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Layton’s Mystery Journey: the Solved and the Unsolved

I just finished playing the new Layton’s Mystery Journey completely, and boy, I did not see that ending coming. Be warned, this contains spoilers, I simply want to discuss what I observed and enjoyed about the game.

  • The game-play

Unlike the previous 6 Layton games, there is not an over-arching mystery that you work towards solving the entire game. You get to solve 12 cases, which I liked, becuase it introduced the main characters and made me invested in the final case, or the case the “Millionaire’s Conspiracy” part of the title refers to. I played the entire game wondering when they were going to address the game title, and they only did at the end, which wasn’t the best in my opinion.

  • A Trilogy

Like the previous Layton series, I think Katrielle’s story will be a trilogy, especially considering the unsolved mysteries introduced in this game. Furthermore, if you solve all the puzzles in the game, that includes finishing Kat’s Conundrums and not the daily puzzles, you get a picture of a young Kat and singly wrinkled Layton, with a message saying “Kat will be back.”

  • Return of Alfendi and Lucy

At the start of the game, Kat addresses a letter to a ‘Lucy,’ and I was under the impression I had somehow typed my name in completely wrong. I had no clue who this Lucy was. For those of you unfamiliar with the spin-offs of Layton, there is a app game called “Layton Brothers,” a title I don’t understand because there is a man named Alfenndi Layton but no brother. Returning to the completion of Kat’s conundrums, you unlock one final Coda where Kat mentions Lucy and her brother Alfendi, which made me realize that the Lucy at the beginning was the one from Layton Brothers. It also explains why Kat was in Scotland Yard when  Ernest had been arrested, she was visiting Alfendi and Lucy who work there. I think we can expec to see a return of characters fromLayton Brothers in the next game.

  • Who is Katrielle?

As the credits finish rolling, you are treated to a final animated short where Katrielle reveals that she is not Layton’s daughter. Shocking? Not really, she looks nothing like him or Alfendi, if anything their facial characteristic are on opposite ends of a triangular specturm. I was more shocked by the Ernest/Miles revelation, which was short-lived considering that it was not the ending of a big mystery like any other Layton game, but rather just a case thrown in at the end that with a character who was never even referenced, which would have at least built up the mystery over the course of the game. Anyway, Katrielle’s big revelation comes in the line where she reveals she has solved the riddle the missing Hershel Layton sent her, “If you are not my child, then who are you?” Sadly we won’t get to see Kat’s revelation to her true identity or experience it along with her. Since we know that she knows the answer already, it will just be a waiting game until she reveals it herself. I’m thinking, maaybe she’s Descole’s child, but who knows, could be Luke’s.

  • Sherl

Amongst the unsolved mysteries in the games, we have Sherl, a dog with amnesia that can talk. Not interesting at all. Zero progress is made on his case. More frankly, it has been forgotten, a fact the developers make clear that they now, with a cheeky little Coda after you finish the game. So who is Sherl? Since it’s probably a trilogy and we’ve already figured out Ernest’s story, I assume that we’ll cover Kat’s story next, then missing Layton and Sherl (maybe Sherl then Katrielle). Either way, the game takes place over the course of just a month, so I wonder how much into the future the next game will be.

  • The one thing that annoyed me about the game

The puzzles weren’t as good. I realize there was a change in puzzle maker because Akira Tago died (may he rest in piece), but that wasn’t playing at the back of my mind while I played the game. The puzzles did improve towards the end, but at the beginning there were at least five puzzles that I counted which were trick questions where the  answer was “zero.” And with around 180 total puzzles excluding daily puzzles, much less than other Layton games, it left me mildly hungry for more substance in game that is supposed to be a puzzle game.

  • The characters

I loved every character. Kat had the kind of personality that would generally push my buttons, but I quite took a liking to her, though she seems a bit emotionless, like her only goal in life is to solve puzzles. Her smile when Ernest and the Seven Dragons had a little chat was more a self satisfied “I told you” and “I knew it,” than a “good for you Ernest.” I may be overthinking it, but considering the nutcase her “brother” was, I’m sure Kat has at least a few emotional scars.

  • Layton’s Disappearance

Convenient. I have no theories as to what he’s doing, but I don’t know why game creators do this to characters so they can continue a game. I’m speaking specifically of Phoenix Wright : Ace Attorney. Ruin his career, plop him with a child that’s not his own, make Maya dissapear, no fulfilling romantic life for Phoenix, but, at least he’s happy. I’m just waiting for them to tell Apollo and Trucy that their siblings. I have forgotten the stupid logic they used to justify keeping it a secret in the first place. However, unlike Layton, we at least know that Phoenix is a good dad.

