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Professor Layton and The Curious Village (Nintendo DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 7 and Over
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (441 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • ASIN: B000U5W3IW
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14 x 1.3 cm ; 113 g
  • Release Date: 7 Nov 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (441 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 974 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

In the curious village of St. Mystere, townsfolk greet each other with rebuses, 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. As Professor Layton, 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. Fully voiced animated scenes bring the story to life, while the funny and eccentric villagers and the classic, hand-drawn art provide a stylish charm that will appeal to all.

  • Touch Screen controls make working through puzzles a snap
  • New puzzles are available weekly for download via Nintendo WFC
  • 130 puzzle
  • Touch Screen controls
  • New puzzles are available weekly for download via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
  • Fully voiced animated scenes

Manufacturer's Description

Amazon.co.uk
Nominated as one of the top handheld games of the year by the 2007 Japanese Game Awards, Professor Layton and the Curious Village sets players loose in a Victorian dream world as you and your guide, Professor Layton, explore a quirky Victorian village where everything is a puzzle.

Professor Layton and the Curious Village game logo

Puzzle-solving fun on your DS

Something is Odd in St. Mystere
In the curious village of St. Mystere, townsfolk speak to each other in riddles, lock their doors with sliding puzzles and hide their secrets within brainteasers. When the wealthy Baron Augustus Reinhold passes away, his will reveals a hidden treasure in the village of St. Mystere. Unable to locate the treasure themselves, the baron's family calls upon renowned puzzle expert Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, for help. Upon the pair's arrival, their search for the treasure is interrupted by the suspicious death of another member of the Reinhold family. Now with two mysteries on their hands, Professor Layton and Luke must work their way through the village's many puzzles, riddles and brainteasers to find the truth.

How to progress through the game
The storyline and puzzles are tightly integrated, so that as you explore the world and progress through the adventure, you will encounter more and more puzzles. Many of the puzzles are new to the North American release.

  • As Professor Layton, players tackle more than 130 puzzles as they unravel the mysteries of the village. Challenges range from mazes and riddles to logic and sliding puzzles, many of which are new for the North American release. Touch-screen controls make working through puzzles a snap for players of all skill levels, and as a special bonus new puzzles are available weekly for download for the first six months following game release via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
  • Unlike other puzzle-driven titles, Professor Layton is the first to offer a story, cast of characters and style that are just as strong as the game play. Fully voiced animated scenes bring the story to life, while the funny and eccentric villagers and the classic, hand-drawn art provide a stylish charm that will appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike.
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Product Description
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.

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233 of 238 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games on the DS 5 Dec 2008
By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I completely agree with all of the positive reviews on here and would like to also highly recommend this game as it is amazing. If you imagine a point-and-click murder mystery in the style of the classic Broken Sword or the more recent Phoenix Wright games and mix it with the puzzle elements of the best selling Brain Training games, then you will have some idea what to expect here.

Don't expect an easy game here though as even the puzzles early on take a lot of thinking about and will have you clicking on the Hints button! Most puzzles are solved by using just common sense and the answer will suddenly click and you'll be kicking yourself for not seeing it before. As well as some truly brain-teasing puzzles, there are also some of the best videos - with full spoken audio - that I have seen on the DS and it all adds to the story and will make you want to keep playing to solve the mystery.

Overall this is without a doubt one of the best games on the DS and is one that everyone will enjoy regardless of your age or gender. Just be prepared to get addicted to it!
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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Victorian brain workout. 16 Dec 2008
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The DS has excelled in bringing us puzzle games, and this is a great new spin on a well established idea.

Professor Layton's Curious Village is a series of puzzles which range from pretty easy to annoyingly tricky. This isn't a game for young children as some of the games might be a tad complex, but it should appeal to everyone from the age of around 10 upwards. My wife has been addicted to this game and even after completing it felt compelled to keep playing to unlock the last few remaining puzzles.

Most of the puzzles are based on very simple principles and seem easy at first - it's only after a few attempts at trying to get the worm into the middle of an apple, or trying to get equal amounts of liquid into a couple of jugs that you realise that this could be quite time consuming!

The puzzles are linked together by means of a plot to uncover the secret of the village and the late Baron Augustus Reinhold. By the end of the game you find out the secret and what starts to seem like a gimmicky story is tied up rather nicely.

Graphically the game impresses. With animated sequences and Victorian style quirky artwork, the game looks unique. The mockney accent of Luke is a bit annoying, but not enough to put you off!

In a nutshell: If you like a cerebral workout and brain training feels a bit old-hat, then this is a fun way to exercise the grey cells. At times you'll want to throw the damn game out of the window, but it's well worth the "eureka!" moment when you solve something you've spent ages trying to figure out!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really good but can be tricky.. 17 Jan 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game for my mum at Christmas to go with the new DS we had bought her. When she completed it i started playing it on my DS and can i just say thank god she played it first so she could help me out with the puzzles! some of them were seemingly very tricky but when she showed me the answers i just couldnt believe i didnt get it! so i tried my best on the others to do them myself and it worked! even on the maths ones which i thought would be hard because i'm very very bad at maths. even simple maths. i will admit, sometimes i just had to guess an answer.

it is a great game and even though i've completed the main story i still have puzzles that need completing and little side games in my inventory. so it is a game that you get your money's worth from. but please dont buy it for higher than the shops sell. i was lucky in that my sister works at a store and someone had got this game as a double gift so brought it back and my sister put it aside for me, and i got a staff discount, but i wouldnt ever pay over the odds for a game. just wait until it's instock and dont fall into the hands of the greedy people.
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121 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and curiouser! 7 Sep 2008
I was told about Professor Layton by a family member. At first I didn't think I was going to enjoy it but before I knew it, I was hooked! Some of the challenges were easy but others certainly got the grey cells working and what's more, other members of the family got involved in the challenges too! The graphics are great, and the game has mini movie clips throughout.

I've played "Phoenix Wright" but in my opinion "Professor Layton" is streets ahead in terms of all-round player experience - interaction, enjoyment and challenging!

It was sad when the challenges were coming to end but I was pleased to learn that additional weekly challenges could be downloaded -yippee!!

I can't wait for the next game - Professor Layton and Pandora's box - to be released and there's a third game in development too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My arm hurts! 13 Jan 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I don't normally write reviews but I love this game so much, I thought I would. I received the game this evening and played it for 3 hours straight, until my arm started hurting - didn't even stop for Eastenders!

I don't think I've ever been so instantly addicted to any game. Loads of puzzles, a murder mystery, a missing cat - this game has it all.

I recommend this game to anyone who likes puzzles and detective stories. Apparently you can download some extra puzzles for free!! Gonna check that out now...
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