Many people found themselves on the verge of panic last Christmas as they desperately sought a copy of Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Retailers up and down the country found stocks depleted before they could even take the empty boxes off the shelf, and in desperation, eventually resorted to offering unheard of sums of money for pre-owned copies. A disappointing Christmas for some, but certainly not for the game’s creator Akira Tago.
Now he is back with a follow up to his massively successful first edition. So if you’re looking to get your hands on a copy of Professor Layton and Pandora’s Box, it’s probably a good idea to get in there quick this time around. The cheapest place to currently put in a pre-deal is on the Game Collection at £21.99 (expires on the 15th Sep). This undercuts all of the other deals by a good few quid.
Just like the previous edition, Pandora’s Box challenges players to solve various puzzles which range between things like logic, maths, and word games. The puzzles themselves are strung together by a narrative which, although it’s by no means superficial, occasionally has trouble reconciling itself with the various mini-games. However, both the story and puzzles are very well crafted and superbly presented.
The story itself follows Professor Layton and his young companion Luke who embark on an adventure after the discovery of a dead body. As they strive to unravel the mystery they visit various locations - all of which provide the player with the opportunity to solve puzzles. The game still has all of the charm of its predecessor; the witty dialogue, great characters etc, but some reviewers argue it’s not quite as good second time round. It seems that Tago used up all of his best ideas in Curious Village, and although his sequel is undoubtably strong, he might not be in for quite such a good Christmas this time around.