Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box

I finally managed to disattach myself from my PSP long enough to write another post!

Stuff Spoon is looking forward to: Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box (Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box in Japan), which will be released in Europe on September 25.

I was a huge fan of the first release in the series, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, and have been eagerly anticipating its follow-up ever since I finished the first game. The series has been popular enough in Japan to spawn 4 titles to date since its introduction in 2007, but sadly Europe is lagging behind a little at a meagre 2 titles.

So what is it about the game that I enjoyed so much? Well, I’d have to start with its cute 2D visuals and charming background music, quickly moving on to the interesting and original storyline (complete with unexpected ending!) and from there to the scores of puzzles which range from almost mindlessly simple to frustratingly difficult. The game came with a 3-hint system based on a limited amount of hint coins (to be easily used and abused if combined with the save feature!), and it had a neat little download feature with which it is possible to download even more puzzles. It even had some fully-voiced cutscenes to go with it.

It’s not a typical puzzle game, it’s not a typical whodunnit, and it’s certainly no run-off-the-mill adventure game. The interesting blend of several types of games is exactly what made part 1 so enjoyable, and I for one am looking forward to part 2!

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