Professor Layton and Pandora's Box

Halo 3: ODST tops UK charts

Professor Layton in at two.

Halo 3: ODST is top of the All-Formats Top 40 chart this week following its 22nd September launch on Xbox 360.

Professor Layton and Pandora's Box

Professor Layton and Pandora's Box

A truly gentlemanly experience.

Perhaps the first mystery to solve in the sequel to the enormously popular puzzle adventure Professor Layton and The Curious Village is what the game is about. Released in the US as Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, and later this month in the UK as Professor Layton and Pandora's Box, it is a game about Professor Layton and an artefact known as, er, the Elysian Box.

Those more classically educated than wot I is might know of a connection between the fields of the Underworld in which heroes would find their final rest, and the jar nosy-parker Pandora went and opened, causing all the bad things in the world like swine flu and straight-to-DVD American Pie sequels. I do not. However, ignoring all this and focusing on the story of the game itself doesn't exactly make things any clearer.

If you played the wonderful Curious Village, you'll know the deal here. Professor Layton is a top-hatted gentleman of refined manners, accompanied by a young boy named Luke. Together they investigate mysteries via the pleasure of solving puzzles. As such, the games are essentially collections of around 150 short puzzles framed by an elaborate story. It would be unrealistic to claim that the stories link the puzzles in any meaningful way, while equally incorrect to suggest the narrative feels like an aside. Each is marvellously imagined and detailed, despite neither quite aligning.

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Professor Layton sequel Euro date

Professor Layton sequel Euro date

Late September for Pandora's Box.

Nintendo Europe has announced that Professor Layton and Pandora's Box - known as Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box elsewhere - will launch on 25th September.

The second game in the excellent DS puzzling series puts Layton and his young friend Luke to work investigating the suspicious death of Layton's mentor, Dr Schrader.

It promises more than 150 new riddles and puzzles, along with bonus puzzles via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for a limited period after launch and new mini-games.

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GDC: Next Layton in Europe within months

Level-5 wants to bring entire series across.

Developer Level-5 is busy localising the second Professor Layton DS adventure for North America and Europe, and boss Akihiro Hino hopes to release within six months.