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Critical thinking is the key to success 0

There is something to be said for a healthy dose of charm in a game. When a game is genuinely charming, it leaves you with a distinctly warm, fuzzy feeling that's hard to beat. Professor Layton and the Curious Village is one game that is superbly charming by any measure. Its clever brain teasers don't hurt proceedings either, and the overall package is a strong one that will have you constantly coming back for more.It's not just one thing that lends Professor Layton its charm either. The beautif...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

An excellent addition to any DS owners' library 2

As I--and many--argue, gameplay is the most important aspect of a game. Arguably, without this aspect a game would crumble. Professor Layton, however, excels in this aspect. Nearly every one of the puzzles made me think logically; almost all of the answers are something seemingly incorrect. Albeit there were a few easy puzzles that I solved with a mere glance, most of the puzzles made me sit down and think "how does this work?" As if the puzzles weren't enough (most any other game developer wou...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Astounding Puzzles and Ambiance, Average Everything Else. 0

     Ah-ha! Before playing this game ask yourself one thing. Do you like puzzles? If you don't you have no business playing through Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Any other gameplay that exists in this charming little adventure serves as (an often thinly veiled) excuse to have the player set their noggin to work solving riddles, logic questions, mazes and pretty much any other kind of puzzle you can think of.   Professor Layton and the Curious Village  centers around the title ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

DS Puzzle Game...but Awesome! 0

 Professor Layton and the Curious Village is one of the best DS games that I’ve played in the last year. In a platform completely infested with “brain training” games, Professor Layton is a similar sort of game that pulls it off in a manner that’s fun, engaging and enjoyable all the way through. For those who played Brain Age or Brain Age 2, Professor Layton is a breath of fresh air that makes you think without feeling like a chore. So how does it do it? First is its style. Professor Layton has ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Puzzle Activity Book meets Point-n-Click Adventure! 0

 A new Professor Layton game was just released for the Nintendo DS, and you might be curious what it’s all about.  But before you jump head-first into the sequel, take a look at Professor Layton & the Curious Village – the first chapter in Level 5’s puzzling trilogy starring the titular professor and his plucky side kick, Luke. It combines elements of point and click adventure games with brain teasers to great effect. Story The brain teasers originally appeared in a series of puzzle books ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A game with great puzzles and an engaging story! 0

Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a pretty well made puzzle game for the DS, it has many qualities but the main attractive are the puzzles, they go from logic to math, some of them are fairly simple, some not so much, but none cross the line of being frustrating, and if it does, you can always exchange some hint coins for some good tips of how to solve the one you're having trouble, each puzzle have three tips, the first being the least helping and the last one giving you the best tips...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village Review 0

When I first got my DS back in 2006 there weren't that many games that I wanted to play for it. I loved New Super Mario Brothers, and Sonic Rush, but I couldn't find many games that I felt really couldn't be played anywhere else. Now Professor Layton is not necessarily one of those games, but being able to solve puzzles using the touch screen made the game so much fun, and very intuitive.Professor Layton and the Curious Village is the first game in the Professor Layton series to be published in ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Train your brain in EVEN MORE minutes a day 0

  Professor Layton is not just a Brain Age game. All Brain Age does is attempt to challenge you in easy ways that you learned to do in 1st grade, so easy that a 7 year old could do it (no offense). But Professor Layton and the Curious Village does way more than that. It challenges you in not only in basic ways, but it challenges you using logic. _ _ is 1,000 times _. The anwser is m, but how? This is the kind of thing that challenges everyone. You can spend 20 minutes on some of these puzzles a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

DS Intro 0

This game was my first introduction to the DS.  A few years ago, I thought the DS had reached its peak, based on some of the reviews that had been out there for some really great, innovative games.  I had no idea the life of this system would be so long and remarkable.Layton is a wonderful introduction to the DS.  In fact, due to this game and a few others there is even a tiny adventure game revival on this system, in the vein of the old Sierra titles....

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This game is incredibly addictive! 0

Picked up Prof. Layton and the Curious Village recently and have been having a fantastic experience. The puzzles are often classic logic problems or variations of them, so you may be familiar with some of them, but this doesn't detract from the fun of solving them. This game is very fun and charming and fantastic for playing in short bits throughout even busy days....

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Pitch perfect puzzling. 0

Professor Layton and the Curious Village Review.posted: 03/14/2008 Professor Layton and the Curious Village PLATFORM (Nintendo DS) PUBLISHER (Nintendo) PRICE $30 ESRB RATING (E for Everyone) PLAYERS (1) Any parent concerned that video games turn their children into mindless drones need to go to the store right now and purchase a copy of Professor Layton for the Nintendo DS. The game is a combination of the old PC point and click type adventures, and Brain Age's quick but ch...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Layton successfully blends puzzle solving and adventure elements. 0

