Monday 13th December, 2010
Professor Layton and the Lost Future Review (DS)
Puzzling from the past to the present!
Your child may find parts of this game frustrating, awkward, or otherwise too difficult.
OK with caution
. Certain elements of this game may be too challenging for a child of this age, but they may be able to muddle through. A lot depends on the child.
. A child of this age should have no trouble getting to grips with the game.
Games in this category will be very tame. At worst, the may feature unrealistic violence between/against non-human characters.
Bad Language: None
The strongest language we allow in this category is God, Damn, and Hell. Games rated as having no bad language are free of swear words, or other strong language.
Sexual Content: None
Games in this category will be completely free of overtly sexualised characters or imagery.
Reading Required: No
Games in this category don't require your child to be able to read, as such - although reading will almost certainly be a benefit
For a parent looking to stimulate their child's learning, Professor Layton is one of the best games out there. With a huge variety of puzzles that test everything from a child's problems solving, to maths, science, observation, and comprehension, Layton will give your child's brain a full workout, helping them brush up on the skills they need to succeed, both at school and in life.
Although it's rated as a 7+, the puzzles in the game are most likely a bit too hard for a child of that age - we'd recommend 10+, although only you can be the judge of how well your child may cope with a game like this.
Although Professor Layton is rated as a 7+, for violent content, we're at a loss to explain why. As an anime style, cartoon influenced game, what little violence there is is of a light hearted nature. One example is where Layton constructs a gun that fires gambling chips when he and Luke come under attack in the casino. Of course, you see very little, and there's no gore on show, making this suitable - at least in terms of content - for all ages.
While Professor Layton doesn't have a multiplayer mode, if you're buying it for your child, you can definitely expect to be called on when they come across a tricky puzzle - of which there are plenty.
Of course, all this means is Professor Layton and the Lost Future can give your brain a workout too - which is never a bad thing!