The iconic Professor Layton’s daughter, Katrielle, has set up a Detective Agency all of her own in a fictionalised version of London. With her assistant Ernest and a talking dog called Sherl, she pledges to help anyone who walks through their door with the mantra “Any Mystery Solved”. But Katrielle barely has time to recover from a dog talking to her before an Inspector from Scotland Yard arrives …
Visual novels are a tough genre of game to review. With not much in the way of gameplay, and few visual elements to talk about either, it can be difficult to correctly convey whether the game would be right for the player. Luckily for me on this occasion, AI: The Somnium Files doesn’t behave like any other visual novel.
This review was originally posted on Nintendo Scene on 21st March 2018.
Now we’re past the first year of the Switch being among us, did you think that Nintendo were going to slow down? Well, if you were banking on that, I have some bad news for you. The announcements keep on coming, and the support for Nintendo’s new wonder child keeps on coming. One such game that has come to the console recently is Clockstone and Headup Games’ collaborative successor to Bridge Constructor, this time partnering with Valve to acquire assets and lore from the Portal series. The end result is Bridge Constructor Portal, but how is it?
This review was originally posted on Nintendo Scene.
2017 is rapidly reaching its end, and right up to the last moment the Switch has been treated to constant solid gameplay experiences and one of the most phenomenal launch years in gaming history. I’ve covered some of the biggest and best games of the year (making any kind of Top 5 ludicrously difficult), and also some of the best and brightest new studios offering their indie titles too. As my penultimate review of 2017, I’ve been graciously given a review code of The Sexy Brutale by Tequila Works and Cavalier Game Studios. This all being said, how is the game?
The review was originally posted on Nintendo Scene on 7th October 2017.
The Professor Layton games began in 2007, with the Curious Village on Nintendo DS. These games became an immediate success owing to their widespread appeal of being essentially puzzle games, however with the twist of having an over-arching narrative and a mystery to solve. Unlike their estranged cousins, the Ace Attorney games, the focus was more on bite-sized puzzles with more light-hearted scenarios, and the games were very popular. Fast-forward to now, and now we are up to the seventh main title, with a new protagonist and two “trilogies” of Layton behind us. But has Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy succeeded in continuing the legacy set by the previous games?