Professor Layton is the star of a series of puzzle-solving adventure games. Featuring beautiful animated cutscenes, they feature Layton and his young sidekick, Luke. They are hugely popular in Japan, which means one thing: other game companies are now ripping it off. Shamelessly.
First there's — no, wait. First there was Professor Layton, then, there's the upcoming Doctor Lautrec and the Knights of Oblivion from Konami. It follows Doctor Lautrec as he goes around and solves mysteries. Unlike Professor Layton, Doctor Lautrec is a doctor. Well, a doctor of archaeology. And he's French, unlike the British Layton. And while Professor Layton has a young male assistant named "Luke", Doctor Lautrec has a young female assistant named "Sophie".