In all honesty, I loved the game. Let me know what you thought about it or anything you noticed.

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Layton’s World Answers

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Answers available from: a to X (it’s finally over and I didn’t even know until 12 hours later)

The answers and hints can be viewed separately or puzzle by puzzle. Answers and hints (hints in progress / just answers towards the end) to all Layton puzzles will be listed below as they appear:

Puzzle

a – I Have a Puzzle…

Hints:

  • Think about the kind of changes that happen when the words apple and pineapple are combined.
  • When you look closely, the word combined with apple has a ‘t’ in it, and the word combined with pineapple is in reverse order.
  • The word that is combined with apple and pineapple is rats. Place a ‘t’ at the beginning of rats and then read it in reverse order.

Answer:

start


b – Block Puzzle

 

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Hints:

  • Place the blocks in the frame, and use the letters covered by the numbers n the blocks.
  • Fill blocks ‘a’ to ‘g’ with their corresponding letters, and think about the meaning the instruction indicates.
  • BEFORE N refers to frames A to M, if you colour the frames (boxes containing letters before N in the alphabet) all black and look at it from a distance, you can see 3 letters.

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Answer:

ace


c – Two’s Company

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Hints:

  • A specific kind of letter is taken from each of the three words in the pattern.
  • Look carefully at the spelling of the word. Letters that appear twice are used.
  • Use the letter that appears twice in ‘window’, ‘three’, and ‘bomb’.

Answer:

web


d – Balloon Puzzle

Hints:

  • Consider the relationship between the colour of the balloons and the lines.
  • The balloon colours are used to make three blocks. Look at the balloon colours for each block.
  • The colours of the balloons on the far left are green, white and, pink. When you trace this out, it becomes an H. Try tracing this out in the same way for the other balloons.

Answer:

hat


e – Chew on this Puzzle!

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Hints:

  • Don’t be held back by one perspective. Examine the string of letters from different angles.
  • There are only two ways to look at the letters — vertically or horizontally.
  • When you turn the string of letters sideways, some sort of sentece appears. Try reading it.

Answer:

red


f – A Puzzle of Nothing But Hats

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Hints:

  • Pay attention to the number of each letter written on the silk hats.
  • There is only one ‘S’ at the center.
  • There are three ‘Cs’, four ‘Us’ and five ‘Ps’ hidden in the silk hats.

Answer:

bat

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g – We’ve Got This Puzzle Surrounded

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Hints:

  • Letters are inside boxes.
  • The way the letters are surrounded and the shapes below them seem very similar.
  • Among the seven shapes, the first one has the same shape as the shape that surrounds the R.

Answer:

restart


h – A Bridge Puzzle

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Hints:

  • Think about what letters can be placed inside each of the circles.
  • The circle joined by one line makes a word of three letters. Think about an English word with three letters related to 1.
  • The word ONE is inside the circle joined by one line. Try putting similar words in the circles joined by two lines and three lines.

Answer:

enter


i – A Curious Math Puzzle

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Hints:

  • Try hunting for the words ‘Cheddar’ and ‘Cookie’ on the menu.
  • The words in the question are displayed on the menu. Try to calculate them according to the formula and see what you get.
  • When you do the calculation, the answer will be 0 euros. Search the menu to see if there are any items on it that go for 0 euros.

Answer:

smile


j – A 3-Coloured Hat Puzzle

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Hints:

  • Pay attention to the colours associated with the panels.
  • It looks like the answer is revealed when making the three colours of the hat. For example mixing red and white yields pink.
  • Try mixing blue and yellow to make green, red and blue to make purple, and black and white to make grey.

Answer:

fun


k – A Puzzle of Straight and Curved Lines

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Hints:

  • There seems to be something in common missing from inside some of the squares.
  • When you add something that wasn’t there, it seems like you get a letter.
  • When you add three circles to the second squares from the top, you get the word ‘bag’.

Answer:

god


l – A Bullfighter Puzzle

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My highschool Spanish comes to use (Translation):

  1. The bull can only move in vertical or horizontal lines, until it meets a bullfighter.
  2. A bull cannot cross the paths where there is another bullfighter or bull.
  3. Each bullfighter can only handle one bull.

Hints:

  • Try to charge straight up from the bull with only one bullfighter in its path.
  • There appears to be only four bulls who charge upwards.
  • The bull on the bottom right appears like it rushes upwards.

(Look for letters not covered by a bull’s path)

Answer:

fire


m – A Puzzle of Fractions

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Hints:

  • Think of something that there are 26 of.
  • The alphabet has 26 letters. The numerator shows which letter should be used.
  • The three letters show the name of a country. The top shows France (FRA).