Innovation is an interesting topic in the video game industry. We often hear complaints about publishers relying too heavily on sequels that don't introduce enough new ideas to tried-and-true formulas. On the other hand, some truly new and innovative ideas go largely unnoticed by consumers. Perhaps, then, the success of recent titles like Puzzle Quest and Patapon suggest a new direction for developers. Rather than take risks with an unproven design philosophy, it may be best to take successful i...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Professor Layton and the Hard Puzzles! 0

Professor Layton really knocks you out of your box top shoes and into a higher class of DS games. The first aspect of this game that truly is awe-inspiring is (incidentally) the first thing you see.. The cinematics. They're gr- wait, cinematics... in a DS game? That aren't poorly done 3D and are in fact beautiful hand drawn style animations that kick off the game in the way that it continues to go. Next is the meat and potatoes of this game. PUZZLE PUZZLE PUZZLE! Word puzzles, Connect the dot pu...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Just solve this puzzle first... 0

I’d find it very unnerving if, upon travelling to a new town and asking a local where the nearest bathroom was, they told me to solve a puzzle of theirs first. But such is the world of Professor Layton, a point-and-click style mystery/adventure game for the DS, comprised of tricky brainteasers which the player must complete in order to progress through the game. While it’s likely that players who have picked up a brainteaser book in the past will be familiar with a lot of the puzzles here, there...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

BPReview: Professor Layton & the Curious Village (DS) 0

What is it?: Professor Layton and his sidekick Luke head to a village to solve various puzzles in their search for the mysterious Golden Apple. What I liked: Music - The first thing that grabbed my attention when I booted up Layton was the accordion music that came out of the tiny speakers on my DS. The music in village totally fits the overall mood of the game. Story - Honestly the story in Prof. Layton is really nothing new, but there are a few plots twists that I don't think anyone saw comin...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village Review - Nintendo DS 0

Professor Layton and the Curious Village is indeed a curious game. As if there weren't enough brain training games out there already, this one takes brain busting to a whole new level. Hidden behind the mask of the quaint town of St. Mystere, the story of Professor Layton and the Curious unfolds as you search for the Golden Apple by solving puzzle after puzzle. You play as Professor Layton and his young, eager assistant Luke, who are invited to the village by one Lady Dahlia after the death of h...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Professor Layton is a compelling experience for puzzle lovers. 0

What surprised me the most about Professor Layton was how it managed to successfully combine two seemingly unrelated subjects: an interesting mystery story, and a collection of brainteaser puzzles. But it manages to work and not feel forced at all.Professor Layton's storyline kept me hooked from start to finish, due to its undeniable charm, easy to love characters, and a genuinely intriguing mystery. The main story took me about 10 hours to complete, but take into account that I made it a priori...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Exuding Charm, this Game is a Blast! 0

One could compare Professor Layton and the Curious Village to other "puzzle" games such as the brain training series, but that would be doing it an injustice.  Professor brings its own charm to the genre, packing tons of puzzles into this $30 value.While not trying to give any of the fabulous story away, Professor Layton opens with the titular Professor and his sidekick Luke stranded in a, dare i say, Curious Village?  Yes, that's right - a puzzle game with a fantastic story.  The point of the g...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

More than Brain Age with a story 0

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training "How Old Is Your Brain" for the Nintendo DS was an instant hit to a new crowd, one that people didnt really think existed, I'm talking about the causal crowd. Up untill then the causal crowd didn't really fit into the gaming world, Singstar and well...thats about it! But this new DS was perfect to see if it would win them over, and yes this game proved that point years ago. The game was bought and played by a variety of people old to young, the problem was it was s...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Mathematics behind the game 0

First of all, I was surprised to learn that Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a japanese made game because the artisitic look, storyline and puzzles feel so much like a western game. Level 5, the game studio who has also done the excellent Dragon Quest 8 has developed this pleasant brain teaser for the DS although it is only recently available on North American's store shelves. It was first released in Japan during February 2007 and the translation team did a great job with the English...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village 0

Professor Layton and the Curious Village is an extremely creative and unique game. This game blends the best aspects of two recent games for the DS. The mystery/case solving aspect of Phoenix Wright and the brain stimulating games of Brain Age. I would have never guessed that I would be so drawn into this type of game. In the two days that I have had it I have solved 70 of the 130 puzzles. I have played this game so much, usually before bed, I see puzzles when I close my eyes to sleep. I was a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Town With A Puzzle Fetish 0

Professor Layton and the Curious Village is the first in a five part series of games to come out on the Nintendo DS, mixing brainteasers with a story that twists and turns enough to give you a nosebleed. The series is the product of Akihiro Hino, a man many DS owners will likely recognize as the producer of the recently released (in the states) Dragon Quest IX, a good idea as to the cinematic wonder that awaits you in this title.  Before I get into the gameplay or the graphics, I have to point o...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Quick wits and imaginative thinking go a long way in the Curious 0

Despite its looks, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is far from being a game just for kids. Developed by Level-5, the studio behind Dragon Quest VIII and Dark Cloud, it combines two brain twisting genres into an unique title on the Nintendo DS. The story begins when Professor Layton, a puzzle fanatic and part time detective, and his side kick, Luke, receive a message from Lady Dhalia, a rich widow in search of a lost valuable memento left by her late husband, called the Golden Apple. B...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Charmed 0

