informa
1 MIN READ
News

Obituary: Professor Layton's 'Puzzle Master', Akira Tago, has passed away

Professor Layton's inspiration and puzzle designer, Akira Tago, has passed away following a battle with interstitial pneumonia.

Professor Layton's inspiration and puzzle designer, Akira Tago, has passed away following a battle with interstitial pneumonia. 

As reported by the Japan Times, Tago lost his battle with the illness on March 6. He was 90 years old. 

The prominent Japanese psychologist was perhaps best known for his best-selling quiz book series, Atama no Tasio - literally translated as "head gymnastics" - which served as the inspiration for Level-5's critically acclaimed Professor Layton series. 

Tago eventually went on to become the franchise's "Puzzle Master", and was credited as such in Professor Layton and the Curious Village and its many sequels. 

He was also a respected academic, becoming an honorary emeritus of Tokyo Future University and a professor emeritus of Chiba University.

Latest Jobs

Manticore Games

San Mateo, California
8.23.22
Senior Software Engineer - Mobile

Sony PlayStation

San Diego, California
6.23.22
Sr. Online Programmer

The Walt Disney Company

Glendale, California
8.1.22
Associate Marketing Manager - Walt Disney Games

Insomniac Games

Burbank, California
8.26.22
Accessibility Design Researcher
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Explore the
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Browse
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more