I made a beeline for this game after finishing Professor Layton and the Curious Village. I adored it! The puzzles were entertaining (albeit challenging for my occasional not-so-intelligent brain), the voice acting was quite good, the art and music was fantastic, and I loved the storyline! Once I confirmed that I liked the game and wanted another set in the Layton-verse, I decided to pick up Diabolical Box, expecting a satisfying follow-up mystery.
I completed Diabolical Box about 3 days ago, and I must say that I found most of what I was looking for. The puzzles were fun (although Curious Village had more of the silly, random puzzles that I preferred than plot-linked ones), the voice acting was just as great, there were a good deal more cut-scenes, extra voice acting was thrown in, and the art and music was of the same caliber as the first games. However, the story had a good number of unresolved questions. Several times I was left scratching my head. What really got me, though, was how much darker the plot of the story was. It was absolutely tragic. While Curious Village had a few bittersweet moments, Diabolical Box was simply heart-wrenching. I sobbed at the end, and have had trouble cheering myself up. I myself am not able to appreciate the intricate plot-line of this game. I came looking for a game with a particular genre, and I got something completely different. I feel unsatisfied with that.
On a final note, if you are feeling sad, or are suffering from depression, I would not recommend this game to you. This also goes to people who are emotionally sensitive to certain chords or strains of music. The end theme made me weep, and I start tearing up whenever it pops in my head.
by: Katherine Scalaro on Friday, 12-March-2010