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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews) 84 / 100

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  • No time limits on puzzles allows players to take their time before answering or using an in-game 'hint coin.'
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box features a riveting new mystery and more than 150 new brain teasers, riddles and logic puzzles to challenge and delight players.
  • Additional puzzles available via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection each week for 33 weeks after the game launches.
  • New memo pad feature which allows players to work through puzzles more easily solved by sketching out possible scenarios.
  • A variety of mini-games that although do not directly affect the outcome of the game, provide variety of gameplay and can help with the Professor and Luke's relations with NPCs.

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  • ASIN: B002AU0HZQ
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 24, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,102 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

In the world of Professor Layton, puzzles hide in every corner. When the professor's mentor is mysteriously murdered, a cursed artifact called the Elysian Box appears to be behind it. With a ticket to the Molentary Express as their only lead, Professor Layton and Luke embark on an adventure that will test their wits and work their brains. Calling all brainteaser fans! With tons of in-game puzzles of different types and difficulties, there's something for everyone from kids to adults. As Professor Layton, you'll open doors with sliding puzzles, uncover clues with logic puzzles, and find answers by solving riddles. A cinematic experience! This large-scale sequel to Professor Layton and the Curious Village™ features three times the voiced dialogue and movies of its predecessor. The fully voiced movies, hand-drawn art style, and cast of eccentric characters bring the story to life and are sure to charm puzzle fans young and old.

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Follow-up game to 2008's runaway hit Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is a unique puzzle game for Nintendo DS and DSi that mixes an engrossing storyline and entertaining characters spread throughout a variety of environments, with addictive and varied stylus-driven puzzle play. Join the famous Professor Layton and his sidekick Luke as you take on more than 150 puzzles included with the game, and more available via download, as you challenge your senses and logic to eventually solve a puzzling mystery.

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Story
When Professor Layton's mentor, Dr. Schrader, turns up dead with no clear answer as to why, it's up to the renowned puzzle-solver and his apprentice, Luke, to unravel the mystery. The only clue thus far is a train ticket for the Molentary Express. What could it mean, and who — or what — might have caused Dr. Schrader's death? In order to find out, Professor Layton and Luke will embark on an odyssey filled with challenging puzzles which may lead them to an object known as the Elysian Box, rumored to kill all who open it.

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Gameplay
As with other games in the Professor Layton series, gameplay in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is linked to a richly illustrated storyline, in-game environments and non-player characters (NPCs). Diabolical Box takes this further than the original game, with more locations to explore, significantly more animated cutscenes and the deeper level of voice talent employed. As players move through the game with an aim towards solving the overarching mystery they will encounter characters who can forward their progress if they return the favor in advance by solving a puzzle. These brainteasers cover everything from mazes and riddles, to logic and sliding puzzles and everything in-between. There are no time limits on puzzles and 'hint coins' found and earned throughout the game can be used to purchase up to three hints per puzzle. The game cartridge contains 150 puzzles, but it is not necessary to solve every puzzle in order to finish the game. Those who do though and yearn for even more can access additional puzzles via a DS and/or DSi Wi-Fi connection. These will be released weekly for the first 33 weeks after game launch. In addition to standard brainteasing puzzle play the game also features a series of mini-games that although do not affect the outcome of the game directly, can help with players' interactions with NPCs, and thus have an impact on progress through the game, as well as serve to vary gameplay.

Key Game Features

  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box features a riveting new mystery and more than 150 new brain teasers, riddles and logic puzzles to challenge and delight players.
  • Beyond the puzzles found in the game cartridge, players with a broadband Internet connection who connect their Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will get access to downloadable bonus puzzles. A new puzzle will be available each week for 33 weeks after the game launches.
  • The game includes a significantly greater amount of voice work and animated cutscenes compared to the original game.
  • New memo pad feature which allows players to work through puzzles more easily solved by sketching out possible scenarios.
  • A variety of mini-games that although do not directly affect the outcome of the game, provide variety of gameplay, and can help with the Professor and Luke's relations with NPCs.
  • No time limits on puzzles allows players to take their time before answering or using an in-game 'hint coin.'

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More than 150 puzzles.
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Dialog between Layton and Luke concerning the Elysian Box from 'Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box'
An engrossing mystery.
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Train gameplay location from 'Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box'
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Hamster mini-game from 'Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box'
Additional mini-games.
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Customer Reviews

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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nintendo DS Winner August 26, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I picked up Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box because the last game was so popular, but I hadn't played it - it's on order now, after playing the Diabolical Box!

The graphics, music and looks of the game are wonderful with mini movies and cut to's that are of great quality.

The puzzles which are around every corner and nook are great - some are more difficult then others and for the most part I have solved the ones given - hint coins that are found throughout the game can come in very handy.

I found this to be a relaxing game compared to Henry Hatsworth which I have been playing but is frustrating to me - this game is a true downtime game to be enjoyed - great story line and wonderful characters and interesting puzzles that will baffle you at times, but won't make you want to pull your hair out.

