Professor Layton and the Curious Village User Reviews

9.2

Level-5 has reached the next level

Summary:


Intro
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a game that a variety of age ranges are able to enjoy, from the playability and difficulty of puzzles to the more conventional features such as the cut scenes and intrigue of the plot line. Despite coming out many years after the initial Japanese release, the game holds none of the Japanese ancestry one would expect from a game originating from a highly cultured country, instead it is based in jolly old England, to which has been portrayed perfectly. There are no dodgy stereotypes, no dodgy accents and... well, nothing dodgy about it at all i...

8.4

A Fun Puzzle Game with a Nice Story, but Little Depth

The good:

  • Fun puzzles
  • Stylish cartoon graphics
  • Lots of extra content and unlockables
  • Ability to download puzzles via Nintendo WiFi Connection.

The bad:

  • Inability to solve mysteries yourself
  • Music is nothing memorable

Summary:

Booting up Professor Layton and the Curious Village is like throwing yourself into an Encyclopedia Brown book, but without the chance to solve the mysteries yourself. The premise of the game seems to be a point and click mystery game, but it turns out to be a entirely puzzle-driven experience with little else to do. While there is a great story that drives the plot, there's not a whole lot you can do to actually progress it other than completing puzzles as you find them. However, if you can look past this and enjoy it for the quirky little title that it is, than you will get a lot of enj...

9.4

Professor Layton Saves Gamers From the Common Video Game

The good:

~The graphics, while not overly amazing, are simple, whimsical, and well-detailed.
~The puzzles are interesting, fun, and challenging, without being too frustrating or hard to understand.
~The storyline is interesting, moves at a good pace, and will keep players guessing until the very end.
~The game itself has great replay value, with unlockable puzzles, information on characters, and a special code tied to the next game in the series.
~Full, movie-style video clips add entertainment value and a new dimension to the game.
~Voicing, music, and sound effects are well compressed, and exhibit the audio capabilities of the DS well.

The bad:

~Some puzzles require prior knowledge, which may be difficult for some players, especially children.
~Hint coins can be hard to find, and without them, some players may suffer.
~The art style may turn away some players, believing that the game is too childish.

Summary:

The DS, perhaps the dumping ground of cheesy games and boring "hack and slash" products, got a shock to its system when "Professor Layton and the Curious Village" was released in Japan. Unlike other puzzle games already for the system, "Curious Village" masterfully blended together challenging puzzles and a plot line which was a mystery in itself. And it did it all with an understated, non-flashy appearance. What's not to love?

If you aren't getting a clear picture of how the game seems "understated", let me explain. The format of play is point-and-click, the graphics are 2D, and the sty...

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