41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
A poor start, but turns into a really good game,
A Kid's Review
This review is from: Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)I have been waiting for this game for absolutely ages- one and a half years in fact. I was worried, as usual, that the game might not live up to my general expectations, as many past sequels have (Mario Kart Wii, Sonic Rush Adventure, etc). I was almost certainly wrong.
Professor Layton, widely-recognised archeologist and his apprentice and successor, get a letter from supposedly future Luke, who exists 10 years in the future, explaining that future London needs the professor's help. Of course, the professor "curiosity is piqued" so he goes to a directed clock shop where there is a hidden time machine, or wormhole which he uses to get 10 years into the future. Once there, his investigation takes him round Future London and across the River Thames. It turns out that the person he seems to be keeping an eye on his future self, but I'm not talking any more or I'll spoil it.
The game starts off quite rushed and dull, unlike the opening for the predecessor, Diabolical Box. The game reveals most of the mysteries you were pondering while playing the past Layton games. Have you ever wandered what's under his hat? You'll find out here. After a cople of cut scenes, you're off, solving puzzles. One of the puzzle's main drawbacks is that it has been replaced with a less relaxing background theme, and that the puzzles are, in general, a lot easier than they used to be, which may be a drawback for the hardcore gamer. Eventually, after about 8 hours gameplay, the plot really unwraps and leads to a really spectacular ending, mainly focused on romance, greed and revenge.
Expect your normal host of characters: Professor Layton, Luke, Flora, Inspector Chelmey, Barton and Don Paolo.
This game has a slightly more emotional twist to it, and it marks the final game in this trilogy, unfortunately.
A real joy and definitely worth the money, though young children won't understand it and it may not appeal to everyone.
One more thing; DO NOT, repeat NOT buy this if you have not completed it's predessors. If you don't do this, you will ruining the first and second game, as well as you may not understand everything that goes on.
That's all, if were originally thinking of buying this, have played the first two games and enjoyed them, you just have to get this!