Professor Layton and the Curious Village is the first game in the Professor Layton series. It follows Professor Layton and Luke on their quest to find the Golden Apple, a mysterious inheritance hidden somewhere in the village of St. Mystere.
In May 2018, an HD port of the game was announced called Professor Layton and the Curious Village EXHD for Smartphone[n 1] ("HD for mobile" in the west). It was released in September of the same year and features high resolution graphics and 2 new cutscenes. The story and puzzles of the game remain the same from the original. The gameplay is also mostly the same, but a few enhancements have been added, such as; the exclamation point only appearing if there's a puzzle to be solved and the ability to use multiple colors in memos, two features that was originally introduced in later installments of the series. The game also adds a new collectible in the form of Puzzle Charms, which are now needed to unlock bonus content.
- Chapter 1: Reinhold Manor Awaits
- Chapter 2: The Fugitive Feline
- Chapter 3: The Missing Servant
- Chapter 4: Night Falls
- Chapter 5: The Hunt Begins
- Chapter 6: The Elusive Tower
- Chapter 7: The Abandoned Park
- Chapter 8: The Shadowy Intruder
- Chapter 9: The Tower's Secret
- Main article: Professor Layton and the Curious Village/Mysteries
In the HD remake, the game opens with a new scene in which Professor Layton and Luke pack their items into the Laytonmobile outside Gressenheller University and drive off through London. In the next scene, the first one in the original version, Layton, whilst driving through the countryside, hands Luke a letter that explains where they are going, and why: The late Baron Reinhold revealed in his will that there is a Reinhold family treasure called the Golden Apple hidden somewhere in the village they are heading to. Anyone who would successfully locate that treasure will inherit the whole of the Baron's estate. Several people have attempted to find the treasure, but failed.
Chapter 1: Reinhold Manor Awaits
After helping Franco with the drawbridge, the two enter the town and find that most of the population is fond of puzzles and brain teasers, both of which Layton and Luke are adept at solving. They also see a large, haphazard tower that occupies the far side of town that no one can reach but people often hear strange noises emanating from at night. Layton and Luke meet Lady Dahlia, other family members of the Baron like Simon and Gordon Reinhold, and the servants. Before they can discuss the matter further, a loud exploding sound is heard and Dahlia's cat, Claudia, flees out of the door.
Chapter 2: The Fugitive Feline
Layton and Luke chase Claudia through the village, solving puzzles along the way. Meanwhile, a strange soot covered man arrives in St. Mystere. During their search for Claudia, Layton and Luke learn from Franco that somebody had raised the drawbridge and stole the crank, leaving the village's sole entrance/exit sealed. They decide to check into the inn, but the woman in charge, Beatrice, can only offer them the attic as the other rooms are being remodeled. Eventually, they discover the cat's fondness for fish from Agnes and tempt him back with one. Upon returning to the mansion, Layton and Luke find that Simon has been murdered and the case is already under investigation by Inspector Chelmey. Chelmey initially suspects the two, but as their alibi holds up, he lets them go and orders them to stay of out of the way of his investigation. However, Layton finds a small gearwheel near Simon's body.
Chapter 3: The Missing Servant
After seeing Claudia with Simon's glasses, Layton and Luke learn that one of Dahlia's servants, Ramon, has gone missing. The two also find a picture of the late Baron's now deceased wife, Lady Violet Reinhold, who looks identical to Lady Dahlia. Believing him to be a suspect, they search the village for clues as to his whereabouts. This leads them to Lucy, Jarvis, Zappone, Pauly, and Crouton, and learn that there have been frequent cases of disappearances whenever people become ill.
