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
Nintendo DS
Release Date:
February 2007
How we got the game: 
We bought it

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
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.”

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.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
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! 

Readers Comments (3)

  1. I love the style of these posts in which you two discuss as game! =D
    As for Curious Village, I love it! It was the first Layton game I played and I did so right after it came out. Maybe that is why I hold it in higher regard than you two do. I was really surprised by the story; it is possible I don’t have the detective skills you two seem to hold… ahahahahahah
    Other games of the series may have done better in terms of puzzles and story, I personally would recommend that you try Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (just don’t hold me accountable for any emotional distress it may bring), but The Curious Village will always have a special place in my heart.

    • Thank you! We have a lot of fun with it, lol.
      We didn’t realize the games went “in order” when we first started playing Layton. Otherwise, we would have tried to get Curious Village first. Though it was still a great game! And I do write mystery novels, so my mind works in strange ways. 😉
      We’re going to playing Diabolical Box next, but from what you say about Unwound Future, I’m already intrigued… We’ll get to that one soon enough!

      • Can’t wait to hear what you have to say on those two games!
        Ahh, that explains a lot! I am fan of Agatha Christie’s novels, and I am frustrated by how I can never figure out what happened before the characters expose it!

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