Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
The third Professor Layton installment on Nintendo DS brings new interesting narratives and challenging puzzles
- 165 new mindbending puzzles, an interesting new story set in the much larger world of London; more integration between story and puzzles
- To much travelling back and forth, the story is a little long winded and confusing
The Professor Layton series has charmed a legion of DS owners with its colourful visual style, interesting narratives, and challenging puzzles. The latest instalment sees the plucky professor and his sidekick travelling through time, and it offers more of what series fans have come to love.
Price$ 69.95 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 1 store)
In the third instalment of the Professor Layton franchise, The Unwound Future, we find the professor on his home turf of London, England tangled up in a new case. After receiving a mysterious note from someone who claims to be his apprentice, Luke, from 10 years in the future Layton and young Luke get pulled into a bizarre tale of an evil genius, a time machine, and a London of the future that is on the brink of destruction. The dynamic duo travel forward in time to save London and discover what has gone horrible awry. Along the way, they meet an entertaining mix of characters, from the thugs running the city to an older Luke of the future. Dealing with time travel and the inevitable paradox it creates does require more discussion than the simpler story-lines found in previous Layton titles but Unwound Future manages to make it work.
Unwound Future moves Professor Layton and his sidekick Luke to the bustling streets of London, and that brings with a dynamic change in gameplay. Instead of talking to every person you meet, you rush from location to location to unearth the game’s various puzzles. It was nice to see two different versions of London as well, with both the present version and future version nicely detailed in the game’s trademark animated style. Unfortunately, there is a lot of unnecessary backtracking involved; on more than one occasion I was told to check out one location and on arrival I was told I needed to go all the way across the world to another location.
But I was delighted to see how deftly the puzzles were woven into the narrative. There are still plenty of random puzzles that seemingly have nothing to do with anything, but there are also more instances when the puzzles are an integral part of the story-line. The most charming example was when Layton and the future version of Luke assembled a machine gun out of an old slot machine to fight off the onslaught of goons inside a crime-ridden casino.
One of the great things about all of the Professor Layton games is that when you "finish the game" you still have hours of content to discover. This is also an incentive to talk to every character multiple times and search your surroundings carefully because the next riddle you solve might open up a new minigame. Receive a toy car and a series of race tracks designed to test your problem solving skills will open up; unlock the parrot minigame and you can help your new friend deliver heavy items to you by creating ledges for him to perch on. It's a nice bonus on top of the already interesting puzzles and story. With an exhausted brain, I can easily say that Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a treat for any puzzle solving fiend looking to test their smarts. There is more running back and forth than I would like but I still enjoyed the Unwound Future. It's a terrific title for fans of the franchise.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 D-Link Taipan AC3200 Ultra tri-band modem-router review
- 3 Dell XPS 13 (2016) review: Making the very best Ultrabook
- 4 Microsoft Surface Book review: The verdict on Microsoft's first notebook
- 5 Telstra Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III review: Testing the world's first 600Mbps wireless hotspot
Best Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- Report: Microsoft could debut Xbox One game streaming stick and 'Xbox TV' at E3
- Asus ROG teases a massive gaming notebook that outperforms Titan X
- Review - Total War: Warhammer
- Use Feedback Hub to complain to Microsoft about Windows 10
- Total War: Warhammer DirectX 12 performance preview: Radeon reigns supreme
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTSolution ArchitectACT
- CCChange Manager- Success Factors/HCMNSW
- CCMultiple .Net DevelopersNSW
- FTNV2 Defence Project Manager | Canberra | Major exciting White Paper projectsNSW
- CCiOS Developer x 2NSW
- CCBusiness Analyst, LifeNSW
- CCICT Contracts and Procurement SpecialistACT
- FTPerformance Test AnalystNSW
- CCProject Manager - Healthcare DomainSA
- FTOPEN_ASAP_Network Security AdministratorACT
- CCService Desk analystSA
- CCSoftware Licensing AnalystVIC
- CCTransition Manager / Project ManagerQLD
- CCIT Change CoordinatorNSW
- CCNV1 Consultant | Groundbreaking Defence decision support applicationACT
- CCIT Assistant (Office Automation/Windows) 160517/ITA/884Asia
- CCIT Assistant (Lotus Notes/LAN/Anti-Virus) 160524/ITA/074Asia
- CCTechnology Lead / Senior Developer - Java (Urgent)NSW
- CCAnalyst Programmer (J2EE/Oracle/SQL*PLUS) 160519/AP/432Asia
- CCOperations Systems Support ManagerNSW
- FTBI / Business Intelligence Designer / ArchitectNSW
- CCMS SCOM AdministratorVIC
- FTSenior Systems EngineerACT
- CCIT Security Consultant -NSW
- CCSenior DevOps EngineerACT