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Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (Nintendo DS)

86
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
MobyScore
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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.2
Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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100
Just Adventure
The excellence of this game should be no surprise, considering it’s made by the same folks who brought us, in addition to the first two games in the series, Rogue Galaxy, Dragon Quest VII and the Dark Cloud series. These people know what they are doing. I again emphasize the game’s excellent storytelling, which is full of gratifying surprises and intrigue. From the exciting opening sequence to the poignant conclusion, I was riveted by Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. I think you will be, too.
95
GamesCollection
Il Futuro Perduto è, ad oggi, il migliore episodio della serie Layton giunto in Occidente. Ricco di enigmi avvolti in una trama intricata ed emozionante, a tratti persino commovente, raccontata da cut-scene animate tecnicamente e stilisticamente bellissime, si propone forse come la migliore avventura grafica disponibile attualmente su Nintendo DS - o, comunque, come la più diffusa grazie allo stile in grado di piacere a tutti e alla semplicità d'uso dell'interfaccia di gioco. Più che consigliato agli amanti delle investigazioni alla Sherlock Holmes, visto il chiaro stampo all'Inglese dato ai personaggi... per non parlare del protagonista: un vero gentiluomo.
92
RPGFan
Professor Layton's impeccable intuition must be catching because I have an exciting hunch that Unwound Future isn't the last we'll see of the puzzle-solving master and apprentice. And some truly ghastly puzzles involving balls and blocks and sliding and broken things around the house. With each installment of the franchise, I grow to adore Professor Layton and Luke and their delightful world all the more. All while sharpening my intellect. In the (hopefully wound) future, I doubt Level 5 will modify the formula any more heavily than they already have, and for once, that's fine by me.
91
1UP
The performances and animated cut-scenes are still as terrific as always, though; it's just a subpar script that brings it down slightly. The story might not draw you along as well as it has in previous games, but it's always a joy to visit Layton's puzzle-rich world. And, taken as a game of puzzles interrupted occasionally by a fun (and incredily silly) story, Unwound Future is still a huge success in the Layton series.
90
Play.tm
It's taken me three releases to catch up with the Layton craze but I'm glad I did. More than just being a family friendly puzzle game, there is something of considerable substance and style here for any gamer. In fact the quality of the story telling and difficulty of some puzzles felt more like playing Uncharted than something on a Nintendo console.
90
Jeuxvideo.com
Le professeur Layton revient, et ne déçoit toujours pas. Dans cette aventure d'abord intrigante, puis vite passionnante, les casse-tête s'enchaînent sans se ressembler, apportant de longues heures de plaisir aux joueurs de tout niveau et de tout horizon. Le titre conserve donc son statut de référence du jeu d'aventure et d'énigmes sur DS, porté par un univers enchanteur et des personnages charismatiques qu'on a déjà hâte de retrouver dans une prochaine aventure !
90
Thunderbolt Games
Even if it doesn’t finish the series, it resolves some of the main plot lines. It gives its characters greater depth, offering better insight into the heroes and their motivations. Layton, Luke, and the rest of the ensemble cast are back and better than ever. The sheer amount and variety of riddles ensures that you’ll be kept busy for hours. The steady pacing, cleverly-designed puzzles, and engaging storytelling keep things interesting. Not to mention all the mini-games, bonus riddles, artwork, and other unlockables you’ll eventually uncover. With so many animated cut scenes, voiced dialogue, and an incredible soundtrack, you’ll have a hard time finding another DS game with such a quality presentation. Above all else, it demonstrates its main theme: it lets gamers reminisce about where the series has gone, but reminds them to look forward to where it’s going. If The Unwound Future is any indication, this is just the beginning.
86
RPGFan
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future isn't remarkable in its progressiveness, but it most certainly deserves credit for providing an addicting experience, twinkling with charm and plump with challenge. It plays exactly as you would expect it to. The puzzles are hair-pullingly aggravating. You'll yell at the screen when you're wrong, and then immediately apologize when you see Layton's frowning face, knowing full well that making a scene in public is something a gentleman would never do. If you're new to the series, don't start here. Unwound Future has hidden within it the most unexpectedly warmhearted subplot, stemming from the most unexpected of sources, and it would be a shame to miss it without a proper understanding of what these games and this gent are all about. This is a series worthy of praise, and a character worthy of attention, and if the success of this game is any indicator, the future is most certainly bright for our illustrious top-hatted hero.
85
GameSpot
If you love adventure games, mystery, and a good mental workout, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future will serve your needs admirably. The memorable characters, charming setting, and rigorous challenges form an utterly appealing whole that even a newcomer to the series can easily appreciate. Whether you fancy obliterating the many brainteasers or just getting by with the minimum, one truth will remain clear: The gentleman's sport of solving a puzzle will never go out of style.
85
IGN
It seems that Professor Layton has done it again. Mixing a charming, beautiful art style with engaging puzzle types and an engrossing story that ties it all together, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future makes a fine addition to the series. If you love the gentlemanly professor, or haven’t tried one of the games yet but love solving puzzles, you’ll want to pick up the Unwound Future.
80
Brash Games
Professor Herschel Layton lives in a fantastic, magical world. A world where time travel is possible in the quaintest of English country gardens. A world where every one of life’s problems can be solved by puzzles and brainteasers. A world where no one questions the jolly old man and his young, impressionable apprentice. Yep, it’s business as usual in Professor Layton and the Lost Future.
80
Level
Den största kritiken mot serien kvarstår då majoriteten av de över 165 pusslen inte har någon förankring i spelets handling. Det får Professor Layton and the Lost Future att många gånger kännas som mer av en pysselbok än ett äventyrsspel, om än en väldigt trevlig och välgjord sådan. Det är också lätt att ha synpunkter på spelets handling, som i sann Professor Layton-tradition, blir bindgalen i slutakten. Den håller inte riktigt den här gången heller. Och även om framtiden som bekant må vara oberäknelig är Professor Layton-spelen numera ytterst förutsägbara.
75
That Gaming Site
Level-5 delivers another good game, but gives the impression that they got a little lazy with this one. The many small flaws in both writing and gameplay distract and disappoint.
70
Adventure Gamers
When Professor Layton and the Curious Village arrived on the scene in 2008, there was something heartwarming about its aesthetic, its crafty story, and its great puzzles. The second game, The Diabolical Box / Pandora’s Box, improved on its predecessor’s mechanics but took a step back in gameplay integration and the series lost a bit of its heart. This time around, The Unwound / Lost Future is still an entirely worthwhile puzzler for 12 to who-knows-how-many hours of your time, depending on how many extra puzzles and minigames you decide to tackle, but the “more is better” approach isn’t helping. If the puzzles and story suffer in the process, no amount of added mechanics and bonuses are going to fully shine. But hey, it’s still a solid entry in a great series, with plenty of polish and charm, and it has a fantastic ending. It may not be quite as good as the others, but it’s still required gaming for the Layton-obsessed, and a high recommendation for anyone who loves puzzles. Or tea.