Chapter 4: Night Falls
Night falls while Layton and Luke continue their search for Ramon and the Golden Apple. After finding Gerard's watch and returning it to him, they are on their way to visit a café when they witness what appeared to be the kidnapping of Ramon, as an unknown man stuffs him into a bag. They give chase but are unable to catch him, although they do find another gearwheel similar to the one they'd found near Simon's body and take a better look at the large tower which proceeds to make rumbling noises. Not long after, at the Reinhold mansion, they are befuddled as Ramon returns as if nothing had happened, with no recollection of his kidnapping in the first place.
Chapter 5: The Hunt Begins
The next morning, the two return to the manor after Beatrice reveives a phone call from Chelmey, where they find him yelling at Matthew, the Reinhold family butler, for bringing him sweets. During their time there, with the help of a former nurse named Ingrid, they visit Lady Violet's grave and read Augustus' diary. They also learn from Beatrice that someone else had checked into the inn and left without paying the bill. His room was a mess and his description sounded like Chelmey but his appearance was completely different. With all of these events, Layton and Luke hardly have any time to search for the Golden Apple. but remembering that the villagers wouldn't go near the tower, they decide to go there.
Chapter 6: The Elusive Tower
They continue to explore the town, eventually led to the town's abandoned amusement park via a ticket left by a young girl met at a dead end while searching for a route to the tower. Before going there, Giuseppe gives them a blue vase at the market, claiming it to be Layton's; the professor denies this and gives it back. They also find a newspaper revealing a more good-natured Chelmey that contradicted his earlier claim of hating sweets.
Chapter 7: The Abandoned Park
At first, nothing in the park seems to provide any clues, but as they explore the park further, the Ferris Wheel inexplicably comes lose. The sinister figure from earlier uses a remote control to tear the wheel from its moorings and send it rolling after Layton and Luke, who barely escape as the wheel smashes through a locked building and falls into the pond. Exploring the wreckage, they find an entrance to an underground room. Inside, they find a key with a shape similar to the tower, which helps Layton develop an idea of what's going on in the village.
Chapter 8: The Shadowy Intruder
Soon after receiving a summon from Ramon at the inn, the two return to face Chelmey, who accuses Layton of murdering Simon with the vase from the market, and Luke of being his accomplice. Layton realizes, through the Inspector's mistakes, that Chelmey is an impostor. The man reveals himself as Layton's self-proclaimed archenemy, Don Paolo, who seeks the Golden Apple for himself and had tried to use the Ferris Wheel earlier to knock Layton out of the picture. Don Paolo jumps out a window and escapes before Layton can capture him. Don Paolo's reasons for despising Layton so greatly are left unknown.
Chapter 9: The Tower's Secret
With Luke in tow, Layton heads for the tower, using the tower-shaped key to unlock a secret wall in the dead end. Inside, they discover the man that previously kidnapped Ramon, Bruno. Layton exposes the truth with Bruno's help: all the residents of St. Mystere are robots, created by the Baron and Bruno to challenge the wits of anyone seeking the Golden Apple, which explains why all the townsfolk were obsessed with puzzles. Simon wasn't murdered, he'd simply malfunctioned, and Don Paolo had used his supposed death as an excuse to further his own interests; similarly, Bruno had "kidnapped" Ramon in order to perform repairs below the tower. Having solved the puzzle of St. Mystere, Layton and Luke climb the tower, solve some more puzzles and meet some minor characters along the way. The pair also deduce that Bruno had shut the drawbridge down so that he could see whether they were worthy of the Golden Apple or not, and Lady Dahlia was originally constructed to resemble and behave like Lady Violet but Augustus had altered her personality after his and Flora's disapproval.
Eventually, the pair reach the top of the tower, and much to their surprise, find a small house there. Inside, the young girl from before awaits. She reveals herself as Flora, the only daughter of the Baron and the Golden Apple that the robots were protecting. However, this realization is short-lived as Don Paolo returns in a flying machine and begins to demolish the tower. Luke escapes down the stairs, but Layton and Flora are unable to follow him since the stairs fall seconds later, so Layton is forced to improvise a glider to escape the tower. Don Paolo swears revenge and leaves after his machine is damaged from colliding with Layton's glider. The tower, unable to withstand Don Paolo's attacks, crumbles.
