Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Review
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future box art
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: Sept. 12, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Fortunately, even if you do find yourself having issues with any of the game’s puzzles, Unwound Future does a good job of helping the player out. It does so by letting you use the hint coins you’ll find scattered throughout the game to purchase hints for puzzles. Each puzzle comes with a series of hints that can be purchased for a set number of coins (one or two) that can give the player small clues as to how to figure out the puzzle. The first hint you purchase will give you a small clue, with each hint getting closer to handing you the answer outright.

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Every puzzle in the game is worth a certain amount of Picarats, which you gain by solving them and can use to purchase extras once you complete the game. A puzzle with fewer Picarats will be easier to solve, while those worth a large sum of Picarats will require a firmly worn thinking cap. Giving the incorrect answer to a puzzle will result in a reduction of the possible Picarats, but this can usually be avoided by making good use of your hint coins. However, the number of hint coins in the game is finite, so using them wisely is key to collecting the maximum number of possible Picarats.

If the lengthy story and initial mound of puzzles aren’t enough to keep you busy, Unwound Future provides plenty of additional content to extend the life of the title. First off, within the game itself, you’ll find a series of mini-games that will unlock throughout the adventure. These will have you doing everything from plotting a vehicle’s driving path to walking Layton to an exit while trying to avoid banana peels. There are also three picture books to be found in the game. You will unlock stickers while playing that can be used to fill in these books’ missing stories Mad Libs-style by sticking them in the correct places. Finally, there are also additional free puzzles being made available for download, with one appearing every week for the first thirty weeks after the game’s launch.

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Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a cute and clever game that is constantly challenging the player, without being so difficult that it becomes frustrating. If you’re a fan of the previous titles, you will definitely want to pick up this title for the continuing storyline and the familiar puzzle gameplay. However, if you’ve never played a Professor Layton title before, this game doesn’t require an extensive back catalogue of knowledge, making it a perfect place to start. Either way, Layton’s latest title is a ton of fun and an experience that shouldn’t be missed.

By Adam Brown
CCC News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.4
Graphics
Both the in-game graphics and the cinemas look great and exude charm.
4.5
Control
Given that all you use is the touch screen, the controls are accurate and simple.
4.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The great music mixes well with an impressive amount of well done voice work.
4.6

Play Value
With a lengthy story mode and the addition of mini-games, picture books, and free downloadable puzzles, there is plenty of content here for those who enjoy puzzles.

4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • With over 165 in-game puzzles and 30 downloadable puzzles, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future will challenge your wit at every turn. Connect to Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to download a new puzzle each week for 30 weeks after the game launches. Solve the puzzles to uncover clues and follow the clues to solve the mysteries that confront Professor Layton.
  • The rich story, colorful characters, and hand-drawn art style come to life with lush animated and fully-voiced cut-scenes. For the first time ever, find out more about Professor Layton’s past as he strives to save the future.
  • Quick and easy Touch Screen control makes exploring the game and inputting answers as easy as can be. Use the pumped up Memo Pad to make notes and solve difficult puzzles with multiple colored pens and different pen thicknesses to choose from in addition to an eraser function. Solving math problems, tracing paths, and making notes is now easier than before.


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