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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Game Review

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Game Review

The next time you're going on a trip and you need something skill-testing and fun to play while in the car or on a plane, I urge you to check out Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box ($30) for the Nintendo DS (OK, I'll admit, I'm a sucker for playing it right before bed). Being one of those people who loves mini-games and brainteasers (Rhythm Heaven and Brain Age 2 being two of my favorite games), I knew I had to take Professor Layton for a test drive when I found out it has 150 puzzles to solve.

When you first turn on the game, you can't help but think it's designed for a child and wonder if the mini games are actually going to be challenging to solve. But before long, you instantly get hooked on the illustrated storyline that involves a murder mystery that needs to be solved by renowned puzzle-solver Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke.

The two embark on a journey, which is filled with logic puzzles and riddles, and you can even access more brainteasers via your DS and DSi's WiFi connection (one available each week for the next 32 weeks).


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When playing Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box the actual puzzles seem to get more challenging as the game progresses, but what's great is that there isn't a time limit on the puzzles (so you can really take your time trying to solve them) and you can access hint coins for puzzle clues if you really get stumped. I also love the fact that the game will continue regardless if you can't solve a mini game along the way.

Overall, the game itself is challenging, riveting (love the actual storyline), the animated characters are adorable, and the puzzles keep me coming back for more.

kitkatherine kitkatherine 8 years
i love layton - this is such a great game. my best friend, my fiancee's mom - we all love this and the first
ReelGirl ReelGirl 8 years
Loved the last game, and I agree with msTerious82 - the art and cut scenes were gorgeous. It feels like a mini-movie already! Even though the puzzles were crazy-hard towards the end of the game, I'm definitely going to have to pick up the Prof's newest adventure :)
Everythingandme Everythingandme 8 years
I finish the game today. hehehe :P
sabs sabs 8 years
they are making a movie! i hear it comes out in japan in jan 2010. i don't know if they'll release it here though. something tells me probably not...
MsTerious82 MsTerious82 8 years
I enjoyed the first game a lot, and now I'm loving the second one too. I even got my mother into it over the weekend. Agree with sabs about the memo feature - nice touch. The animation in both games is beautiful. They should make a movie.
sabs sabs 8 years
i LOVE the professah! i like the story in this one better (so far) and i was thrilled over the "Memo" feature, it's such a huge upgrade from last (even though it's really simple). i am loving this game!
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 8 years
I loved the first one as well so I bought the second as soon as I realized it was out. :D I've been waiting forever for it! lol I love that even after you finish the game you can still go back and solve the puzzles again.
AutumnLove AutumnLove 8 years
I'm so excited for this. I loved the first one and I'm still working through some of the puzzles even though I finished the storyline. They have some of the puzzles as ad on the subway that I've been trying to figure out on my train ride to work.
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