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Critic Reviews

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Edutaining Kids (Aug, 2009)
In summary, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a wonderful family game that is suitable for a wide range of gamers. Children will find the game engaging and parents will find it something they can play with their children, giving gentle hints, and they'll enjoy the challenge along the way. This is a "smart" game that draws children in with an intriguing adventure story line--it's not just a collection of puzzles. The puzzles are untimed, so that kids can work at their own pace. As well, they're challenging but doable. To extend the life of the product, additional content can be downloaded using the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.
100 (Nov 21, 2008)
Si l'on y regarde bien, Professeur Layton Et l'Etrange Village est très proche d'un jeu d'entraînement cérébral. Mais tout l'enrobage mis en place par Level 5 en fait une véritable petite perle qui permet de passer son temps de façon très agréable et captivante en nous évitant des menus austères et en nous investissant corps et âme dans une intrigue passionnante. La véritable patte artistique à tout point de vue séduira n'importe quel joueur. La petite portable de Nintendo se dote d'un titre accrocheur et soigné qui mérite sa place dans la ludothèque de tout amateur de jeux d'aventure énigmes. Nous comprenons désormais l'engouement du public japonais et espérons vivement que les prochains épisodes arrivent aussi chez nous.
Game Shark (Feb 22, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is one of the finest debuts of a new IP in some time and does an incredible job of combining two areas the DS seems to have been made for: puzzles and adventure gaming. The addictive gameplay, twisting story, charming characters and beautifully drawn animation makes this a game that neither puzzle fans, nor adventure game fans should miss. Jolly good show, Professor, jolly good indeed.
Modojo (Feb 25, 2008)
They've already sold millions of copies between the two Japanese releases, and if Nintendo's North American marketing push has anything to say about it, this release will probably follow suit. It's well-deserved as not only have they dismissed the genre trappings of the staid brain training phenomenon but they've created a great game and, more importantly, a great piece of art.
A very amazing piece of art merged with very unique, engrossing gameplay. Truly a unique experience that almost any gamer should give at least one go at. Other than very minor issues, this is easily one of the most well designed and enjoyable games ever made.
USA Today (Feb 15, 2008)
While children as young as age 8 will enjoy the mystery, some of the puzzles will be too hard because they require advanced math concepts. The sweet spot for this software is kids ages 12 and up, including adults.
Giant Bomb (Mar 07, 2008)
That's not a trait that one would commonly associate with a puzzle-based game that, when you break it down, probably has more in common with Nintendo's long list of brain training games than anything else. But that warmness is something that really sums up the entire experience. Professor Layton and the Curious Village has a certain warmth to it that makes it easy to love, even when you're up against a particularly annoying puzzle. Personally, I found this first adventure so strong that I'm already getting antsy just thinking about the next game in this planned trilogy.
Green Pixels (Oct 01, 2008)
Using your smarts to help other people may not be the first thing the general public thinks of when they think of playing video games -- but maybe with a few more games like Professor Layton, it could be.
Just Adventure (Apr 18, 2008)
Professor Layton, like many of those other titles, has a level of polish and confidence that simply draws you in. It’s diverting in every way a video game should be. If you own a DS, you owe it to yourself to grab this title.
RewiredMind (Mar 10, 2008)
Professor Layton offers DS owners a break from their daily Brain Training/Maths Training/Whatever with some seriously interesting problems and riddles. There’s a lot more satisfaction in solving problems to progress in the story than in hearing the DA-DING of Brain Training for adding 3+5. Now….A glass jar holds a single germ. After one minute, the germ splits into two germs. One minute after that, the two germs each split again, forming a total of four germs. Continuing at this rate, a single germ can multiply to fill the whole jar in exactly one hour. Knowing this, how long in minutes would it take to fill the jar if you had started with two germs?
Game Couch (Feb 27, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a puzzle game through and through. Riddles, brainteasers, and math problems spout from villagers’ mouths and are literally hidden in every corner of the village. While the story drives Layton’s actions, directing him to search specific locations and talk to certain characters, real progress is only made by solving the puzzles that pack each of the game’s nine chapters.
This is one of the first must own games for the Nintendo DS this year. Puzzles games are being released on every system, but right now it looks like Nintendo has the upper hand with Professor Layton and the Curious Village. With its fun puzzles and updates weekly (hopefully) there isn’t one good reason why you shouldn’t own this game. Puzzle fans this might be your saving grace, pick this game up right now!
Both a wonderfully compelling story and a satisfyingly weighty brain workout, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is one of the very best games on DS and the perfect title to settle down with on those long winter nights.
The A.V. Club (Mar 03, 2008)
A top-notch package that'll make you love puzzles as much as the game's designers.
