Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is, to be honest, the best puzzle game I have ever played. Basically, the main goal of the game can be categorized into three steps: exploring your surroundings, conducting an investigation, and solving puzzles. Not only do these three steps go hand in hand, but none are repetitive or boring.
First, the surroundings really add to the overall theme of the story, providing more detail about the setting and time. Next, most surroundings can be acted upon, such as getting a “hint coin” or unlocking a new puzzle.
The puzzles in this game are very challenging, but are so much fun to solve as they really “test” the brain. They can range from a hastily written note, to finding numbers within the notes, to finding a path with which to go. Further, each challenge has certain “hints,” each bought with a “hint coin” that can not only make some of the tougher puzzles easier to solve, but makes them easier to understand. Also, if you happen to miss a puzzle, you do have the option to go back and finish all the puzzles in the game, which is great for you “completionists” out there.
Lastly, the storyline is probably one of the best I have played, regardless of the game category. The story begins with you finding a note that is supposedly written 10 years in the future by none other yourself. Then one day, you find yourself at a time machine convention and WHAM… into the story you go. You will get hooked from there on!
I would like to mention that the main characters, Luke and Professor Layton, really add their personalities to the story. Not only does this make the story more interesting, but it allows a player to better understand the problems that arise.
Overall, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is a great game and has just about everything you could ask for in puzzle game.