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.
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
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...
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.
Excerpt: Véritable révélation de l'année passée, le premier volet de la série des Professeur Layton laissait à penser que le studio Level-5 avait su trouver la formule magique idéale pour concevoir le jeu d'aventure à énigmes qu'il fallait à la Nintendo DS.