Professor Layton and the Curious Village (2007)
"Reiton kyôju to fushigi na machi" (original title)

Video Game  -  Adventure | Mystery  -  10 February 2008 (USA)
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The game's plot revolves around Professor Layton and his young assistant Luke. The pair are invited to St. Mystere by Lady Dahlia, widow of the late Baron Reinhold, to solve the mystery of ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Yô Ôizumi ...
Maki Horikita ...
Luke Triton (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Darling ...
Luke Triton (voice)
Minoru Inaba ...
Motomu Kiyokawa ...
Professor Layton / Don Paolo (voice)
Luke Triton / Flora (voice)
Mamiko Noto ...
Shiro Saito ...
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The game's plot revolves around Professor Layton and his young assistant Luke. The pair are invited to St. Mystere by Lady Dahlia, widow of the late Baron Reinhold, to solve the mystery of the Golden Apple. The Baron stated in his last will and testament that whosoever should solve the mystery would inherit everything he possessed, but no one in the town has any idea what this Golden Apple is. Written by Christopher Robin Miller

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Puzzle Activity Book meets Point-n-Click Adventure!
28 November 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

( Professor Layton & The Curious Village is the first chapter in Level 5's popular game franchise 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.

The brain teasers originally appeared in a series of puzzle books called Head Gymnastics by Akira Tago (who also supervised development of the game), which Level 5 president Akihiro Hino enjoyed in his youth. The genius was combining these puzzles with a fun mystery and an interesting cast of characters.

In this installment, Professor Layton has been summoned to the strange village of St. Mystere by Lady Dahlia, widow to Baron Reinhold. The late Baron has willed his life's fortune to anyone who can solve the mystery of the Golden Apple. Unfortunately, the apple is hidden somewhere in St. Mystere and no one knows where it is. It's up to the Professor to solve this and many other riddles along the way, with the help of his trusty assistant Luke and the citizens of St. Mystere.

Professor Layton uses the touch screen almost exclusively for everything from talking to villagers to moving about town, to writing answers to solve a puzzle. Just about anyone, regardless of gaming experience, should be able to pick it up and play it immediately, assuming they can read. Don't take that to mean the game is easy. There's plenty of text in the game, and key to solving many puzzles is paying special attention to the wording of a question. Slight hiccoughs may occur with the game's hand writing recognition, but it's nothing a quick do-over won't fix.

There are over 120 puzzles to be solved, in a wide variety of styles. Very few puzzles boil down to trial and error, with most having specific, logic-based solutions. The difficulty also varies greatly from puzzle to puzzle, so it's probably not suitable for very young players. Puzzles are presented both with text and often some kind of visual diagram which you may write on, if the need for simple calculations or notes should arise (and it will).Should you get stumped, you may buy up to three hints using "hint coins", which you find littered throughout the village in suspicious places. Simply tapping around on objects of interest in the background will yield enough coins (and hints) to get you out of a tight spot – though without a time limit, there's really no reason to hurry. Meanwhile, players keep score with Picarats they earn for successfully solving puzzles. The more Picarats you score by the end of the game, the more unlock-able stuff you get.

Certain puzzles are exclusive to a specific chapter, but players may tackle these in later chapters by visiting Mrs. Riddleton's shack, where any missed puzzles are stored. Players can also access the puzzles they've already solved through the menu, which is great for puzzling friends and relatives.

Aside from the puzzles, Professor Layton's primary strength lies in its lavish production values. Beautifully drawn characters and backgrounds in a distinctive style similar to "The Triplettes of Belville", and music evocative of a Paris café, transport you to a wonderfully idealized vision of early 20th century Europe.

The colour palette is slightly subdued, almost as if the entire game has been tinted with a light sepia tone, further adding to its flavor. As a nice treat the presentation is rounded out by dazzling cinematics from time to time, easily matching the quality of big budget animated films through stunning use of computer graphics and some voice acting. Thankfully, players can enjoy these scenes again and again through the options' movie viewer.

Professor Layton & The Curious Village is a win-win combination of classic brain teasers with a storybook animated film. For my money, Professor Layton is a better game than its competition (Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, Hotel Dusk, etc), because unlike many point and click adventure games, where the puzzles often require a specific item or have illogical solutions, Professor Layton deviates from the norm to create a much more user-friendly experience. At the same time, with its unusual cast of characters and setting, Professor Layton is much more engaging than standard edutainment titles, such as Brain Training or Big Brain Academy.

It took me about 15 hours to complete the main game, being very thorough not to miss any puzzles or hint coins, which is a perfectly acceptable length for this sort of game (and its low price). Players can also unlock extra puzzles via wi-fi for a fresh challenge. From what I've gathered, the Layton games will likely become one of the DS's most treasured series. Don't pass it up!

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