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Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Professor Layton And The Unwound Future Review: A Great Story Meets New Mechanics

When Professor Layton and the Curious Village came out in the U.S. a couple of years ago, it was a fresh concept. The French cafe soundtrack, the distinct animation and art style, and Layton and Luke’s insatiable desire to solve mysteries made it stand out from your ordinary puzzler. The second game was on a similar bar puzzle-wise, but it had a strange vampire plot and ending with a series of wacky explanations.

This time around, the duo may or may not travel to a future version of London, so it’s not like things are suddenly grounded in reality. However, the cast really sells it. I won’t spoil any new or returning characters, but it’s easy to see why the charming professor gathers a crowd of amateur puzzle enthusiasts on his trek, making the player feel like a team member as well. The biggest departure from previous Layton tales is that it actually ties into the professor’s past – we learn that he’s not just a stoic, manners-obsessed robot. It’s also worth mentioning that this is the last entry in a distinct trilogy, so fans have to check out the surprisingly epic finale (the next Layton trilogy is actually a prequel). 

From a puzzle-solving standpoint, don’t expect too many changes from previous titles. You’ll still have plenty of block shuffling, route figuring, and “how old is this sister?” phrasing tricks. However, Level-5 finally revamped the memo system, and it makes a huge difference. Now you can change ink color, line thickness, and most importantly, erase specific notes instead of being forced to clear out everything at once. There’s also a new Super Hint that unlocks after you’ve spent three coins on all of the previous puzzle hints. This one costs two coins and pretty much spells the answer out. Of course, they should only be used if you’re extremely stuck, but it essentially eliminates the need to look up answers online.

Bottom line, if Layton didn’t float you boat the first time around, nothing is going to change your mind here. But it’s definitely worth it for fans to jump back into a world where you can’t walk five steps without finding a puzzle to solve.

User Reviews:

  • 9.50
    Dear me. It appears I've done it again. Gone and had a "Cereal Guy" moment. If you don't understand the meme, google it. When I first saw the Professor Layton games come out, I was not amused, and not impressed. My youngest sibling also thought the same thing...until one of her friends...
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  • 7.50
    When professor Layton first graced the ds, accompanied with a guerilla add campaign, i was excited. Truth be told I dusted off my little handheld and within the first week of release, I held my copy in my hand all the way home (while driving). The game was fun, puzzles where challenging and I felt smarter...
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  • 9.75
    Just to let everybody know, this is not the last one. I don't even think the next series is a prequel because then Luke would be around three years old, but let me get on with the actual review. This is definitely the best one yet. It has the most puzzles, best story, more variety of puzzles, best...
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  • 9.00
    In short, I loved the Unwound Future. The story takes even more impossible twists, some of which fall into the pattern of plots previous, but overall, the most interesting of the three thus far. The animated cutscenes are as detailed and relavant as ever, and there are more environment-related puzzles...
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  • 9.00
    Solve this riddle for me. Level 5 has made the third game in the "Professor Layton" series. Is it worth playing? If you answered "No", you're wrong my friend. This game is amazing. Story: The Professor is on another adventure, er, investigation. This time, into the terrible future...
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  • 10.00
    I've played the Professor Layton series since last year, and have been waiting for this title for a year. After receiving it, I beat it in less than two days, due to my eagerness. The story was very wellcrafted, with those fun little moments like Luke and Layton,and the two final scene in the epilogue...
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