1UP (Feb 12, 2008)
The lone potential shortcoming to the game comes from its obvious lack of replay value; once you've solved the puzzles and unraveled the enigma of St. Mystere and the Golden Apple, there's really not much else to be done besides poke around the bonus menu. Still, completing the story and cracking every riddle is a good 15-hour commitment, which is better than average for the adventure genre. And the promise of additional downloadable content (which hopefully will continue until the sequel arrives) should offer fans a reason to break out the game every now and then.
Gaming Nexus (Mar 31, 2008)
A solid puzzle/adventure hybrid that is a lot more complex and difficult than it appears. This is a great alternative to the brain games and a must have for those who like to use their heard for more than a hat rack.
DS-x2 (2008)
The puzzles are well crafted and the production values very high, indeed the only thing you could possibly criticize is that fact that there's little in the way of replay value because once you've solved a puzzle there's little point in doing it again. The developers have attempted to address this with weekly downloadable puzzles but most of these use the same framework as those found in the main game. Still, it's a lengthy adventure but, while they are already up to the third installment in Japan, it's unlikely to tide you over until the powers that be translate the second outing for European consumption.
Saving Progress (Feb 17, 2008)
It’s exactly the kind of thing the DS is perfect for - the puzzles work beautifully with the touch screen, the audience is there, and portability is perfect for it. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself saying “one more puzzle” for three hours.
You'll have little reason to replay the game once you've solved all the riddles, but Layton still offers a good 15 hours of charmingly drawn (and written) entertainment worthy of any gamer.
Nintendo Life (Mar 25, 2009)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is unquestionably one of the best Nintendo DS games released thus far. If you enjoyed games such as Brain Age or Phoenix Wright, you’ll be more than satisfied with this puzzling adventure. Naturally, once you've solved all the brainteasers and finished the story there's very little to come back to, but you'll have had so much fun getting to that point that you're unlikely to mind. With the game receiving heavy promotion throughout the world right now, you'd be silly not to invest in it. Trust us, you won't be disappointed with the final product.
InsideGamer (Nov 19, 2008)
Zoals Layton zelf zegt: “Critical thinking is the key to success…” en als je na deze recensie nóg niet bent overtuigd, mag je jezelf toch eens op je bol krabben en de tekst nog eens kritisch doorlezen. Professor Layton and the Curious Village is zonder twijfel de grootste verrassing van dit jaar, in positieve zin welteverstaan. Het onderhoudende en avontuurlijke verhaal, gecombineerd met geniale personages, stijlvolle beelden en vooral fantastische breinbrekers die met het touchscreen uitstekend speelbaar zijn, is er een die elke DS-bezitter met enige kennis van de Engelse taal gespeeld moet hebben.
Meristation (Nov 20, 2008)
Un título referente en su género, que destaca por encima de sus competidores y que disfrutarás de principio a fin, seguramente varias veces. Un juego destinado a convertirse en clásico con el paso de los años.
Jolt (UK) (Apr 17, 2008)
There are lots of brain-testing games available for the DS, but there’s nothing quite like this that we’re aware of. The bite-sized gameplay and styles of puzzle complement the DS and its touch-screen functions perfectly, and some of the tougher puzzles will even allow you to play with the lid closed while you ponder it over. But perhaps the biggest conundrum of all is how to put the game down completely and do something else.
GameTrailers (Mar 24, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village gives players a demanding array of problems to solve and draws them into a fascinating mystery with a charismatic cast of characters. If you truly want to put your brain to work and have tired of strings of simple math problems or Sudoku, this is the game for you.
GotNext (Mar 07, 2008)
This might be a quirky Japanese import, but even after only a few minutes you can quickly see that we're lucky a translated version reached our shores.
Good Game (Apr 07, 2008)
I’m a fanatic when it comes to logic problems, and it’s rare to find so many quality brain teasers in one package. Excellent use of DS functionality, but the main strength here is it’s content, and with a game like this, that’s what matters. So BAJ, if I’ve got 27 feathers and each of my chickens had 10 feathers and lost 7, how many chickens do I own... that’s my rating!
gameZine (UK) (Dec 01, 2008)
All in all, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a must buy for anyone who loves puzzles and riddles in general. It's a joy to play, and its few shortcomings - a couple of the puzzles are actually wrong and hunting for the very last few puzzles can get tiresome - are of little consequence when compared with the playability and sheer happiness the rest of the game offers.
Hooked Gamers (Feb 15, 2008)
When all is said and done, Professor Layton is the year’s first must-have DS title. Taken alone, the puzzle and adventure elements may not seem like much but together they make for something unique that ought to be experienced by gamers everywhere. Don’t pass up on what’s sure to be one of the freshest gaming experiences of 2008.
Video Game Talk (Feb 12, 2008)
Professor Layton was an absolute joy to play and the variety of puzzles throughout the game keeps the experience fresh. While it's inevitable that you have heard many of the riddles or brain teasers before, there's a good chance that you've forgotten how to solve them. If you are a fan of DS titles like Picross or are just looking for a solid murder mystery adventure title, don't hesitate to pick up Professor Layton and the Curious Village as soon as possible.
