Professor Layton and the Unwound Future may be one of my favorite games this year: Polished, spectacular, classy, funny and intriguing.
But itâ€™s sure not helping my self-esteem. Seriously, either this series has gotten more difficult since its first tale or Iâ€™m getting dumber. Maybe both. I donâ€™t recall spending hint coins so early or so often seeing that look of disappointment on Laytonâ€™s face when I screw up. At least he doesnâ€™t point and guffaw (although, that would be a great addition for Part 4!)
Iâ€™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 youâ€™re putting stickers in a picture book, and the next youâ€™re tripping over dead bodies.
I love the whole idea of a world where everyoneâ€”literally everyoneâ€”is obsessed with puzzles and wonâ€™t help you until you solve theirs: (Help! I’m sinking in quicksand! No, I donâ€™t know which hat goes on which tiki! Just..throw me aâ€¦*glunk* )
No spoilers here: Iâ€™ll just say the storyâ€”so farâ€”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 canâ€™t wait.
How are our fellow puzzle-solvers doing? No story spoilers, please: Iâ€™ve got a ways to go.