The young detective arrives at the Nintendo hybrid console with a very well resolved port.
Professor Layton is one of the most famous detectives of video games. Akihiro Hino and Level-5 gave us a saga of puzzles that stood out for an exciting main puzzle, whose resolution went through a narrative thread full of puzzles, through which we interact with the other characters and collect clues to solve the mystery. Its iconic main protagonists were the elegant Professor Layton and Luke, his apprentice bluff; who joined Emmy Altava, the intrepid assistant detective.
Layton stars in a prolific saga started in The Mysterious Villa and continued in titles such as La Caja de Pandora or The Lost Future, going through a crossover with Phoenix Wright. Afterwards, the elegant detective passes the witness to a worthy successor: Katrielle Layton, also known as Lady Layton, who had her debut on iOS and Android and, later, on Nintendo 3DS with Layton's mysterious journey: Katrielle and the conspiracy of Millionaires (2017). Hershel's young daughter was surprised by her overwhelming charisma, in which her father's intelligence and elegance were mixed with a carefree evocative of Luke. Together with her, we met the helpful Howerd, and Sherl, the dog with the enigmatic speaking gift. On November 8, Katrielle made the leap to Nintendo Switch, in a port that transfers the detective's adventure to the console with excellent quality.
A portdigno of a lady
Layton's mysterious journey: Katrielle and the millionaire conspiracy comes in its full version for Nintendo Switch, with the main story and their respective minigames, such as the Daily Puzzle, or The Ideal Dinner. In this Deluxe Edition, the graphics have been optimized at high resolution for the hybrid console, so that the animation sequences look in better quality and more fluid, an improvement that moves without rebates to the TV screen. As for the gameplay, we now have the Joy-Con and the touch screen to investigate the scenarios after puzzles, tracks and picarats. Of course, the touch mode is the most intuitive. However, the movement of the pointer through the Joy-Con has been quite comfortable, agile and precise, so we have preferred to play in this mode. For its part, we estimate the battery life in about 5 hours with the Wi-Fi connected.
As for the dock mode, the game continues to appreciate the same audiovisual quality, and in this case we can use the motion sensor to move the pointer. In this case, the stick has seemed more precise, although the other option is not negligible at all. As for the virtual keyboard, in portable mode we find it more convenient to enter written answers, although in the dock the efficiency is quite solvent. On a sound level, we also don't appreciate any deterioration in Layton's mysterious journey: Katrielle and the millionaire conspiracy; continues that quiet soundtrack, which gives us a relaxed space to weigh each puzzle; In addition to the ambient music of the stages, it takes us to a charming London inhabited by comedy and intrigue. We also commend the excellent location of the game, manifested in an excellent dubbing and with readable texts in both portable and dock mode.
New unfair puzzles and picarats
Layton's mysterious journey: Katrielle and the millionaire conspiracy adds 40 new puzzles to the Switch version, while others have adapted to that console. Also included are new outfits for the young detective, which include Daddy's Girl and Luke, which were paid in the original version. As for the riddles, these are varied and attractive, although the level of challenge does not always correspond to the number of picarats: we have found riddles somewhat riveted by the value of 30 picarats, while many others, with a value of 40 picarats , have been too simple. Also, downloading daily puzzles is a door to new content for the game that can keep you alive beyond solving your main story, even with puzzles that will invite us to return to the game for 5 minutes daily.
On the other hand, Katrielle's story does not change: her father has disappeared and she has embarked on her brand-new detective career through an agency located in the heart of London. His first client is Sherl, an amnesic hound with the ability to communicate with humans, although this gift does not work with everyone. The young woman, helped by this peculiar client and by her loyal assistant Howerd, will look for cases that make her shine in her profession. And, despite some episodes that prolong the narrative unnecessarily, Katrielle's first adventure keeps the interest of the player, whom he surprises with some unexpected turns.
On the other hand, some of the cases that Katrielle solves are predictable, and we miss a greater involvement of the player during the mystery solving phases. Once the detective collects all the clues, she automatically elaborates her deduction and conclusions, always accurate. For future deliveries, we hope that the player will be invited to connect the tests and clues by himself through some system that encourages him to test his own hypotheses, in the style of the Phoenix Wright saga.
Also, Layton's mysterious journey: Katrielle and the millionaire conspiracy on Nintendo Switch is not a necessary purchase for those who already played it on Nintendo 3DS. However, it is the perfect opportunity for players who have not yet enjoyed the title. Without being a bad game, it is not the best game in the series and maintains a variety of very attractive puzzles, in addition to the mini-games and customization options. Katrielle's own charm, moreover, places her at the height of her father. His adventure also maintains the spirit of the saga: a rocambolesque enigma that can only be solved by an insightful mind, and a detective with own values based on the label of a true lady, instilled by her father, who was a gentleman .
Layton Katrielle's mysterious journey and the millionaire conspiracy comes to Nintendo Switch with a Deluxe Edition that shows an almost perfect port. The graphics in HD are appreciated not only in the sequences within the game, but in the quality animations that, in turn, do not pale in the dock version. With 40 new puzzles, adapted puzzles and new outfits for Katrielle, the gameplay has been adapted very precisely in all modes of Nintendo's hybrid console. It is a good opportunity for those who did not enjoy the game in its previous version, although it does not bring news to those who have already played it.
- Graphics and animations in HD.
- A very precise gameplay in all its modalities.
- A great variety of puzzles, to which 40 have been added.
- The difficulty of some puzzles is not well measured in picarats.
- An addition is missing that involves the player more in solving mysteries.
It meets the expectations of what a good game is, it has quality and does not present serious failures, although it lacks elements that could have led to higher levels.