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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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(Small Spoiler: The hint coins are scattered throughout the village. Click everywhere, you'll uncover them.)
- The touch screen/stylus controls are simple and easy to learn.
- You can save your progress at any time.
- Animated scenes and voice acting are very good.
- Your "Puzzle Index" keeps track of all the puzzles you've solved. You can even tag your favorites in your "Picks" section.
- You can download more puzzles from WFC every week.
- I've needed a pen and paper a few times when the puzzles were a bit more challenging and there wasn't enough room on the DS screen for notes.
- Only the animated scenes are "fully voiced". During game-play, all the conversations are text/subtitles. No biggie really as it doesn't detract from the experience.
More to come later; I gotta get back to playing. :)
Many of the puzzles are difficult, but none are "cheap" - like a great Zelda dungeon, you always know the solution to your problem is in reach. No time limits are imposed, so you can play around and try to tease out the answer for as long as you like. I'm keeping a pad and paper next to me at all times to sketch out ideas and diagrams (and occasionally some light math). If you love that sort of thing, grab this game as soon as you can.
The Professor has a nice pedigree - the game was developed by Level 5, who have been behind some great epic RPGs: Dragon Quest VII (and the upcoming IX), Rogue Galaxy, the Dark Cloud series, and the upcoming PS3 title White Knight Story. They're one of my favorite developers, and it's great to see them branching out into something like this.
Between the constant and varied "quest" puzzles, the larger meta-puzzles, and some nice surprises thrown in along the way, there's plenty here to keep you occupied. Even better, new downloadable puzzles will be made available regularly. Add a charming art style and a great soundtrack (think whimsical French street music), and you've got an early contender for the DS game of the year.
The game has a difficulty-rating system (called picarats) which purports to tell you how hard the various puzzles are, ranging from 10/90 to 90/90. There's also a hint-coin system, where you collect coins with which you can purchase hints. Unfortunately, both systems are broken.
The puzzles gives you instructions, then when you break down and buy the first hint, it either A) restates the instructions or B) gives you a suggestion that is either singularly unhelpful or something that you've already tried. (Example: Puzzle Sez: Three people have placed identical umbrellas in an umbrella-stand. What's the probability that one of them will grab an umbrella that isn't theirs? First Hint: You don't have to do any complicated math to figure this out! Er, excuse me? How is that a hint!?) The second and third hints are not usually much better, though they have a higher rate of helpfulness to lack thereof.
The other problem with the game is that the puzzles do not start out easy and increase in difficulty as you get closer to the end. They're randomly sprinkled throughout the town of St. Mystere, and if you get stuck on one you may not be able to advance the story. (Fortunately, there's at least one excellent walkthrough at GameFAQs.com -- it's the only reason I beat the game.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really a lot of fun to play. Light, interesting, unlike any video game I have played before. It's great for a subway ride - you get to see a lot of puzzles and can continue to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pedro
Around half-way completed the game so far, meets expectations.Published 5 months ago by Justin Fairchild
Easy game play, excellent story, wonderful music, charming characters. I didn't care for the math puzzles and many other puzzle that didn't really have anything to do with the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Reggie
Something to say right off the bat: Do NOT buy this directly from Nintendo for its ridicuous price of... what, $80? Read morePublished 8 months ago by imaloony
An excellent game. I had to look around quite a bit to find it in good condition for a reasonable price. What do people do with their Nintendo DS game cases, seriously?Published 11 months ago by Jerry Rig
The story is fun, the puzzles are challenging enough to keep you captivated, and the voice work and animation are fantastic!Published 12 months ago by Katy