Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Professor Layton and the Curious Village Game Review

Title: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Company: Level-5, Nintendo
Console:
Nintendo DS
Release Date:
February 2007
How we got the game: 
We bought it

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Rachel and I have been fans of the Ace Attorney games for a few years now after buying Trials and Tribulations on the Wii’s Virtual Console on a whim. When Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright came out, we played it mainly for the ace attorney, but we were definitely charmed by the gentleman puzzle master. It prompted us to try out the Professor Layton games, and Curious Village was our second dive into the series, after Miracle Mask. So far, we’re enjoying the ride.

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Being the first game in the whole Profess Layton series, I thought it wouldn’t be as good as Miracle Mask. In fact, I thought it would be easier. Well, it was just as good as Miracle Mask and if I’m going to be completely honest, I would say that it was harder than Miracle Mask.

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There were too many damn math problems, haha! We prefer the logic puzzles and riddles rather than puzzles like, “If next year I’ll be twice as old as my sister, but last year was only three years younger, how old are we?” kind of things. Not only did Curious Village seem to have more puzzles than Miracle Mask, I don’t think the story was balanced as well with the puzzles as Miracle Mask had done. It seemed that everything we clicked on was a puzzle, which usually is fine, but not when we’re trying to investigate a kidnapping or murder.

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I agree. I hate math. The puzzles were more plentiful and more difficult. Plus, we seemed to have a hard time finding hint coins. I don’t know if there just wasn’t that many around or if we were terrible pointing the stylus at the screen. The story itself was easier. We figured it out almost instantly and were a little crept out by it as we anticipated what was going to happen next!

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I dislike using hint coins, but when it’s getting later in the evening after I spent a day at work dealing with math, they definitely came in handy for those kind of puzzles. While we did figure out the story and, yes, were crept out by it, it was definitely an interesting twist to a video game! I enjoyed the story quite a bit.

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I don’t like using the hint coins either. There are those tough puzzles, though… Like that one where we got the answer right but we just typed it in wrong. It was a date and you wrote “04” for April when they were just looking for “4.”

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Those were the worst! It reminded me of the first time we played Trials and Tribulations, though. We knew the answer, we just weren’t sure how to reach it. Despite those little mishaps, though, the game itself was good. The characters, especially Layton and Luke, are all colorful and unique, both in design and personality. While we guessed the ending to the story and half of the mysteries, it was still enjoyable to help Layton solve them.

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This game definitely seemed to be more about the puzzles than the story itself, but it was good fun all the same. The village was curious, indeed. (Sorry, but not really.)

Professor Layton and the Curious Village gets…
4 out of 5 lives.

Have you played this game? What did you think? Let us know in the comments! 

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Character Spotlight: Luigi

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

I can’t believe the end of the month is already here. It’s time for another Character Spotlight and I’ve chosen one of my all-time favorites!

 

Character Spotlight: Luigi

Luigi was created as such so the Super Mario games could have a two-player option. They changed Mario’s color scheme, thus coming up with Luigi. He soon grew into his own character being deemed as Mario’s younger brother and developed a personality.

He first appeared in the 1983 game Mario Bros. for the NES by Nintendo. In that game, however, there were no differences between him and Mario, other than their colors. He didn’t begin to come into his own until Super Mario Bros. 2 which came out in 1988 for the NES. He was slightly taller than Mario and was able to jump higher as well.

Luigi was always one of my favorites because I felt as though he and I were alike. We’re both the younger sibling, we’re both “player two,” and we’re both afraid of our own shadows. I loved how he was always willing to help no matter how scared he was.

Luigi’s Mansion, which came out in 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube, is one of my favorite games ever. It’s a simple storyline and it’s a fairly quick and easy game to beat. But what I love most about it is the fact that Luigi is afraid of everything, but he still takes charge as the protagonist and fights to save his brother, who happens to always be the hero.

Luigi is an all-around great guy and he is one of my favorite Nintendo characters. I love playing him any chance I get.

Looking Behind and Ahead

Double Jump Kris MiiShow of hands, who thought the weekend went by way too fast?

Despite how quickly the weekend has come and gone, I hope everyone had a good one and an awesome week ahead!

