Stumble's Balloons is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. The puzzle must be solved in order to progress the story.


This clumsy clown has gotten caught up in his balloon strings. Give Luke and Layton a hand in untangling the strings.

Touch any of the orange points on the Touch Screen to swap the strings around that point. Things can get pretty tricky, but keep at it until you can free poor Stumble!

It's possible to untangle all four strings in as few as three moves.


Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

When you switch the strings around, they move in a very particular way. Try touching everywhere and just seeing what happens until you get the hang of it.

Don't worry if the strings get tangled up beyond recognition. You can touch Restart as many times as you like.

When you touch an orange point to switch the strings around, pay attention to the green points near it.

The green points to the top left and bottom left of the orange point swap with those on the top right and the bottom right.

This also indicates how the strings move. Look carefully.

Here's some more specific advice to get you started.

First, touch the orange point in the top-right corner. This will untangle one of the strings.

That leaves only three.

Following Hint 3, the next orange point to touch is the one in the center.

Now just touch one more point and the strings will be completely untangled.




Thank goodness you got him down quickly. Now the balloons are free to float gently in the breeze.

  • Initial position
  • Tap the top right point
  • Tap the middle center point
  • Tap the bottom left point

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