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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 Ohh, yeah! If you expect this game to baby you past the first two or three puzzles, you'd be in for a rude awakening.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village Nintendo DS Talking to another villager who might or might not be morbidly obsessed with riddles... who am I kidding - everyone in this game is.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village Nintendo DS "I GOT YOU ASS!" A short animated sequence that plays after you have submitted your answer will have you questioning your own logic each and every time.
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.

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
  • "Il Professor Layton e il Paese Dei Misteri" -- Italian title
  • "El Profesor Layton y la Villa Misteriosa" -- Spanish title
  • "레이튼 교수와 이상한 마을" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

A simple introduction to one of the best selling Nintendo DS puzzle games of all time. Zac757 (14) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
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 (952) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) Mar 14, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 2008 A- 91
gameZine (UK) Dec 01, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Boomtown Mar 25, 2008 9 out of 10 90
IGN UK Nov 07, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
NZGamer Apr 24, 2008 8.3 out of 10 83
GameDaily Feb 13, 2008 8 out of 10 80
DarkZero Nov 06, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Game Tap Feb 12, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gaming since 198x Sep 23, 2008 4 out of 5 80


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1001 Video Games

Professor Layton and the Curious Village appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • 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 (23054) added Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo DS) on Feb 27, 2008