Professor Layton and the Curious Village


Professor Layton and the Curious Village レイトン教授と不思議な町, Reiton-kyōju to Fushigi na Machi is a puzzle adventure video game for the Nintendo DS system It was developed by Level-5 and published by Level-5 in Japan and Nintendo worldwide It was released in Japan during 2007, and in PAL regions and North America a year later in 2008 Curious Village is the first title in the Professor Layton series, directly followed by Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

The game centers on Professor Hershel Layton, and his self-styled apprentice, Luke Triton, investigating the fictional village of St Mystere about an artifact known as the Golden Apple, an heirloom that the late Baron had left as a test to determine who would receive his fortune after his death The residents of St Mystere particularly enjoy brain teasers, and will often ask the player to help solve them by using the system's touchscreen to submit answers, in exchange for their cooperation in the search

Professor Layton and the Curious Village was met with generally positive reviews, praising both its approach to combining the adventure and puzzle genres, as well as for its presentation and animated cutscenes It would go on to sell over a million copies in Japan alone,4 in addition to 317 million copies sold overseas5

Contents

  • 1 Gameplay
  • 2 Plot
  • 3 Development
  • 4 Audio
  • 5 Reception
    • 51 Awards
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Gameplayedit

An early puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village The puzzle is solved via input on the bottom screen, while the instructions are on the top

The Curious Village is an adventure/puzzle game The player controls the movements of Professor Layton voiced by Christopher Miller and his young assistant Luke voiced by Lani Minella in US English and Maria Darling in UK English around the village of St Mystere to locate the "Golden Apple" and solve other mysteries that arise during their search St Mystere is divided into several sections, some of which are inaccessible until the story has advanced to a certain point or the player solves a certain number of puzzles The player can talk to characters or investigate objects on screen by tapping them In many cases, the characters will ask Layton and Luke to try to solve a puzzle; there are also hidden puzzles that can be found by investigating certain objects As the story progresses, if an unsolved puzzle can no longer be accessed for example, if the person offering it has departed, it will reappear at Granny Riddleton's Puzzle Shack at the plaza, midway through the game

Puzzles include brain teasers, sliding puzzles, logic puzzles, and others The player is presented with each puzzle and its value in "picarats", and is given an unlimited amount of time to solve it Each puzzle has three hints available for it, but the player must spend one "hint coin" to see each hint Hint coins are limited; the player starts with ten, and more can be found by examining suspicious objects around the village Once the player feels they have the answer to a puzzle, depending on the puzzle, they might enter it by selecting an answer, drawing a circle around a specific area, or entering the answer by inputting letters or numbers into the DS's touchscreen If the player is correct, the picarats are added to his total score, and he is sometimes rewarded with an item If the player is incorrect, he can retry the puzzle indefinitely, though the first two times he is wrong, the value of the puzzle will decrease by approximately ten percent each time or more, in the case of multiple-choice puzzles There are also puzzles in which the player must make a sequence of moves in order to reach some final state, and cannot submit an incorrect answer Optionally, a player can quit a puzzle at no cost and try another, though certain puzzles are mandatory to progress Once a puzzle is completed, the player may retry it at any time via the game's menu

As a reward for completing a puzzle, the player may earn one of three rewards: machine parts known as "gizmos", furniture, or portrait pieces, to be used in their respective minigames accessible through the professor's trunk Gizmos can be attached to assemble a robotic dog with the ability to sniff out hidden hint coins and puzzles Pieces of furniture can be placed within Layton's and Luke's rooms at the local inn, arranging them in such a way as to make both of them completely happy with their rooms Pieces of a portrait are assembled like a jigsaw puzzle, revealing a picture once fully assembled By completing all 120 puzzles in the main game and each of these three minigames, the player can access up to 15 bonus puzzles from the main menu The game is also compatible with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which allows players to connect to the internet and unlock over 25 new puzzles in the game The first unlockable puzzle was made available on the day of the game's release, and new puzzles were released weekly for half a year, every Sunday After May 20, 2014, it's impossible to download the additional content, as the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service was terminated on that date6

