Professor Layton and the Middle-aged Dimwit

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future may be one of my favorite games this year: Polished, spectacular, classy, funny and intriguing.

But it’s sure not helping my self-esteem. Seriously, either this series has gotten more difficult since its first tale or I’m getting dumber. Maybe both. I don’t recall spending hint coins so early or so often seeing that look of disappointment on Layton’s face when I screw up. At least he doesn’t point and guffaw (although, that would be a great addition for Part 4!)

I’m only six hours and sixty puzzles in. But I can already recommend this game whole-heartedly. It’s a welcome return to a universe of quirky personalities, bizzare Alice-In-Wonderland character designs (what is up with that CAT???) and a now-familiar mix of charm and creepiness, with peaceful investigations periodically shattered by violence and mayhem. One moment you’re putting stickers in a picture book, and the next you’re tripping over dead bodies.

I love the whole idea of a world where everyone—literally everyone—is obsessed with puzzles and won’t help you until you solve theirs: (Help! I’m sinking in quicksand! No, I don’t know which hat goes on which tiki! Just..throw me a…*glunk* )

No spoilers here: I’ll just say the story—so far—is effectively ominous. Several chapters in, one gets the feeling that (as with the other installments) this story is about to twist the weird-dial into the red. I can’t wait.

How are our fellow puzzle-solvers doing? No story spoilers, please: I’ve got a ways to go.

8 Responses to Professor Layton and the Middle-aged Dimwit

  1. EdEN says:

    I’ll be getting it over the weekend since I don’t have time to go pick it up at the moment. Still have to finish Diabolical Box.

  2. MrMiyamoto says:

    I definitely feel the same way about the newest one, I’m glad it’s not just me. As they run out of classic logic puzzles it feels like they are making even more complex ones and the most recent game definitely makes me feel a bit idiotic at times.

  3. gamecollector44 says:

    This game is rather good. Masterpiece Theater-ish setup, great voice acting, doesn’t get much better than that! But lemme tell ya Richard, I’ve beaten it just today, and you WILL be amazed with all the plot twists. 😉

  4. Marcus says:

    No spoilers, but let me tell you this:

    When Layton starts piecing things together, you will start shitting bricks at the brilliance of it.

    When these bricks are effectively shat, I’d like to take credit for the prediction.

  5. David says:

    I’m probably as far as Richard and I have to agree. This is the best one yet. There is still a special place in my heart for St. Mystere, but they really knocked it out of the park with this game!

  6. llaffer says:

    I’m enjoying the game. It’s the first game to take DQIX out of my DSi (though, DQIX was back in on Friday to do the weekly DLC quests). I’m at about 130 puzzles done and in the tail end of the game.

    I expect to be finished with it later today, or at least tomorrow, so by Friday DQIX will once again be living in my system. 🙂

  7. Brent says:

    I just finished the game about… 15 minutes ago. And my mouth is still gaping. I really want to know how the writers of the story come up with this stuff. The story was great, the puzzles were fun, and the 4th game has already been set up for us. It took me 15 hours and 15 minutes to beat it, I’ve solved 141 puzzles. The game may have been $35, while the other two were $30, but I spent an extra 4 hours playing this one. It is definitely worth every penny. I can’t wait to get back in there and solve the next 40-some-odd puzzles that I’ve either missed or are in the bonus section!

  8. Richard says:

    Brent –

    Just finished it myself. Same reaction: My mind is blown. I was not expecting the end to be such an emotional powerhouse. This is, by far, one of the year’s best games, and Layton is now one of my very favorite Nintendo characters. What an awesome ending theme! I’m now back in, trying to unlock all the bonus material, especially the music and cinemas.

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