Professor Layton is a puzzle adventure game series for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS developed by Level-5. The series consists of seven games, a crossover game and a film.

The first three games follow Professor Hershel Layton and Luke Triton's adventures together. The subsequent three games and the two films are prequels, and focus on how Luke and Layton met, and their "original" adventures.

Each title is based in a series of puzzles and mysteries given by the citizens of towns that the main characters visit. It is not necessary to solve all the puzzles to progress, but some are mandatory, and at certain points in the game a minimum number of puzzles must be solved before the story can continue.

The series has gone on to be one of the most successful Nintendo DS exclusive series, with the lifetime cumulative sales of Professor Layton games standing at 10 million units sold as of October 2010. As of August 2013, the series has sold over 15 million copies.

List of Games

Main Games

First trilogy

Second trilogy

Layton's Mystery Journey

Crossover Games

Mobile Games

  • Professor Layton and the Mansion of the Deathly Mirror
  • Layton Brothers: Mystery Room
  • Professor Layton and the Phantom Thieves
  • Professor Layton Royale


Layton 7 was announced for the 3DS and mobile in 2013. However, it took a radically different approach and is similar to Mafia or Werewolf. It is unconfirmed whether it is still heading to a Nintendo platform at this point. Outside of a few characters appearing, it seems irrelevant to the core story of the series.


This is the current in-universe chronology of the series:

  1. Professor Layton and the Last Specter
  2. Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (movie)
  3. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
  4. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
  5. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  6. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  7. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (spin-off)
  8. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
  9. Layton Brothers: Mystery Room (spin-off)

The exact chronology of the books is unknown.