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8 Games Like Professor Layton

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.
 

These games offer a similar experience or are about a theme that Professor Layton addresses. Also, if you want to play a game like Professor Layton but don’t have 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Switch or iOS, these are a good alternative.

 

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 07/11/2008

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and iOS.

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based.

 

 

Hidden Folks

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Baba is You

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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 pixilated character, you subvert the...


My Child Lebensborn

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney (Series)

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 17 hours and 26 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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.


Rhythm Thief and The Emperor's Treasure

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Rhythm

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Ni no Kuni (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 50 hours and 70 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Opus Magnum

Platforms: PC

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Return of the Obra Dinn

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


 
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Professor Layton is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Professor Layton in the following lists:

Your First Video Game

These games are perfect if you’ve never played one before, opening the door to the gaming world for non-gaming parents and carers. They are short, straightforward and easy to understand, so you don’t need to commit hours to learn to play them, and they are played on technology you probably already have in your pocket or in your home. They address mature themes such as love, hope, power, homelessness and even traffic planning by inviting you to interact and play a part in these worlds and stories.

We've found that it's not just parents who have enjoyed the way these games let them in on the world of gaming, but grandparents, uncles and aunts. In fact it's a great list for anyone who's never played a game and wants to know what all the fuss is about.
 

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 
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