Professor Hershel Layton has spawned several successful puzzle-adventures on the Nintendo DS platforms, and now he's spawned a son, who debuts in a game of his own today as Layton Brothers: Mystery Room launches today on iOS.
The "genius son" of the original Layton is one of many top detectives who assemble to take on "only the most extraordinary and twisted cases in what is known as the 'Mystery Room'." Along with his new assistant, Detective Constable Lucy Baker, Layton Jr. will delve into the "dark secrets" of nine different cases, but "it’s up to the player to investigate the evidence, find the contradictions, and unravel the truth that lies shrouded in mystery."
As seen in the game's launch trailer, Layton Brothers looks to have more Phoenix Wright influence than this famous puzzle-solving father. Not in terms of name characters, but with gameplay that includes carefully investigating crime scenes, zooming in to "examine suspicious objects to add them to your mounting list of evidence" as you "piece them together to form an airtight case," as well as exposing the "crucial contradictions in the case files as you match them with evidence that just doesn’t add up" while you "call in the witnesses and find out if they have anything to hide." Finally, you must "face the culprit in the final showdown: These criminal masterminds won’t make solving their heinous crimes easy. Find the holes in their arguments until their lies shatter around them, bringing the truth of each mystery to light."
Available exclusively for iOS devices on the App Store, the first two cases of Layton Brothers: Mystery Room are free to all, with optional in-app purchases of the remaining cases in two different "case file packs". Only by solving all nine will players uncover the truth behind a "drastic change that occurs in Inspector Layton’s personality" glimpsed throughout his various cases. The two free cases include:
File No. 01: “The Hand Sandwich”: A woman was found murdered at the seaside hotel of a bustling travel destination. Her asphyxiated body lies on the balcony with one hand inside the sandwich that was to be her last meal. Who is guilty of murder? What is the significance of the sandwich?
File No. 02: “The Bungled Burglary”: A man was murdered inside his apartment. Two suspects emerge based on eyewitness testimonies, but the murder weapon seems to have vanished into thin air. Who is the perpetrator, and what kind of murder weapon disappears from a locked room?
To learn more about Layton Brothers: Mystery Room, be sure to visit the official website.