It barely seems that long ago that Professor Layton was exploring the Curious Village of his first game, and already here's another one to delver more of the same charming puzzle-based gameplay that made the first so popular. And this time there is more to explore, greater danger are even more brain teasing puzzles to be solved: 150 compared with 120 last time around. And there's a third game on its way too. What's more codes obtained in games one and three will unlock hidden features in this title.
This time around, the Professor and Luke are invited to visit by Layton's mentor, Dr Schrader, who says he has acquired the Elysian box, which kills anyone who opens it. Dr Schrader is excited by this idea, and says he will soon open the box. Layton and Luke arrive to find Schrader dead, and they board the Molentary Express train in ordder to solve the mystery of his death.
As in the first game, you take Professor Layton and his sidekick Luke on an adventure to explore a comic book style world full of bizarre characters and challenging puzzles. These take the form of maths problems, riddles, optical puzzles, logic problems and block-sliding brain teasers. But compared to the former game, there is more of everything, including more animated cartoon cut-scenes. Each puzzle completed not only takes you closer to solving the whole mystery, but it also unlocks a special reward.
And once you've completed the game, it keeps on giving, with one new free puzzle a week to download via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.