About Professor Layton

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Professor Layton is a Puzzle-Solving adventure game series developed by LEVEL-5 and Nintendo for the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo 3DS, and one for the Android and iOS. There are eight games and one film in the series. Each game is based to solve puzzles and mysteries from citizens of towns that the main characters visit. It is not necessary for the player to solve all the puzzles, but some are important to solve, and at certain points of the game, a minimum amount of puzzles must be solved before the player can continue on in the game. The series has gone on to be one of the most successful Nintendo DS exclusive series. In August of 2013, the series has sold over 15 million copies. Professor Layton was a direct result of Akhiro Hino's childhood love of Akira Tago's popular Atama no Taisou sereis of Puzzle books, which have sold more than 12 million copies in Japan. The main character of the series is a well-mattered gentleman named Hershel Layton, who is a renowned archeologist. He is called to solve various mysteries in many different places. He is always accompanied by his apprentice, Luke Triton, a cheerful and curious boy who brings a touch of humor to the story of Layton. The gameplay is pretty simple, In the Nintendo DS versions of the series, the player must use the DS stylus to tap the touchscreen of the Nintendo DS to make a command during the game, such as moving, investigating, talking to people, and solving puzzles. In the Nintendo 3DS versions of the series, the player slides the stylus on the touch screen to use a magnifying glass cursor on the top screen to make a command. At most times, the player will solve a puzzle. Puzzles are valued by a score called, "Picarates." The more picarates the puzzle has, the more harder it is. If the player answers a puzzle right, he or she will gain that exact number of picarates shown. However, if the player answers wrong, the number of picarates will reduce the value a small amount on subsequent attempts down to a minimal number. Picarates are used to unlock special features after the player has completed the main game. Also during the game, the player will watch short cinematic animated cutscenes that tell more of the story of the game.