AceGamez (2008)
With a fantastic main quest that will keep you hooked to the end, extra tough puzzles to keep you thinking after the main story is complete and weekly downloadable content to be made available in the future, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a very strong package indeed. Whether you want an intriguing story, interesting characters or intelligent puzzles, if you think you've got the mental chops then you owe it to yourself to head over to the Curious Village; you might just be smarter than you think!
Pocket Gamer UK (Mar 19, 2008)
These are miniscule objections, however. Taken on its own terms, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is as state-of-the-art as anything on rival platforms, or indeed on DS, which is already established as the natural home for such joy-inducing, leftfield fare. Originally a Japanese game, Professor Layton is also testament to the value of top-notch translation.
Boomtown (Mar 25, 2008)
The sequel is out in Japan. The sooner it arrives, the happier I will be. If it’s not as good as the first, I may resort to self-harm… The nine out of ten awarded to the good Professor’s dazzling debut may fly against the maths of the preceding numbers, but it’s thoroughly deserved.
Gameplayer (Australia) (Apr 07, 2008)
In short, this game makes you feel young again. It’s brilliant, thus harkening back to the days when all games seemed brilliant, because you were easily amused. It also conjures up recollections of those pencil-marked logic puzzle books at the school library. Even nostalgia cannot purify such memories – those books were rubbish. Luckily, Professor Layton and the Curious Village has come along to trump them all. Its brain training value is up for debate, but its entertainment value is indisputable – this game is an old-school delight.
90 (Nov 13, 2008)
The story gets more mature with the solving of each puzzle, the puzzles themselves will have even the brainiest flummoxed and the art design is up there with anything, and I mean anything, on the console. It's the perfect DS game, it's the perfect puzzle game, it's what everyone should be playing on the tube instead of Brain Training, or some generic Sudoku clone. And, however improbably, it pretty much vindicates Nintendo's focus on casual-friendly gaming.
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 28, 2008)
When you sit and think, there’s really not a whole lot wrong with Professor Layton and the Curious Village. It takes the player by the hand frequently then throws them in at the deep end with what can feel like lead boots. But then you use your brain for what it’s intended and it soon becomes apparent that the game is just being cruel to be kind – and you’ll almost want to thank Level 5 for it. Any niggling flaws are just that: niggling - at the very most. In the grand scheme of things, they mean so very little because every waking moment spent in St Mystere is an absolute joy to behold.
The Next Level (USA) (Mar 07, 2008)
It's nice to see such support for the title, and I can absolutely see myself coming back to this game on weekly basis to take a look at the new puzzles. But what excites me even more are hints that the sequel may already be in the process of making its may Stateside. A particular piece of bonus content states it requires a password that will available in manual of the sequel. I can't tell you how happy I was to see that Nintendo is already committing themselves to the bringing the sequel to the US. Puzzle fans everywhere should rejoice. Mysteries are a lot easier to solve when they're in your native tongue.
Digital Chumps (Apr 09, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village could be one of the best surprises on the DS to date. With cartoon quality presentation, intriguing puzzles, and a well presented story, this game is definitely a candidate for 2008 sleeper hit on the DS. You won't find a more charming game on the DS for a long time.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a wonderful combination of style and substance that will keep gamers entralled for hours.
GameSpot (Feb 14, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village combines exploration, story, and logic puzzles to make for a truly unique, entertaining, and even educational experience. Don't be fooled by the game's box art into thinking this is just some silly game for kids; it's a must-own game for any puzzle fan.
Concluyendo ya el análisis debemos definir a esta aventura como un título imprescindible para los amantes de los desafíos mentales. No os llevéis a engaño; no nos encontramos ante un juego como los Brain Training que desafíe el concepto establecido de videojuego, sino ante una aventura mágica que se beneficia de algunos de los enigmas más atractivos de la historia de la lógica.
90 (Nov 07, 2008)
En dépit d'une jaquette française peu attractive et d'une sortie tardive dans notre pays, n'allez surtout pas croire que Professeur Layton et l'étrange Village n'est qu'un petit jeu d'aventure quelconque parmi tant d'autres. Premier volet d'une série orchestrée par le talentueux studio Level-5, ce titre constitue sans aucun doute la nouvelle référence du genre, la pertinence des énigmes proposées n'ayant d'égal que le soin apporté à l'ambiance générale du soft. La naissance d'une nouvelle référence du jeu d'aventure à énigmes sur DS.
Cubed3 (Feb 17, 2008)
A truly wonderful effort from the team renowned previously for its RPG efforts. Marrying the current craze for brain teasing puzzles with a delightfully mysterious tale that entertains throughout works brilliantly and everything just smacks of pure quality. Certainly worth checking out and hopefully Nintendo Europe will not take too long bringing this instant classic over here as well.
