Sunday, 7 April 2013

Review No. 13 Professor Layton And The Curious Village - DS (7+)

Strong Points:
Good, intriguing storyline
Lots of puzzles
Brilliant characters
Amazing mystery
Hint coins to help
Good minigames

Weak Points:
Some hints don't help
Some puzzles get repetitive
You can get lost
Some hint coins are hidden too well

In-depth Review:

Release Dates:
Japan: February 15, 2007
North America: February 10, 2008
Australia: April 10, 2008
Europe: November 7, 2008

Use the touch screen for everything and anything

This game has lovely graphics, 135 puzzles and an amazing storyline which will keep you guessing until the very end. You play as Layton a Top-Hat wearing Professor with his apprentice Luke when they go to investigate the curious village of St. Mystere. You move around by clicking the boot and pressing an arrow. 

In the trunk, you can save, see your mysteries, read Layton's journal, and play three minigames (Painting scraps, inn items and gizmos), a puzzle index and a bonus area. You can collect hint coins by clicking pieces of scenery which can be used as hints for puzzles. You start puzzles by clicking certain people, pieces of scenery or in the storyline and if you miss one or can't complete they go to Granny Riddleton's shack where you can do them later (except for storyline missions which you have to complete). The characters are full of heart and actually quite funny when you get used to their exaggerated natures. The story is interesting and actually makes you think who has done it and makes your heart thud sometimes as well!

Conclusion: this game is the first part of the series, not counting the prequels of course, of Professor Layton and is a brilliant start. It introduced you to the partnership of Professor Layton and apprentice Luke and sets up the series well.

Rating: 87%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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