Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. Oct 29, 2010
    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. Oct 21, 2010
    Professor Layton and the Lost Future takes the core functionality of the previous two outings, expands on it considerably, wraps up the storyline in the most gripping fashion possible and heaps plenty of extras on top for good measure. This is most definitely the superlative entry in the Layton series so far.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is far and away the best of this one-of-a-kind series.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    The only reason not to play this is if you despise puzzles more than anything else. It has the story, characters, music, and more to keep any gamer satiated. The Professor delivers.
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a brain-twisting delight. Show up for the clever puzzles, stick around for the gorgeous visuals and quirky minigames.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    It's perfectly designed for DS and something the whole family can get sucked into.
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    As a puzzle game, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is an excellent offering, however, as a Professor Layton game it is simply extraordinary.
  8. As well-made and puzzle-crammed as the previous Layton games, and it's also the best one yet.
  9. Oct 21, 2010
    With a lengthy story mode and the addition of mini-games, picture books, and free downloadable puzzles, there is plenty of content here for those who enjoy puzzles.
  10. Oct 21, 2010
    With each installment of the franchise, I grow to adore Professor Layton and Luke and their delightful world all the more. All while sharpening my intellect. In the (hopefully wound) future, I doubt Level 5 will modify the formula any more heavily than they already have, and for once, that's fine by me.
  11. Oct 21, 2010
    This third episode doesn't require knowledge of the previous games, but still builds the trilogy to an appropriately grand conclusion.
  12. Oct 21, 2010
    The performances and animated cut-scenes are still as terrific as always, though; it's just a subpar script that brings it down slightly.
  13. Jan 18, 2011
    Unwound Future is the best title in the Professor Layton series, but you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't play through the first two games to learn about the main characters.
  14. Jan 13, 2011
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future doesn't just build over the previous games, it further improves the experience, both in quality and quantity.
  15. Jan 10, 2011
    Professor Layton and The Lost Future manages to surprise again by its very strong cohesion.
  16. Jan 8, 2011
    Waiting for the fourth, promising episode, Unwound Future delivers hours of entertaining puzzles, easily the best designed in the series, and an involving narration that mixes the usual list of charming characters and a moving end. A must have for any DS owner.
  17. Oct 26, 2010
    Although it's basically more of the same, this latest Layton outing is the most enjoyable, attractive, addictive and refined one yet. An awesome reminder of why the Nintendo DS remains an essential mobile gaming platform.
  18. Oct 25, 2010
    An absolute delight.
  19. Oct 22, 2010
    The game is all the better because it doesn't strain to give its puzzles a superficial connection to its script – I don't need to see that pointless struggle.
  20. Oct 21, 2010
    The Unwound Future is a fitting end to this first Professor Layton trilogy. Even if it doesn't finish the series, it resolves some of the main plot lines.
  21. Oct 21, 2010
    For those who enjoyed the first two Layton games, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a must-have, period. And if you haven't played a Layton game yet, what are you waiting for? This is easily one of the strongest series on DS in every regard, from the brilliantly crafted puzzles to the exquisite art.
  22. Oct 21, 2010
    It's safe to say that if you're a fan of the franchise, this is a game you absolutely do not want to miss. And if by chance you've yet to experience the series, this enthralling title should offer up all the incentive you need to finally give it a try.
  23. Oct 21, 2010
    The best Professor Layton game yet. [Nov 2010, p.87]
  24. Oct 21, 2010
    As the only game franchise that my wife actually wants to play, I have no problem giving the Unwound Future a massive stamp of approval.
  25. 90
    At this point, the Professor Layton games are a known commodity, but that commodity is a finely crafted one.
  26. Oct 21, 2010
    The game is absolutely overflowing with content, and the emotional, intriguing story will keep you hooked right through the end.
  27. Oct 21, 2010
    More than just being a family friendly puzzle game, there is something of considerable substance and style here for any gamer. In fact the quality of the story telling and difficulty of some puzzles felt more like playing Uncharted than something on a Nintendo console.
  28. Oct 21, 2010
    For fans of the series, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is anoter great addition to the world of Layton.
  29. Oct 21, 2010
    Unwound Future isn't innovative or groundbreaking, and what few changes exist are mostly just new puzzle types, but the game and overall story are polished, interesting, and just simply fun. Layton and Luke's adventures will have you playing for a while, and even though the game isn't doing anything new, it avoids ever feeling stale.
  30. Oct 21, 2010
    Layton and the Unwound Future is the best title of the franchise so far, packed with new puzzles and an intriguing new story that will take both characters -Layton and Luke- to a new but-not-better future.
  31. Oct 21, 2010
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is most certainly the best title in the series to date.
  32. Oct 21, 2010
    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.
  33. Jan 18, 2011
    If you haven't picked up Unwound Future yet, do it. If you haven't played any of these games yet, what are you waiting for?
  34. Jan 13, 2011
    Professor Layton and The Unwound Future is a jigsaw puzzle that follows the path of his predecessors, delivering once again a great experience.
  35. Dec 25, 2010
    In an age of brash shooters, Layton is a fine beacon of intellectual hope. [Issue#232, p.71]
  36. Oct 21, 2010
    Lovely. [Oct 2010, p.47]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Nov 28, 2011
    Amazing 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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 13, 2010
    Definitely the strongest of the three Layton games released in the US so far, Unwound Future successfully blends casual puzzle solving along with a compelling storyline. The formula hasn't changed an awful lot since the first title, though many subtle improvements to game mechanics and general presentation have been made. Cut scenes and audio files are clearer than ever, with added improvements to the second titles 'memo' function (such as the ability to change ink colour) being of great aid during those more trickier of brain teasers. The pace of the game may be a little too slow for some, though it's not difficult to become captivated by Layton's gorgeous looking surroundings and intrigued by some of the more perplexing mysteries that pop up during the final half of the adventure. Voice acting, be it fitting, can seem incredibly cheesy and at some points fails to aid the experience as it irritates more than captivates.

    Hint Coins have almost tripled in numbers since the first title, with the new optional 'Super Hint' function allowing far more users to solve even the most complicated of math puzzles without feeling like you've cheated.

    If you enjoyed the first two Layton outings- I cannot recommended this third game enough, as it's certainly the best of the three. Puzzles remain fun and do not detract from the experience as much as they did with Curious Village, with most being optional if players wish to favour the narrative and push on with it instead.
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  3. Jan 14, 2014
    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 game above its immensely charming peers. Full Review »