Parents' Guide to

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Compelling mystery full of devilishly fun logic puzzles.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 2+


Suitable for gamers of all ages, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is a wonderful gaming experience that combines puzzles, mysteries, and a knack for adventure.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (16 ):

What makes this puzzle game so much fun is that most of the puzzles fit nicely into the story. For example, when the train needs to switch tracks inside a tunnel, you must solve a puzzle about moving two trains between switching areas while keeping the cars in order. Other puzzles are presented by quirky characters; and, if you don't solve their puzzle, they won't tell you what they know. But not all puzzles are tied to moving the story forward; some you can skip with no consequence, and visit them later.

Another reason this game is so good is because it is structured to help you succeed. At each location, you can hunt for hint coins by simply tapping on objects in a scene. With these coins, you can purchase up to three hints for every puzzle. The game reminds you where you are in the story and provides you with a journal to consult, which is helpful since this is a complicated story. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box is a visually exciting game, with wonderful hand-drawn watercolor scenes. Plus the dialogue is witty and some of it is even spoken aloud. All in all, this is a superb game for kids ages 12 and up and all adults who love logic puzzles.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: August 24, 2009
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Alcohol Reference, Mild Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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