Akira Tago, Puzzle Creator Behind the Professor Layton Series, Passes Away

Professor Layton, Akira Tago

Rest in peace.

The Professor Layton series is widely regarded as some of the greatest puzzle games around. Sadly, the man behind many of those head scratching puzzles has passed away. Akira Tago, the puzzle designer behind Level 5’s Professor Layton passed away on March 6, after a bout with interstitial pneumonia. Tago, featured below, was 90 years old.

The Layton series has seen seven entries including a crossover game with Phoenix Wright. The latest title, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, released in 2013.

Akira Tago was a psychologist who wrote a series of best-selling quiz books called Atam no Taisou. The first volume was published in 1966 and has sold over 2.6 million copies, and has also seen 22 sequels. Tago was an academic in the time he didn’t spend creating puzzles, as he became a professor at Chiba University then went on to become the chairman of the Japan Creativity Society and president of Tokyo Future University.

Tago’s experience and creativity was essential to the Professor Layton series, and he will be sorely missed.

Akira Tago, Professor Layton


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