This game gives off an aura of charm I've not experienced in quite some time. The puzzles are fun and can be a little tricky. But fear not the game goes easy on you with well said hints, providing you have the necessary coins to purchase them. Yes it's true the hints are not free, but the coins, found throughout the game are easy enough to find. Overall the game is a a tad too easy and the story line is well, a little kiddy. That said, I advise you to pick it up, you could pick up a lot worse th...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Sex for puzzle solving. 0

So if you’ve been around me and my DS sometime within the last month or so, I’ve probably subjected you to a series of unusual and frustrating puzzles. You may be surprised to know that the source of these puzzles is a video game known as…Professor Layton and the Curious Village : …and to us existing fans of the game, lets all stop kidding ourselves and acknowledge this game for what it is; a mini-game compilation, not unlike the dozens and dozens of mini-game compilations that pollute the Ninte...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

I Love this game, but it can be confusing at times 0

The game's story, which is told via a mix of beautiful full-motion video, as well as attractive still-scenes, follows that of Professor Layton, a man renowned for his puzzle-solving abilities. Along with his young assistant Luke, Professor Layton travels to the village of St. Mystere.To solve the many mysteries in St. Mystere, you must travel around the village and speak to its inhabitants. In this aspect, Professor Layton plays similarly to a 2D point-and-click adventure. You move from one area...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village Review 0

By - Richard J.Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles; that is what can be found throughout Professor Layton and the Curious Village. With the game boasting more than 120, it has no shortage of puzzles to be solved. With a cute, but rewarding story to tie all of these puzzles together, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a game that shouldn't disappoint.As mentioned, Professor Layton and the Curious Village does a wonderful job of telling a story; almost as if you are reading a book while yo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Curious Village. Just short of greatness. 0

   Professor Layton and the Curious Village for DS. 4 stars.  It was an enjoyable game that mixed point and click adventuring with puzzle solving. I felt compelled to play it till the end. However I didn't agree with some of the puzzle logic. If I've spent all 3 hint coins (coins found in various places in the village used for a total of 3 hints in each puzzle) and I still can't figure out the solution, there's an issue. Even after the puzzle was solved and the game explained how you should...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: Professor Layton and the Curious Village 0

"Layton's apprentice saves the day!" I'd been looking forward to Professor Layton for a long time because I am a sucker for puzzles and puzzle-type (adventure) games. I picked it up on day one and finished it 100% a few days later, which is a testament to how addicting the core gameplay is. The story follows world-renowned puzzle-aficionado professor Layton and his young apprentice Luke, as they venture to solve the mysteries of a curious village named St. Mystere. It sounds complicated, but t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Outstanding puzzle game that deserves more attention 0

So there you are, in the mansion of a rich widow who wants you to help her solve the mystery of her husband’s inheritance. You just chased down her beloved cat, and have returned to find that a murder has taken place there in your absence. “No one leaves this room until I question them,” says the detective in charge of the murder case. How shocking! You turn to the butler next to you, who says quite casually, “You know, this murder reminds me of a brain teaser I once heard…” Such is the world o...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Everything you could want in a casual handheld game 0

Professor Layton is a beautiful and charming game that shows post apocalyptic settings, large explosions, machismo, and the destruction of all life are not required to make a great game. An intriguing tale plays out as the player completes a series of 120 puzzles. The puzzles are challenging but not overly difficult and useful hint coins can be found to buy hints in case the player gets stuck on a specific puzzle. The game is presented by highly detailed artwork reminiscent of the Tin Tin novels...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Charming 0

There is no shortage of mini-game collections these days, and while Professor Layton's core game mechanic is solving puzzles, it is far from just another puzzle game. The game takes place in a little village called St. Mystere, where the town's patriarch has passed away and the famous Professor Layton, along with his side-kick, Luke, must help the townspeople solve the mystery of the man's inheritance. Things aren't what they seem, though, and in no time Layton and Luke are up to their ears in ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Professor Layton & the Curious Village (DS) Review 0

So, this game has been out for well over a year now in Japan and around seven months in the US and Australia.  So why no release in Europe?  Well the good news is that this title will finally arrive in European stores on November 7th 2008 (along with around 10,000 other games!).  Despite the delays, and the fact this was an obscure Japanese title, Professor Layton went down a storm on 2/3’s of the globe.  Now that it is finally making it’s long overdue debut in the European market I have scribed...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Curiouser and curiouser... 0

Level 5 Nintendo DS Unless you’re running homebrew applications on your DS console (and you should, if only to re-experience old LucasArts gems through the magic of ScummVM), you may have felt the lack of point-and-click adventure games on anything resembling a current-gen console or handheld. With the same richly coloured and stylistic take on middle Europe that saw Dark Chronicle succeed, as well as by putting a charming spin on the puzzle genre, Professor Layton and the Curious Village steps...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

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