding expectations of puzzle solutions is always going to be in danger of becoming pedestrian and too familiar. On the evidence of The Spectre's Call, though, Level-5 is nowhere near to running out of steam yet. The puzzles still sidestep expectations, keeping one step ahead of even the most seasoned Layton veteran. The result is another mesmerising entry to the series. There's little incentive to replay it after you've finished, but it's one of the most enjoyable narrative rides in gaming today, and it burns bright and strong while it lasts.
90
The Escapist
Another Professor Layton game, another bit of puzzling brilliance. Some of the brain teasers feel a bit recycled - instead of foxes and chickens, you're shuttling dogs and cats across the river, for example - but there's more than enough variety to warrant doggedly tracking down every last one. But if you only solve the ones you need to move the story forward, that's ok, too. If you own a DS and have a brain, you should pick it up. You just never know when you're going to have to figure out how to cut a table cloth into three pieces that will form a perfect square, after all.
88
Digital Chumps
Professor Layton and the Last Specter continues to push the high production values of the cartoon mystery series while still providing a slew of enjoyable puzzles along the way. The prequel nature of the game gives gamers a better sense of the characters' pasts and helps to give a better link into connecting the whole series together. I still think that The Unwound Future is my favorite of the series with Curious Village taking a close second but the Last Specter certainly contends in a close third. Add in London Life for some added gameplay (definitely not in the form of a filler, but as a fully fledged mini-game), and you've got yourself a bargain. Recommended.
85
GamesCollection
Perché cambiare una formula di gioco se questa si dimostra vincente? Level 5 decide di andare sul sicuro confezionandoci quello che è probabilmente l'ultimo vero grande gioco per il Nintendo DS (sistema ormai prossimo alla fine del proprio ciclo vitale). Gli amanti di questa saga e degli enigmi in generale sono pressoché obbligati a fare proprio questo gioco, tassativamente. Termina così, almeno su questa console, la quadrilogia con protagonisti Layton ed il giovane Luke; l'appuntamento sarà per il 2012, con ben due giochi per Nintendo 3DS: Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle e l'attesissimo (almeno per quel che mi riguarda) team-up con Phoenix Wright...
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Pour son dernier show sur DS, le professeur Layton s'est appliqué à nous servir une aventure captivante saupoudrée d'une multitude d'énigmes savamment imaginées par le prof Akira Tago. L'efficacité de la série ne se dément pas, d'autant que l'occasion nous est donnée de découvrir les origines de la saga dans une aventure très prenante qui est toutefois amputée du mode RPG présent pourtant dans la version originale du soft.
83
NGamer
The continuing saga of Layton, except starting all over again at the beginning. Probably best to play the other ones first, but still a fine puzzler if you haven't
80
Gamereactor (Sweden)
Naturligtvis har jag inte tagit med spelläget i beräkningen och betyget jag sätter blir högt även om vi européer verkar bli snuvade på denna konfekt. Det huvudsakliga spelläget duger gott till att generera ett högt betyg och professorn är i högform, precis som han varit länge nu. Så länge Level 5 fortsätter att leverera nya gåtor så kommer jag att göra mitt bästa för att lösa dem.
80
JeuxVideoPC.com
Rien ne vient vraiment entacher le tableau, ce Professeur Layton : L’appel du Spectre remplit parfaitement son office de jeu à énigmes tout public. Avec sa difficulté parfaitement bien dosée, son scénario prenant et ses énigmes savoureuses, les fans de Hershel Layton auraient tort de passer à côté de ce nouvel épisode. Reste que si la formule est toujours aussi efficace, on aurait aimé quelques nouveautés supplémentaires, en tout cas un peu plus que les trois nouveaux mini-jeux de cet épisode.
80
GameSpot
That same charm permeates every aspect of the Last Specter. The perpetually top-hat-wearing Hershel Layton is just as delightful a companion here as ever; his love of puzzles is infectious, and his refined demeanor brings a cultured air to the entire game. Those who have travelled with Layton on his earlier adventures will find that this outing feels familiar, and even some of the brainteasers may bring about a sense of deja vu, but the Last Specter's original story and many hours of wholesome puzzle-solving make it another great entry in this elegant series.
78
Extreme Gamer
Professor Layton and the Last Specter continues the successful Layton franchise with another solid entry full of puzzles and mysteries to be solved.