Also found within the bonus features is a "Hidden Door", which can be opened by inputting a code found in a similar menu within the sequel, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box After opening, the door can be clicked to reveal concept art of various characters within the game

A playable demo of The Curious Village is available on its official website7

Plotedit

Specific order of events in the game will vary depending on choices that the player has made during the game, but the overall plot remains unchanged

The game opens with archaeologist Hershel Layton and his young assistant Luke driving to the town of St Mystere, summoned by a letter from Lady Dahlia, widow of Baron Augustus Reinhold The Baron stated in his last will and testament that whoever solves the mystery of the Golden Apple will inherit his fortune, and several people have attempted and failed The two enter the town and find that most of the population is fond of puzzles and brain teasers, which both Layton and Luke are adept at solving They see a large, haphazard tower that occupies one side of town that no one can get to; people hear strange noises emanating from it at night Layton and Luke meet Lady Dahlia and other family members, including Simon, Gordon, and the family servants Before they can discuss the mystery further, a loud exploding sound is heard and Dahlia's cat flees out of the door Layton and Luke retrieve the cat and, upon returning to the mansion, discover that Simon has been murdered and the case is already under investigation by Inspector Chelmey, a renowned detective Chelmey initially suspects the two, but then tells them to stay out of the investigation However, Matthew, the butler of the Baron's mansion, tells Layton about a small gearwheel that he found in the room near Simon's body

A still from a cutscene within Professor Layton and the Curious Village Cutscenes in the Professor Layton series are fully animated

As Layton and Luke continue their search for the Golden Apple, they witness the kidnapping of one of Dahlia's servants, Ramon A strange man stuffs Ramon into a bag; they give chase but are unable to catch him, though they do find another gearwheel similar to the one before However, they are befuddled as Ramon is back the next day as if nothing had happened They continue to explore the town, and check the looming tower that everyone had been telling them to stay away from but are eventually led to the town's abandoned amusement park by a young girl As they explore the Ferris wheel, a sinister figure uses a remote to tear the wheel from its moorings, sending it rolling after Layton and Luke They barely escape as the wheel smashes through a locked building Exploring the wreckage, they find a key shaped similarly to the tower, and Layton gets an idea of what's going on in the village The two return to face Chelmey, who Layton realizes is an impostor The man reveals himself as Layton's self-proclaimed arch-enemy, Don Paolo, who is seeking the Golden Apple for himself and who tried to use the Ferris wheel to knock Layton out of the picture Paolo escapes before Layton can capture him Luke asks the professor who Don Paolo is and why he wants revenge Layton knows Don Paolo's reputation as an evil scientific genius but has no idea why Don Paolo hates him, implying that the two have never met before

With Luke in tow, Layton heads for the tower, using the key to unlock a secret wall in a dead end Inside, they discover the man that previously had kidnapped Ramon, who is named Bruno With Bruno's help, Layton discovers the truth: all the residents of St Mystere are robots, created by the Baron and Bruno to challenge the wits of anyone seeking the Golden Apple, hence their shared obsession with puzzles Simon has not died, only malfunctioned; similarly, Bruno collected Ramon in order to perform repairs Having solved the puzzle of St Mystere, Layton and Luke climb the tower, solving more puzzles and meeting minor characters along the way Eventually, the pair reaches the top of the tower, and much to their surprise, find a beautifully kept cottage there Inside, the young girl from before awaits She reveals herself as Flora Reinhold, the only daughter of the Baron The Baron actually died years ago not two months ago as Layton and Luke were initially told, leaving Flora an orphan She is the "Golden Apple" that the robots were protecting until she became an adult

Layton's triumph is short-lived as Don Paolo returns in a flying machine and starts demolishing the tower Luke escapes down the stairs, but Layton is forced to improvise a glider to take Flora and himself to safety as the tower collapses Don Paolo, with his machine malfunctioning, drops a bag containing the stolen Simon The villain swears revenge and leaves, and the three reach the town safely As Flora hugs the Professor and laughs, an apple-like birthmark can be seen on her shoulder As they regroup at the Reinhold manor, Layton realizes that there is more to the treasure than just Flora, as the birthmark points to the Baron's riches Luke finds a switch on the portrait of Flora in the same location as her birthmark which leads to a secret room filled with gold

