Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
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Professor Layton Strikes Again!
Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (DS)
Member Name: AWildDog
Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (DS)
Advantages: Great Story, Puzzles and Voices.
Disadvantages: People avoid it thinking its the same old puzzle game with characters thrown in for a kick.
After playing the first of this game series (Professor Layton and The Curious Village), it left me looking forward to this, the second game.
Professor Layton games are puzzle and mystery based, but they are certainly not your average puzzle game. The puzzles vary from easy to quite difficult and will give your brain a thorough workout.
Many people may make the mistake of thinking this game is simply a bunch of puzzles with a few characters thrown in for kicks but that is far from it.
There is a full story to this game, with smaller mysteries to unravel as well as the big mystery which starts the game.
You will follow Layton and his apprentice Luke, trying to discover the location and mystery of Pandora's Box and whether it did kill their close friend when he opened it.
The story of the game is awesome, I love games who have a proper story to them and this one certainly does. You'll be pulled in by the story itself.
There are a lot of puzzles to be solved of all different types, some of vital to progressing in the game, others are there for you to solve as and when you speak to people. The latter if you decide you can't you can leave them until later. Just beware that at a few different points in the game you are required to have a certain amount of puzzles solved in order to progress so solve as many as you can.
To aid you in solving puzzles three hints are provided which you can buy with the hint coins, which you earn finding them laying around in scenes (hint - lamps are usually concealing one).
You also have a few different challenges to meet was well... you have a tea set for making tea for people - making them possibly give you more information, there is a camera to be built and you will need to exercise the chefs hamster (if you get the hamster to a healthy weight early in the game, he will help you to find hint coins).
Solving puzzles also gives you picarats, the more picarats its worth the more difficult it is. Answering wrongly will give you less picarats to play for.
Picarats don't serve too much purpose in the game, they allow you to unlock extras from the main menu screen like character profiles - if you're not interested in stuff like this then don't worry too much about how many picarats you have.
You can also unlock some extra difficult puzzles by completing certain things within the game.
There is also the function to connect to the internet and download a new puzzle every week so the game doesn't become unless even if you have completed the story part of the game.
For me this was a great buy, it has a great storyline to keep you interested, puzzles to really make you think and it doesn't become useless when you've completed the main game.
The voiced parts are very well done and although curious village was great, I believe this one is better and has a slight anime feel to the ending.
For me this game was around 19-20hours game play. But it would depend on how quickly you solve the puzzles of course. You certainly get a good length of play time of out of this game.
Awesome game. Highly recommend it.
Summary: Awesome Game, Try It!
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