Layton Brothers Mystery Room

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Collar criminals with smarts in fun puzzle/adventure blend.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to analyze evidence and make deductions that lead to a logical conclusion. While the game encourages you to trust your gut, you must be able to back up your accusations with evidence and by catching suspects when they lie. Kids will learn to look closely at details, which are the key to solving the larger problem; they'll examine every shred of evidence at a crime scene and listen to suspect statements. By processing this information, they should be able to determine how the crimes came to pass -- and who committed them. The game doesn't penalize users for wrong answers; it simply pushes them to try again. This gives some trial-and-error leeway that lets kids understand the evidence-gathering process. Layton Brothers Mystery Room is a solid transition to mobile for the crime-solving series, and kids will definitely have to use their noggins to collar criminals. 

Ease of Play

The game's initial puzzles aren't particularly difficult, but once you've paid for content, things get a bit harder. Players are allowed to make mistakes, though, and try again, giving everyone a fair shot. 

Violence

The game is about solving a series of murders, which are often grisly. The art style, though, is cartoonish and uses more still images than moving shots, lessening the impact. Characters are killed with guns, axes, knives, and more. One of the lead characters is shown to have an aggressive, possibly homicidal, temper. 

Sex

Several cases revolve around characters' sex lives, which range from cheating fiancés to lovers meeting in a hotel room. There is, however, no nudity or any direct sexual content. One character arrives with her boyfriend wearing a collar on a leash.

Language

An occasional "damn."

Consumerism

Although the first two cases are free, players must pay for the rest.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several characters are shown smoking and/or drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Layton Brothers Mystery Room is an adventure/puzzle game starring the son of Professor Layton from the popular video game series. Users solve a series of sometimes grisly murders; you'll analyze evidence and question suspects to find the culprit. The game contains several adult themes, including murder, adultery, sexual trysts, and smoking. Although the way it's presented is not graphic, these themes may be a bit too much for young children. 

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Teen, 15 years old Written byzaharex July 20, 2018

My Current Obsession

My friend first showed me this game about a year ago. It's only now that I got the game and now I'm obsessed! This game is about Lucy Baker who ended... Continue reading

What's it about?

You'll play as Lucy, a young detective, who's the assistant to Inspector Alfendi Layton. Players analyze a crime scene by tapping on evidence in various areas and zooming in for a closer look with a slider bar at the bottom of the screen. This gives you a good sense of how the crime was committed, plus evidence to confront suspects. You can question suspects by choosing from a list of possible responses to find contradictions to their alibis. Once you've selected the correct suspect and broken down his or her argument and defenses with logical answers, the case is solved.

Is it any good?

The Professor Layton series is a terrifically popular puzzle franchise for the Nintendo DS and 3DS. LAYTON BROTHERS MYSTERY ROOM shares the same name but not the same style of gameplay. A more apt comparison is the Ace Attorney series. That's not to say Layton Brothers Mystery Room is a lesser game. It's not. It is, in fact, a well-paced series of whodunnits filled with mystery, oddball characters, and (quite often) humor. The fact that you're able to make several mistakes along the way makes it accessible to a wider range of players -- and although it's not particularly hard to solve the mysteries, it does take time, making the potential investment in extra cases worthwhile.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about crime and mystery. Why do you think people are drawn to solving mysteries? 

  • Have your kids write their own mystery stories using traditional plot elements and then read them aloud.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, investigation, logic
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 27, 2013
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 146.00 MB
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

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