The three are safe in town and as Flora laughs in happiness, an apple-like birthmark can be seen on her shoulder. As they regroup at Reinhold manor, Layton realizes there's more to the treasure than just Flora, as her birthmark points to the Baron's riches. Luke finds a switch on the portrait of Flora which leads to a secret room filled with gold and other riches. An audio recording of the Baron congratulates those that had followed the clues successfully, and tells Flora to take the treasure, warning that if it is taken, the robots in the village would immediately stop functioning. Flora opts to leave the treasure behind as a way of repaying the robots for their years of service to protecting her and providing friendship.
Layton, Luke and Flora drive away from St. Mystere, leaving the treasure behind and allowing the residents to continue on with their lives. The three (and other characters) are shown laughing and living together during the game's credits. In the HD remake, a new cutscene is played after the credits, in which the three arrive back in London and Flora reads out an extract from her diary while she, Luke, and the Professor explore London.
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- Granny Riddleton
- Baron Augustus Reinhold
- Gordon Reinhold
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- Curious Village takes place some time after the events of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, though the full official timeline was never fully confirmed and has been heavily debated by the series' fanbase.
- The official artbook The World of Professor Layton would reference that the main Professor Layton series may take place roughly around the 1960s although this has never be confirmed in-game or by the developers themselves.
- This means Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney may not line up chronologically, since the Ace Attorney series takes place around the late 2010s and 2020s.
- Moreover there is many things in the Professor Layton series that would contradict it being placed in the 1960s.
- Many of the main characters' estimated ages remain ambiguous, as canon ages were only given in some main games (notably the prequels, with Layton and Emmy's ages in Professor Layton and the Last Specter and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy's Japanese versions, as well as Luke's official ages in all of the prequels) and not others.
- This is one of three games in the Layton series where the North American, British and Australian versions all hold the same name, with the other two being Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy.
- In the St. Mystere Tower basement of the American version, there is a woman resembling Olga in Prosciutto's place with all the robot residents and their keys. This woman is not actually encountered in the game.
- Unlike every other Layton game, the exclamation point appears on every character and interactable item, regardless of whether they have a puzzle or not. This has been changed in the HD remake.
- Flora's voice sounds more British in the new ending of the HD remake compared to her American voice in the rest of the game.
- This is the only game that is not dubbed into any languages for Europe other than English. All European localizations use the British English audio.
- It is also the only game to not receive a Dutch localization.
- Main article: Gallery:Professor Layton and the Curious Village
|Layton Kyouju to Fushigi na Machi Original Soundtrack|
|Release date: Unknown|
|Publisher: FRAME (distributed by King Records)|
|Composer: Tomohito Nishiura, Layton Grand Caravan Orchestra|
|1||Professor Layton's Theme||2:10|
|2||The Adventure Begins||0:29|
|7||The Plot Thickens||2:10|
|8||Down the Tubes||3:22|
|9||The Veil of Night||3:55|
|11||Pursuit in the Night||2:27|
|12||The Mysterious Girl||3:56|
|13||Deserted Amusement Park||2:46|
|14||The Great Don Paolo||3:14|
|15||The Village Awakens||1:45|
|16||The Looming Tower||4:58|
|17||Memories of St. Mystere||3:07|
|20||Professor Layton's Theme (Live Version)||3:36|
|21||The Veil of Night (Live Version)||5:30|
|22||The Looming Tower (Live Version)||4:42|
|23||End Theme (Live Version)||2:51|
|24||About Town (High Quality)||3:16|
|25||Baron Reinhold (High Quality)||2:44|
|26||The Village Awakens (High Quality)||1:47|
- ^ レイトン教授と不思議な町 EXHD for スマートフォン
Reiton Kyōju to Fushigi na Machi EXHD for Sumāto fon
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