Back when the previous Layton game came out, I wrote this post about how hilariously inept Layton was as poor Flora’s caretaker, if indeed that was his role. I’m happy to report that her status in the third game, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, hasn’t improved much. I’m still only about 80 puzzles in, but so far this has been the complete sum of Flora’s involvement in the plot:
- Layton and Luke embark on a new, exciting adventure without her. Again.
- After an afternoon of arranging matchsticks and holding pictures up to mirrors, they find Flora waiting for them back at Layton’s office. She scolds them for having left her behind, and makes them promise to take her along from now on. Being the gentlemen they are, Layton and Luke agree. Flora leaves to fetch tea.
- The very moment Flora’s back is turned, the “gentlemen” ditch her. I mean straight-up bail on her, not thirty seconds after inviting her along. That’s some cold-blooded middle school shit, right there.
- Flora eventually catches up with them anyway, and almost makes it one full scene before fainting. Later, she complains about being tired after walking maybe two or three blocks.
I haven’t played any further than that, but I expect she’ll ultimately get kidnapped by goons or carried off by birds, at which point Layton and Luke will be able to get back to their mystery without having to worry about her constantly breaking nails or having periods or whatever silly lady things girls do in these games.