Week #14: Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

With Professor Layton and the New World of Steam is coming soon, I feel like it’s a good time to enjoy the first one: Professor Layton and the Unwound Future.

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Release: 2008

Original console: Nintendo DS

Developer(s): Level-5

Publisher(s): Nintendo

Genre(s): Puzzle

Series: Professor Layton

Recommended handhelds to play: Nintendo DSi XL, Nintendo 2DS

Best for

  • People who love puzzle games overall

When you want to sit back and immerse yourself in solving puzzles, the whole Professor Layton series is a great option.

Each puzzle is ordered from easy to difficult, and sometimes it doesn’t take you much time to find out the solution. Other time, however, you could be angry for not finding the answer for days.

  • People who want the final story in Professor Layton

People who has finished the Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box should continue with the Unwound Future, as it is the chronological next adventure.

  • People who want the best Layton game

It’s a minor spoiler but the Unwound Future is often regarded as the best Layton games up to now. It has the best story, epic final showdown and lots of new puzzles. The super hint support seems to be easy enough to help anyone who can’t get through finding the answer.

It’s also the first game that you feel Flora as a member of the Layton-gang, not a side character that is forgotten for the whole story.

The character design is classic cartoon

Worst for

  • People who want to emulate this game on a retro emulator

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is perhaps one of the many games that is strictly required to play with a Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS. Without dual-screen and stylus, the game is sometimes really difficult to enjoy. So, at least buy an original hardware for this game.

Recommended handhelds to play

I only recommend either Nintendo DSi XL or Nintendo 2DS to enjoy a DS game. Nintendo DSi XL is always the best way to enjoy a DS game, with pixel-perfect IPS dual screens. While the Nintendo 2DS doesn’t have such big and crispy display, it has C-Pad (a concaved analog stick) for moving your character, and I think the 2DS is the most comfortable handheld to hold at the moment.

There are too many retro handheld emulators that can play DS system well, but they pack dual 3.5-inch screen in a maximum of 6-inch screen, and I don’t really enjoy trying that. After all, I always recommend using the native handheld for its own system, unless you want convenient features like save states or fast forwarding.

If you want to buy the Android version of this game, then you can try any decent Android retro handheld emulators at the moment, for example the Retroid Pocket 2S and Retroid Pocket 3 Plus.