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Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo DS)

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After hearing about a strange inheritance dispute in the town of St. Mystere, Professor Layton and his young apprentice, Luke, travel there on behalf of Lady Dahlia, who has requested their presence to resolve the issue. However, it quickly becomes apparent that St. Mystere is quite strange... all the townsfolk seem to be obsessed with puzzles, and Baron Reinhold's fortune isn't the only secret that the town has hidden...

Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a puzzle game which uses the works of Akira Tago, author of the Japanese series of Head Gymnastics books as its basis. As both Layton and Luke, players explore the town of St. Mystere screen by screen. Each screen contains puzzles, either hidden in the scenery or by talking to characters. Upon finding a puzzle, the screen changes and the player is presented with the puzzle itself: the description of the puzzle on the top screen, and the puzzle (as well as the place to input the answer) on the bottom screen. Some puzzles require simple calculation, some have a trick answer, while others are riddles. The selection of puzzles is quite varied. If the player gets stuck, they can purchase a hint with 'Hint Coins'. However, these are limited - more can be found hidden in the game world, but there a set number of coins in the entire game.

Professor Layton has a visual style similar to that of a watercolor painting. While most of the game does not have much animation, key story sequences are told in fully animated and voice acted scenes. The game also used Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to connect to the Internet and download additional puzzles for players to solve.


Professor Layton and the Curious Village Nintendo DS One of the easier puzzles from very early in the game. Don't count on them staying that way for long.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village Nintendo DS Yeey! You win this time.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village Nintendo DS The prologue
Professor Layton and the Curious Village Nintendo DS And this is what happens if you screw up. Occasionally the game will drop a helpful tip during one of these.

Alternate Titles

  • "レイトン教授と不思議な町" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Professor Layton und das geheimnisvolle Dorf" -- German title
  • "Professeur Layton et l'étrange Village" -- French title
  • "Layton Kyouju to Fushigi na Machi" -- Japanese title
  • "레이튼 교수와 이상한 마을" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Picarats for your brain NeoJ (428) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
Nothing worse than a broken puzzle game. Pixelspeech (954) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars

The Press Says

Edutaining Kids Aug, 2009 A+ 100
DS-x2 2008 9.1 out of 10 91
1UP Feb 12, 2008 A- 91
Gameplayer Apr 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IGN Australia Apr 09, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 Feb 18, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 Feb 28, 2008 4 out of 5 80
UOL Jogos Feb 22, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
NintendoWorldReport May 29, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Jan 23, 2009 80 out of 100 80


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  • GAME British Academy Video Game Awards
    • 2009 - Best Handheld Game
  • GameSpy
    • 2008 – #10 Game of the Year
    • 2008 – Nintendo DS Game of the Year
    • 2008 – Nintendo DS Puzzle Game of the Year

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Ben K (23018) added Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo DS) on Feb 27, 2008