The characters are really cool - all of them so far that I have encountered are enchanting as is the game!

I can finally see what all of the fuss is about - the Professor Layton games are truly what the DS was made for!
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
After buying my DS I loaded up on puzzle games and mystery games - all okay but nothing special. Then I saw the advert for the first Layton game and from day one I was hooked; great puzzles and such a compelling story line that towards the end it became like one of those good books you cannot put down - I had to finish it. And I am by no means a regular DS user as I rarely have the time; but this I made time for!
After trying other similar games such as Holmes and Mystery Case files - I still found no comparison so eagerly waited for this - and it was well worth the wait!
It began with the promise of a great story and I really like the fact that it quickly leads into the play for those familiar with the game, but also provides brief instruction for those for whom this is new! If you are familiar with the first story it helps in terms of some character recognition, but it is by no means a necessity!
Once again great puzzles of various different levels of complexity! Some are real challenges, some can be solved quickly but all are really fun which is what helps set this apart. But it is the story into which the puzzles are woven that really makes this game worth it! Its interesting, you want to solve the mystery and the combination of an adventure and puzzles is the factor that makes this a must have / cannot put down game!
Another bonus is that as you progress you can unlock puzzles that can be played any time without going into the story - this feature was really lacking in games such as Holmes which were a one time deal - reach the end and then you are done - whereas this offers game play when you have solved the mystery!
I had to shop several stores before I found this sitting on the shelf as it sold out quickly after its initial release! I can see why! This series is my favorite for DS -I look forward to playing more and more of this and the rest of the Layton games in the future!
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box August 27, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am a huge fan of Professor Layton and the Curious Village. I could hardly wait for the Diabolical Box to be released. This game has surpassed my expectations. There are so many new levels and challenges. The animation is amazing and I love the voice overs. It's hard to put this game down long enough to clean house and fix dinner. When people think of video games they assume that children and teenagers are the ones playing them. Not in our house. I love my Nintendo DS (it was a gift from my 15 yr old son). I am anxiously awaiting for the 3rd game in the series. I also intend to grab "ScribbleNauts" as soon as it's released on Sept. 15th! And 3 cheers to Amazon for having my games, books, and movies available. I can have whatever I want within 24 hours. Ahhhh what a life. :) Shawna.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Professor Layton does it again! August 27, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I first discovered Professor Layton and the Curious Village when it was released and quickly became a fan of the series. With Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, my love for the series remains the same. After completing the story line of the game I learned that all in all, this game has over 138 puzzles with a few hidden extra puzzles that I have yet to unlock. In addition to this, there are more puzzles that can be downloaded via Nintendo wi-fi connection. So if you love brainteasers, this game is chock full of them just like its predecessor. What makes the Professor Layton series different that just a collection of brain teasers is the mysterious story line attached to it, as well as it's wonderful art style.

The gameplay consists of Professor Layton and his apprentice Luke as they explore through charming European-like villages and a train all while trying to find the answer of the cryptic Elysian box. As you explore, there are puzzles that you come across that you can solve. If you get stuck with one of these brainteasers, there are hint coins you can find allowing you to unlock up to three hints per puzzle (which can come in handy for those tough ones). At the ending you'll have needed to solve at least 80 puzzles to be able to beat the game.

The story line for this game was nothing that I would have expected, which is good. I hate figuring out the ending at the beginning, but I honestly had no idea and was surprised in an unrealistic turn of events in the end. (I think I found a plot hole, but I don't mind pardoning it because the idea was original enough in the first place). Anyway, The story is illustrated through fabulous animated cutscenes and makes you crave for more as you wish to learn more about the intriguing characters that you are presented.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars puzzles good, plot iffy
Great puzzles, though I'm not sure the plot entirely makes sense. It felt to me like some plot points had been forgotten.
Published 5 days ago by David A. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift for all ages
Given to my little cousin as a christmas gift since it was one of my own favorite games. A gift for all ages as I am 27 and loved it and he is 13 anf loves it! Read more
Published 8 days ago by KillswitchLyss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good, it arrived perfectly in time :)
Published 8 days ago by Gabriela Díaz Infante
5.0 out of 5 stars And the price was great!
My son loves it! He's been asking for it for 2 years and this is the only place I could find it. And the price was great!
Published 25 days ago by Dorothy Halter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 1 month ago by nikkid1993
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun Game
Published 2 months ago by Carol Milller
3.0 out of 5 stars but rests way too heavily on annoying sliding block puzzles
It's a layton game, but rests way too heavily on annoying sliding block puzzles. The tea-making side game is incredibly annoying, since there's very little logic to it and a lot of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the things I like about it
This is a challenge to play. One of the things I like about it.
Published 3 months ago by M. M. Prestegard
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought the game used but it looks and works just like new!
Arrived a day earlier than predicted by the tracking system. I bought the game used but it looks and works just like new!
Published 3 months ago by C. Vo
5.0 out of 5 stars game
enjoy these games so much
Published 3 months ago by Teeny Kennard
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