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  • Summary: (Also known as "Professor Layton and Pandora's Box) Professor Layton needs your help! Get your wits working with over 150 puzzles, and help unravel the mystery of the Elysian Box. [Nintendo]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. 100
    Diabolical Box shows that the game's developers aren't content to just sit on their laurels -- they take a wonderful game, and make it even better.
  2. Layton's latest adventure is his best for the time being. Same graphics, different sounds and a completely new storyline is very much what players are going to find in The Diabolical Box, a game that has nothing but fun to offer every player that have the guts to get over with more than a hundred puzzles and a compelling story. One of the best games of this year without any doubt at all.
  3. Even though the puzzles can be challenging, the game’s addictive nature and sense of satisfaction is rarely seen at this level on the DS.
  4. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is a game suited for everyone. With more than 150 among riddles and conundrums, it places you into a nicely drawn world full of extraordinary characters, with an involving story worth unraveling one puzzle at a time.
  5. If you liked Mysterious Village and need more, or if you just want something genuinely fresh and original for your DS, Pandora's Box is the answer you're looking for.
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    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. DanF
    Sep 24, 2009
    10
    I'm honestly surprised this game didn't hit 90 on the Metacritic scale. I absolutely love this game. I can't put it down when I'm honestly surprised this game didn't hit 90 on the Metacritic scale. I absolutely love this game. I can't put it down when I start playing. It is without a doubt the best DS game I have ever played. Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2019
    10
    A true masterpiece. If you love puzzle, story-driven games, point and click adventure or simply good games in general, you must play this. OneA true masterpiece. If you love puzzle, story-driven games, point and click adventure or simply good games in general, you must play this. One of the best entry in the series and one of the best DS games out there Expand
  3. Nov 28, 2017
    10
    Una obra mestra dentro de la saga Layton.Recomendable para todos aquellos fans de ella.Puzzles dificiles y una historia simplemente increibleUna obra mestra dentro de la saga Layton.Recomendable para todos aquellos fans de ella.Puzzles dificiles y una historia simplemente increible alrededor de un pueblo perdido en la niebla. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2013
    9
    I will start by saying every layton game is a treat. This one is no exception. Compared to other layton games i would say the plot is average,I will start by saying every layton game is a treat. This one is no exception. Compared to other layton games i would say the plot is average, with a beautiful ending that is worth waiting for. The puzzles are great as always and the scenery is amazing. Very well worth your time. I would say this game improves on the original on every aspect possible. Expand
  5. 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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  6. Jan 23, 2012
    8
    Having greatly enjoyed the Curious Village I was expecting something at least as good, but I was disappointed. The story is good and theHaving greatly enjoyed the Curious Village I was expecting something at least as good, but I was disappointed. The story is good and the mystery fascinating, with graphics, music and videos always of top-notch quality. The puzzles instead are rather unbalanced. Too many 25 picarats puzzles, with the difficulty (in picarat terms) being assigned seemingly at random, and too many unclear or ambiguous puzzles. Compared to the first game, I felt much less challenged and much less surprised of the puzzles and of the events in the game. What I really enjoyed was the overwhelming dark mood (which could be a deterrent to people looking for joyful and sunny settings), the characters and the mini-games. There are at least 4 mini-games to be had this time and all of them are simple and relaxing. Overall, I was disappointed by this title, but I'm definitely looking for more in the next episode. Expand
  7. Nov 8, 2019
    6
    Un salto cuantitativo con respecto al primero, una mejor historia, mejores personajes, puzles y canciones. Poco a poco va perfilando lo queUn salto cuantitativo con respecto al primero, una mejor historia, mejores personajes, puzles y canciones. Poco a poco va perfilando lo que debería ser un juego de Layton. Jugaría este antes que la Villa Misteriosa, porque total, para lo que se desarrolla "la historia" en el primer juego, mejor olvidarlo :) Expand

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#11 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
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#9 Most Shared DS Game of 2009