The classic Nintendo DS puzzle game franchise Professor Layton continues to roll out on iOS.
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, the second game in the series, was first released in Japan back in 2007. An English language version showed up in North America in 2009. A decade later, and you can finally play it on your iPhone or iPad.
The critically acclaimed game follows Professor Layton and apprentice Luke as the pair travel cross-country via train, while trying to solve the mystery of a box that apparently kills anyone who dares open it.
As with the other games in the series, it’s essentially a massive series of mini puzzles, bound together in a point-and-click adventure.
(Note: The developers are using localized names, so the game is known as Pandora’s Box in Europe and Australia.)
Professor Layton is back
This is the third Professor Layton game to make it to iOS. In 2017, the latest game in the series — Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy — landed in the App Store. However, it wasn’t clear whether developers Level-5 would then track back to the start of the series to release the older games. Fortunately, they did — as Professor Layton and the Curious Village arrived on iOS in September 2018.
Now the developers have moved onto the second game in the franchise. That would seemingly bode well for the other entries in the series. Those include Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Professor Layton and the Last Specter, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Layton Brothers: Mystery Room, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy.
If Level-5 can keep up its current pace of one (or perhaps two) games a year, this should keep us going far into the 2020s.
Other than the high-end gameplay, the other thing that’s likely to appeal to many gamers is the fact that this is a premium title. It costs $9.99, but comes with absolutely no in-app purchases.
While spending 10 bucks on a game may make some gamers balk, it’s a whole lot less than the original Nintendo DS version cost. And, trust me, this series is worth every penny!