Noah and I played Professor Layton and the Unwound Future at Nintendo’s booth during E3 last week. But we realized that there are a couple of lads better suited for detailing the upcoming game from Nintendo and Level-5. Thus, we have contacted the professor himself, Layton, along with his faithful companion, Luke, to explain why the newest DS title will be their best adventure yet.
The following skit was created by Evan Campbell and M. Noah Ward during a harried fit of cosplay in our Compton hotel.
Layton: Good morning, Luke. I trust you had a sufficient breakfast in preparation for today’s challenging puzzles?
Luke: Hello, professor! Yes, I had some morning tea to begin my day. My, what’s that in your hands?
Layton: It’s a copy of our latest adventure, my boy, commemorated to immortality on a DS game card! And, speaking of living forever, the adventures covered in this game are actually related to time itself. Time travel, that is.
Luke: Oh my, what a fantastic adventure that was. But I don’t want to spoil the entire tale for our fans, professor.
Layton: Oh, don’t flatter yourself, Luke. Your expository skills are not quite well enough developed to spoil a story as grand as this. That is why you remain, as always, my apprentice.
Luke: I’m sorry for overstepping my boundaries. I’ll attempt to be more gentlemanly, professor, but the story does start with me, at least my future self!
Layton: Yes, I was quite astonished when I received a letter that you wrote, dated ten years in the future! Your message detailed most ominous things for us– our country unstable and dangerous, and only we could save it by taking specific actions in the present day! And, coincidentally, we received this letter shortly before seeing an exposition of a true-to-life time machine. That’s quite the knack for foreshadowing you displayed!
Luke: You obviously taught me well, but I must say Professor, that scientist showcasing the time machine gave me the creeps. He was even worse than that “vampire” we encountered on a previous adventure.
Layton: I completely agree. While the scientist in question may have tried to maintain a gentleman’s facade on the outside, you could tell he was acting suspicious when he encouraged our Prime Minister to get into his contraption. It portended a heavy dose of political subterfuge, which I confirmed for myself when the device exploded, leaving neither hide nor hair of either the Prime Minister or the mysterious scientist.
Luke: Professor, you keep using words that I cannot understand. Oh well! I do know that the plot thickens considerably from here, with more than 165 puzzles to tackle.
Layton: Yes, and it’s a shame that none will further develop your meager vocabulary. But never you mind, each puzzle is once again set up with screens of fantastically localized text in words even you can understand, and our puzzle-solving scenarios are scattered across a wealth of new environments all over London, and possibly beyond. Furthermore, my dear Luke, we’ve seldom looked better in the vast number of new cinematic cut scenes that embellish our travels.
Luke: I believe we’re like a fine wine, just growing better with time. Though, to be honest, my favorite part of the story was riding in that flying car. I cannot wait to play flying bumper cars in the future!
Layton: Calm down, now, my boy. You must understand that a true gentleman will always follow the rules of chivalry, as well as the road. Personal fashion, sometimes, too: you’ll never catch me in a ridiculous bowler hat like that uncultured Henry Hatsworth. He is truly uncouth, more American than any Englishman I’ve ever met.
Luke: Yes, professor, let us not speak of that man! I dare say that there’s so much for me to be excited about in our new game– new animations, more weekly downloadable puzzles, a more robust hint system and, quite importantly, my future self! Is there any more we should say, or should we just make them wait until September to find out for themselves?
Flora: Gentlemen, I must ask you to come at once. While I love hearing about your past adventures, we have many more mysteries to solve! There’s some sort of miracle mask in 3D that’s proving to be quite confounding.
Layton: That sounds positively fantastical! Luke, fetch my trunk; we must be off at once!
Luke: Right away, professor!
Layton: And remember, dear readers, no matter what challenge may face you, personally or professionally… critical thinking is the key to success!
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future ships Sept. 20 for Nintendo DS.