Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
|Release Dates|| November 29, 2007JP|
August 24, 2009NA
September 24, 2009AU
September 25, 2009EU
|Alternate Names||Professor Layton and Pandora's BoxEU/AU|
|Ratings|| A: All Ages (CERO)|
E: Everyone (CSRB)
PG: Parental Guidance (ACB)
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (レイトン教授と悪魔の箱, Reiton-kyōju to Akuma no Hako), although known as Professor Layton and Pandora's Box in Europe and Australia, is the second game in the Professor Layton series but the first from last in the series chronologically. It is followed by Professor Layton and the Unwound Future which is the last in the series chronologically but the second released Professor Layton game. The game's story follows the elusive Elysian Box (Pandora's Box) and the unraveling of its deadly myth.
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is an action and puzzle game. The player has the ability to move Professor Layton via arrows that appear on the Touch Screen on the Nintendo DS system console. The player can travel to a plethora of locations such as the Molentary Express and the town of Folsense which differs from its predecessor in which the player could only move about in the one town. Not only can the player complete hundreds of puzzles to help unravel the myth surrounding the city of Folsense and the location of the Elysian Box, but they can also take part in many side quests, explore many new areas, and help solve mysteries.
The puzzle menu featured in this game is extremely similar to the one seen in Professor Layton and the Curious Village. There are also many puzzle types that reappear in this game such as sliding puzzles, brain teasers, and logic puzzles. The player is presented, upon the completion a puzzle, a number of Picarats, which determines the difficulty of the puzzle and given an unlimited time in order to complete the puzzle. To aid the player in completing the puzzle with as little loss of Picarats as possible, they have the options of three hints in which they must trade one Hint Coin, in order to unlock one hint. Hint coins are, however, in limited supply and can be found in various locations in the background locales. The player also starts with 10 already at their disposal. Once the answer believed to be true has been input by either selecting the appropriate option, circling the right answer or writing it in manually, the character solving the puzzle, which is either Layton, Luke or at times Flora, will appear and reveal if the answer is right or wrong. If the answer is correct then the Picarats available will be added to the overall score, but if the answer is wrong then a set amount of Picarats will be deducted from the total and the player can attempt the puzzle again. At times players are rewarded with items and picture pieces if they get the answer correct as well as the Picarats available. If the player doesn't know the answer and does't want to guess incorrectly they can quit the puzzle at no cost and retry it later by either selecting the person that issued it or from the main menu.
When the player gets an answer right from a puzzle, they can receive either of three rewards; a hamster toy that will be collected by Luke in order to build an obstacle course that an obese hamster will have to complete in order for it to lose weight, pieces of a shattered camera that Sammy accidentally dropped and broke, or the player can receive tea ingredients to help Layton and Luke brew a perfect cup of tea so they can give it to people that they come across and meet. When all 138 puzzles have been completed in the main story, 15 additional bonus puzzles will be available for completion leading the total number of puzzles up to 153 (with the exclusion of downloadable puzzles). Like Curious Village, Diabolical Box can connect to the Nintendo DS Wi-Fi system in order to download puzzles that are released weekly. The very first unlockable puzzle was made available with the Japanese release of the game, and a new key has then been released every week since, to which the keys are released every Sunday. Two bonuses are available to those who find "The Hidden Door" which can be accessed by finding a code found in Professor Layton and the Curious Village and Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. Other bonuses include rewards such as new soundtracks, character profiles and cutscenes.
|Note: There are varying ways to complete the game, each going off in a different direction. However the overall plot is unchanged.|
Prologue: The Elysian Box
Chapter 1: The Legendary Molentary Express
Chapter 2: The Country Village of Dropstone
Chapter 3: A Diverging Path
Chapter 4: The Phantom Town of Folsense
Chapter 5: Shadows on the Street Corner
Chapter 6: The Road to Herzen Castle
Chapter 7: An Encounter at the End of the Line
|Layton series in chronological order|
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