Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box DS

Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
Buy On
  1. Edge Magazine
    70
    No other game catches the exhilaration of mental exercises, while doing just enough to smooth over their occasional frustrations, in quite the same way as Layton. [Nov 2009, p.104]
  2. 70
    Overall this is a great puzzle game with both an entertaining story and mind-bending puzzles. The numerous locations are both a burden on the art style and a blessing for the expanded scope of the game.
  3. games(TM)
    60
    Professor Layton certainly has soul, but the puzzles themselves just aren't imaginative enough to save the adventure from feeling frequently out of breath. [Nov 2009, p.123]
  4. It still has more charm and character than most and –despite the hiccups- provides a challenging, fun and satisfying puzzle experience for players young, old -and everything in between.

Awards & Rankings

#17 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#7 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 18, 2017
    9
    Posiblemente este es el juego que recuerdo con menos cariño de la saga layton, pero sin duda me ha gustado mucho. El segundo de la saga laytonPosiblemente este es el juego que recuerdo con menos cariño de la saga layton, pero sin duda me ha gustado mucho. El segundo de la saga layton con sus puzzles de una calidad perfecta como siempre. Tiene algunos defectos graves como el de las notas opacas, pero dejando eso de lado un juego magnífico de una saga magnífica. Con una historia muy buena. Full Review »
  2. Jun 10, 2017
    7
    Why is this game playing for me? I loved the first Layton game because it offered a challenge and this game pales in comparison. I am notWhy is this game playing for me? I loved the first Layton game because it offered a challenge and this game pales in comparison. I am not playing the game and if you Say Zelda Skyward Sword holds your hand you are dead wrong because that game had a challenge this game utterly fails. The story is an improvement but the gameplay disappoints. Skyward Sword had more of a challenge for a puzzle adventure game. Full Review »
  3. Jun 7, 2015
    8
    An improvement over the already very good first game in the series. Pandora's Box has all the charm of the first, with a more interesting,An improvement over the already very good first game in the series. Pandora's Box has all the charm of the first, with a more interesting, less convoluted story. A very sweet ending too. The puzzles are largely more of the same thing, with different wordings but basically the same patterns as before, which is a shame but it is helped by leaving a little time between playing each game in the series.

    Very worth playing, but mainly for the story.
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