A chat with the real prof. behind Professor Layton

Alisha Karabinus
A. Karabinus|10.20.06

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A chat with the real prof. behind Professor Layton
Recently, some folks at Famitsu sat down with Professor Akira Tago, the puzzle-creator working on the upcoming Professor Layton and the Mysterious Village (aka "that game that is either in a town or a village or your backyard, we're not sure"). Akihiro Hino, president of developer Level 5, joined in as well to discuss the game.

The interview opens with a recap of the two's first meeting, a story which boasts more than a little "awww" factor. Hino grew up a fan of Tago's puzzle books and they stayed with him over the years, until he got the idea of incorporating the puzzles into a game. Tago lived up to the legend in Hino's mind by performing a magic trick at their first meeting, and after that, it was just a matter of laying the game's foundation. The popularity of brain-training titles served as a guiding star to the pair, but they wanted to make sure there was an engaging story interlaced with the puzzles.

Interestingly, working with the DS presented a challenge to the team. While it seems like a no-brainer when it comes to puzzle games, the stylus actually presented something of an obstacle, forcing them to rethink certain aspects of the game. We're glad they got that worked out!

[Via GoNintendo]
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