Level-5’s famous time-traveling, puzzle-solving, tea-sipping professor of archaeology hasn’t made an appearance since 2014’s Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, and the new Layton’s Mystery Journey does nothing to change that — the professor himself is not to be seen, his traditional white male self having been politically-corrected into a spunky young girl called Katrielle Layton. I’m sorry, did I say "spunky young girl?" I meant "independent and capable single woman," as the game consistently reminds us. Yes, it’s one of those games, loaded down with preternaturally intelligent, competent, wise, and good female characters who somehow have to tolerate living in a world full of boorish, pigheaded, stupid, and shifty male characters. It’s as though all the excesses of 90s sitcoms never left us!
Still and all, there’s more to a video game than its prostrations before far-left false idols — at least, one should hope so. Does Layton’s Mystery Journey manage to redeem itself?