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  • Summary: (Also known as "Layton Kyouju no Fushigi na Machi" and "Professor Layton and the Mysterious Village") Marking Level 5's first foray onto the DS, Professor Layton is an old-fashioned point-and-click adventure which requires your use of skills such as reasoning, knowledge and creativity to solve various puzzles. Expand
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  1. Positive: 68 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. 100
    A very amazing piece of art merged with very unique, engrossing gameplay. Truly a unique experience that almost any gamer should give at least one go at. Other than very minor issues, this is easily one of the most well designed and enjoyable games ever made.
  2. I loved playing this game, even when it was beating me. It is fair, challenging and addictive. The triple threat of gaming.
  3. This is utter loveliness, embodying everything the DS has come to mean to me. Puzzles, high spirits, and an embracing of beautiful 2D artwork over complicated 3D fuss.
  4. Professor Layton and the Curios Village is a great game for anyone regardless of the age due to the nature of their game.
  5. 85
    A wonderful game. It really is. If you're into your brain teasers, then this one will have you hooked.
  6. Professor Layton and the Curious Village offers a great mix of entertaining puzzles, easy and challenging. Even the option to buy certain hints will never let you solve the puzzle. True, the hints will clarify a lot, but will never give you an answer. The game sets your mind at work and you'll soon discover that on any giving moment of the day you start thinking about a solution. If you like puzzle games this one shouldn't be missing from your collection.
  7. Professor Layton players can download new puzzles via their Nintendo Wi-Fi connection on a weekly basis. It’s a nice touch, though it doesn’t quite counterbalance the lack in ‘replay’ value.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. ChimC.
    Apr 6, 2008
    This represents a very good game for all ages. Lots of puzzles. Great artwork. An enjoyable concept all around.
  2. ChristopherR
    Feb 27, 2008
    Despite having obvious problems with the grander story (see: Game Informer), namely that the large mysteries are solved for you in a series of explanations as you near the end, the story-based mysteries seemed obvious to me and not at all intriguing. BUT I still enjoyed the game immensely and I look forward to its future iterations. I used to purchase puzzle books filled with exactly the same types of riddles and this felt so much more natural rather than ruining a puzzle you got wrong because when you read the answer in the back of the book you couldn't try to correct your mistake and re-solve it. Placing it into a video game format is simple and far better. The artwork and occasional cutscenes are what sold it for me, and turned what would have been a great game into a memorable game. Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2012
    This game is awesome. The FMVs are great and enjoyable to watch. The voice acting is better than a lot of triple a console releases. The puzzles are fun and engaging. Some puzzles are difficult but w.e, I love layton! Expand
  4. JustinB.
    Feb 27, 2008
    This is a great puzzle game with a decent story attached to give it it's own, unique feel. The graphics are very stylish and creative, including both the in-game graphics and interwoven animated cut-scenes. The music tends to get a bit annoying as the same music seems to play through the majority of the game. I found myself turning the volume down on some puzzles because it was affecting my ability to concentrate on the problem. The main part of the game--the puzzles--are challenging enough to keep you interested throughout and some are downright hard. Overall, I would recommend playing this game and I look forward to seeing the next game in the series released on this side of the Pacific as well. Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2011
    "Professor Layton and the Curious Village" is a engrossing adult and child DS game that will hold your attention for a long period of time with its brilliant puzzles and questions. Expand
  6. Mar 16, 2012
    The definitive puzzle/riddle game for the DS. A must-play. I would recommend this game to anyone. Not the best for story, but wonderful puzzles/riddles for all ages. Expand
  7. AnonymousMC
    Sep 21, 2008
    This game frickin sux i got it as a gift from a freind who told me it was fun and so i naturlly assumed it was a shooter, and i didnt even get to shoot anyone for like the first 15 minutes but their might be shootin but i got bored and sold it after the third 2nd puzzle. youd b better of with a good game, like the halo series Expand

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