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Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy Review

If you haven’t yet experienced a Layton game, however, I would sooner recommend any of the six original Professor Layton entries or even the Phoenix Wright crossover. I want to see more of the delightful Katrielle but I hope her next game either gives us something new or at least gives us more compelling cases in the future.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy Review

Weapon Shop de Omasse

You get a sense that if they had focused more on one of the mechanics or the other, they’d have made a better game; it was just too difficult to balance. But the idea of an interactive sitcom is kind of novel, and the writing is fine enough that in the spots you can actually read it, you can get a good bit of entertainment out of it. I just wish that I had more chances, or more to do with the weapons. But you don’t really get either, and you just get a middling game that has two clear ways it could have been better, but the inability to give priority to one.

Weapon Shop de Omasse

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale

t’s a spirited story that gives players a few hours of joy, and even offers a bonus “Saturday” level after Friday is finished. Relish the art and the experience it across several sittings; Sohta’s journey is brief, but very uplifting.

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale

The Starship Damrey

This all makes The Starship Damrey the kind of game that just seems a little too old fashioned. Game storytelling, even in adventure games, has come a long way, but this is too straight forward, not focusing on immersion as much as it seems to think it does. While I did like the act of slowly going from each area and unlocking the ship, the story payoff isn’t good enough to justify it. They can put in as many twists as they want, but withholding this information felt more like cheating than actually surprising me, making the multiple epilogues feel unearned. I certainly appreciate the game existing on the eShop, but unfortunately, The Starship Damrey needed to have better storytelling and a better payoff to make the download worth it.

The Starship Damrey

Crimson Shroud

Crimson Shroud is a very good RPG on the go. It’s not the longest game, but it tells a decent yarn and has a pretty good hook to the combat. Sure, there’s a chance that you, too, might spend five (FIVE!) hours searching for a stupid item, but aside from that and some niggly presentational bits, it’s definitely an enjoyable game.

Crimson Shroud

Aero Porter

Aero Porter is a game that never should have been fun, but against all odds, delivers a strong and entertaining experience that offers a lot of replay value. It’s got a lot of fun parts and offers an experience that all the best puzzle games need to offer, but at the same time, it’s worth wondering if the game is maybe too difficult.

Aero Porter