Like its fantastic predecessor (Professor Layton and the Curious Village), this second outing for the dual-screen's resident Sherlock revolves around trekking around, solving fiendish puzzles, and unravelling a tale of mystery with more twists in it than the dancefloor at an Elvis tribute concert.
If you want to get in on some of the best puzzling that the DS has to offer, you'd do well to check out the tasty price that Game has on for this title at the moment. You can snag the good Professor's latest adventure for just £19.98 from the purple-tinted merchant, saving you £3 on the nearest competitor (BlahDVD - £22.99).
With tons of new puzzles, this sequel is basically just a whole heap more Prof. Layton fun where bigger equals better. Forget being confined to just one town, your adventures take you across several locations this time around, still with budding Tintin-wannabe Luke in tow.
The story for this latest mystery revolves around a mysterious box that appears to kill anyone who opens it for a peek inside. It's up to Professor Layton and Luke to hop on the Midnight Express and check out some mines, a castle or two, the odd city, searching for clues and unravelling the secrets of the box by solving various kinds of mind-melting conundrums from your run-of-the-mill brainteasers to sliding puzzles, word games and logic problems, all making the most of the touch-sensitive screen.
Aside from the winning presentation, the 150+ puzzles, the cracking story and the promise of DLC, the cherry on the cake are the gloriously entertaining mini-games. One involves concocting a particularly good cuppa while Prof. Layton and Luke pontificate about the pros and cons of certain kinds of tea, whilst another sees you collecting exercise equipment so Luke can help his fat pet hamster lose weight. It's all effortlessly charming puzzling fun, and one of the best games on the DS for sure.
Thanks to adsldave at HUKD