A voice recording from the Baron, intended for those who solved the mystery, congratulates Layton The voice tells Flora to take the treasure, explaining that if it is taken, all the robots will stop functioning Flora opts to leave it as a way to repay the robots for their services in protecting her and her new friends As the game ends, Layton, Luke, and Flora leave St Mystere without the treasure, allowing the residents to continue on with their lives The three and other characters are shown laughing and living together during the game credits

As the first part of a trilogy, the main story ends with a "to be continued" message with a picture of Luke and Layton at a train station They are about to take the Molentary Express in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Developmentedit

Chiba University Professor Akira Tago supervised direction on the game's development, with Level-5 President and CEO Akihiro Hino serving as producer The game features animated cutscenes produced by PA Works

Layton's creation was a direct result of Hino's childhood love of Tago's Head Gymnastics series of puzzle books, which have sold more than 12 million copies to date in Japan The game makes use of many puzzles from Tago's books, all of which have been modified to support the DS stylus and touchscreen8 Tago also contributed 30 brand new puzzles to the game, developed specifically with the unique capabilities of the Nintendo DS in mind910

Audioedit

The game's soundtrack was composed by Tomohito Nishiura, specifically with a French-styled influence in mind An album titled Layton Kyouju to Fushigi na Machi Original Soundtrack was released in Japan only, containing all the music featured in the game The album received mixed reviews from online sites Square Enix Music Online gave the album 6 out of 10, calling it "a rather bland collection of repetitive and similar music tracks from the game"11 RPGFan Music similarly stated "the soundtrack is simply too repetitive to be considered anything fantastic"12

Receptionedit

Aggregator Score
Metacritic Publication Score
Adventure Gamers Destructoid EGM Eurogamer Game Informer GamePro Game Revolution GameSpot GameSpy GameTrailers GameZone Giant Bomb IGN Nintendo Power The Daily Telegraph USA Today

USA Today gave the game all ten stars, saying, "While children as young as age 8 will enjoy the mystery, some of the puzzles will be too hard because they require advanced math concepts The sweet spot for this software is kids ages 12 and up, including adults"31 The AV Club gave it an A−, calling it "a top-notch package that'll make you love puzzles as much as the game's designers"37 The Daily Telegraph gave it an eight out of ten, calling it "a delightful game, and an excellent addition to the DS’s library Suitable, as they say, for children of any age, it’s gripping enough to keep you playing for just that one more puzzle Bring on the sequel, I say"30

The Curious Village sold over 700,000 units in Japan in 200738 The game was the top selling game for the Nintendo DS in the United States in the first three weeks after its release394041 After it was restocked in the UK, sales of Professor Layton increased 54%, moving it from 10th place to fourth place42

Awardsedit

Professor Layton and the Curious Village was awarded the Best Handheld Game award in the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards,citation needed Best Nintendo DS Game of 2008 by GameSpy,43 and the tenth best game overall of 2008 by GameSpy44 In March 2009 it was awarded Best Handheld Award at the British Academy Video Games Awards It was also nominated for Best Puzzle Game on the Nintendo DS in IGN's 2008 video game awards,45 and for Children's BAFTA Best Video Game Award in 200846 It won Best DS Game of 2008 on Giant Bomb,47citation needed and fifteenth game of 2008 overall by Eurogamer48 It also won the "Best Puzzle Game Of The Year" award in the Nintendo Power magazine In February 2009, Professor Layton and the Curious Village was awarded the Aggie for Best Console/Handheld Adventure in the first award presentation by Adventure Gamers49 It was also nominated for Best Handheld Game on G4's G-phoria in 2008citation needed

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External linksedit

  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village at MobyGames
  • Official website


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