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...
- 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!
- The Prime Minister spends most of the game sleeping.
- 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.
[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.]
Let me see...what else is happening in the game so far?
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Future Luke mysteriously disappears and reappears, twice. Hmmm...