This past holiday weekend I spent my time finally playing Pokemon Moon. I’m definitely enjoying it so far, having gotten past my third trial, and I’m severely missing the time off of work that I had to continue binge-playing it. Rachel and I will go into more detail about the games themselves once we both complete them, but I just wanted to share my thoughts about the changes going on in the franchise that I grew up with.

Diving into the gaming world for me was like Alice falling into the rabbit hole. I was full of curiosity and totally enamored when I used to watch my father and my uncle play video games. It was a story that you controlled. The characters were puppets to the buttons and I was amazed that you could make someone on the television jump just by pressing A.

A couple of years later, I was good friends with a pair of twins who fully introduced me to the world of Pokemon through Pokemon Snap. That year Mom and Dad got me my first GameBoy Color, complete with a trio of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow games. For about twenty years, the handheld Pokemon games followed a formula that consisted of your character exploring a new world with new creatures to partner with in order to defeat the Gym Challenges, whatever evil team that was plaguing the region, and the Elite Four.

Pokemon Sun and Moon threw that formula out the window, and while I’m enjoying the games, I can’t help but feel as if I’m missing something. Perhaps it’s too early in the game for me to tell, or maybe I’m just feeling particularly nostalgic for the older games that I grew up with. It’ll be interesting to see if Zelda’s Breath of the Wild, with how it’s going to be shaking up the Legend of Zelda franchise, will affect me in the same way.

The NES mini recently came out to hit us older gamers in the gut with memories, while virtual reality is rising on the gaming scene. Now I understand when my dad, upon seeing the motion controls of Wii Bowling, started talking about the “good ol’ games” from the past, like the original Mario or Donkey Kong!

 

Flashback Friday: Majora’s Mask

Double Jump Kris Mii How is everyone on this lovely Friday? For those of you who celebrate it, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

In light of a certain amazing video that has graced the Internet with its presence, this month we’re celebrating one of the most beloved Legend of Zelda games — Majora’s Mask.

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Released in North America in October 2000, Majora’s Mask is the sixth installment of the Legend of Zelda series, and appears to follow Ocarina of Time. Set in Termina, an alternate version of Hyrule, a young Link must relive the same three days over and over again as he attempts to stop a Skull Kid, corrupted by the evil Majora’s Mask, from destroying the world.

The game play consists of the three-day time limit along with the use of various masks to grant Link special abilities — such as the Bunny Hood to run faster — and even to change into different beings — a Deku, Goron, and Zora to be exact. Like most Legend of Zelda games, music also plays a significant role, and Link is able to learn songs on his ocarina to change the flow of time and help spirits rest.

Majora’s Mask is considered to be one of the more darker entries of the Legend of Zelda series, with many grim theories surrounding the game. Ben Drowned is a popular creepypasta originating from Majora’s Mask, and many believe that throughout Majora’s Mask, Link is dead.

Despite these (or perhaps because of) theories, Majora’s Mask is arguably one of the most popular of the Legend of Zelda games, earning high praises around the board. It was voted Game of the Decade by GameFAQs in December 2010, and was voted the second best Zelda game of all time in May 2011 in an event hosted by IGN, beaten only by Ocarina of Time. Majora’s Mask has had multiple rereleases, including being ported to the GameCube with The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition. It was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console during January 2012 and on the Wii U’s Virtual Console just yesterday, November 24, 2016. Like Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask also got a 3DS remake in February 2015.

For those of you who may not have seen it, below is the video of the Skull Kid’s origins showcased as film:

What do you think of Majora’s Mask?

Pokemon Y Review

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Happy Thursday!

Here we are with another Pokemon review. I’ve reviewed one main game from each region.

Here is the Kalos region for Pokemon Y. Then it’s off to the Alola region!

Pokemon Y game review

Title: Pokemon Y
Company: Nintendo
Console: Nintendo 3DS
How I got the game: I bought it

My Review:

Graphics

 

The graphics for this game was amazing! When I first turned it on upon buying the game when it came out, I remember being in awe. I remember seeing the trailer and commercials for the game and I was so excited for the graphics alone.

The 3D characters, no longer sprites, were fun to see, especially interacting with the other trainers in the game. The Pokemon Amie alone was certainly impressive. And, for once, the sizes for each Pokemon varied as they should be.

Controls

For the most part, the controls for this game was the same as any other Pokemon game. There were a few added features, such as the roller skates with the circle pad. Of course, I found that a bit annoying at some times. I would often accidentally put on my roller skates when I didn’t want to. But the fact that we could move diagonally was a plus.