Answer:

korea


n – A Pizza Puzzle

Hints:

  • Take a look at the types of pizzas. The letters seem to correspond to each pizza.
  • Choose letters in the order that they appear.
  • When you string the letters together, they make an English word.

Answer:

wine


o – A Puzzle of Fasteners and Fittings

Hints:

Answer:

soup


p – A Puzzle of Ancient Glyphs

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hot


p – Contemplate 88

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@wl_o5

Hints:

Basically flip the shapes corresponding to the colours that are written backwards and then arrange the letters in the order in which the colours are written.

Answer:

life

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r – Full to the Brim

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Reading from top to bottom, what can you see?
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@DVDfan1

Hints: (How cute)

  • Do your best to find it.
  • Look carefully.
  • Don’t give up.

Answer:

rain


s – The Mysterious Four Shapes

Hints:

Answer:

star (thank you  my cousin, for guessing the answer)


t – A Hidden Hint

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@シュン
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@なお@BOC

Hints:

What’s beneath the spray paint?

Answer:

pen

u –

nice

v –

cool

w –

lesson

x –

dictionary

y – Square Things Away

Answer:

time (Times Square… hahaha) 3rd in the world baby

z –

destiny

A-

sesame

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1st in the world

B – Macaroon Mystery

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Hints:

Paraphrased: match the macaroons in her hands to the ones in the second picture and look for the corresponding letters.

Answer:

art

C – Animal Antics

Answer:

zoo

D –

glasses

E –

lion (I speak spanish but this puzzle had me absolutely confused until someone posted the recording and I heard the actual instructions, I don’t even know how people figured out the phone number. I also don’t like that they haven’t given a timing for the last two puzzles, I seriously lost out on the bonus picarats)

F – The Mysterious Coloured Balls

Answer:

Ultra

Hint

B – Base

S – Strikes

O – Out

G –

movie

H-

happy

I-

ten

J –

sea

K –

aqua

L – A Magnified Mystery

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Hints:

  • If you look at the middle of CANDY, you see ‘AND’ and if you look at the middle of MONEY, you see ‘ONE’.
  • If you look at the middle of C’AND’Y, you see ‘AND’ and if you look at the middle of M’ONE’Y, you see ‘ONE’.
  • The magnifying glass looks at the middle and excludes two letters.

Answer:

ear

M – A Puzzling SOS

Answer:

shoes

N – A Pile-on Puzzle

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Thanks Cooro

Hints:

  • It looks like each of the overlaid shapes represents a single letter.
  • Look at each shape separately: YOGA and CATS have ‘A’. NICE and HORN have ‘N’.
  • YOGA and CATS share ‘A’. NICE and HORN share ‘N’. BELT and CATS share ‘T’

Answer:

cage

O-

Answer:

baseball

P-

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Thanks Anna

Hints:

  • The 3rd and 4th rock from the left are the same weight.
  • The first rock is the heaviest.
  • The second rock is 2kg. Read the letter of the rocks you placed from left to right.

Answer:

speed


Q –

Answer:

grape


R – A Polarizing Puzzle

Answer:

stop

  • Think about the red and blue shape. If you figure that out, you’ll understand the two letters needed.
  • It’s a magnet.
  • Place ‘N’ in the red square and ‘S’ in the blue. Think about alphabetical order for the remainder.

S – A Window Puzzle

sun


T – A Place Name Puzzle

queen


U – A Puzzle in Time

ice (don’t do arithmetic, just remove parts of the numbers that overlap)


V – Something’s Missing

green (literally the colour green from the Italian flag I presume)


W – The Korean Mystery

ticket


X –

Click the triangular shape of puzzle ‘w’ 30 times

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Just Answers

a – start

b – ace

c – web

d – hat

e – red

f – bat

g – restart

h – enter (special thanks to Zoe Gallego @three ounces)

i – smile

j – fun

k – god

l – fire

m – korea

n –  wine

o – soup

p – hot

q – life

r – rain

s – star

t – pen

u – nice

v – cool

w – lesson

x – dictionary

y – time

z – destiny

A – sesame

B – art

C – zoo

D – glasses

E – lion

F – ultra

G – movie

H – happy

I – ten

J – sea

K – aqua

L – ear

M- shoes

N – cage

O – baseball

P – speed

Q – grape

R – stop

S – sun

T – queen

U – ice

V – green

W – ticket

X – Click the triangular shape of puzzle W 30 times

My world ranking: #24 [Elinoire] (I really fell in the rankings when college started but I’m happy)

Some tips:

  • I am not sure how the point system works but you are awarded extra points beyond bonus picarats depending on the number you are in the world to have answered the question.
  • When puzzles are no longer ‘live’ the puzzle will be uploaded to the puzzle page.