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34 Great Games Like Professor Layton

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Professor Layton and have found the following:

Professor Layton is a puzzle-game series. In different locations, you must solve brainteasers with maths, logic, maze-solving and lateral-thinking skills to move the story on.

Unfortunately, Professor Layton is not available on Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/11/2008

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Switch and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: LEVE L5 IA (@LEVEL5_IA)

Costs: Purchase cost

17 Hand Picked Video Games Like Professor Layton

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Professor Layton. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Professor Layton. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Baba is You

Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixelated character, you subvert the...

My Child Lebensborn

Release Date: 08/05/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

You nurture a Lebensborn child in Norway after World War II who faces a hostile community because they’ve been born to parents of both occupied and occupying forces. With meagre resources yourself, you must feed, clothe and bathe the child, but more...

Paradise Killer

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Paradise Killer is a detective game set in the open world of Paradise Island. It's a strange place with quirky characters and an alien obsessed, demon worshiping world. You are an exiled investigator brought back to solve the mass murder of the island's...

Return of the Obra Dinn

Release Date: 18/10/2019

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

You play a shipping company agent assessing what happened on board a fictional East India Company ship where all the passengers have all mysteriously died. Exploring the ship, you can revisit the moment of death for each body in order to identify each...

Ni no Kuni (Series)

Release Date: 09/12/2010, updated in 2018

Platforms: DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Ni no Kuni is a series of adventure video games where you play a young character with an important mission. The first games follow Oliver, and his journey to another world to save his mother. The sequel, Revenant Kingdom, follows Evan Pettiwhisker...

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

Release Date: 12/12/2014, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, GBA, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a courtroom murder mystery series where you piece together clues to challenge testimonies and uncover the truth. It’s like a visual novel, although you must interact with characters and evidence to progress.

Hidden Folks

Release Date: 15/02/2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Hidden Folks tasks you with exploring hand-drawn worlds to find particular people. It’s simple enough for youngsters to control but complex enough to keep parents and carers involved too.

A Place for the Unwilling

Release Date: 25/07/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and Stadia

A Place for the Unwilling is a narrative adventure set in the final 21 days of a dying city. You investigate the city and its inhabitants to piece together what has happened. However, the clock is always ticking and the city carries on, with or without...

June's Journey

Release Date: 05/09/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

June’s Journey is a puzzle game where you search for objects hidden amongst the scenery that help you solve a murder. You play as June, a 1920s detective investigating the recent murder of her sister and her husband. Finding objects quickly enough...

LOCK (Dreams)

Release Date: 17/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

LOCK is a puzzle game about escaping rooms. LOCK stands for Logic Operated Combination Keep, referring to a digital password protected door lock. You must discover secret four letter word clues by exploring each space, in order to unlock panels, collect...

Wind Peaks

Release Date: 29/07/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Wind Peaks is a puzzle game where you find hidden objects by clicking on objects. It's similar to the Where’s Wally books, but offers an ongoing narrative about children searching for treasure in a forest and campsite.

Argument Wars

Release Date: 16/09/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Argument Wars is an adventure game where you play a lawyer in a U.S. Supreme Court. It's a card game that recreates constitutional arguments behind some important historical cases.

Opus Magnum

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Platforms: PC

Opus Magnum is a puzzle game about assembling machines to convert spherical chemicals into different compounds. Each challenge can be tackled by creating different machine configurations, and each is awarded points on how compact, quick and efficient...

Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

Release Date: 05/04/2012

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and iOS

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure is a more substantial story told with cartoons interwoven with rhythm-action challenges. You play an 18-year-old boy with a secret identity as an art-thief. He’s searching for his father and, in order to find...

A Case of Distrust

Release Date: 08/02/2018

Platforms: PC, Switch and iOS

A Case of Distrust is a narrative game set in the roaring 20's where you play a hardboiled detective, Phyllis Cadence Malone, investigating a mystery full of deception and doubt. You help her struggle to overcome insecurities amidst pushback against...

Midnight Girl

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Midnight Girl is a point-and-click adventure set in France during the Sixties. Drawing on Tintin comics you explore a hand-drawn world as a cat burglar to pull of your biggest heist yet. It's an unusual mix of theme, mystery and a love of Belgian comics.

Unheard

Release Date: 29/03/2019

Platforms: Mac and PC

Unheard is a murder mystery puzzle game. A crime has been committed and you most solve the case by exploring the area and listening to people. It's unusual in that you need to deduce the culprit by only having access to audio files.

1 Board Game Alternative to Professor Layton

This is our hand-picked alternative to Professor Layton. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

16 Video Games Like Professor Layton Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Professor Layton. This includes games from the Puzzle, Adventure and Narrative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

3 Easier Video Games than Professor Layton

If you like the sound of Professor Layton but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

10 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Professor Layton

If you like the sound of Professor Layton but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Professor Layton Accessibility Report.
 

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