The obscenely popular Professor Layton puzzler is still hard to find for much less than £20 even long after its sequel has been released, so Simply Games' £14.99 price tag is a pretty attractive prospect. The next best price, £17.91 from Asda, will set you back an extra £3.
The renowned Professor Layton and his young assistant Luke are summoned to the remote village of St. Mystere following the death of Baron Augustus Reinhold. The Baron's last will and testament states that whoever can solve the puzzle of the Golden Apple will inherit his entire fortune and so the whole village is in on the act.
The art design is charming and stylised, somewhat reminiscent of the animated feature Belleville Rendezvous and perfectly suited to the whimsical storyline. There are tons of puzzles here to keep you occupied and more are available to download. These are uniformly good and offer a real challenge but never feel unfair and the generous hint system can help you out in a pinch so that frustration rarely sets in. Unfortunately, though the soundtrack fits the mood of the game well, it quickly gets repetitive. However, despite appearing infrequently, the voicework is excellent, even if Luke can be a little irritating.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a lovely mix of engaging puzzles, entertaining mystery story and fun, if limited, adventuring and is a great way to keep yourself entertained on long dull train journeys.
Thanks to Rhys135 at Hotukdeals!