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Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 356 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the usability and value for money. The graphics and design are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the controls. There are some mixed comments about the gameplay.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS)

 

With a combination of whimsical storytelling, captivating visuals, and challenging-but-fair logic puzzles, Professor Layton and the Curious Village was a welcome surprise that infused the brainteaser game genre with entirely new types of fun. Nearly...

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Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS)

 

Professor Layton and the Curious Village mixes an interesting story, challenging logic puzzles, and exploration into an extremely entertaining package that you won't want to put down.

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Professor Layton and The Last Specter Review

 

Professor Layton and the Last Specter's art style doesn't stray too far from the established style from previous titles, which like the gameplay itself isn't a bad thing, the Layton games look great both in game and in cut-scenes. Level-5 always put...

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter

 

With every sequel in a successful franchise, there is typically an expectation to innovate and reinvent. It's not an entirely unfounded request—we'd all love to re-experience something fantastic but with a fresh coat of paint. However, with something...

Tighter, slightly more focused story; addition of Emmy makes for better-rounded cast; wide variety of tricky puzzles; same great production values as always

Minor gameplay additions don’t add much; prequel angle could’ve been better developed; lengthy bonus RPG (North American release only) is a letdown

There’s plenty more of the same puzzling goodness in this fourth Layton entry. Just don’t expect anything other than the expected.

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter Review

 

As a puzzle nerd, I was really excited for the release of Professor Layton and the Last Specter, the fourth game in Nintendo's series about a puzzle-solving English gentleman to arrive in the US.

More interactive story ; More from the best puzzle series around

Mini games are basically rehashed ; Overall difficulty is lower than previous games

As a puzzle nerd, I was really excited for the release of Professor Layton and the Last Specter, the fourth game in Nintendo’s series about a puzzle-solving English gentleman to arrive in the US. The game stays true to the formula that developer Level...

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Professor Layton and the Last Spec..

 

A subpar addition by Layton standards still makes for a good puzzle game.

Varied and challenging puzzles, interesting mini-games, Layton?s Life is pleasantly addictive

Weakest story out of all of the games

Brandon Cackowski-Schnell is a regular contributor to GameShark and is the cohost of Jumping the Shark , GameShark.com's official podcast and co-founder of No High Scores.

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter

 

A game of Layton with a side of Animal Crossing.

170+ new puzzles ; Fantastic presentation ; It's Layton ; Lengthy London Life bonus

Mini-games are lackluster ; Not going to bring in new fans

I haven't played a Layton game since the first one, but I've been thinking about going back to it, and London Life sounds really appealing to me, so I may pick this up.

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter Review

 

Professor Layton and the Last Specter is yet another absorbing outing for the puzzle-solving English gentleman and his friends.

Includes over 150 smart and satisfying brainteasers ; Tells a touching story ; Lovely visuals ; Generous hint system keeps you from getting stuck ; London Life is a charming bonus

Very similar to earlier games in the series

That same charm permeates every aspect of the Last Specter. The perpetually top-hat-wearing Hershel Layton is just as delightful a companion here as ever; his love of puzzles is infectious, and his refined demeanor brings a cultured air to the entire...

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Professor Layton And The Last Specter Playtest – Life In Little London

 

The previous Professor Layton title, The Unwound Future, ended Layton and Luke's adventures. Professor Layton and the Last Specter rewinds time and explains how the puzzle solving duo met.

Nintendo boasts London Life has over 100 hours of gameplay and while I’m not even close to that figure, I’ve seen some repetition already. There is an actual story to complete, but the core of London Life is collecting and that means doing the same...

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Review: Professor Layton and the Last Specter (DS)

 

Professor Layton returns in his longest and most intellectually stimulating adventure yet.

Diverse puzzles; lengthy extra adventure in the Animal Crossing-like London Life; same high-quality experience as always

A few puzzles are worded too vaguely; the overarching plot comes together well, but introduces impossible-to-anticipate plot twists and red herrings

Product Specifications

In the curious village of St. Mystere, townsfolk greet each other with riddles, lock their doors with sliding puzzles, and hide their secrets within brainteasers. When a wealthy baron passes away, his will reveals an elusive treasure hidden someplace inside the village. Now it's up to Professor Layton to untangle St. Mystere's riddles and puzzles, find the hidden treasure, and crack the case.

Game

Elements:Miscellaneous - puzzle
ESRB Rating:Everyone (6+)
Max Number of Players:1

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Compatibility:Game console
Manufacturer:Nintendo
Model:And The Curious Village
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Professor Layton

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Package Type:Retail

Software

Category:Games
Game Console Compatibility:Nintendo DS
License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - miscellaneous / entertainment / educational