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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Nintendo DS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.5
Effectiveness How effective the educational game is when it comes to teaching (does the player actually learn anything, etc.) 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (14 votes) 3.6

The Press Says

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Game Couch
Even if this game were a retread of Curious Village, I would have no problem recommending it, but Level-5 has added some fun new features. Apprentice Luke creates a sandbox obstacle course for his overweight hamster. Professor Layton brews tea for picky villagers. Building a camera leads to spot-the-difference camera puzzles.
Si ce n'est son histoire moins intéressante (mais cela reste purement subjectif), Professeur Layton Et La Boîte De Pandore réussit à nouveau un parcours quasi sans faute. Véritable programme d'entraînement cérébral à l'enrobage sublime, le titre de Level-5 bénéficie d'une patte artistique visuelle et musicale qui ravira tout amateur et amatrice d'énigmes et autres puzzles en tout genre. En ne modifiant en rien une recette gagnante, Level-5 s'attache la sympathie de tous ceux qui ont apprécié la précédente histoire et qui désormais vont attendre avec impatience l'arrivée des suivantes.
I understand that my passion for this methodical, brain-bending style of game isn't universal. But I love books, and Diabolical Box turns my DS into a book of puzzles -- a book I can pick up and peruse at my leisure, or close and think about when I come across a particularly vexing conundrum. Level-5 could've been lazy and offered up the exact same formula as the Curious Village, thrown in some new puzzles, and I still would have received the game with open, enthusiastic arms. But Diabolical Box shows that the game's developers aren't content to just sit on their laurels -- they take a wonderful game, and make it even better.
Overall, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is a spectacular sequel. It retains the wonderful and challenging puzzles from the original while offering grander story. There's a wealth of content, with over 150 puzzles and three different mini-games. It's a very unique type of game, and anyone who enjoys a good puzzle will most definitely enjoy this fantastic title.
Nintendo Official Magazine (NOM) UK
Our worry was that Professor Layton And Pandora's Box would be a third-rate sequel attempting to cash in on the success of the original. Thankfully we can say that's not the case: if you didn't rate the original, steer well clear, but if you enjoyed Curious Village this is pretty much more of the same and should charm and enthral you just like the original did. Why can't all sequels do this?
Nach einer Runde in einem grimmigen und lebensfeindlichen Ego-Shooter gibt es nichts Heilsameres als ein Bad in der Wohlfühlwelt von Professor Layton. Die liebvollen Zeichnungen und die langsam erzählte Geschichte sind ein Balsam für die Seele, die Knobelaufgaben eine herausfordernde Beschäftigung für die Hirnzellen. Trotzdem bleibt bei einigen Rätseln manchmal der etwas schale Nachgeschmack eines Rätselheftchens. Doch dem Menschfreund Layton nimmt man das nicht übel und so ist auch der zweite Teil der Reihe eines jener raren Highlights für den DS, für die man Nintendos Doppelbildschirm aus den Untiefen des Nachttisches herauskramen sollte.
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is like a puzzle book that you'd pick up in the magazine section of your favorite book store, only with videogame accoutrements thrown on top of it. The result is something far more interactive -- and, more importantly, far more entertaining -- than any puzzle book could ever be. Not only do puzzle enthusiasts get over 130 downright mind-boggling brainteasers, but they also get a host of interesting characters to meet and environments to explore, as well as a new storyline that brings cohesion to what would otherwise be a mere digitized textbook of logic puzzles.
Dieses Rätselabenteuer macht einfach Spaß! Und es gibt kaum ein Spiel auf dem DS, das hinsichtlich der Präsentation dieses hochklassige Niveau erreicht. Man lehnt sich entspannt zurück, folgt einer charmant inszenierten Comicstory samt deutscher Sprachausgabe und lässt zwischendurch die grauen Zellen arbeiten. Die Rätsel sind abwechslungsreich, Sackgassenfrust kommt dank optionaler Hinweise nicht auf und die Balance zwischen Erzählung, Erkundung sowie aktivem Spiel ist nahezu perfekt. Die Geschichte verströmt ein angenehmes Krimiflair à la Agatha Christie, es gibt sehr abwechslungsreiche Aufgaben, zusätzliche Minispiele und man kann endlich ein Notizblatt nutzen, um sich direkt Skizzen zu machen oder Zahlen zu notieren - das ist eine komfortable Aufwertung! Ich hatte die Befürchtung, dass das nur ein Abklatsch des Vorgängers wird, aber man hat ihn technisch, inhaltlich und hinsichtlich des Umfangs Bereichen eindeutig verbessert.
