Reviews and Problems with Professor Layton and Pandora's Box
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Professor Layton and Pandora's Box Review
17 November 2009
Excerpt: Professor Layton and the Curious Village was undoubtedly one of the best DS games of 2008 - a stylish cartoon adventure that wrapped a murder mystery plot around a massive collection of puzzles and riddles. Wez and his lady immediately fell in love with it , and such was his enthusiasm that I utterly failed in my attempts to prize his review cart away from him.
Excerpt: Dare you look into Pandora’s Box…or Layton’s Hat… Reholster your gun, sheathe your sword and Pritt Stick your arch nemesis’s head back onto his neck, the name ‘Professor Layton’ is more likely to make top-hats quiver rather than boots. The eloquent gentleman’s last adventure in Professor Layton and the Curious Village proved that if anything would get you out of a kerfuffle, the puzzle page of The Times and a vast array of teas top trumped fancy assault rifle/chainsaw...
Pros: Great puzzles with a steady learning curve, Fantastic charm through animations all the way throughout
Cons: Story wavers towards the end, mini-games seem like unnecessary additions
Excerpt: was one of the finest games on the DS, and was especially notable for turning the fashionable brain training phase on its head. For a system that quickly established itself for its quick-fire brainteasers and puzzles,
Conclusion: When Professor Layton and the Curious Village reached European shores last year, it was completely without fanfare and expectations. As luck would have it both American and European players took a liking to the wonder world of Professor Layton offers, and thus the sequel didn't take quite as long to get here. Professor Layton and his partner Luke, travel around a world filled with puzzle loving inhabitants.
Pros: Charming and exciting story. Well made collection of puzzles to solve.
Cons: Poor replay value. The music cannot be turned off.
Conclusion: Pandora's Box is a highly successful result of what was certainly not an easy sequel to make. Newbies may be better served checking out Curious Village first, anybody who was pleasantly surprised by the original owes it to themselves to pick this up.