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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box レイトン教授と悪魔の箱, Reiton-kyōju to Akuma no Hako, Professor Layton and the Devil's Box, known in Australia and Europe as Professor Layton and Pandora's Box,1 is the second game in the Professor Layton series by Level-5 It was followed by a third game, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future The game follows Professor Layton and his self-proclaimed apprentice Luke as they travel cross-country by train to solve the mystery behind a mysterious box that is said to kill anyone who opens it2


  • 1 Gameplay
  • 2 Plot
  • 3 Development
  • 4 Audio
  • 5 Release and reception
    • 51 Critical reception
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


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

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is an adventure/puzzle game The player controls the movements of the eponymous Professor Layton and his young assistant Luke through several locations, unlike in the previous game which is confined to just one town Along with completing many different types of puzzles, players must explore different areas, solve mysteries, and aid the Professor on his quest

The puzzle menus for this game are very similar to those in Curious Village 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 unlimited 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 searching the game's locales Once the player feels he has the answer, he enters it, either by selecting an answer, drawing a circle around a specific part, or entering the answer through character recognition on the Nintendo 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, they can retry the puzzle indefinitely, though the first two times they are wrong, the value of the puzzle will decrease by approximately ten percent each time 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 menus

As a reward for completing a puzzle, the player may earn one of three rewards Hamster toys are collected to help Luke give a morbidly obese hamster a workout Pieces of a shattered camera that Sammy accidentally dropped can be assembled to repair it Also, players can earn tea ingredients to brew new recipes and serve cups of tea to Luke, Layton and people they meet

By completing all 138 puzzles in the main game and each of these additional puzzles, the player could access 15 bonus puzzles for a grand total of 153 puzzles excluding the downloadable puzzles The game was compatible with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, allowing players to connect to the internet and download new weekly puzzles The first unlockable puzzle was made available on the day of the game's Japanese release, and one new key had been released every week thereafter for 33 weeks, with new keys being released on Sunday After May 20, 2014, it's impossible to download the additional content, since the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service was terminated on that date3

There are also two bonuses in "The Hidden Door" that are only available after the player finds one unique code each in the game's predecessor and sequel Other bonuses include a soundtrack, cut-scenes, soundbites, character profiles, and scenes from the game


Dr Schrader, Professor Layton's mentor, reportedly has come across the mysterious Elysian Box, fabled to kill anyone that opens it When Layton and Luke go to visit Schrader, they find him unresponsive on the floor and no sign of the box A train ticket to the Molentary Express is the only clue of the box's theft, and the two prepare to follow on the next train out to head towards the town of Folsense, listed in Schrader's diary as the origin of the Elysian Box They are followed by Inspector Chelmey, tracking down the crime, and Flora, who sneaks aboard the train but is eventually discovered by the pair

The train makes a stop in Dropstone, a town celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its founding As they enjoy the celebration, Layton and Luke learn that the town's founder, Sophia, also had an interest in the Elysian Box, but she died the year before, so her granddaughter Katia continues to seek it out Don Paolo, Layton's arch-rival, kidnaps Flora and disguises himself as her, leaving her behind in Dropstone as the train departs

En route to Folsense, Layton, Luke, and "Flora" are knocked out with sleeping gas by the train's conductor They awake to find their train car separated from the rest of the engine at the Folsense station As they enter the town, they are struck by a brief wave of nausea, and "Flora" feigns illness to stay at the hotel Layton and Luke explore the town, and learn it was founded on top of rich mine deposits by Duke Herzen and his sons Anton and Fredrich Some fifty years ago, upon discovery of a new vein of gold, strange incidents began to occur around town, and many of its citizens left Fredrich left with his part of the family fortune and founding the Molentary Express, changing his name to hide his identity They also learn that Dropstone's founder Sophia was also a former resident, evacuating with several of the citizens to form the nearby village The remaining citizens point to the central castle over the mines, where they claim Anton remains to this day as a vampire

On returning to the hotel, Layton and Luke find that the remainder of the train's contingent has arrived, and Chelmey has arrested one of the conductors named Thunder as a suspect in the theft of the box Layton proves him wrong, revealing Don Paolo after long ago seeing through his disguise Don Paolo escapes but leaves behind the Elysian Box Layton and Luke figure out the mechanism to open it, but find the box is completely empty Layton suggests visiting Anton to solve the mystery

At the castle, the surprisingly young Anton initially welcomes them as his guests, but when they start to ask about the Elysian Box, he becomes suspicious, and at one point ties the pair up though they are able to escape During the escape, the pair find a large hole in the basement of the castle, along with some strange machinery Layton discovers the mine, which is connected to the castle basement, but finds the effects of the nausea worsen as they get closer to it In spite of this, the two return to Anton and find Katia along the way Upon mistaking her for Sophia, Anton challenges Layton to a fencing duel Anton eventually tires from the duel: this leads Katia to break it up, revealing Anton to be her grandfather in the process She also tells everyone that her grandmother left Folsense to protect her and Anton's unborn child who would grow up to be Katia's mother and that Sophia and this child had died some time ago Unfortunately, Anton lashes out with his saber in rage and disbelief, cutting a chain holding the chandelier in place and causing the castle to collapse Everyone makes it out in time before the building falls into the mine, caving in the exposed mine shaft in the basement Layton explains that when the mine was discovered fifty years ago, it released a hallucinatory gas that affected everyone in Folsense; as the gas disperses, Anton is revealed to be an old man, and Folsense an abandoned, desolate town Layton suspects a quantity of the gas was in the Elysian Box, causing those that believed in the myth to actually succumb to death