Game Captain
Denkspiele gibt es auf dem Nintendo DS wie Sand am Meer, doch kein anderes hat eine so hübsch präsentierte Rahmenhandlung und vor allem einen solchen Abwechslungsreichtum vorzuweisen wie die Layton-Abenteuer. Dank vielseitiger Schauplätze und mit sinnvollen kleinen Neuerungen übertrumpft Teil 2 sogar noch knapp den tollen Erstling.
Thunderbolt Games
It’s got everything you’d ever want from a text-based adventure. The story, while having a few predictable twists, is superbly told and entertaining. It’s the puzzles that steal the show, though. The sheer amount, variety, and difficulty level of the challenges tests your analytical and critical thinking skills. Considering all the extra content you can get, figuring everything out is well worth the effort. Between the bonus puzzles, unlockables, and other features, you’re going to have your hands full. Finding some of the stuff might be a little too tedious, though; the random NPC encounters can prove frustrating when you’re trying to uncover another puzzle. The well-crafted presentation makes up for it; between the awesome cutscenes and the soundtrack, you’ll be too distracted to notice any flaws. No, the game is not perfect. Nor is it for everyone. But it’s worth trying. Professor Layton is back, and he’s never looked better.
If puzzles turn you on, you won’t find a hand-held game more addictive than Professor Layton & Pandora’s Box. This is puzzling at its very best, the ideal companion on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
Plus qu'un simple coup de coeur, la série des Professeur Layton confirme désormais son statut de référence incontournable dans le domaine du jeu d'aventure à énigmes sur DS. Maîtrisé de bout en bout, ce nouveau volet est une réussite totale et nous entraîne dans une intrigue passionnante où les énigmes s'enchaînent sans jamais lasser. Jetez-vous dessus sans retenue et faites-le découvrir autour de vous en attendant la sortie du troisième volet !
That Gaming Site
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is a great sequel that carries with it all the elements that made the original such a phenomenal success. Essential for those looking for a challenge of the mental type.
Game Freaks 365
I thoroughly enjoyed Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. Whether it is the presentation, the voice acting, the new puzzles each week or the puzzles themselves, Professor Layton is a high quality product that keeps you thinking throughout the entire experience. If you happened to enjoy its predecessor, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, you are sure to love the Diabolical Box. With two more unreleased games on the way, I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.
It's not a difficult assignment to puzzle together a conclusion. Just like its predecessor this game is beautifully put together, you get tons of fun and varied puzzles and a funny story to keep everything together. Those looking for innovation may be a bit disappointed but why out criticism on such a decent unique, magical, intelligent and immersive game!?
86 Gaming Portal
Na kraju, iako igra ne donosi baš neke novitete, i dalje je ugodna i zabavna. Ista formula, tj. nova priča i zagonetke su učinili svoje. Grafički je igra identična prethodnoj, a i glazba je slična, izuzev nekih sitnijih razlika. Znači, igra je manje - više kao da ste na staru downloadali nove zagonetke, no svejedno je zabavno budući da zagonetke nisu ništa lošije nego prije. Što reći nego da definitivno odigrate ako vam se dopao i prvi dio. Ako nije, nemojte. Ako niste igrali prvi dio, također slobodno odigrajte, jer ukoliko ste ljubitelj dobrih avantura ili puzzle igara vjerojatno će vam se svidjeti.
Even though the puzzles can be challenging, the game’s addictive nature and sense of satisfaction is rarely seen at this level on the DS. Topped off with stellar presentation values, Diabolical Box is a great follow up to last year’s original hit.
Sans surprise, ce second épisode de Professeur Layton est toujours aussi addictif et enivrant. L’ambiance graphique et sonore quoique simple, nous embarque dans son flot de mystère pour notre plus grand plaisir. Si le principe reste exactement le même que celui de son prédécesseur, quelques améliorations et bonus nous feront tout de même préférer cet opus au précédent. Savant mélange d’aventure et de casse tête, Professeur Layton et la boite de Pandore séduira les novices comme les inconditionnels.
Even though I say in my review that this game is essentially more of the same stuff that’s in Curious Village, I will freely admit that I had a better time playing this sequel than the original game. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is an extremely enjoyable, laid back DS experience with some pretty challenging and clever puzzles to experience. The professor is a cool cat, and his popularity needs to grow in this country. Let’s keep it going, Nintendo!
