|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 games puzzles, Unwound Future does a good job of helping the player out. It does so by letting you use the hint coins youll 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.
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 arent 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, youll find a series of mini-games that will unlock throughout the adventure. These will have you doing everything from plotting a vehicles 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 games launch.
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 youre 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 youve never played a Professor Layton title before, this game doesnt require an extensive back catalogue of knowledge, making it a perfect place to start. Either way, Laytons latest title is a ton of fun and an experience that shouldnt be missed.
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