1UP's Jeremy Parish unravel the mystery of Professor Layton's excellence:
"Riddle me this: Why is Professor Layton and the Curious Village the smartest DS game ever?
If you answered, 'Because it's packed with tricky puzzles,' sorry! You're wrong. Good guess, though.
The correct answer? Because it deftly combines the two most popular genres on the system and creates something new and unique in the process."