Professeur Layton et l’étrange village (NDS / PAL)

5.05.2009 @ 00:36:06 | Midori  |   français

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A game I have been waiting for a long time…

Professeur Layton et l'étrange village

A very nice result for this game that requires a rather high level of graphism (since mysteries / items are hidden in several places), it is really beautiful.
Grade: 9 / 10

Very nice, there are several themes, it is a bit “Agatha Christie”-ish, and goes well with the game.
Grade: 8.5 / 10

Very efficient, for a majority of enigmas, it is enough to click on the letter of the answer or to write the number. As for discussions and moves, a tap on the screen does it, nothing easier.
Grade: 9 / 10

Length / Sidequests
For the length, 132 puzzles without taking in account the investigation, I think it is enough. For the replay value, all puzzles can be played without doing the game again. On the other hand, there are no sidequests, except if you count the fact of unlocking everything / find each puzzle as a sidequest.
Grade: 9 / 10

Story / characters
I am a fan of Professor Layton (style, …) and I have to say that for once, the sidekick, Luke, is not annoying me (the usual risk with all “baker street irregulars” sidekicks or the poor orphan boy). The story is a bit predictable (let us say that I had understood the plot before it was explained), but stil nice.
Grade: 9 / 10

In the end…
One of those games that you must have in your game library, except if you hate puzzle games…
Final grade: 8.9 / 10


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