Anton is suddenly reminded of his wife, Sophia, and that he has commissioned the box to hold a message to be sent to Sophia in Dropstone after her departure, but it had been stolen so many times he had lost hope Sophia received it Luke opens the special compartment and reveals that Sophia had gotten the box and left her own note to Anton, stating her love for him and Katia's relationship to her Anton welcomes Katia with open arms, wanting to love her as much as he had Sophia, stating that he has to get to know Katia before he can join Sophia in death The group returns to Dropstone, where Flora is located As Layton and his friends return to London, they learn that Dr Schrader had only fallen into a temporary coma from his exposure to the gas from the box, and has now fully recovered

After the credits, the game ends showing "to be continued" along with a picture of Layton and Luke standing in front of a time machine which continues on to the next adventure Professor Layton and the Unwound Future


The Professor Layton series was announced to be a trilogy immediately following the announcement of Professor Layton and the Curious Village within Japan4 By this time, Level-5 had already decided upon the Japanese names of Curious Village and Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, but were originally planning to entitle the second game "Layton-kyōju to Yū-rei Jima no Himitsu" ゆうれい島のひみつ, – Yū-rei Jima no Himitsu, lit "Professor Layton and the Secret of Ghost Island" These plans were eventually cancelled due to the staff thinking that it was too strange for an English gentleman to try and survive on a desert island, and the story was changed to that of Diabolical Box4

Level-5 learned several lessons from the critical response to Curious Village Critics had often claimed that the puzzles in the games were too disjointed from the game's plot, so in Diabolical Box, they attempted to make the puzzles more relevant to the game's narrative4 The puzzles within the series from Diabolical Box onward tended to use English more than Japanese This was coincidental, but allowed the game to be translated without replacing as many puzzles4 Level-5 also tried to update existing systems within the game, such as the Professor's suitcase and minigames; ultimately, Diabolical Box used up nearly twice as much data than its predecessor4


The music of the game was composed by Tomohito Nishiura with the entire soundtrack later released on an album titled Layton Kyouju to Akuma no Hako Original Soundtrack, in Japan only The ending theme song "Iris" was sung by Salyu, though it was omitted from the album The international release of the game utilizes an instrumental version, though it similarly was not included on the album either due to not have being created at the time

The album scored slightly higher than its predecessor Square Enix Music Online gave it a score of 7 out of 10, criticizing that "there are no masterpieces on this score, even though the variety and entertainment is much more enhanced over Curious Village's" 5 RPGFan Music stated "At 75 minutes, this one disc is packed with goodies, though one might also argue that it's packed with filler"6

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Official Soundtrack
No Title Length
1 "The Elysian Box Theme" 2:09
2 "In London" 2:28
3 "Puzzles Remixed" 3:33
4 "The Molentary Express" 3:24
5 "Suspense" 3:54
6 "The Village of Dropstone" 3:32
7 "An Uneasy Atmosphere" 2:45
8 "Folsense" 3:12
9 "The Town's Past" 3:25
10 "Time for a Break" 2:34
11 "The Dark Forest" 3:06
12 "Into the Depths of the Dark" 2:38
13 "Unspoken Feelings" 3:07
14 "The Somber Castle" 2:26
15 "The Ball" 1:51
16 "The True Folsense" 0:36
17 "Iris Music Box Version" 3:09
18 "The Elysian Box Theme Live Version" 3:34
19 "Folsense Live Version" 5:23
20 "Don Paolo's Theme Live Version" 4:05
21 "Time for a Break Live Version" 4:24
22 "The Town's Past High Quality" 3:25
23 "The Dark Forest High Quality" 3:06
24 "The Somber Castle High Quality" 2:28
Total length: 74:14

Release and receptionedit

Aggregator Score
Metacritic Publication Score
Adventure Gamers Edge Eurogamer Famitsu Game Informer GamePro Game Revolution GameSpot GameSpy GameTrailers GameZone Giant Bomb IGN Nintendo Power The Daily Telegraph Wired

The AV Club gave it an A− and said that "even if the relatively short game doesn’t have much replay value, there’s an incentive to keep picking it up for some brain exercise"30 Wired gave it a score of eight out of ten and said, "While Diabolical Box’s gameplay, animation and plot are quite a bit like its predecessor’s, slight improvements make this installment of the Professor Layton saga even more enjoyable than the last"24 However, The Daily Telegraph gave it a score of seven out of ten and said that it "still has more charm and character than most and-–despite the hiccups--provides a challenging, fun and satisfying puzzle experience for players young, old--and everything in between"23

