Professor Layton and the Unwound Future - Nintendo DS Standard Edition
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- Solve over 165 brainteasers to uncover clues to save London!
- Download new puzzles via NintendoWi-Fi Connection
- Different types of puzzles and difficulty levels let everyone in on the fun
- Wireless broadband access required for online features
- Platform: Nintendo DS
- ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Professor Layton receives a letter asking for help from Luke. The strange thing is that this letter is from 10 years in the future, and the Luke in question is not Professor Layton's young apprentice, but rather his older self. According to the future Luke, the London of the future has been brought to the brink of ruin by Professor Layton's future self, who is the head of the largest crime syndicate in town. It seems the only man who can save London and stop the evil Professor Layton of the future is Professor Layton himself.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a unique puzzle adventure for Nintendo DS and DSi in which the player reveals the game's story and unravels its mystery little by little with each puzzle successfully solved. The third US release in the popular Professor Layton game franchise, Unwound Future contains the same addictive gameplay, hand-painted art style graphics and invocative music as its two predecessors, making it a must-have title for both new puzzle players and longtime fans of the series. Additional features include: 165 built-in puzzles, easy to use hint and game save systems and additional puzzles available for download on a weekly basis for a limited time following game launch.
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future places the professor and his trusted apprentice Luke at the center of a spellbinding adventure after they receive a strange letter – sent by Luke 10 years in the future. According to this message something is askew in the days to come. The London of the future is in chaos and disarray, and according to Luke, the only person who can help set things right is Professor Layton.
Like all games in the Professor Layton series Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a single player puzzle adventure. Puzzles are essentially brainteasers touching on a large variety of puzzle types, including spatial orientation, logic, riddles and many more. The game's story reveals itself as the player successfully solves a minimum number of puzzles that she/he faces using the DS stylus to move throughout the game's hand-drawn style game environments. Success at puzzle solving earns the player in-game coins. A certain number of coins can also found by simply exploring the game environment. Players are given multiple chances to solve puzzles and when stuck can choose to spend coins in order to buy hints. The game keeps track of puzzles found, puzzles solved, the player's score and playing time, and features easy-to-use save functionality, a journal for note keeping and an area to save items found for later use. In addition to the game's 165 built-in puzzles, additional puzzles will be available for download on a weekly basis for a limited time after game launch.
Key Game Features
- More than 165 new puzzles weave seamlessly into the storyline, challenging player with fun, brain-teasing logic puzzles and riddles, and even new types of puzzles
- This game features significantly more hand-drawn animated sequences and voice acting than the previous installment of the series
- Players who are still stumped with a puzzle after three subtle hints can select the new "superhint" option to point them toward a solution
- As with previous incarnations in the franchise, weekly downloadable puzzles will be available after launch for a limited time
- A large cast of eccentric non-player characters, as well as an invocative soundtrack designed to match the varied game environments and gameplay
165 brain-teasing puzzles.
In-game hint system.
Additional downloadable puzzles.
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Top Customer Reviews
When Diablo first arrived on the gaming scene I spent a great deal too many hours hacking and slashing my way through the Diablo Universe. I was (and still am) addicted to the game. Professor Layton delivers the same kind of addicting gameplay. It seems strange to compare a role-playing game like Diablo to the serene and intellectual Layton but, in my admittedly odd corner of the cosmos, both games offer the same "just five more minutes" need to kill one more skeleton or solve one more puzzle.
Rarely do sequels measure up to the original however the storyline in The Unwound Future is actually a bit more compelling than the previous Professor Layton offerings. The puzzles are a nice mix of easy to extremely difficult (for me anyway!). The three "bonus" games are enjoyable but the sticker books are, perhaps, the weakest link in the game. They seem to be geared to a much younger audience and, while I enjoy sharing my Professor Layton games with my seven-year-old granddaughter, it would have been nice to have a bit more of a challenge for myself -- even my granddaughter was surprised with how easy the three sticker books were.
If you want to completely loose yourself in a game then this is the one to buy. The puzzle format allows for quick game-play on the bus or total immersion once you get home from a hard day at work and need to unwind. Highly recommended!
The game is played entirely with the touch screen. It's a user-friendly system and a simple formula, but manages to draw you in with its characters and mystery story.
If you weren't already a fan before, this one probably won't convert you, but returning players will find the general formula improved in key ways. There's more voice acting than the previous games, which makes the story more enjoyable, and the puzzles feel more related to specific areas and characters. Thankfully there's less backtracking than the last game. You steadily gain access to new areas, populated by new characters, which helps to keep things fresh.
There are three new mini games to distract you from the actual adventure: the toy car; the parrot; and the sticker books.
One of Layton's 'perks' are the weekly downloadable puzzles. You have to connect your Nintendo DS to the internet, and it will unlock any puzzles that are available. This is kind of stupid, because the game isn't really 'downloading' the puzzles; they're already on the game card (it is simply 'unlocking' them). Connecting to the internet over Wi-Fi isn't always easy, so why force players to connect at all?
It could be said that these games are nothing more than dressed-up activity books (many of the puzzles were originally created for just that purpose), but that would be doing them a huge disservice.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Good game, priced well. Used game but it works well. I'm sure my niece will love this one as she's a Professor Layton mysteries fan. Thank you usedsalesca.Published 12 months ago by Bulaga26
Diabolical Box was my first P.L. game. Even though the Unwound Future story is, of course, very different the basic premise is the same ; follow the story, solve a puzzle etc. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Raymond Middleton
I got europe version and I don't know why but it works so no complains! :)Published 22 months ago by Xavier Millette
Purchased for the kids, they like it and spend hours playing and solving the puzzles. I would definitely buy more in the series.Published on Jan. 13 2014 by Stephanie Riley
Love this series I have most of the collection. Would highly recommend to any one who love a good puzzle game with a mix of thrill and mystery to the story.Published on Oct. 17 2013 by paul yan
I am a rabid Layton Fan. This game is, once again, perfection. The puzzles are not too hard, a few just hard enough to keep me guessing a bit longer than I care to admit!Published on June 2 2013 by Loo
I bought this game for my niece (she has the previous 2) for her birthday and both she and I loved solving puzzles together along with the storyline. Read morePublished on March 12 2013 by Png
This was a really fun game, and the story had its twists just like the previous games but more! The graphics and cut scenes were superb as expected and the puzzles were a good mix... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2011 by Anne W Ma
A great continuation of the previous two games! The puzzles are not so hard as to make you rip your hair out in frustration, and the adition of colors to the sketching page was a... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2011 by wbicepuppy