US Release Date: February 10, 2008
System: Nintendo DS
ESRB Rating: E
Price: $29.99 at Amazon.com
Professor Layton and the Curious Village was released in Japan in 2007 to great success, spawning two sequels and a planned manga series. The English version of the game was released this February and has thus far been very well received by US gamers.
This is a hybrid game, the sort of thing that might result if a point-and-click adventure ate a book of brainteasers and then had a baby with a European cartoon (the developer has dubbed the genre “puzzle adventure”). You control the titular Professor Layton, a noted puzzle solver (you can apparently get famous for that – who knew?) With his young apprentice, Luke, in tow, the Professor has come to the town of St. MystÃ¨re to find a mysterious treasure alluded to in the will of a wealthy Baron. Naturally, once you arrive in town, this simple task becomes rapidly more complicated, and you are trapped in the town until you solve a number of mysteries.