Adventure Gamers (Apr 12, 2008)
While I'm prepared to recommend Professor Layton and the Curious Village wholeheartedly, it does come with a serious caution about expectations. If you're looking for a well-rounded adventure with plenty of exploration and a fully-integrated storyline, you simply won't find it here. But if you understand that it's essentially a puzzle game with a plot that's interesting in its own right but only loosely tying the gameplay together, you'll find an engaging title with a bouquet of charm, intelligent art design, and plenty of challenge to keep you busy for many enjoyable hours.
Armchair Empire, The (Apr 07, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village looks a lot like old time adventure games – like The Adventures of Willy Beamish – with great hand drawn backgrounds and the occasional stretch of animation, complete with sound. There was obviously a lot of effort put in and the results are a great looking DS game. The fact that it has a real mystery adventure game here, along with a ton of thinking required to make progress, makes the game all the more complete and perfect for the handheld experience – with bit-sized pieces that can be played here and there or long play sessions in the event of illness or travel.
GameZone (Apr 01, 2008)
The game will hook you, and keep you interested for days and days. I do have to take breaks from it for long periods, only to pick it up and play non-stop for hours again. The download games don’t seem to add much, but are better than nothing. I am already watching for the sequel. I will get it the day it comes out, and hope to finish it by that same date — the following year.
GameSpy (Feb 12, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is an incredibly original and thoroughly entertaining addition to the Nintendo DS library. Level-5 could have easily packaged the puzzles into a barebones daily format and have ended up with a game that's as entertaining as the Brain Training series. Instead, Level-5 went the extra mile and wrapped these puzzles into a beautifully presented world inhabited by endearing characters amid a compelling murder mystery. The effort paid off.
90 (UK) (Feb 19, 2008)
Where were we? Oh yes, a really lovely, surprisingly dark, and utterly engrossing collection of varied puzzles. It's getting a 9, and if you tried to argue I should have given it 8 you'd be right on every technical level. But then I'd lift up the top of my skull and show you all the happy it's put inside my head, and then you'd realise you were wrong.
Gamebrink (2007)
“Layton Kyouju to Fushigi na Machi” is a stylishly presented game for those who enjoy cleverly crafted and challenging problems one after the other. Although the puzzles could be implemented into the game world in a more natural fashion, Level 5 have done well for their first attempt a genre that they are unfamiliar with. I look forward to the next set of brainstorming puzzles in their second Professor Layton title!
88 (Nov 18, 2008)
Was für eine zauberhafte Symbiose aus Adventure, Zeichentrick und Denksport! Da weht fast ein Hauch von Meisterschöpfer Hayao Miyazaki, wenn diese liebevollen Filme laufen und die Musik im Hintergrund für nostalgische Stimmung sorgt. Hier wird nicht nur eine schöne Geschichte mit Krimiflair erzählt, hier wird man auch auf überaus charmante Art und Weise in die trügerische Welt der Logik und Rätsel entführt. Auch wenn sich manche der 135 Kopfnüsse im Laufe des Ermittlungen wiederholen und man eine freiere Notizfunktion vermisst, sorgen Professor Layton und sein Assistent Luke für sehr gute Unterhaltung voller kniffliger Überraschungen. Das motivierende Punkte- und Hilfesystem lässt Frust gar nicht erst aufkommen und dank der seltsamen Bauteile, des Gemäldes und des Mobiliars lodert das Sammelfeuer selbst dann noch, wenn die Story so langsam nachlässt und die erzählerische Neugier etwas erkaltet.
Cheat Code Central (Feb, 2008)
This game won't appeal to everyone, as the puzzles can get difficult and slow down the flow of the game. Nonetheless, many of the riddles and brainteasers will sound familiar; you may have come across some of those at some point in your life. The question is: do you remember the solution? Ultimately, if you're willing to take some time to solve the puzzles and enjoy this kind of gameplay, Professor Layton and The Curious Village will become one of your favorite games. If you're not a thinker and what you like is action, you're better off ignoring it; you'll save yourself a headache. Are you ready for the challenge? If you smart, curious, and patient, I recommend you to jump right in!
Detective’s journal entry #34: Three days past, I happened to chance upon a discovery of the most astonishing nature. A game by the title of Professor Layton made its way into my possession. The value to be found in the perplexingly small package is truly astonishing. This gem is filled to the brim with beautifully animated sequences, delightfully whimsical music, and an intriguing murder mystery all wrapped around one of the best collections of classic puzzles and riddles I have heretofore come across. The puzzles are the true prizes here, and some are so old they can be traced back for centuries. The only thing that shouldn’t be in question here, my dear reader, is whether or not you should buy this game.
The puzzles are the true prizes here, and some are so old they can be traced back for centuries. The only thing that shouldn't be in question here, my dear reader, is whether or not you should buy this game.
