The Professor Layton series is a mixture of fantastic story-telling, puzzle solving, and gorgeous artwork to go along with it. The game that started the ongoing franchise more than a decade ago has been remastered and is now available on mobile.

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Originally releasing about 11-years ago on the Nintendo DS, Level-5’s Professor Layton and the Curious Village marked the very beginning of the now storied franchise. Since that time, the IP has had about 5 main-line entries in the series along with a pair of spin-off titles. Professor Layton has also had his own movie, TV series, manga, books, cross-over titles and well, just about everything you can imagine. Needless to say, it is a popular franchise and its about time the debut game got a mobile re-release.

Considering it has sold about 17 million copies worldwide at this point, many of you already know the basics of the game. But here’s a quick refresher if you don’t. Famous archeologist Professor Layton and his sidekick Luke journey to “the remote settlement” of St. Mystere in response to a widow of a wealthy baron. From there, the two are tasked with hunting down the baron’s lost treasure known as the Golden Apple.

The gameplay is a mixture of adventure/exploration elements and over “100 brain teasers” ranging from “slide puzzles, matchstick puzzles, and even trick questions to flex players’ observation, logic, and critical thinking skills.” You’re essentially investigating your surroundings and speaking with the villagers in order to uncover new puzzles and more.

For returning players, the remastered mobile release also contains  exclusive “never-before-seen animation footage”.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village for mobile actually released in Japan back in June, but it is now available stateside on both the App Store and Google Play for $9.99. It is certainly coming at a bit of premium here, but there are no in-app purchases listed yet and we could easily have seen this one being listed at $14.99 or more.

This isn’t the first Professor Layton game to hit the App Store though. Last summer we saw Level-5 release Layton’s Mystery Journey for iOS. You can learn more about that game and check out the launch trailer right here. It is also available for Android devices on Google Play.

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