'Professor Layton and the Unwound Future'
(Nintendo DS / ASIN: B003O6E7DI / Rated: E / $39.99)
Features: More than 165 new puzzles weave seamlessly into the storyline. Players will be challenged with fun, brain-teasing logic puzzles and riddles, and even new types of puzzles. This game features significantly more hand-drawn animated sequences and voice acting than the previous installment of the series. Players who are still stumped with a puzzle after three subtle hints can select the new “super hint” option to point them toward a solution.
As with previous incarnations of the franchise, weekly downloadable puzzles* will be available after launch for a limited time.
*Wireless broadband Internet access required for online features.
Description: Professor Layton Confronts the Puzzling Mysteries of Time Travel
Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, receive a confounding letter – from Luke 10 years in the future. But the message inside is even more troubling: London of the future is in disarray, and the only person who can help set things right is Professor Layton.
Verdict: It’s time to travel with Professor Layton and your Nintendo DS. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a nice addition to this growing puzzle adventure franchise. If you’re looking for a great time killer that challenges your mental resolve and tickles your wit, this is a puzzle game for you. The story and puzzles are designed for all ages keeping you engaged.
Be careful to take your time with this one, it can really suck you in with over 165 puzzle to figure out. I kept finding I wanted more. Good thing the game features weekly downloadable puzzles to keep this game lasting for lots of replay value. Bummer it’s only for a limited time.
Overall this is a great game for all ages and all puzzlers. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is fun, has an engaging story, and is easy to pick up and play. If you are looking to expand your Professor Layton collection or looking for a new puzzle adventure, check this game out. It’s worth a trip to the store in your future.
Reviewed by: Ken Tebo