As of July 9, 2008, the game sold 815,369 copies in Japan, according to Famitsu3132 IGN gave the game Editor's Choice Award, and rated it the eleventh best Nintendo DS game as of 201033 GameTrailers gave the title its best puzzle/parlor game of 2009 award34

Upon its release to Western countries, the game sold more than 126 million units by September 200935


  1. ^ a b Bramwell, Tom July 15, 2009 "Professor Layton sequel Euro date" Eurogamer Retrieved October 9, 2011 Nintendo Europe has announced that Professor Layton and Pandora's Box – known as Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box elsewhere – will launch on 25th September 
  2. ^ "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box" Nintendocom Nintendo of America Retrieved October 29, 2011 Puzzle master Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, have stumbled upon another mystery It’s up to them to navigate their way through numerous puzzles to determine who – or what – caused the death of Professor Layton’s mentor, Dr Schrader Was it the mysterious Elysian Box, rumored to kill all who open it Professor Layton and Luke find a train ticket for the Molentary Express, a clue that begins their adventure 
  3. ^ "Titles with additional downloadable content" Nintendo Retrieved May 15, 2014 
  4. ^ a b c d e Kohler, Chris August 28, 2009 "Q&A: The Development of Professor Layton's Diabolical Sequel" Wired Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  5. ^ Mac_Tear "Professor Layton and Pandora's Box Original Soundtrack" Square Enix Music Online Retrieved January 12, 2011 
  6. ^ Gann, Patrick "Professor Layton and Pandora's Box OST" RPGFan Music Retrieved August 30, 2013 
  7. ^ a b "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box for DS Reviews" Metacritic Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  8. ^ Boosinger, Austin September 16, 2009 "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box review" Adventure Gamers Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  9. ^ Edge staff November 2009 "Professor Layton and Pandora's Box" Edge 207: 104 
  10. ^ Walker, John September 7, 2009 "Professor Layton and Pandora's Box" Eurogamer Retrieved November 14, 2011 
  11. ^ a b van Erp, Tom November 20, 2007 "Assassins Creed krijgt topscore van Famitsu" Assassin's Creed gets top score from Famitsu in Dutch XboxOnly Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  12. ^ Vore, Bryan October 2009 "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box: The Professor Performs Like A Gentleman" Game Informer 198 Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  13. ^ Jones, Michelle August 26, 2009 "Professor Layton & the Diabolical Box" GamePro Archived from the original on August 27, 2009 Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  14. ^ Tan, Nick August 21, 2009 "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Review" Game Revolution Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  15. ^ Anderson, Lark August 24, 2009 "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Review" GameSpot Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  16. ^ Gallegos, Anthony August 25, 2009 "The Consensus: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Review" GameSpy Retrieved November 14, 2011 
  17. ^ "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Review" GameTrailers August 28, 2009 Archived from the original on August 21, 2010 Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  18. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo September 8, 2009 "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box - NDS - Review" GameZone Archived from the original on September 12, 2009 Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  19. ^ Shoemaker, Brad August 25, 2009 "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Review" Giant Bomb Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  20. ^ Harris, Craig August 24, 2009 "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Review" IGN Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  21. ^ Wales, Matt September 23, 2009 "Professor Layton & Pandora's Box UK Review" IGN Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  22. ^ Hoffman, Chris October 2009 "All in the Mind: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box" Nintendo Power 246: 89 
  23. ^ a b Hoggins, Tom October 9, 2009 "Professor Layton & Pandora's Box video game review" The Daily Telegraph Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  24. ^ a b John, Tracey September 2, 2009 "Review: Diabolical Box Sweetens Professor Layton's Successful Formula" Wired Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  25. ^ Kohler, Chris February 9, 2008 "Professor Layton Sequel Confirmed for US" Wired Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  26. ^ de Marco, Flynn February 11, 2008 "Professor Layton Sequel Coming, Says Game Manual" Kotaku Australia Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  27. ^ a b Kohler, Chris March 25, 2009 "Layton Watch: Clues to a Sequel at GDC Update: YES" Wired Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  28. ^ Orry, Tom March 7, 2011 "Pokemon Black/White 3rd biggest Nintendo launch ever" VideoGamercom Retrieved November 14, 2011 
  29. ^ East, Thomas March 8, 2011 "Pokémon White is 2nd fastest selling DS game ever" Official Nintendo Magazine Archived from the original on June 9, 2012 Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  30. ^ Nelson, Samantha August 31, 2009 "Professor Layton And The Diabolical Box" The AV Club Archived from the original on November 1, 2009 Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  31. ^ "Nintendo DS Game Charts" Famitsu 1020 
  32. ^ "Nintendo DS Japanese Ranking" Japan Game Charts July 30, 2008 Archived from the original on August 8, 2008 Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  33. ^ IGN staff November 19, 2010 "The Top 25 Nintendo DS Games Page 16" IGN Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  34. ^ All 4 You Blog's YouTube December 24, 2009 "Best Puzzle/Parlor Game GameTrailers Game of the Year Awards 2009" YouTube Retrieved April 5, 2016 
  35. ^ "Financial Results Briefing for the Six-Month Period Ended September 2009" PDF Nintendo October 30, 2009 Retrieved October 30, 2009 

External linksedit

  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box at MobyGames
  • Official website

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