Professor Layton isn't perfect – nothing is. A few of the puzzles will be familiar to genre fans, the various characters' motivations and speech don't always live up to their appearance, and Layton isn't impressed onto your psyche like, say, Phoenix Wright.
These are miniscule objections, however. Taken on its own terms, Professor Layton and the Curious Village is as state-of-the-art as anything on rival platforms, or indeed on DS, which is already established as the natural home for such joy-inducing, leftfield fare. Originally a Japanese game, Professor Layton is also testament to the value of top-notch translation.
Resist the temptation to rush through it in a weekend, but whatever you do don't miss it.
Audio/Visual - 9
Gameplay - 9
Value - 8
Innovation - 4