- Feb 19, 2018
Metacritic - 74
Opencritic - 73
XGN - Dutch Review
Millenium - French Review
Without proposing any incredible new features, this title is a successful port, adapted to the Switch's requirements. It is pleasant to (re)discover it, with improved graphics that help dynamise the investigations. Available at an honest price, Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy is a good way to get into the license. Those who have not yet solved the mysteries of the 3DS version will certainly enjoy it.
A strong puzzle game in its own right, although compared to the highs of its predecessors, it doesn’t nearly hold up as well. Even so, the pleasant visuals, wonderful writing, and (mostly) strong puzzle design make this an easy sell, even if the occasional missteps in some of the puzzle answers and the lack of compelling new features for this re-release prove to be drawbacks. We’d give this a recommendation to anybody looking for a slower-paced game that still demands lots of attention. It’s an excellent ‘winding down before bed’ sort of game, and though it might not fully live up to the series legacy, we’re still excited for whatever Level-5 is planning next for Kat.
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Cerealkillerz (7.5/10, review in german):
As a non-expert on Papa Layton's predecessors, I experienced in Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire Deluxe conspiracy a fun-loving detective who solves many nice puzzles in a charming adventure across London, but because of the child-friendly presentation on much suspense and surprising solutions must give up.
Daily Nintendo (7/10, review in dutch):
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the millionaire plot - Deluxe Edition is a fun game that can certainly be entertaining. Unfortunately, the puzzles are often on the easy side and the control in TV style is not optimal. Fortunately, the game is playable via the touchscreen and the smaller items make it a lot easier to play a bit of the game along the way, without losing the thread in the entire story. If you are looking for a detective game to play at home or on the road, then Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the millionaire plot - Deluxe Edition is definitely worth a try!
Metro GameCentral (7/10):
Nintendo Wire (7/10):
Given that this is the first Layton title on Nintendo Switch, it looks to be your best bet for games in its genre for the moment, even if you could pick up some of its better entries on an older platform. If you haven’t tried Layton before, you could do worse than giving Layton’s Mystery Journey a whirl, considering you’ll get at least a couple dozen hours out of the experience. But if you’ve already played through Katrielle’s quest once, then this is a port that you can safely skip over.
IGN Italy (6.5/10, review in italian):
The daughter of Professor Layton debuts on Switch proposing the same adventure already seen on 3DS and smartphones: it is a discreet spin-off, with some additions, but that in fact offers nothing new to those who had already played the adventure in the two years from the original launch. The puzzles are never exciting, and the structure divided by cases is less successful than the classic one seen in previous episodes. Recommended for fans of the saga, waiting for a main chapter of the series.
PlanetSwitch.de (60/100, review in german):
While Layer-5's Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire Deluxe conspiracy seeks to rebalance the brand, it inevitably has to compete with its predecessors - and unfortunately, Katrielle's puzzle adventure is bound to miss a lot. The largely independent episodes are far too short, so that one can really settle into the story and puzzle with the cases, especially with some of them, the solution is already halfway obvious. An overarching mystery that binds all events together is unfortunately missing as well, which is why the sudden end simply feels unsatisfactory, simply because it's the end of another mini-episode. Unfortunately, the riddles, too, hardly ever reach the level of the Professor Layton saga. Instead, Mystery Journey relies heavily on fast-paced puzzle puzzles and sliding puzzles, where you can achieve amazingly often with haphazard rumbling. And these weak points are just a pity, because a good base is quite there. Sure, you have to get used to the rather eccentric peculiarities of Katrielles group once, but as soon as they drive back in more episodes and actually focus more on the investigation, the team grows slowly to the heart. Also, the game keeps the high presentation level of the DS beginnings and offers picturesque, detailed environments with playful characters and occasional anime cutscenes. But unfortunately, all that does not help much, if you as a riddle veteran simply bored over long distances away. And the switch version does not actually offer enough added value, despite new scattered puzzles, to justify the new purchase for owners of the old versions. Nevertheless: If you are looking for a beginner-friendly representative of the Layton series, you will at least find a solid, if unfortunately anything but outstanding, puzzle game for friends of trick tasks. Only a worthy heir to the two previous trilogies should not be expected here.