Ever since Professor Layton and the Curious Village hit the Nintendo DS back in 2008, the Layton name has been associated with brain-bending puzzles, complicated secrets, and interesting characters. Now that the brand has actually pertained to iOS with Layton Brothers Mystery Room, many of that remains to hold true, however instead of fixing head-scratching puzzles with Professor Hershel Layton, you are confronted with unraveling a series of complicated murders with his inspector son, Alfendi.

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Playing as investigator constable Lucy Baker, your job in each of the game’s nine cases (two of which are consisted of free of cost, the others are offered as in-app investments for a grand total amount of $4.98) is to click your means as a result of criminal activity scenes in order to make reductions and discover the reality behind each horrendous killing. Browsing interactive hotspots for ideas is enjoyable in and of itself, but it’s the cartoony visual flair, riotously jazzy soundtrack, and entertaining banter in between characters that keeps things intriguing. After you have gathered adequate proof, you’ll get to question suspects and force them to confess in back-and-forth fights of wits by presenting proof to smash with their lies, the whole affair bears many similarities to Capcom’s Ace Attorney series, which recently went back to iOS in HD form. The game also holds your interest with an overarching strange story that slowly comes together during the adventure.

As satisfying as the gameplay is, Layton Brothers deals with a distinct absence of challenge. There’s no charge for making incorrect accusations or wrong deductions (besides occasional scoldings from Alfendi), so it’s easy to obtain with each case without straining the ol’ grey issue. There’s likewise the approximate nature of the examinations, sometimes you find obvious proof that you can’t do anything with until the selected time, and often you cannot continue until you click just the right object that apparently has nothing to do with the case. The game’s heavy use of eye dialect (nonstandard spellings to indicate accents) can be sidetracking, too.

The bottom line. Layton Brothers Secret Room could’ve some annoyances, however overall it’s a sleek adventure with fun characters and a fascinating tale, and the material is absolutely worth the asking cost.