Story

Like most Pokemon games, your main goal is to become a Pokemon master; fill up that Pokedex and become the Champion. Bad guys get in the way of course, so you have to save the world on top of everything else.

What made this story different from the rest was that you had a group of friends to help back you up. You didn’t have the one close friend that also served as your rival, there are four other people. While I miss having the jerk rival, I loved having the group of friends. It was fun running into one or two of them in various locations and battling with or against them. I also liked how there was a mixture of boys and girls, no matter whether you choose to play as the boy or girl.

Overall

I think the Kalos region is one of my favorites. The Pokemon are awesome, the region design is beautiful and easy to navigate, and the characters and the story is fun to follow. I think, especially with the graphics, this is one of the better games. And, at the time of this review, I can’t wait to see what Sun and Moon have in store for us.

Pokemon Y gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

Fabulous Villains

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Everyone always gushes about the heroes of the games, but what about the villains? Have their been any recent villains or minions that really made an impression (good or bad) on you? I think one that stands out to me at the moment is Ghirahim, one of the main antagonists in the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Fabulous is one of the first words that come to mind when thinking of him!

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When we first started playing Skyward Sword, we thought Ghirahim was creepy and weird. But, as the game went on, we grew to enjoy his character. Sure, he’s bizarre. But that’s what makes him kind of funny. I remember we both burst out laughing at the end of the game when he was dancing around Zelda’s floating body. Literally dancing.

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Fabulously creepy was what he was, but he made an excellent antagonist, in my opinion. Another favorite villain is, as cliche as it may be, Bowser from the Super Mario games. He was never truly fearsome to me, but my earliest, main memory of him was from Super Mario RPG where he actually joined your party. His snarky remarks in games since then have placed him on my favorites list.

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Bowser is also wonderful in Paper Mario. He’s funny in that one, even if he is the true villain. Though, he’s not the main villain in some other Paper Mario games. Dr. Eggman from the Sonic franchise is great as well. It’s not so much that he can’t really outsmart Sonic. He just can’t catch him.

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Ah, Dr. Eggman! It’s a shame that they can’t showcase his true brilliance, as he’s supposed to be a genius. He has such a catchy theme song in Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Adventure 2! One of the villains that I believe I miss the most is Giovanni from the original Pokemon games. He was the leader of Team Rocket and seemed to have an actual goal in mind. Unlike, for example, Team Aqua and Team Magma, who just wanted to expand the water or land, or Team Plasma, who used Pokemon but wanted to release them all…? Opposing Pokemon teams’ motives got a bit shakier as the franchise went on.

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Team Rocket was the best and always will be. Giovanni is a fine villain, but I adore Jessie and James. Even though they were more in the anime than the games, but still. Though, I do have to admit, N was great in the Unova region. He had a great story.

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Yes, his wasn’t too bad, but Team Plasma’s motivations to me were still a bit strange. Other fantastic villains were Von Karma and Dahlia from the first and third Ace Attorney games. They were amazing to hate!

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Ah, yes! I agree. You have to love the villains in video games. Because, without them, we wouldn’t have a game to play.

Who are some of your favorite villains from video games? Let us know in the comments! 

Top Tuesday: Favorite Kalos Pokemon

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

We’ve come to the end of a six-month Pokemon journey going through all the games. This month is about Kalos before we discuss Sun and Moon in December.

Here are my top five favorite Kalos Pokemon.

Top Tuesday: Favorite Kalos Pokemon

 

5. Pancham/Pangoro

I cheated on this one because I couldn’t decide which evolution. Pancham is adorable, what else can I say? Pangoro looks like he could pound anything that crosses his path.

4. Noivern

I didn’t train Noivern until after I had beaten the main game, but I absolutely loved it. Noivern is strong, has wonderful moves, and has an awesome design.

3. Florges

Majestic. Florges is the queen of Pokemon.

2. Talonflame

Talonflame has an amazing move set and great stats. He has a very cool design and he’s always a great choice in battle.

1. Delphox

But of course, I had to add my fire starter. I think Delphox is my favorite fire starter since Charmander. I love the psychic combination and just like Florges, Delphox is pretty majestic.

Who are your top five Kalos Pokemon?