Despite what people think, it’s very hard to predict what will be a hit and what won’t. Regardless of whether it’s TV, film, comics, or video games, very few times do you make something without the intent of being a hit. This goes especially for video games where years can be spent developing a game in the hopes of it being a hit. Sometimes though, the hits are ones you may not expect. Take for example the Professor Layton series. It’s a puzzle and mystery series that has lasted for over a decade.
With numerous videos games having large-scale fight scenes and what not, it’s somewhat odd that the game does so well, especially here in the west. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino talked with Glixel and revealed why he thinks the game does so well all over. For him, it all has to do with the visual style. Though the game was made for Japanese audiences, they used references from European animation movies and styles to render the world of Professor Layton:
“We studied those color palettes and did it in that style. So, there is this really fantastic world, and it appeals to a lot of people across cultures, not just in Japan.”
He went on to note that while many other Level-5 games have taken on different styles of world, he feels that the Professor Layton series is one that has truly “come alive” and that made all the difference.
The series is set to continue with Katrielle and the Millionaires Conspiracy, which will arrive on mobile devices soon, and the Nintendo 3DS this fall.