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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box review

The Good:
  • Presentation is superb all around
  • Puzzles are well-made and satisfying, and nicely integrated during key moments in the story
  • Minigames are more engaging and contribute to fun meta-games
The Bad:
  • Repeated themes in puzzles
  • Story is ho-hum Saturday morning cartoon fare
  • Contrived motivation for characters wanting to puzzle at every whim
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
The Good:
  • Presentation is superb all around
  • Puzzles are well-made and satisfying, and nicely integrated during key moments in the story
  • Minigames are more engaging and contribute to fun meta-games
The Bad:
  • Repeated themes in puzzles
  • Story is ho-hum Saturday morning cartoon fare
  • Contrived motivation for characters wanting to puzzle at every whim
Our Verdict: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box keeps the lovely European charm and challenging puzzles of its predecessor intact, with more enjoyable extras this time around. Just mind the particularly shallow story that only loosely ties it all together.
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Posted by emric on Jun 9, 2012

the series' wonderful charm only gets stronger with this sequel


another utterly charming game in the professor layton series of puzzle-adventures. the art direction, character designs and storytelling are all delightfully enticing. even without all the puzzles, this would be up with the best pure adventure titles on DS—...

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