Professor Layton’s London Life, the 100-hour RPG included with the puzzle series’s fourth game Professor Layton and the Devil’s Flute, releasing in Japan this November. Meanwhile, we’re just getting the second title!
Players unlock London Life after completing the main game, exploring the alternate/fantasy London that the Professor and his friends inhabit.
The RPG portion is developed by Brownie Brown, who you might recognize as the studio behind Magical Starsign and one of the contributors to Mother 3. London Life actually started out as a mobile game intended for Level-5’s ROID service in Japan.
Brownie Brown and Level 5 are also working on another DS project that looks an awful lot like Mother 3:
Titled Fantasy Life, the game isn’t a traditonal RPG, as it’s focus isn’t on combat. Andriasang’s description:
“You start the game off by creating your own avatar, going through a character create process which lets you set name, gender, physical appearance, and ‘Life’, the latter being the game’s name for your in-game job. Your choice of one of the game’s 20 lifes affects how the game plays out for you.
Each type of life requires that players undertake certain so-called ‘Life Quests’, which are quests that must be cleared daily. Once you’ve progressed through the game as one of these lifes, you’ll end up seeing what Level-5 refers to as a ‘small ending’. …
As you play through the game, you’ll have to keep track of your character’s ‘Rich’ and ‘Happy’ levels. Richness is a currency, reflecting your physical wealth. Happiness is a value which reflects how much heart you have. Raise your happiness, and you’ll find that you’re able to speak to people who might have not spoken to you before.”
You can see more screenshots and art from Fantasy Life at Level-5’s official Japanese site.