Reviews and Problems with Professor Layton and Pandora's Box
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Good puzzles but a weak story
Luis Villazon, amazon.co.uk
12 February 2014
Summary: Professor Layton and Luke return to solve their second mystery. This instalment is very much more of the same. Some of the puzzles are versions of classics like the Towers of Hanoi and the Knight's Tour in chess, others are variations on puzzles from the first game, such as the sliding block puzzles. But there is plenty of variety and the difficulty level felt about the same to me.
Summary: After playing the Curious Village I was desperate to get my hands on this but it was lacking something compared to its prequel and sequel. It didn't feel like the other Prof Layton experiences. In this case try to play it before you purchase it.
Conclusion: The puzzles in this game seem a big step down from the excellent first game, I found the sequel alot easier to put down. The professor Layton games can only really be judged on how good the puzzles are, and this one didnt quite cut it.
Summary: I was a little disappointed by this game. I really enjoyed "the curious village" and has hoped that "pandora's box" would be even better. Unfortunately this wasn't the case. Its still a good game - great graphics and amusing characters - but don't waste your time and money if you're after something fresh.
Summary: I bought this because I loved the style of Curious Village, and wanted more of the same. Which is what I got, sort of. The story is carried on from where the first game leaves off, and I really enjoyed this aspect. The science may be slightly dubious, but I was able to suspend disbelief and just go with what the game was telling me.
Summary: Having played the first game, I was looking forward to playing this next adventure. The puzzles are still and these have improved as they have been incoporated into the story. However with the need to make it more 'actioned packed' with the game now set in several locations, exploring has been sacrificed for location. The story I felt was weak and bear little resemblance to the story unfolding.