|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Level-5||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug.24, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
This game doesn't include some of the things Professor Layton and The Curious Village did, such as the jigsaw puzzle where you put together the missing pieces, or the room-furnishing feature. Instead, there's a hamster puzzle where you use certain items you find to tease him and make him run around; the poor guy is overweight, so he needs a good workout in order to be fit! This mini-game is undoubtedly cute, though I found it to be a little out of touch with the rest of the game, and it's also rather slow.
There's also a mini-game that has you gather all the parts of a camera and put them together. Finally, the Tea Set lets you experiment with ingredients you collect in order to brew delicious and unique tea blends. These blends will have a different outcome as far as mood and health is concerned. Other than that, if you open the professor's trunk, you'll find the same features: the journal, which reminds you were you were at in the story, the mysteries, which gives you the background about each object found, the puzzle index, which lets you have another take at them, and the save button.
One thing that makes Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box more valuable than the previous title is the extra amount of puzzles; it contains 150 of them, to be exact. On top of that, players will be able to download 33 other puzzles in the weeks following the game's release. This is a great plus if you have your DS/DSi hooked up to the Internet.
Some might think this kind of game is only for fans of the point-and-click genre; however, there's a lot more to this series than that. The puzzles are very engaging and perfectly solvable, the story flows with ease and keeps you interested throughout, and the controls on the DS are very smooth. I can't see why anyone would hate the game except for the fact that it makes you think. It's made for thinking minds with a nice amount of patience. If you're not scared of simple math problems, logic puzzles, riddles, and the likes, pick up this game and enjoy, because you're in for a treat!
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