Reviews and Problems with Professor Layton and the Curious Village
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Better late than never.
Tempting Reviews "Tempting Reviews", Amazon
18 June 2011
Summary: I'm playing this game years after the fact because quite frankly, while I don't mind a good puzzle every now and then, it's not my favorite thing to do to pass time. However Professor Layton's games came highly recommended, so I figured I would at least give it a shot, if nothing else than for the story. There are currently three - soon to be four - Layton games. Think of Layton as Sherlock Holmes with puzzles.
Summary: I would be leaving for an overseas trip and needed something to occupy my time for 14hrs; A friend of mine recommended this game to me. I am a 29 yr old college grad, who found this game challenging (in a good way). The way in which you play takes a little getting used too, but manageable. The games themselves are very logic based, and can be often be quite tricky. It's a lot of fun though AND makes you think.
Summary: There are a ton of reviews out there that already describe what type of game this is and what the basic storyline is, so no need to rehash them here. I enjoyed the animation and gameplay itself quite a bit. But the problem I had was that I beat it so quickly. I didn't skip any puzzles during the game either. I completed 120 of them and then finished the story.
Summary: The meat of this game is the 120 brainteasers contained, and sometimes hidden, within the Curious Village. There is an overall mystery surrounding a Golden Apple, as well as some additional mysteries happening in the village, but you will not be solving those mysteries directly. In fact, the mysteries are so contrived they are not solvable by the game player. Instead, the mystery solutions are revealed to you as you progress through the game. So what will you be doing?
Summary: A wonderful game! I agree with those who say this would be too hard for younger kids. The puzzles are quite tough. (But then I'm an old fart of 40 who wasn't all that great with logic puzzles as a kid) Hint coins? I need them desperately. Scrap paper? I use a lot. But the story is told with such charm that I keep going. It's a true "just one more before I turn it off" game. The art direction, with its old-timey look is wonderful.
Summary: I was taking a class marketing. As a result I've become more aware when I get direct marketing stuff. Normally, I would have ignored the email I got from Nintendo about a month before this game released. But instead I opened it to see if it would be something good to take into class. As a result, I was completely charmed (and by "charmed" I mean "suckered in") by Professor Layton and the Curious Village.
A pleasant diversion if you like Zelda's puzzles but hate the battles
19 June 2008
Summary: I'm a 40-something who's always liked the Zelda-type RPG games for the puzzles but who's always hated the monster-battles and the fact that you couldn't save at any time you liked, so you would always get thrown back to a point well back if you ran out of lives before you won a given monster battle, so you'd have to repeat previous stages again and again until you beat the monster. I don't see the point of that ridiculous & repetitive cheese-chasing.
Summary: I thoroughly enjoyed this puzzle game; some pros and cons below. Pros 1) The cut scenes are amazing! You can hardly believe that you're watching this little cartoon on a hand-held gaming system. 2) The puzzles are fun, and become more challenging as you progress. Even if you're stuck, it's never impossible to solve a problem since the Hints are usually enough to help. It might take time, but you'll get it eventually.
Summary: An interesting and addictive game, though the puzzles seem a little forced at times. "Oh hey, yeah. This random object we just passed reminded me of this complex logic puzzle. Why don't we drop everything we're doing and solve it?" Still, the game is fun, if you're the puzzle type. Graphics are great, and the game really gets you thinking. Though your friends might get a little annoyed if you keeps tossing these logic traps at them. The cut scenes are nice, too.
Summary: Being located in the UK, I bought this game when it came out but had to wait until a friend of mine was visiting me to be able to actually receive it. So I got it last week. It's a really great concept and the animated sections are fantastic - they look like anime - but it was too short and seems to abruptly speed up and then end. The gameplay at first is very slow and it feels like it will be a really long (but highly enjoyable game).