Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    91
    The performances and animated cut-scenes are still as terrific as always, though; it's just a subpar script that brings it down slightly.
  2. Jan 13, 2011
    85
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future offers the same great experience from the last games. A must-have for Layton fans.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    It may not be quite as good as the others, but it's still required gaming for the Layton-obsessed, and a high recommendation for anyone who loves puzzles.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    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.
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    100
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is far and away the best of this one-of-a-kind series.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    92
    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.
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    100
    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.
  8. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    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.
  9. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is most certainly the best title in the series to date.
  10. Dec 21, 2010
    70
    Puzzle hunting is the only hassle in an otherwise laidback world. This niggle aside, Professor Layton remains a fine antidote to dull Sunday afternoons. [Dec 2010, p.99]
  11. Oct 22, 2010
    90
    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.
  12. Jan 15, 2011
    80
    Not so good as we could expect but better than the most of the puzzle games for Nintendo Ds, Professor Layton and the Lost Future shows a the same structure as the previous chapters: its strenght, but its weakness too.
  13. Jan 10, 2011
    90
    Professor Layton and The Lost Future manages to surprise again by its very strong cohesion.
  14. Jan 12, 2011
    80
    Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is certainly the best chapter of the entire saga. The puzzles are varied and clever: ideal for fans, perfect for rookies. The script is thrilling and full of twists, while the classic visual and sound style delight the videoplayer.
  15. Oct 21, 2010
    83
    Bottom line, if Layton didn't float you boat the first time around, nothing is going to change your mind here. But it's definitely worth it for fans to jump back into a world where you can't walk five steps without finding a puzzle to solve.
  16. 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.
  17. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Full of twists and odd plot turns, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a well put together episode. With 165 puzzles, its as enchanting as ever backgrounds, its appealing story and well directed animated sequences, you can expect hours of fun. Sure, the formula is starting to repeat itself a little. But its magic still works, even though one may find some less well-paced dialogs, and a more "casual"-oriented appeal. They don't interfere with the fun, and that's still a very nice journey to live... through time!
  18. 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.
  19. Oct 24, 2010
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  20. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    There is more running back and forth than I would like but I still enjoyed the Unwound Future. It's a terrific title for fans of the franchise.
  21. Jan 5, 2011
    80
    The third adventure of Professor Layton is the most exciting, complex and surprising up untill now. As long as you don't expect great changes to the formula, this third episode should also be in your Layton collection.
  22. 70
    The graphics and atmosphere are well done and colorful on every screen, and while the characters are a bit too talkative, they are also funny and sufficiently silly. But the story and gameplay seem entirely detached as usual, and it's a shame that the story devs and puzzle devs apparently didn't have more meetings together.
  23. Oct 21, 2010
    100
    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.
  24. Dec 25, 2010
    88
    In an age of brash shooters, Layton is a fine beacon of intellectual hope. [Issue#232, p.71]
  25. 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]
  26. Oct 21, 2010
    100
    As a puzzle game, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is an excellent offering, however, as a Professor Layton game it is simply extraordinary.
  27. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    Superbly integrated puzzles and a captivating tale make Professor Layton's latest assignment worthy of your affection.
  28. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    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.
  29. Oct 21, 2010
    86
    The game's production values--from the artwork and voice acting, to the music and video sequences--are among the best in any handheld game to date.
  30. 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.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 13, 2010
    8
    Definitely the strongest of the three Layton games released in the US so far, Unwound Future successfully blends casual puzzle solving alongDefinitely 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
    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. Full Review »