Japanese developer Level-5 has just released a new trailer for the next Professor Layton game to hit mobile devices. Professor Layton and the Curious Village EXHD for Smartphones is a remastered version of the first Professor Layton game.
Originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2007 in Japan (and a year later in North America), Professor Layton and the Curious Village introduced gamers young and old to Professor Hershel Layton and his sidekick Luke Triton. The game follows the pair as they investigate the events that have unfolded in St. Mystere.
Curious Village set out the formula that future games in the series would follow. It mixed together puzzles, visual novel style cut-scenes, and fully animated cut-scenes to tell the story of the village while giving players a mental workout. Unlike modern escape style adventure games like Returner 77, the puzzles in Professor Layton games can sometimes be only loosely related to the story.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village EXHD for Smartphones will bring the classic puzzle game to a new group of players along with a few changes. First and foremost, since smartphones don’t have two screens, the game will be in portrait mode, with the content of both screens displayed on the bottom and top halves of the phone’s screen.
Beyond dealing with the conversion of a DS game to mobile, the upcoming puzzler has also seen some graphical updates, hence the EXHD tag, and that includes some all new animated cut-scenes that were not a part of the game’s original Nintendo DS release.
This will be the third Layton game on mobile devices, after Layton’s Mystery Journey and Layton Brothers Mystery Room.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village EXHD for Smartphones will launch in Japan in June and has yet to be announced for other markets. The game will cost 1,200 Japanese Yen, which is roughly 11 USD.