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Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (Nintendo DS)

Platform : Nintendo DS
4.5 out of 5 stars 282 customer reviews

Price: £14.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
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  • A riveting new mystery and more than 150 new brain teasers, riddles and logic puzzles to challenge and delight players.
  • Downloadable puzzles through the Nintendo DS and DSi wireless connection
  • Increased amounts of voice work and beautiful animated movie scenes compared to the original.
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Game Information

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

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  • ASIN: B002AU0HZQ
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 12.5 x 1.6 cm ; 113 g
  • Release Date: 25 Sept. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description Review

The professor of puzzle-solving is back, with a bigger adventure and even greater dangers than before. While investigating the death of his mentor Dr Schrader, the Prof. and his apprentice Luke are embroiled in a dangerous mystery concerning a box that is said to kill any who open it.

A train ticket for the Molentary Express is the Prof.'s first clue
Every puzzle has three levels of hints to use, so you should never get stuck
The Molentary Express has a whole host of peculiar people to meet and chat to
Even looking after your pet hamster is turned into a puzzle

As you board the Molentary Express you enter a new world filled with bizarre characters and over a hundred new puzzles to test your grey matter. From simple riddles and maths problems, to logic puzzles, optical illusions and block-sliding style brainteasers - no two challenges are ever the same.

There's always a helpful hint to ensure you never get stuck for long though and plenty of rewards for when you get them right - from keep fit gifts for your pet hamster to ingredients for the ultimate cup of tea. Training your brain has never been this much fun!

Key Features
  • Puzzling variety: Over 150 brand new brain-busting puzzles to uncover and solve, with even more variety and surprises than last time.
  • Animated adventure: If you liked the cartoon style cut scenes in the first game you'll be amazed how much better, and numerous, they are here.
  • Special rewards: Every solved puzzle has its own special reward, from opening a lock on your journal to gaining new pieces to the Prof.'s camera or gifts for your pet hamster!
  • Trilogy treats: Unlock even more extra features with special codes obtained in the first game and from the third title in the series when it is released.
  • Online action: Even when you've beaten the main game you can still download one new puzzle a week with the special Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection option.
About the Developer: Level-5
Now one of the biggest independent developers in Japan, Level-5 rose to fame with role-playing games such as Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King and White Knight Chronicles. They've also enjoyed huge success with the Professor Layton series of puzzle game adventures.

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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2009
I am now a few hours into this game and feel I have a good enough experience of it to review it now. If you've played the first game then this will feel familiar. The product illustration for this product has a different title, but I believe that is the American version of the game.

It follows the same method of gameplay with a few tweaks. As before there is a plot to link the various puzzles into a common theme - but the truth is that this is essentially a collection of mini-games. To aid the story we are treated to some animated sequences which are even more impressive than the ones in the first game. In fact, the quality of the animation is so good that you find yourself wanting to watch more - and it wouldn't be surprising if eventually the characters appear in another format such as an animated TV series or film!

Although this is an attractive game, it isn't designed for youngsters. There is a lot of reading and the puzzles can be difficult, very difficult! This is one of those games which you can't help but love even when it's frustrating you to the point that you'd quite happily flush your DS down the toilet.

The background story gives the game an edge over other puzzle type games but you can easily get by if you pay little attention to it, this means that the game is perfect to pick up and play for a little while and doesn't require mammoth playing sessions. To be honest you'll probably require regular breaks from the game!

In a nutshell: A game in the spirit of Nintendo's aim to produce games for those the gaming industry traditionally doesn't appeal to. This game is beautifully crafted and is genuinely brain teasing.
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I have just completed this fantastic game and had to let everyone know how marvelous it is. If you are lucky enough to have played the first game then expect more of the same - relentless puzzles and incredible cut scenes (although in this case they are all saved up for the end, but what an end!). If you are new to the Layton franchise then look forward to some ingenious puzzles and some really frustrating, but ultimately satisfying, mini games.
Our adventure starts in London, quickly moves to Paris and then we join the Molentary Express on its journey through to the village of Folsense and it's mysterious secrets. Folsense itself is bigger than St Mystere from the first game and the puzzles are spaced out more, which means more exploration. The puzzles start off rather easy and do seem easier then the first Layton adventure, but the difficult puzzles are obtained once you have mastered the various (really good fun too!)mini games.
The mysteries keep on coming in this game and there are more of the unusual characters we encountered from the first game (including a few old faces, like Granny Riddleton and her puzzle shack).
All in all, expect more of the same in the sequel. This is a game that should be on every discerning DS owners wish list.
Cup of tea anyone?
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Being a non-nerdy 14 year old boy I will review this product to help others. OK I will try not to spoil it.

The Game starts when Prof. laytons teacher dies.
Lots of voice acting and Anime here. A little tutorial thats not to long so if you know what do it is very quick but if you don't know what to do it explains the basics of, travel, exploring, talking to people and hint coins. Thats all u need 5/5

The game has over 150 puzzles and i have done 122 of those in 15 hours. There are no glitches and I have completed the fun, interesting and exciting storyline which has anime, music (not bad) and voice overs quite alot but not all the time.

There extra things to do as well like Laytons Challenges, Weekly Puzzle on Wi-Fi (i think it stopped now), The Hamster, The Camera and the tea making (actually Quite fun).

Fun 5/5
story 6/5 (not a type-o)
Replay Value 2/5

I hope this helps and remember to click thumbs up or whatever it is these days
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By Alan VINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2009
This is an excellent follow up to one of the DS's best titles. For the uninitiated, the Layton games are a mix of brain teasers and puzzles, mixed with a graphic adventure that follows the tale of the Professor investigating the disappearance of an old friend.

There are more puzzles in this than the original, and the game is a little longer, and it must be said the puzzles aren't quite up to the high standard of the original. There are a lot of puzzles similar to one another, and many of them are run-of-the-mill sliding block or arithmetic puzzles. That's not to say it isn't fun - it's still of a very high standard, it's just the first game set the bar so high.

On the positive side, the presentation and plot are a big improvement on the original. Likewise, the various minigames you can play while exploring, give some much needed variety to the proceeding.

I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the original. If you haven't played either though, I'd recommend 'Curious Village' over this one as your first purchase.

Note: This review was based on the identical 'Professor Layton & The Diabolical Box', which is the North American version and is identical in all but name. Unlike some other reviewers here, I paid to import this game by post - downloading ROMs from the net is both illegal and I'm sure highly offensive to the people who put effort into creating this software.
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