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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Clever nonviolent puzzle crossover is fun, smart play.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2014
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With segments that last for hours in a specific gaming motif before moving to the other, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney demands that players enjoy both series. It's not a hybrid that mashes together the casual-paced puzzles found in the Professor Layton games with the more frenzied courtroom contradictions of the Phoenix Wright franchise but rather a sandwich stacked with multiple layers of each type of play.

Players who enjoy both franchises will be in for a real treat. The fantastical plot centers on rational Layton trying to make sense of a world in which magic seems to exist and Wright valiantly plying his trade in a court that has little respect for his logical methods. It does a good job of putting both protagonists in their sweet spots and letting them do what they're best at. Families for whom both Layton and Wright have been puzzle gaming staples can't really go wrong.

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