With a number of unexpected twists and surprisingly poignant turns, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is a fun, mind-boggling adventure that continues in the steps of its predecessor. The lengthy story and huge number of puzzles will hold your attention for quite some time, and the weekly promise of new downloadable brainteasers will keep you coming back for another fix. Though fans will certainly enjoy the slight improvements made, newcomers shouldn't let the fact that this is a sequel discourage them--prior knowledge is not necessary. If you have a penchant for puzzles, then you should not miss out on this game.
The Review Busters
The second time around is always a tough one, that is if the developer is going to try something new. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is more than less the same game but with a new hamster game/puzzle and challenging puzzles and brain teasers. The gameplay was great the first time around so I would say it is safe to figure out this puzzle.
Professor Laytons Mordgeschichte ist so brav, dass selbst Kinder den DS nicht vor Angst und Spannung fallen lassen werden. Stattdessen überzeugt der Titel wie schon sein Vorgänger durch seine sympathisch präsentierten, wenn auch sehr klassischen Rätsel sowie die bezaubernde Stimmung, die euch von der ersten Minute an in einen warmherzigen Zeichentrickfilm voller Denksport versetzt. Umso erfreulicher, dass sich hinter dem leicht zugänglichen und einfach zu bedienenden Denkspiel ein Schwergewicht mit insgesamt weit über 150 Rätseln verbirgt. Wer auf ganz unterschiedliche Rätsel in schöner Verpackung steht (und wer tut das nicht), sollte sich Laytons charmanter Zugfahrt anschließen. Fans des Vorgängers greifen sowieso blind zu.
If you liked Mysterious Village and need more, or if you just want something genuinely fresh and original for your DS, Pandora's Box is the answer you're looking for.
While Diabolical Box’s gameplay, animation and plot are quite a bit like its predecessor’s, slight improvements make this installment of the Professor Layton saga even more enjoyable than the last.
Giant Bomb
The real success of the Professor Layton series is the way its puzzle-solving and crime-solving aspects support and blend with one another. Alone, the two halves would respectively make for a decent minigame collection and dialogue-driven adventure game. But together they create a wonderful mixture of narrative intrigue and head-scratching puzzle gameplay that propels itself forward straight through to the end of the story. Every time you hit a slow period in your investigation, you'll be excited to have some new puzzles to solve--and every time you're feeling the mental fatigue of puzzling your way through them, you'll be glad to reveal another piece of the mystery. That mix is in full effect in DIabolical Box, and while the charm and satisfaction of playing Layton may be a little less of a surprise the second time around, it's still plenty worth coming back for.
Fidèle à sa réputation indéfectible, le Professeur Layton nous offre avec la Boîte de Pandore une suite telle qu’on l’attendait. Reprenant à la lettre une formule gagnante, le soft s’avère toujours aussi agréable à suivre, distillant de nombreuses énigmes dans un scénario au moins aussi bon que celui de l'Etrange Village. Servi par une réalisation et une direction artistique encore plus charmantes, Professeur Layton et la Boîte de Pandore ne fait malheureusement pas preuve du même génie dans les énigmes imposées par l’histoire. Malgré tout, une très bonne localisation et une durée de vie plus solide que celle de son illustre aîné en font un des cartons assurés des douze prochains mois. En toute logique, il le mérite.
Les joueurs adeptes de l'import le savent probablement déjà, mais Level-5 signe avec Professeur Layton et la boîte de Pandore un second épisode capable de captiver n'importe quel amateur d'énigmes à la difficulté variable. Un chouia moins corsé et plus répétitif dans ses énigmes que l'Etrange Village, il propose en échange une réalisation de meilleure facture, un gameplay et une aventure plus variés, sans oublier une excellente localisation française. L'attente risque d'être longue jusqu'à l'annonce du dernier volet de la première trilogie en Occident...
Gaming since 198x
Cet épisode des aventures du Professeur Layton est sympathique, mais les lacunes de la trame principale en font une petite déception. On pourra néammoins se laisser tenter sans déplaisir grace à des puzzles d'une difficultée générale plus corsée que ceux de l'épisode précédent.
The Video Game Critic
Casual gamers will tire of the game before solving the mystery of the Diabolical Box, but those who persevere will be a lot smarter when all is said and done.