Reader Review: Professor Layton and Pandora's Box

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This review was submitted by Joshua Marlow. If you’ve played Professor Layton and Pandora's Box, or just want to ask Joshua more about it, leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (DS)

The second instalment in the puzzling Professor Layton series. But does it stand on its own, or fall on its top hat?


It's Puzzling: The amount and intensity of the puzzles in the game is just breathtaking. None are easy though, and you'll need to use your noodle to beat the game.

Moving makes me lose control: The movies in game are more common than in the Curious Village, but are just as detailed and amazing, with even better integration of 2D and 3D animation.

All aboard: The game comes with a puzzle in the box. Open up the game and you'll receive, among the usual, a special train ticket that features early on in the story as an important plot device. It looks nifty, and is useful for solving an in-game puzzle.

Around Town(s): Unlike Curious Village, you get to visit various locations, each with their own feel. A very welcome change.

Weekly DLC: One new puzzle, once a week, for 33 weeks. ‘Nuff said.


Random Puzzles: In Curious Village, people gave out seemingly random puzzles to you, but Level 5 isn’t even TRYING anymore. I walk up to a sleeping man, and for some reason I'm thrown right into a puzzle about apples. Apples!

The Hints: So, you get a hard puzzle. The first hint is obvious, the second is a bit of help, and then the third is either useless or ruins the answer for you. I understand it must be hard to write these puzzles and figure out good hints, but I'd prefer more intelligent clues.

A must buy for puzzle fans, or mystery fans. Sure, sometimes the puzzles are extremely hard, but it's totally worth it when you get the satisfaction of figuring out the answer.

Reviewed by: Joshua Marlow

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    Great review - and right on with the comments! This was a good game and I agree about the clues on the HARD puzzles...

    ...but can we get rid of the sliding puzzles please? They are no fun!

      Thanks :D

      I agree with your comment in a sense... I HATED the rubbish puzzles, because, well, they were so hard!

        Dear Joshua,
        I love the rubbish puzzle.

    I actually enjoyed some of the sliding puzzles. The only part of the game I didn't like was the last few non-story puzzles that you're given before the ending.

    "Knights Tour 2".. "Knights Tour 3".. "Knights Tour 4".. "Knights Tour 5".. "Chinese Puzzle 3".. "Chinese Puzzle 4".. etc.

    I had a massive headache by the end of those.

      I have the US version, so I assume the "Chinese Puzzle" is the same as the "Disappearing Act" ones - ie where you have a board of balls and have to remove all but one

    I'd still love to find out why they changed Luke's voice for our 'Pandora's Box' version, while they kept it the same from the first game in the 'Diabolical Box' version.

    I'm stuck on puzzle number 110 can anyone help.
    I really enjoy the games.
    I am nearly 60 years old.

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