This game surprised me.

I had seen it in the app store when it first came out, but I thought it was a knock-off.

And by knock-off, I mean I thought Level-5 was just trying to make a Professor Layton game on the iOS.

But I was wrong. This isn’t just a “Professor Layton game”.

In fact, Layton Brothers Mystery Room is not even a Professor Layton game at all.

Mystery Room is a mystery game that takes the bizarre characters from the Prof. Layton universe and combines them with the investigative portions of the Ace Attorney series. There are so many good things to say about this game that I’ll just start talking!

The first thing that caught my eye when I opened the app is the loading screen. Whoever this guy is, he’s wearing headphones and they’re leading right to the spot where I connect my headphones! That’s so cool!

When you load up the game, they inform you right off the bat that you can play the Prologue, Case 1 and 2 free, but you’ll have to buy Case 3-9. That was nice to know, right from the get-go, without me having to worry about how much I could play without having to pay.

The Prologue is exactly that – a prologue. It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

You’re playing as Lucy Baker, rookie detective, who is working with Alfendi Layton, an investigator with incredible technologies that enable him to solve cases without ever leaving his office.

Come on now!

Right after the Prologue, Case 1 begins. There’s really nothing I could say that would spoil the case for you.

I mean, there are a few things, but that’s not what this post is for.

If I could say one thing about the game play, I’d say that it wasn’t brutal. When you make your first accusation, and you’re wrong, Detective Layton doesn’t punish you for it. And even though there’s pressure to make that choice (ie, the 5 min countdown), you feel like you’ve had enough time, you’ve examined what little information you have for now, and you made the best decision possible.

That’s another thing that I enjoyed about this case: progressive disclosure.

That’s a principle in which you only reveal the information that your audience needs at the moment they need it.

Instead of bogging down my Case Record of all types of information, only snippets were available at certain times.

This was true even during Investigations. Instead of having the whole crime scene to investigate, we focused in on only one portion at a time, giving us the freedom to search those areas with confidence.

As far as the mystery goes, there’s no way you could’ve figured anything out. I mean, this is all evidence based. There’s no question of motivations or anything like that. There’s no way on earth you could’ve figured out WHY the killer did what he did.

At least, I couldn’t find a way.

But when you’ve gathered the evidence and deduced a conclusion, it’s very satisfying to hear the suspect squeal.

I’m going to be honest – I haven’t finished this game.

But I am really excited about it, and I can’t wait to buy the other cases and see what else there is to experience in Layton Brothers: Mystery Room.