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20 November 2010

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box [DS]

Plot Synopsis: 9/10
At the start of the game, Professor Layton receives a letter from a colleague who has found a box that is rumored to kill those who open it. Layton and his assistant, Luke, go to see the colleague to find out more. However, when they arrive, he appears to have died, and the box has gone missing. Of course, Layton and Luke immediately set out on a quest to find the box and determine the truth behind the rumors about it.
I'll give the plot a 9 out of 10. It's well-written and there are some decent twists. In fact, the story was just a bit more complex than the previous game in the franchise.

Game Play: 8/10
The game play is pretty straight forward. You essentially just point and click in order to move about your environment or interact with things. Puzzles that need to be solved do more than just sprinkle the game. This game did a better job of making sure the puzzles correlated to whatever was happening in the story, at the time. Once again, the point system that is supposed to serve as a difficulty rating, for the puzzles, didn't seem quite right. Some of the supposedly "easy" puzzles could be a bit tricky, vice versa.
I'll give the game play an 8 out of 10. It's simple enough to let you focus more on the story and puzzles.

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics in Diabolical Box are virtually identical to those of Curious Village. There are no obvious differences in the style or presentation. As such, I will give the graphics the same score, here, as I gave them in my review for Curious Village. An 8 out of 10.

Audio: 9/10

Once again, the music retained that old-Europe feel, with very obvious French and Italian influences. The voice acting was still acceptable, and refrained from being too over-the-top. No complaints, here.
And so, I give the audio a 9 out of 10. Everything sounds smooth and natural enough that it doesn't become a distraction as you attempt to focus on the puzzles and mysteries that need to be solved.

Overall Score: 8.5/10
The story keeps you working and guessing without becoming boring. The music and voice acting aren't a distraction. The graphics do the job while maintaining a distinct flavor all their own. Once again, the whole game is put together very well.

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