Originally Posted by Fury
Only because of a few things:
- Same gameplay (A puzzle was shown on gamespot)
- Same Hint System (Chewing Gum, 3 Per Puzzle = Hint Coins From Layton)
- Same Puzzle Screen Layout (Buttons in exactly the same positions as Layton)
The only original things I've seen is the art design, everything else I've seen is from Layton. So although I haven't seen much, what I have seen I've already seen in Layton.
Every modern MMO is an "Asheron's Call 2 ripoff" then, including World of Warcraft, since they all use the same basic screen layout, game mechanics, and quest systems.
Every real-time strategy game is a "Dune 2 ripoff" because they all use a similar control style and gameplay style.
Every point and click adventure game is a "Deja vu ripoff" because they use the same gameplay and a similar interface.
Using a tried and true interface, gameplay mechanic, or the like does not make a game a ripoff. It would be a ripoff if it were called "Professor Clayton: The Furious Pillage" and the entire storyline and character designs were derivative in every way. The mechanics of a game have nothing to do with the game being a "ripoff" or not, they're just mechanics. Sure, it's cool when a game comes out that makes its own rules, but those are few and far between.