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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is the second game in the series on the Nintendo DS. This hand held video game is part puzzle, part mystery story, and part anime. The cartoon elements are so well done that it has me interested in finding seasons of this cartoon. Nintendo made sure there are a lot of twists and turns in this Nintendo DS game. Speaking of the storyline, there is this antique box that is supposed to kill anyone who opens it.
Excerpt: There’s nothing quite like a good mystery. After all, who doesn’t like trying to put all the pieces together before the end? I guess we like to think we can outthink the best detectives of fiction. In some cases, it doesn’t take much. It’s all but given to us on a silver platter. On occasion however, the mystery is put together in just the right way, and we’re left puzzling over it until the end when all is finally revealed. I’m rather fond of those sorts of mysteries.
Review: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Nintendo DS)
22 February 2010
Summary: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box contains much of the charm that drew people to the original. The idyllic visuals are just as nice to behold, though the puzzle theme still has me reaching for the volume switch after a while. There’s still a disconnect between the puzzles and the plot and the difficulty still feels scattershot in terms of how and where the puzzles are placed.
Compelling mystery full of devilishly fun logic puzzles.
Common Sense Media
15 February 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that this challenging puzzle adventure is a great way to combine education with gaming. The over 150 logic puzzles are incorporated into an interesting mystery. While some of the puzzles must be solved to move the story along, others can be skipped and/or tackled later. All of the puzzles have three very helpful hints, so few seem impossible to solve. There is discussion of death and one fight in which no one is injured.
Summary: I love Professor Layton’s quiet, slow-paced approach to puzzling, and the Diabolical Box brings more of what made the first installment so engaging. This newest adventure changes the setting and adds some new characters to the mix, but the focus on short, unique brainteasers is identical to last time. The best of the new puzzles involve careful critical thinking.
Excerpt: With a title like Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box I half expected there be a trick in opening the game case. This second game is a continuation of the Professor Layton series on Nintendo DS. The Professor and his apprentice Luke are boarding a mysterious train in search of a cursed artifact that is perhaps responsible for the death of Professor Layton’s mentor. So how does this sequel fair?
Excerpt: Have you ever owned one of those brain teaser books with dozens of puzzles, math problems and various other ways to test your knowledge (and patience)? If you have or at least know what I am talking about, then that is basically what Professor Layton is. It's a portable video game version of the same concept. Nintendo took gamers on a puzzle solving journey the likes of which has not been tried before on a handheld.
Conclusion: Concept: You solve puzzles while the Professor solves the mysteries
Graphics: Far more animated (and fully voiced) scenes are sprinkled throughout
Sound: The signature accordion returns
Playability: Players should have the ability to erase only parts of their hand scrawled memos instead of losing the whole thing
Entertainment: All the charm and challenge of the first game.
Excerpt: The Elysian Box is cursed. That’s what everyone thinks, anyway. It’s an evil container capable of killing anyone who opens it. Just imagine owning such a thing. You could spend hours gazing at its superb craftsmanship and ornate design, trying to figure out some inkling of its true nature. How can something so beautiful be so deadly? How did it get its powers? Where did it come from?