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Stationery Island Magnetic Memo Board - 45 x 60 cm - Frameless Sleek Design - Scratch & Stain Resistant Magnetic Glass Board
Stationery Island Magnetic Memo Board - 45 x 60 cm - Frameless Sleek Design - Scratch & Stain Resistant Magnetic Glass Board
Offered by Stationery Island
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any home office, 2 Jan. 2016
Great item - lovely quality, arrived intact and well protected. Beautiful to write on and looks great on my wall. The magnetic clips and chalk pen included were also a great touch!


Stationery Island Chalk Pens W30 3mm Fine Bullet Nib - Wet Wipe Erase Chalk Markers Pack of 8 Colours
Stationery Island Chalk Pens W30 3mm Fine Bullet Nib - Wet Wipe Erase Chalk Markers Pack of 8 Colours
Offered by Stationery Island
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant alternative to chalk, 11 Nov. 2015
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Really nice pens to write with - perfect for writing on windows/blackboards etc (nice to be able to write on a blackboard with something finer than chalk!). Dries quickly, and washes off easily with just a bit of wet kitchen towel. Really quick dispatch and great service - they even sent me a special email telling me how to get the best out of the pens. Would 100% buy again


Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney  (3DS)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (3DS)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £36.45

29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Both Worlds, 29 Mar. 2014
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Having played and loved all the Professor Layton and Ace Attorney games that have so far made it to Europe, I must say my anticipation for this title was reaching fever pitch. Imagine my relief then when I finally got my hands on it, and found out that it more than justifies the hype. This is without doubt the most polished game of either series and expertly plays off the two styles of gameplay against each other. Giving both of its stars equal screen time is a bold move which has paid off, sure to satisfy those who come in from only one of the franchises, giving the game a clear structure and utilising both game's strengths. The puzzles and exploration sections are everything you'd expect from a Professor Layton game, being engaging and truly head-scratchingly difficult at some points, and the courtroom sessions lack none of the absurd characters and charming contradictions from the Ace Attorney himself.

I will not go into the main plot here, but will say it is darker than the Professor's usual fare. It is however just as gripping as the storylines in either series, and being written by Shu Takumi, the mind behind the original Phoenix Wright trilogy, means there are plenty of exciting twists and turns, and a lot of humour. I have not been so entertained by a video game in a long time, and the scene where our two heroes meet is the stuff of comedy gold. To say anything more about the plot may venture into spoiler territory, but rest assured, its a good one. As with all Level-5 releases, the localisation of this game is superb, with once more incredible voice acting (special nods go to the voice of Phoenix who is spot on, and Layton in the courtroom is divine) and none of the grammatical errors which plagued early Ace Attorney titles. Once again the cutscenes are gorgeous to look at, and there is plenty of bonus content to be had in the form of free weekly DLC to keep you coming back to this title long after the credits roll.

In short, should you buy this title? If you are a fan of either series, the answer is unequivocally yes. This game refines and melds the two styles into a package that is truly magical. If you've never played either series before, this still comes highly recommended. No prior knowledge is needed, and the charming atmosphere, intriguing storyline and easy to pick up gameplay should have everyone hooked. As our two heroes say, critical thinking is the key to success, and on this title, there are no objections from me.
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Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call (Nintendo DS)
Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call (Nintendo DS)
Offered by Boomedia
Price: £12.00

90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Layton Yet?, 29 Nov. 2011
It needs to be said, if you loved the previous Professor Layton games then you'll love this one. The presentation is better, the minigames are more engaging, more variety of puzzles, more voice acting and cut scenes, the quality of this game is faultless. It cannot quite compare to the emotional impact of "The Lost Future" but the story is unmitigated fan service, with nods the fans will love, including just how Layton and Luke met, and some surprising returns from old characters.

The only issue I have with this game is "London Life". For those of you who don't know, this was an extra minigame included in the Japan and US releases. It is an RPG which sees you living in London doing quests for characters of the games, and purports to have 100 hours of playtime. Many people are outraged that due to long localization times this game is not available in Europe (as although an english copy of the game is in circulation in the US, UK English, French, German, Spanish etc versions are not available). If this is an issue for you, I would strongly recommend importing this game from the US. If however you are not too bothered about this, I cannot recommend this release higher to you. The voice-acting is sublime as always (the UK voice actors are less irritating than their US counterparts), and this is the most complete Layton experience ever.

Even without London Life, this is a worthy package that deserves to be in your DS (or 3DS) for many months, fully deserving the same ratings that the other games in the series regularly get.
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