Monday, February 11

Game: Professor Layton and the Curious Village Click for more info

You know, I never did like those "Brain Training" games as much as the charts did. Now I'm not claiming to be a hard core gamer or anything, but I didn't see the point of it all. There were no goals, no progression and the OCD side of me needed an endgame to aim for. So yes, a quick multiplayer five minutes is all they got from me.

Although Professor Layton is another puzzle game, the fact that it's been wrapped in the narrative of a mystery adventure makes it refreshingly appealing already. But when I actually saw and experienced the game and its presentation, I realised how compelling it actually was.

It's all just so... lovely. From the cut scenes to the voice acting and finally to the puzzles and methods of input themselves, there just doesn't seem to be an end to the loveliness the game exudes. It really is a joy to play.

The irony, of course, is that it probably won't be liked by those who play Brain Training precisely for the reasons I like it so much. That would be a shame if it turned out that way, but since this is actually part of a trilogy I live in the hope that there are two more of these coming out. Totally and utterly recommended.