Destructoid (Feb 15, 2008)
It's expected that Professor Layton will be a big hit with some gamers, but not everyone -- some folks simply don't dig this sort of fare, which is fine. But for those gamers who love the idea of a rigorous workout of the ol' noggin, Layton delivers an exemplary experience wrapped in one of the most stunning aesthetics yet seen on the DS, or any system. Level-5 has proven itself to be one of the industry's most capable and talented development teams, and able to work their magic in any genre, be it strategy (Jeanne D'Arc), action RPG (Dark Cloud 1 and 2), and in fresh territory like Professor Layton. While it's by no means a perfect first effort, Layton is one of the most unique titles we've seen in some time, and definitely worth checking out.
Gaming Target (Feb 28, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curios Village is a great game for anyone regardless of the age due to the nature of their game. You won’t be shooting any Locusts or building any cities, but the addictive nature of solving puzzles and feeling a sense of accomplishment when you do them will bring you back for more and more. Adventure fans take heed, you won’t want to miss this game.
So long, Kageyama! Sayonara, Kawashima! There's a new professor on the block, and he's got the gaming smarts to match his braining smarts.
3D Juegos (Nov 06, 2008)
Ideal para aquellos que quieran poner sus neuronas en funcionamiento, Profesor Layton y la Villa Misteriosa son 150 lecciones de ingenio con las que vivir, además, una historia encantadora y llena de magia al lado de dos detectives que recuerdan mucho a los clásicos personajes creados un día por Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Si te apasionan los pasatiempos, por su acabado y talento aplicado este videojuego es una de las mejores opciones para disfrutar de horas y horas reflexionando delante de una Nintendo DS.
I believe that Nintendo is definitely on to something with Professor Layton and the Curious Village. By localizing and releasing this original Japanese game in North America it is a great start to what could be a great series of games. With solid graphics, sound and story, and some darn addicting but tough puzzles, this adventure style game is a great title to add to your DS collection.
85 (Feb 18, 2008)
You will not regret joining Professor Layton in his adventure through this curious village. It's not only extremely entertaining, but also the best vacation you'll have this spring.
Deeko (Feb 18, 2008)
So will you enjoy Professor Layton's devious puzzles? Does Scooby-Doo like "Scooby Snacks"? Sheesh, the answer is plain as day - if you're into games that work your mind rather than your trigger finger, you're golden and this is a title that needs to be in your library. In fact, I'd recommend this title to everyone, frankly, as it's just that much fun to play. Sure, the different puzzles can be insanely challenging, but that's what this game is about - assuming you don't cheat like a jackass.
RPGFan (Feb 21, 2008)
Professor Layton was a positive gaming experience for me. It was a novel hybrid game that felt very familiar and comfortable. I spent a good 10 hours going through the story and continued to go back to the game in order to locate new puzzles and to try and solve unsolved ones. The game displays Level 5's versatility in game development and I hope to see the next two installments of Professor Layton localized.
GamersMark (May 10, 2008)
In the end, though, there’s not much to gripe about -- this game is brilliant. The presentation, the puzzles, everything, all brilliant... and surely Layton wouldn’t have it any other way.
IGN UK (Nov 07, 2008)
Ultimately, it's fair to call Professor Layton and the Curious Village a glorified brain trainer - everything beyond those core puzzles is little more than non-essential gloss. However, it's precisely those extras that make Professor Layton such an compulsively rewarding, refreshing experience. It's a beautifully presented and gently-paced title that, while far from revolutionary, is simply a joy to play. Admittedly, if you hate puzzles, those aesthetic trappings are unlikely to win you over but everyone else is likely to fall for Professor Layton's puzzling purity and effortless charms.
IGN Australia (Apr 09, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a wonderful game. It really is. If you're into your brain teasers, then this one will have you hooked. The inclusion of a narrative framework is a stroke of brilliance too – and the simple but pleasing presentation is perfect for all ages. The series is big in Japan – and that's usually a good measuring stick for a franchise on the move. As the first game in the series to reach the West, it makes me hungry for the sequel. If only my poor brain could measure up. To the library!
JustPressPlay (Mar 21, 2008)
Really, there’s not much going on here more advanced than Zork or King’s Quest, albeit with better intellectual challenges than either of those two classic adventure titles. With a sequel already out in Japan, it’s certainly nice to see a continuing interest in the genre, and after the pleasant, if slightly flawed experience of Professor Layton and the Curious Village, I’m definitely looking forward to further entries in the franchise. For now, any fan of the classic puzzle genre will be more than happy with the game, and certainly any gamer with an intellectual bent should give Professor Layton a look.
Anime News Network (Feb 25, 2008)
It's very nearly the whole package, and that's more than you'd expect from any puzzler. What's more, it's proof to the casuals that there's more out there than scratching a stylus around, and it's proof to the hardcore that games can still be pretty awesome even if they don't have you killing aliens with rayguns and explosive crossbow bolts. And with weekly downloadable content and another game on the way this year, you won't be short of brain-teasers anytime soon.