75
WiiDSFrance
Le jeu a des qualités certaines, c'est évident. Les énigmes, toujours aussi efficaces et nombreuses, la réalisation somptueuse, tout cela est là pour rappeler que Professeur Layton est une grande saga. Cependant, la note reflètera une forme de " note sanction ", à l'instar des votes sanction en politique. Que le service de localisation du titre n'ait pas eu le temps de se pencher sur une localisation de London Life en deux ans laisse perplexe. Ainsi, nous saluons la traduction du titre original, mais déplorons que l'effort ne soit pas allé plus loin, nous privant ainsi d'une nouvelle expérience dans ce formidable univers.
70
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De Melodie van het Spook is op zich een genietbaar en goed gemaakt puzzelspel, maar als vierde deel in de reeks komt het onorigineel, ongeïnspireerd en misschien zelfs overbodig over.
70
Destructoid
In short, Last Specter is the best Layton yet. The inclusion of a warp system, lack of matchstick puzzles, and memorable cast makes it just a notch better than the Curious Village. However, the series still inconveniences players who play primarily for the story or those, like me, who want to enjoy the story first and puzzles later. There are many players who feel a need to complete every puzzle as they progress. These players won't run into the problem of puzzle tollways or losing track of a previous puzzle's location. However, until the series finds a way to accommodate both types of players, I can't say the game is a must-have for all.
70
Pocket Gamer UK
So it's another Layton game. If you enjoyed the previous three titles, you'll most likely find Spectre's Call to be the worst of the series - actually, the 'least good' is probably a better description. If you've played the previous Layton titles, you'll enjoy Spectre's Call. If you're new to the series, however, we recommend that you go for The Curious Village instead.
70
Jeuxvideo.fr
Si Level 5 ne finit pas son cycle DS en apothéose avec cet Appel du Spectre, il offre néanmoins un jeu très solide qui contentera largement les habitués de la série. Malgré la perte d'un mode de jeu bonus qui aurait pu amener un peu de sang neuf, le cru 2011 de Layton reste gargantuesque niveau contenu tout en conservant les forces historiques de la saga : réalisation réussie, intrigue prenante et puzzles variés confirment l'efficacité diabolique du concept, qui arrive tout de même à son point charnière sur DS. On compte évidemment sur l'épisode 3DS, dans les bacs l'année prochaine, pour ramener la série sur les chemins de l'excellence.
60
God is a Geek
Rather than continue to improve with each game, Spectre’s Call merely chugs along at the same pace as its predecessors, trotting out similar puzzles and following the same format. While the story, the aesthetics and the often wildly funny script are as entertaining as ever, it is clear that our much loved Professor and his crew need a bit of a re-think. Just imagine the possibilities that the stereoscopic 3D could bring to the puzzles. The depth of vision and way that it can be used has been shown to good effect in the recent Mario 3D Land, and there is no reason why a company as adept at squeezing graphical power out of a console as Level-5 are could not use this to their advantage. Not a poor game by any means, just not the forward step I was expecting. And for those able to do so, I would greatly advise importing the region-free American version to have a look at what looks like a highly intriguing additional mode.
60
TheSixthAxis
Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call is still packed with puzzles that will appeal to big fans of the previous games. It’s all presented in a charming way that will be familiar to anyone who played a previous Layton title but in many ways, that’s the game’s biggest problem. There’s not enough to make it feel fresh and the removal of the content which would have otherwise been a huge bonus is grating. It’s more of the same great puzzle-based entertainment but that’s not entirely a good thing. Playing through Spectre’s Call, it feels very much like we’ve seen everything here before. The next Layton will need to innovate more if the franchise is to thrive.
50
The Telegraph
Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call isn't bad, it's just the fourth entry in a series which, by now, has run out of ideas and steam. If you're content to solve the same puzzles you've solved three times before, with a couple of creative spikes, then it's still going to appeal. But if you're after intelligence, creativity and logic in your puzzle games, it's a disappointment. The Layton charm is undoubtedly still present, but it's not enough to carry the series by itself. Upon solving certain puzzles, Layton exclaims 'I love the thrill of a good solution'. So do we, Hershel, so do we. And in this Layton game, sadly, that thrill is all too rare.