Product review - Professor Layton and the Curious Village (for Nintendo DS)
3 April 2009
Summary: Instead, the game is built around loads of puzzles and brain teasers. Some of them should be no problem for us travelers, as they involve following directions and reading maps. The game pace is nice and calm, making it perfect for killing some time at the airport or on a flight, and since the Nintendo DS can be put to "sleep" just by closing it, you won't be slaughtered by aliens when you need to get up and use the bathroom, you can simply put it aside, and continue...
Excerpt: Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a wonderful family puzzle game for the Nintendo DS. Appealing to youngsters and adults alike, the game provides a gentle detective storyline as a backdrop to a series of 135 brainteaser puzzles which will keep children entertained for weeks.
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Excerpt: "What's that game?" my better half asked, staring wide-eyed at the television. I turned, expecting to see Girls Aloud's Nadine and Kimberley seductively 'awwing' over Nintendogs, or Ronan Keating looking uncomfortable playing Brain Training, or the Redknapp family, complete with hilariously bemused Harry, playing Mario Kart Wii, or perhaps even Captain Picard flirting with Julie Walters as he demonstrates his mental prowess on a plane. It was neither.
Summary: Parents need to know that while there's a mysterious death during the game, it's not shown. This is a mystery game chock full of logic puzzles. The puzzles range in difficulty, but some require mathematical concepts usually introduced in about 7th grade, so we have set the age appropriateness at 12 and up. Precocious kids may be able to tackle these puzzles at a younger age. Additional puzzles can be downloaded using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
Excerpt: Here’s a puzzle for you: I have one ballpoint pen (black), five sheets of A4 paper and the calculator application from my mobile phone open. What am I doing? Am I taking a maths exam? Physics or chemistry perchance? Maybe I’m organising my bills the night before I’m supposed to send them off. Or possibly working out measurements for a new bathroom sink? None of the above: I’m playing Professor Layton and the Curious Village on my Nintendo DS.
Excerpt: Once I stepped into St. Mystere with Professor Layton, I noticed something very irregular about the small, curious village. As I stepped in, the first thing I had to sign was...a puzzle? The inhabitants of St. Mystere sure are fond of puzzles. Oh, yes. I forgot to tell you why we are here. The great Baron has passed, leaving a family fortune behind. The problem is...the family doesn’t know exactly what it is or where to find it. That it is the Golden Apple..