Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2012)

by Christopher
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Join Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright as they solve the mysteries of Labyrinthia, a town where witchcraft and magic prevail. Through puzzle-solving and courtroom battles, they will uncover the secrets behind the town’s witch trials. This crossover game combines the best aspects of both series to offer a unique adventure filled with challenges and intrigue.


When the worlds of Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright collide, an unprecedented adventure begins. In ‘Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’, players embark on a journey through the mysterious city of Labyrinthia, a place where magic is real and witch trials are a common occurrence. This title merges the investigative puzzle-solving of Layton with the intense courtroom drama of Phoenix Wright, creating a novel gameplay experience.


“Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney” is a unique crossover adventure puzzle video game that was developed by both Capcom and Level-5. The game was initially released in Japan on November 29, 20121, and later in Europe, Australia, and North America. It combines the puzzle and exploration elements of Level-5’s Professor Layton series, and the trial mechanics of Capcom’s Ace Attorney series.

The plot revolves around Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright, along with their respective assistants, Luke Triton and Maya Fey. They work together to solve the mystery behind a young girl that they both encounter separately. The game is set in a strange world they are brought to through her.

In this world, known as Labyrinthia2, Professor Layton focuses on solving puzzles and finding clues to solve the mystery. On the other hand, Phoenix Wright focuses on defending people who are put on trial for being ‘witches’. The game follows these characters as they attempt to solve the mystery of Labyrinthia.

The game begins in London, where Professor Hershel Layton and his assistant Luke Triton are visited by a girl named Espella. She claims that she is being hunted by witches and that she comes from a town called ‘Labyrinthia’. Upon inspecting a suspicious-looking book, Hershel Layton, Luke Triton, Phoenix Wright, and Maya Fey all find themselves in Labyrinthia. This strange medieval-style city in a different world from their own has recently been falling victim to a number of seemingly impossible occurrences.

The game has two main styles of gameplay, Adventure and Witch Trial, which feature elements from the Professor Layton and Ace Attorney series respectively. During Adventure segments, players can explore various environments, converse with characters, and examine background objects to find clues to solve the mystery of Labyrinthia. Investigating certain areas or conversing with certain characters reveals various puzzles.

The control scheme is similar to the one introduced in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, in which players navigate the environments by moving around a cursor on the screen. The game features voice acting and animated cutscenes, a staple in the Professor Layton games but a first for the Ace Attorney series.

“Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney” is a thrilling crossover that combines the best elements of two beloved game series. It offers a unique gaming experience with its blend of puzzle-solving, exploration, and courtroom drama. The game’s intriguing plot, engaging gameplay, and memorable characters make it a must-play for fans of both series.


The game features Professor Hershel Layton, a renowned archaeologist and puzzle solver; Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney known for his ability to turn seemingly hopeless cases around; Luke Triton, Layton’s young apprentice; and Maya Fey, Wright’s spirited assistant. Together, they face a cast of characters unique to Labyrinthia, including the mysterious Storyteller who controls the town’s fate.


Gameplay combines the exploration and puzzle-solving elements of the Layton series with the investigation and courtroom drama of the Ace Attorney series. Players explore Labyrinthia, talk to townsfolk, solve puzzles to gather clues, and participate in trials to prove their clients’ innocence. A notable feature is the group cross-examination, allowing players to confront multiple witnesses simultaneously.


‘Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney’ stands as a testament to the potential of crossover titles, bringing together the best of both worlds to create a memorable adventure. While it has minor flaws, the game remains a must-play for fans of both series and newcomers alike, offering a compelling story and innovative gameplay.

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