NZGamer (Apr 24, 2008)
For your first time playing, though, there’s a lot to do, and you’ll find it’s a rich experience that is well worth the asking price. Like Hotel Dusk, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a great, quirky title that really shows off what the DS is capable of. Don’t just wait around for the next generic action game – pick up this title and actually exercise your brain a little.
Gaming Age (Feb 14, 2008)
I've always been a huge fan of mysteries. Growing up, I had my daily intake of Scooby Doo and loved to play the board game Clue. Puzzles were never my forte, but I quite enjoyed myself with Professor Layton and the Curious Village. The game constantly rewards players with secret items to find and an intriguing story that captivates from beginning to end. Nintendo is promising new weekly puzzles that can be downloaded through its Wi-Fi Connection right to the DS, so even after you're done with the game there should be new content available. It's a no-brainer, definitely check it out.
Game Captain (Nov 17, 2008)
Das Spielprinzip von Professor Layton ist wirklich nett und macht von Anfang an Spaß. Die Präsentation ist stimmig und das Spiel bietet auch ein paar nette Beigaben. Allerdings artet das Lösen der Rätsel in der zweiten Hälfte doch arg in Arbeit aus.
TechnologyTell (Feb 15, 2008)
Overall I would definitely recommend Professor Layton and the Curious Village to puzzle fans and those who snap up every DS brain training title. I don’t think this is a game for people who love fast paced action titles though. Professor Layton requires a certain amount of patience and perseverance to be properly enjoyed, so keep that in mind before you pick up a copy.
The Telegraph (Nov 11, 2008)
In short, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a delightful game, and an excellent addition to the DS’s library. Suitable, as they say, for children of any age, it’s gripping enough to keep you playing for just that one more puzzle. Bring on the sequel, I say.
80 (Nov 21, 2008)
Professor Layton en de Curious Village is een game die leuk in elkaar steekt. Er zit een prima mix in van lastige en eenvoudige puzzels. Het is niet zo dat je alle puzzels uiteindelijk wel op zult lossen door middel van het kopen van hints. De hints die je per puzzel kunt kopen, worden wel steeds duidelijker maar ze verklappen de oplossing nooit helemaal. Het spel zet je echt aan het denken en laat je niet los. Je zult merken dat je op de gekste momenten van de dag aan de oplossing van puzzels denkt. Dit komt ook doordat het verhaal erg leuk verteld wordt. Professor Layton and the Curious Village is geen game waarbij de actie van de beide schermen van de Nintendo DS af spat. Het is wel een game die je op een hele leuke en gevarieerde manier aan het denken zet. Als je ervan houdt om puzzels op te lossen, dan mag deze niet in je collectie ontbreken.
GameDaily (Feb 13, 2008)
Play Professor Layton and the Curious Village because you need something different, a game that'll challenge you unlike most games on the market. Besides, for all we know, you may find the story appealing. Charming, attractive and intriguing, this is an under hyped DS game that demands your attention.
Game Tap (Feb 12, 2008)
When you consider the simple concept and design of this collection of classic mind twisters, you can't help but ask yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?" On second thought, that's something you're going to be saying a lot if you sign on with Professor Layton.
80 Gaming Portal (Apr 04, 2008)
Na trajnost igre se vjerojatno nitko neće buniti. Primjerice, ja sam prešao igru za samo 47 631 sekundi. Prevedeno, igra sadrži 150-ak zagonetki, što uopće nije loša brojka. A ako vam ni to nije dovoljno, dodatne zagonetke možete downloadati s interneta. Ipak, moram reći da sam pomalo razočaran jer niti jedna od tih 150 zagonetki ni na koji način ne koristi mikrofon DS-a. Touch screen se koristi za apsolutno sve, od kretanja pa do upisivanja odgovora. Prepoznavanje slova i nije najbolje, pa ćete odgovor ponekad upisivati i dulje nego što vam je trebalo da ga otkrijete.
Gaming since 198x (Sep 23, 2008)
Pour un coup d'essai, c'est un coup de maître qu'a accompli Level-5. A part un nombre d'énigmes vraiment complexes quelque peu restreint, difficile de reprocher quoi que ce soit à Professor Layton and the Curious Village dont l'aura et l'atmosphère sont absolument irrésistibles. Vivement la suite.
80 (Nov 06, 2008)
Doté d’une excellente réalisation et d’un univers accrocheur, Professeur Layton et l’étrange village est avant tout un jeu intelligent qui nous fait réfléchir, tout en nous captivant à travers une histoire de famille. Level-5 signe un titre ludique et addictif qui renvoie tous les entraînements cérébraux du marché dans le congélateur des logiciels froids. Professeur Layton et l’étrange village trouve in fine et très logiquement sa place sur Nintendo DS. Brillant.
Gamervision (Feb, 2008)
The game was released a while back in Japan and did well enough to justify not just one, but two sequels. So far one of them is already confirmed for a US release, and I cannot wait. Despite any frustrations caused by the game's puzzles,I look forward to more adventures of Professor Layton and will gladly accompany him anywhere he goes.
