Professor Layton has just received a note from the late Baron Augustus Reinhold. His mission, to discover where the Baron has hidden his fortune. On the way, he has to solve every puzzle the villagers give him.
This game is actually the very first of the Layton series. The plot is about Baron Reinhold’s family and you have to figure out the story little by little. This is also an introduction to the characters and the only one we really get a back-story about is Flora. So, I can’t really say anything about the game without giving away spoilers.
The game play is the same as any other game from the Professor Layton series. You solve puzzles in order to collect picarats. You can find hint coins throughout the game and if you miss a puzzle, you can go to Granny Riddleton. You also have three mini-games you have to solve and in this one you need to assemble a robot dog, put a picture together and create the perfect inn rooms for Luke and Layton. When you’re done with the game, you can solve the puzzles in the bonuses section and unlock plenty of hidden content.
This game is addictive and challenging. I give it 7 out of 10; a good introduction to the Professor Layton series.