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—and I’d probably even prefer it that way, as i found the brainteaser & logic puzzles did become a little tedious after awhile and occasionally seemed to be just padding the game out unnecessarily.
but such was the strength of the story that there was always ample motivation to get through the puzzles and discover where the mystery would lead. my favourite mini-game involved experimenting with various tea blends to come up with the specific brews that would help the various characters in the game. in all it took me 24 hours to play through.
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Time Played: Over 20 hours