Gamernode (Feb 21, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a great game for anyone who enjoys brain-teasers. It can become highly addictive, and is perfect for micro- game sessions. It's a great overall presentation.
The Professor has already found fame in Japan, and it's clear the guy is good at what he does. Curious Village is unequivocally pretty; the well-styled visuals are clean and simple, true to the content and very, well, classy. Bundled up neatly with some excellent, if limited, voice-acting the whole package lives up to the Layton hype. A really solid point-and-click puzzling experience tailor-made for the handheld, Curious Village is like all those brain training games toured Europe and came back fun, savvy and with an infinitely better wardrobe.
GamePro (US) (Feb 12, 2008)
Even if the uneven difficulty robs the game of some of its fun and the slow, methodical pacing might lull some gamers to sleep, for puzzle lovers and brainy gamers, Professor Layton definitely has a lot to offer. I really hope the game makes the transition to the Wii someday as well; as nice as the DS version is, it would be great to play on a big screen, solving puzzles with friends.
IGN (Feb 13, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is just one of at least three adventures for the top-hatted puzzle solving aristocrat. The Japanese love the guy, and after playing his premiere Nintendo DS game it’s easy to see why those gamers are nuts for Professor Layton. It’s not quite as powerful a game as some diehards might lead you to believe it is, and the cheating exploits are a little to obvious to ignore. But even so, Professor Layton is undeniably fun with a great style, and if the next game in the series is as challenging and addictive as his debut, bring it on.
GamesRadar (Feb 25, 2008)
Mental deficiencies aside, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is an enjoyable game with a wonderfully-written storyline. So few games succeed at making us exercise our brains; you’d be blockheads not to give this one a go.
80 (Feb 28, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a solid title with quirks that make it a unique gaming experience. It has a charm reminiscent of the Phoenix Wright series, and will likely see a cult following and many sequels as a result. It just may not be for everyone.
NintendoWorldReport (May 29, 2008)
Overall, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a very interesting game but it definitely caters to a niche audience. If you don’t like brain-teasers, it’s probably not for you. Despite its charming atmosphere and interesting plot, your patience for puzzles will ultimately decide how much you like this game, so consider yourself warned.
Gamestyle (Nov 12, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is an accessible game with enough challenge to maintain interest for some time, and is full of charm and wonderful presentation. Despite some irritating voices, Gamestyle is eagerly anticipating the continuing adventures of Layton and Luke. If you haven't tried this one yet, don't miss out. "Critical thinking is the key to success!"
N-Europe (Jan 10, 2009)
When you complete a puzzle it is saved in your puzzle index, so you can replay them whenever you wish, or challenge friends and family to solve what you have already solved. Professor Layton takes advantage of the wi-fi connection, having a weekly puzzle download on offer. As for reply value, once you’ve completed the main game once, there doesn’t feel much point of replaying the game again, as there is no other way you can try playing the game except solving the puzzles that little bit quicker.
Gamer 2.0 (Feb 15, 2008)
Now that Layton has finally made his way to the United States, it's easy to see why the Japanese love him so much and are already working on a fourth entry. Don't let the funny-looking cartoon people and the animated western village fool you; Professor Layton and the Curious Village is both a pleasurable and unique experience worthy of a full price purchase for children and adults alike.
80 (Jan 23, 2009)
I've said it before but the DS is made for this type of adventurous puzzle games. Chilling at home on the couch or waiting on the train, each moment is suited to open your DS and solve a riddle. And if you've finished the great Advance Wars and have a brain age of 20 it might be time for a trip to St. Mystere. You won't regret it, although...
DarkZero (Nov 06, 2008)
So, when all is said and done Professor Layton may not be highly innovative, as it mixes elements from other games and other forms of entertainment, but to some extent it is still a game most of us have never experienced before. Sure, it’s a simple idea done right, but when you realise that’s a characteristic most great games share it shows how special the title is. It’s definitely a great game, there is no doubt about that, and one that most people should consider playing. More so, for those of a particular audience, it could easily be one of the more exciting games released this year.
UOL Jogos (Feb 22, 2008)
"Professor Layton and the Curious Village" faz uma pequena revolução se comparado a jogos como "Brain Age", já que insere dezenas de ótimos enigmas e charadas em um universo muito charmoso e cativante, graças ao carisma de seus personagens e a bela direção de arte. Não é um jogo para todos os gostos, mas os que curtem desafios cabeça com certeza irão comemorar - e esperar ansiosamente pelos próximos capítulos.
77 (Dec 01, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Villagea ei voi missään tapauksessa suositella kaikille. Älkää ainakaan söpöstä ulkoasusta huolimatta pistäkö sitä alle lukioikäisen joululahjapakettiin. Peli on tarkoitettu niille, jotka lukevat lehdestä mieluummin krypton kuin juoru-uutiset ja voivat istua pelin ääressä syventyneenä tuijottaen tyhjyyteen, kunnes hehkulamppu pään yllä välähtää.
