Professor Layton and the Strange City [import] review

  • Interesting and well thought out puzzles
  • Animation is awesome
  • Loads of weird characters to meet
  • Thinking so hard
  • Puzzles can't be repeated
  • Need to understand Japanese
Exercising your brain is one of the most popular activities on DS, but you’ve always been out of luck if you want to do it via a proper game rather than a load of abstract math problems. Until now, of course. Professor Layton is an old-fashioned point-and-click adventure in which every character and location has a stylus-chewingly fiendish logic problem for you to solve.

The aim is to guide the professor and his schoolboy sidekick through a mystery town, collecting clues that will unravel… something. Well, it’s entirely in Japanese and absolutely crammed with text, so you’ll have to forgive us for not grasping too much of the story.

The puzzles, however, are brilliant. You’ll spot the answer to some of them straight away, while others will have you staring at the screen for ages and pondering the solution long after you flip the DS closed. Where appropriate you can even scribble on the screen to help work things out.

More Info

Release date: Feb 14 2007 - DS (US)
Feb 14 2007 - DS (UK)
Available Platforms: DS
Developed by: Level-5


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