I was reluctant to pick up Professor Layton and the Curious Village. I like puzzle games, but there are so many on the DS, I was worried Professor Layton would feel derivative. Thankfully, this game combines fun and varied puzzles with a great mystery and truly beautiful visuals to become a completely unique, fun, and challenging experience. As the box art clearly states, the bulk of Professor Layton is its puzzles. There are well over 120 puzzles throughout the game, ranging from simple kids riddles, to "Holy Crap, What the heck is the freaking answer!" They are all well made and thought out, and most all of them are completely different from each other. The way these puzzles are linked together is by means of a mystery story. Professor Hershel Layton and his apprentice, Luke, travel to St. Mystere, an old-fashioned town in the country. As you arrive, such events as a missing fortune, abductions, and a murder draw you into a quite interesting story you'll want to see through. As I stated, the visuals are gorgeous. From the hand-drawn backgrounds and characters to full motion voice acted cutscenes, the visuals are fantastic. All-in-all, you really should try Professor Layton. It' s not for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed this game and it's one of my favorite DS games to date.