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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Gamefly.com)

When Professor Layton’s mentor opens the fabled Elysian Box, he dies. Is the myth about whoever opens that box will die true, or did someone murder the professor’s mentor and make it look like the myth was true?

The plot is your typical Professor Layton game. At first, it looks like something mystical is going on. Then the characters explain everything in a way that a raises even more questions. To sum it up, the entire series is one big Voodoo Shark (a term invented by SFDebris). Don’t get me wrong, I love the series but I can’t ignore its flaws. I will say one thing, and I warn you that there will be spoilers in what I say next. Professor Layton is not a fit guardian. He regularly abandons Flora, a girl with psychological abandonment issues to the point where she can’t be alone, to go adventuring. When he discovers that Don Paolo kidnapped Flora, he decides to continue solving the mystery of Folsense and the Elysian Box and treats getting Flora back as an afterthought. At this point, I wonder why Flora’s even in the games anymore. She did serve a purpose in the first game but now she’s little more than the token girl of the series. You could say the same about Emmy in the prequel series but she has actually proven useful on more than one occasion.

The game play is the same as ever. You explore the scenery while solving various puzzles along the way. Granny Riddleton will collect any puzzles you miss. You also have three mini-games you can play in the form of exercising an overweight hamster, repairing a camera and taking pictures, and brewing and serving tea to the citizens of Folsense. For those of you who follow my twitter account, you know that the last one is not only my favorite in this game but in the entire series. You can also collect keys to read an old diary. When you’ve finished the game, you can solve bonus puzzles to unlock a few bonuses in the game.

This game is addictive and intriguing. I give it 8 out of 10; one of my favorites in the series.

Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box (Bigfishgames.com)

Tyler’s grandfather calls him for help.  Before his grandfather tells him what it’s about, he reveals a secret he has kept from his family for many years.

The story flashes back to the 19th century while having interludes in the 1950s.  In the 19th century, Tyler’s grandfather fled the war in Spain by becoming a stowaway on a ship called Pandora.  After a while, he wishes he boarded a different ship.  Tyler’s having trouble believing this but goes along with what his grandfather tells him.

This is actually realistic because no matter how crazy a loved one may sound, we still want to give them the benefit of the doubt.  One thing I don’t get is that in the second segment Tyler tells his grandfather that he believes him and in the last segment writes in his journal that he should be calling the police.  It seems like they screwed up the timing on that.

This is the classic hidden object game.  You collect random crap just to add one item to your inventory.

Then you play a few mini-games and press hint or skip when you’re having trouble.  There’s a journal in the corner that will give you access to the character’s thoughts.  The further you get in the story, the more you discover.

The game is addicting and spooky at times.  I give it 7 out of 10, back when the Vampire Saga games were actually good.  I swear that made me sound like an old woman.

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