Konami have today unveiled their new puzzle-based adventure title for the Nintendo 3DS system, provisionally entitled Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights.
Set in 19th Century Paris, the title’s storyline centres on a treasure map that details a series of locations the player must visit as the game progresses. Doctor Lautrec, an archaeology professor, is a combative figure whose love of mysteries and history draw him to follow the many instructions the ancient map details. Lautrec is not a popular man at the University where he teaches, with his unorthodox attitudes also reflected in his less than moral ways of tackling puzzles. Thankfully, he is assisted by a young, eager student called Sophie who uses the adventure to learn from the master and to temper his… excesses.
In such regard, the player steers Lautrec through the game using reasoning, logic and a keen eye to decipher riddles, solve object-related puzzles and work out the puzzle at the very heart of the map. The innovative capabilities of the Nintendo 3DS provide an added dimension to key puzzles, including the ability to scrutinize located objects from all directions, or zoom in to highlight a piece of scenery that matches something on the map. Similarly, the linking scenes are also viewed in stunning 3D, with the cartoon links brought to vivid life.
Players can expect to be enticed with hours upon hours of puzzling and exploration, as they venture with a rich cast of supporting characters that both assist and hinder Lautrec’s quest. As the Doctor and Sophie search for clues, rival Professors will attempt to sabotage his mission, while an elegant scholar is revealed to be a member of a notorious crime gang. And, even then, that’s just the start of the many perils that Lautrec and Sophie find themselves facing.
Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is due to be released for Nintendo 3DS in Summer 2011.