Professor Layton and the Unwound Future DS

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  • Summary: Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, receive a confounding letter - from Luke 10 years in the future. But the message inside is even more troubling: London of the future is in disarray, and the only person
    who can help set things right is Professor Layton.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. Oct 29, 2010
    100
    While these lackluster mini-games are no hidden-object puzzle or "make your own tea" chemistry set (as seen in Laytons 1 and 2), Unwound Future still has a solid set of puzzles for its main adventure, and the story itself is very engaging.
  2. As well-made and puzzle-crammed as the previous Layton games, and it's also the best one yet.
  3. Jan 10, 2011
    90
    Professor Layton and The Lost Future manages to surprise again by its very strong cohesion.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    89
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future offers the same great experience from the last two games. If you're in need of something different and want to exercise the brain, this is the correct answer.
  5. Jan 3, 2011
    85
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is yet another winner from Level 5. It both entertains and challenges the mind through its clever puzzles, brilliant story, and convincing characters.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    83
    The disconnect between the mystery story and the puzzle gameplay is not a damning curse for the Professor Layton series, this game included.
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    Jan 20, 2011
    60
    As a standalone adventure, The Lost Future can't help but disappoint once its bite-sized, unimaginative nature begins to show through. [Issue#102, p.120]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Nov 28, 2011
    10
    Amazing Story, brilliant puzzles. This is indeed the greatest Layton game thus far, the music is amazing, the visuals are amazing (If you likeAmazing Story, brilliant puzzles. This is indeed the greatest Layton game thus far, the music is amazing, the visuals are amazing (If you like the style), and the ending had me in tears. No questions asked, 10/10. Expand
  2. Apr 30, 2012
    10
    My favourite in the Layton series so far, and a relief after the disappointing Diabolical Box. The puzzles are of course good, as is the gameMy favourite in the Layton series so far, and a relief after the disappointing Diabolical Box. The puzzles are of course good, as is the game design and visual style (as we've come to expect), but what makes this my favourite is the story. It may require a huge suspension of disbelief compared to the first game, but the ending is so striking and emotional. It more than makes up for minor story flaws. Expand
  3. Jan 14, 2014
    10
    Easily the best of the Layton bunch. The puzzles are as strong as ever, but it is the epic, yet very touching story that elevates this gameEasily the best of the Layton bunch. The puzzles are as strong as ever, but it is the epic, yet very touching story that elevates this game above its immensely charming peers. Expand
  4. Jan 22, 2011
    9
    I have all three Layton games and this one is my favourite. The story is brilliantly told, you feel like you're solving a mystery, theI have all three Layton games and this one is my favourite. The story is brilliantly told, you feel like you're solving a mystery, the cutscenes are as brilliant as ever, the characters are great and the game rewards you brilliantly as you solve puzzles and brain teasers which suprisingly, are really fun. Why a 9? Well, the problems the past two have have not been fixed. You still have to go through a million menus and searching around for hint coins with dialogue boxes popping up everywhere is really frustrating. Also, the game is set in Great Britain, but this game feels... French. Other than that, listen to my advice. If you want a puzzle game with an intriguing storyline, this won't let you down. Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2015
    9
    Simply the best Professor Layton game so far...i really enjoyed other Layton games,but i must say this has something more:soundtrack("timeSimply the best Professor Layton game so far...i really enjoyed other Layton games,but i must say this has something more:soundtrack("time travel" is one of my favourite music piece),characters,and the ending.Really,i won't spoil it,because i think this is a game everybody needs to play,but the ending...It is very special,i would say unique...
    Audio and the Video are really good,and the puzzles are very well realized.
    Unfortunately,the difficulty for each puzzle is often under or overestimated.You'll probably find a puzzle that isn't worth much,but is very difficult and vice versa...
    Overall,a great game and,i think,a masterpiece all collectors should have!
    I bought this game as a present for my sister:she loved it and she finished it in 3 days!!!
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  6. Jan 1, 2011
    8
    The first couple of Layton game somehow managed to pass me by but having played this non stop for the past week i can see why they've becomeThe first couple of Layton game somehow managed to pass me by but having played this non stop for the past week i can see why they've become so popular. This is incredibly polished with graphics, cut scenes and music among the best on the DS. Although the story didn't really grip me this is all about the puzzles and boy does it excel! Full of imagination, the puzzles vary from the logical, visual and mathematical. The harder puzzles will give most people a challenge yet the handy hints system makes this a game that should appeal to all ages and intellect.
    Layton is THE perfect game to unwind after a long days work. If you have even the slightest interest in puzzles then you will love this game, simple as that!
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  7. Nov 13, 2011
    5
    Most of the 5 points I've awarded this title are for the story, which is lovely, as in previous Layton games. Unfortunately the gameplay letsMost of the 5 points I've awarded this title are for the story, which is lovely, as in previous Layton games. Unfortunately the gameplay lets it down - many of the puzzles are rehashes of those from the previous games, and some really clutch at straws - some really convoluted questions and solutions.

    The graphics have improved from the previous title, and there are a lot more animated sections that add exposition to the tale. Layton himself shows a different side throughout the story, fleshing out the character beyond his desperate need to be a gentleman.

    Side missions this time around include the completion of 3 sticker books, where you need to place the correct stickers on the correct pages to tell the story; a radio controlled car game where you have a limited number of direction-changing arrows to guide the car to the end; and a parrot delivery game in which you draw perches to guide you parrot to it's goal. You get to name the parrot when you meet him - the potential for hilarity is great ;)

    These side missions add a lot of time and value to the game, and provide some of the most difficult puzzles on the cart.

    Fans of the series will surely enjoy this, but the challenge is slight compared to the previous two titles.
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#6 Most Discussed DS Game of 2010