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- 130 puzzles
- Touch Screen controls
- New puzzles are available weekly for download via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
- Fully voiced animated scenes
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In Professor Layton and the Curious Village, you’ll tackle over 130 puzzles as you unravel the mysteries of the village. Puzzles range from mazes and riddles to logic and sliding puzzles. Touch Screen controls make working through puzzles fun for players of all skill levels, and new puzzles are available weekly for download via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Fully voiced animated scenes bring the story to life, while the eccentric villagers and the hand-drawn art provide a charm that appeals to gamers and non-gamers alike. Only playable on Nintendo DS systems.
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That's why I liked this game so much. There wasn't any time pressure, you could save & stop at any point you liked, and most of the puzzles were challenging enough to be interesting.
I took off a star for a few reasons:
1. The 'back-story' games, like building up the stuff in the Inn rooms, or creating a painting from the scraps you were awarded, seemed pointless.
2. You couldn't get an answer to any puzzles that truly stumped you.
3. In 2 puzzles, I had a definitively correct answer but since it wasn't THE correct answer I had to keep trying again and again to figure out what the game wanted me to say. (Case in point: The Tile puzzle.)
4. And, most annoying: I discovered that you should never ever ever go back thru the tower door once you've gone thru the first time. If you do, you'll get stuck in the unstoppable little mini-movie that begins once you choose to enter the doors, and doesn't end until all the credits have s-l-o-w-l-y crawled off the screen. (Well, you can just shut off the DS, but if you've solved extra puzzles in the meantime, your progress would be lost if you did.)
Nice little plus that you can download extra free puzzles weekly if you have Wireless Broadband in your home. I have a secure network but just plugged in the WEP key and now can download new puzzles.
Solved the game in about 17 hours, but have spent a few extra hours to solve the additional download puzzles.
I got what I wanted from it - relaxation, some mental challenge, and a pleasant diversion. What else could you do that would give you 17+ hours of that for just $29?
I like puzzle games, but this one was strange. I seemed that right off the bat,some puzzles were very frustrating and the "hints were NOT THAT helpful. With usual puzzle games the first few are really easy and then the puzzles become gradually harder and harder. With THIS more difficult more toward the beginning with a very few easy ones thrown in. I reached the door to the Mansion and for some reason I went back to the town center for some reason and the game made me do the in between puzzles all over again. If I had solved one by dumb luck the first time, I was faced with the same puzzle again.
I seems to be better with the easier ones at the beginning so that you don't get "stuck" and you can't proceed further at all.
My husband just bought me the new Nintendo DS XL for my birthday and I will attempt to try the game again on the much larger screen.
I would not reccomend this game, unless you have the patience of a SAINT, which I don't!!!
Some were pretty easy and others took a little time and more than one hint.
All the puzzles come with three hints that you can "buy" with coins that you find throughout the game. There are more than enough coins to get you through the tough ones.
The back story is a little weak and many of the puzzles are common in logic/lateral thinking books.
I liked that you can download additional puzzles
The biggest problem I had with this game is that it was too short. It took less than 12 hours of game time to complete it from start to finish (all puzzles including all the extra downloads.) It left me wanting variations of the puzzles or a greater level of difficulty.
My 9 year-old son liked looking over my shoulder and working through the puzzles with me. I'm sure he will enjoy it as I pass it over to him.
Professor Layton is such a gentleman. I wish I could have gotten to know him better. Not a lot of development on him or Luke. Probably because of all of the puzzle. I understand that it is a puzzle game, but there are soooo many of them. It take away from the characters and often times they clutter the main story.
The main story is....well, it starts off fine but then it gets a bit silly. I can't spoil much but I am sure there will be a point when you say "oh, that is just stupid" at least once after the halfway point.
All and all, it was enough to encourage me to buy the next game, which I hope fixes up these issues.