Good Game (Apr 07, 2008)
Now I don’t know about you but a couple of hours into this it occurred to me I was enjoying doing the sort of problems I used to groan about at school... it reminded me very much of Brain Training but with a lot more variety. It’s seven and half rubber chooks from me.
TTGamer (Apr 21, 2008)
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a very easy game to recommend for puzzle fans and those who like to challenge their brain. On one hand, it is a game that can have you stuck for days on end close to tearing your hair out which isn’t overly enjoyable, but on the other hand for those who can look past that and are fans of lateral thinking puzzles, this really is a game that takes the best of the gaming world and combines it with the best of the puzzle world. The Nintendo DS has allowed a lot of innovation and has brought a lot of casual gamers into the fold, and if we continue to get new and fresh games like Professor Layton's and the Curious Village, then gaming will be better for it.
With a sequel already out in Japan, there are many more mysteries for the Professor and his young sidekick Luke to solve, but it's Level 5 that has its own questions to answer.
Gamekult (Nov 05, 2008)
Coup d'essai réussi pour l'ingénieux professeur, dont les aventures à la réalisation attachante et au concept parfaitement adapté à la DS font mouche. Conjuguant admirablement le soft d'entraînement cérébral et le point & click de belle facture, Professor Layton et l'Etrange Village est rarement pris en défaut. On n'a pas souvent l'occasion de se triturer les méninges de manière aussi ludique, ce serait dommage de s'en priver, d'autant que la localisation française est réussie. On prie maintenant bien fort pour que les deux autres épisodes suivent le même chemin avec, si possible, un délai moins long.
JeuxActu (Nov 06, 2008)
A la différence d’un jeu casual spécial entraînement cérébral, il faut mettre à crédit le fait que Professor Layton and the Curious Village comporte une histoire assez intéressante pour inciter le joueur à aller plus loin. Les animations sont si réussies qu’on les aurait voulues plus longues et plus nombreuses. Un casual game pour les amateurs du genre c’est certain, mais très habilement interprété et aux finitions soignées, il faut reconnaître. Quand on sait que Professor Layton and the Curious Village n’est en fait que le premier opus de la série, qu’au Japon le deuxième épisode est déjà dans les bacs sous le nom de Professor Layton and the Devil’s Box, qu’un troisième volet se prépare, et que surtout une adaptation cinématographique se profile, on ne peut que se plaindre du temps écoulé dans l’attente de voir un professeur Layton débarquer sur le marché français. L’espoir est permis.
70 (Mar, 2008)
There's still a faded red stain I can't get rid of in the carpet all around my desk, and I haven't seen my roommate in a few days, but everything seems to be back to normal now. I really can't wait for the extra downloadable puzzles! It'll be fun to revisit St. Mystere once a month to do a little crime solving again.
Netjak (Mar 04, 2008)
Overall, the game is very entertaining; the puzzles are varied enough so that players of all mental proficiencies will have no trouble accumulating the required number of puzzle clears to open up the story's ending. The primary problem, however, is the same one that has always plagued adventure games and will always plague them: once you've solved the puzzle, there's no point in doing it again. Professor Layton suffers from this problem to an almost unprecedented degree; since many of the puzzles rely on vital paradigm shifts and twists of thought, repeating the same puzzle invalidates the challenge because you literally already know the answer. The game manages to alleviate this to a certain degree by providing weekly downloadable puzzles, but unfortunately those are really only adding another five to ten minutes of gameplay a week to a game that's over in just under ten hours.
Game Revolution (Feb 26, 2008)
Finally, Professor Layton players can download new puzzles via their Nintendo Wi-Fi connection on a weekly basis. It’s a nice touch, though it doesn’t quite counterbalance the lack in ‘replay’ value. Barring a sudden, cataclysmic onset of Alzheimer’s, once you know a puzzle, you know it. But you can at least take the puzzles you’ve already bested and impose them on those who haven’t played them yet. You, dear reader, will surely feel stupid at least once or twice during the course of this game… so why shouldn’t your friends? Spread a little sunshine. It’s only gentlemanly.
Diehard GameFan (Feb 11, 2008)
For puzzle game fanatics only. Every one else, think long and hard before buying. The game has its charms, but charm alone does not make for a rewarding gaming experience.
Can't Stop the Movies (Jun 15, 2016)
One of the things I adore about the Professor Layton series is how they eventually incorporate their fluid (and, yes, with your frustrations I'd also say tenuous) grasp of language into the puzzles. In the third game there's a couple of puzzles which literally have no solution because of the ambiguity in the language. There's some sense to this considering the puzzles were first developed for Japan then ported to America. Yet that knowledge of what the games will be like does little to ease the ambiguity which is an issue in The Curious Village.