Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (Part 4 of 5)

Professor Layton's newest adventure gets weird(er) in today's installment.

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It’s time for another installment of my increasingly unpopular series that details the plot of the new Professor Layton game. Hooray!

When we last left off, Professor Layton and his friends were captured by the bad guy of the game, who I like to call “Creepy Scientist.” Creepy Scientist has impersonated Layton, kidnapped the Prime Minister, and taken over London. This is all part of his plan to build a time machine so he can go back in time and steal Professor Layton’s now-dead girlfriend.

…Weird, I know.

Well, things get even weirder! Because we then have Weird Plot Twist #9, when a second Professor Layton steps into the room and frees our heroes. Two Laytons? Oh, my!

But instead of capturing Creepy Scientist like you’d expect them to, our heroes let him run away with the Prime Minister. Way to go, Professor Laytons! Professors Layton? In any case, the two Laytons leave along with everyone else, so they can explain the crazy plot twist that just occurred. The explanation was most likely made up on the spot, and it goes like this: the second Professor Layton is Don Paolo, the Master of Disguise from the first two games! It turns out that, back in the day, he was Professor Layton’s buddy, Paul.  He was also in love with Professor Layton’s girlfriend, which is why he’s helping our heroes.

So, to recap…

  1. The main villain of the series is now a good guy. Um…yeah! That destroys the entire continuity of the series, but let’s go with that!
  2. The Prime Minister spends most of the game sleeping.
  3. Professor Layton’s girlfriend, Claire, somehow managed to make three men fall madly in love with her at the same time. I’m starting to have serious doubts about whether she’s the right girl for him.

Speaking of Claire, her younger sister Celeste shows up around this point in the game. Celeste looks just like Claire, she’s a scientist just like Claire, and she’s working on the time machine, just like Claire. But she is totally not Claire, who used the time machine. Nope.  Totally not her. The fact that she looks and acts exactly like Claire is a complete coincidence, by jingo.

[It’s pretty obvious that Celeste is really Claire. You’d think that Professor Layton and his friends would be able to figure this out on their own, because they’re all super-geniuses, but apparently, they’re not smart super-geniuses.]

layton04Here’s Claire/Celeste, Layton’s love interest, come to save the day with her
pneumatic punch phists and Time-Wand™. Picture by Colin Greenhalgh.

Let me see…what else is happening in the game so far?

  1. Flora gets to solve puzzles for the first time! I was pretty excited about this new development until I realized she only solves about three of them. Come on, Flora, I know you can solve more puzzles than that!
  2. There is a three-minute cutscene featuring a talking rabbit. It has almost nothing at all to do with the plot of the game, and I have no idea why they included it.
  3. The Prime Minister is still asleep. You’d think that he would have woken up while being kidnapped (twice!), but no. He sleeps like a baby the whole time. His chances of being re-elected aren’t looking so good at this point.
  4. Future Luke mysteriously disappears and reappears, twice. Hmmm…

In my next (and final) installment of this series, our heroes go to the River Thames, where they have another dramatic confrontation with the game’s villain. Professor Layton explains how they’re not really in the future, the Prime Minister wakes up after his ten hour nap, London is attacked by a giant robot, Professor Layton tries really hard to show emotion, and the game ends. It’s an exciting ending to the third Professor Layton game!

[Article reprinted from the blog of former staff writer, Michael Gray.]

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From 2007 to 2016

Michael Gray is a staff writer for GameCola, who focuses on adventure games, videos and writing videogame walkthroughs.

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