Review: Professor Layton & the Curious Village (DS)

4/5. Dawson’s intrigued. Heed his advice!

Professor Layton and the Curious Village (the title is reason enough to import this, you hear) is all about puzzles. In fact, you’re constantly bombarded with them for each step you take in this point-and-click adventure, and there’s well over a hundred puzzles for you to solve, with more coming every week as downloadable content. Even though there’s not as much investigating as the title might imply, and even though you might recognize most mechanics of the puzzles presented (if only in that slight familiar way), you need not worry, as there’s plenty to go around before you’re done with this. Now take a look at the character art. Looks like a Studio Ghibli production, right? Damn right. Add some splendid music, wonderfully animated cutscenes and the occasional spoken dialogue, and this Level-5 release is exactly what your heart and soul needs. If not easily swayed by cuteness, you might need to brush up that intellect of yours. Simply adorable.
(Try the demo at the official website.)

4/5

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4 Responses to Review: Professor Layton & the Curious Village (DS)

  1. dnkn says:

    Oh dear. I think I need to get myself a DS. That game looks absolutely gorgeous!

  2. David says:

    You really should get one. It’s portable, and it’s got cheap games (on good old-fashioned cartridges) and what not. Did I mention it’s portable? And this game, among many others, is exclusive to the DS. And guess what? If you get one, you can have my copy of Brothers In Arms, remember? If you bother to write me a letter…

  3. gnome says:

    I’m absolutely getting this one! Though I do believe an import can wait.. We will be getting it in Europe, wont we?

  4. David says:

    Sure, I think it’s due out in June, or something. Otherwise I can really recommend importing it from Movietyme… Only £15.99, no shipping costs!

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