Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Box Art Brawl
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It's time for another edition of Box Art Brawl, are you ready to rumblllllllle?

Before we introduce today's competitors, let's have a little look at what went down last week. Capcom's Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles was the game on the table for the last brawl, with a tasty three different covers up for discussion and a whole lotta differences between them. Now this was a difficult one to call, but it was Europe's grizzly zombie cover that came out on top with 47% of the vote. North America landed in second place with 27% and the Japanese box art closely followed with 26%.

For a complete swerve in genre, this week we are getting a little cosier, as we take a look at the regional differences in cover art for Professor Layton and the Curious Village.

Released in 2007 (2008 in Europe and NA) from developer Level-5, this was the first game in the iconic puzzler series, introducing us to Professor Hershel Layton, Luke Triton and just how dark the games' plots could get. Producer Akihiro Hino wanted to attract the DS' growing edutainment audience, so paired up with the much-missed puzzle creator Akira Tago to create a game that made you think while keeping you hooked with a dramatic story. Spawning two trilogies, a handful of spinoffs and with another mainline game expected in the coming years, it's fair to say that this initial entry managed to achieve its goals and then some. Puzzle solved.

But we're not here to discuss Layton background, we're here to judge some box art. So without further ado, let the battle begin!

Be sure to cast your votes in the poll below; but first, let's check out the box art designs themselves.

North America

Professor Layton and the Curious Village - NA
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What we will see across the three different box arts is a choice being made between selling the game on its puzzles, or on its mystery. In the case of the North American variant, it's all about the latter. This cover showcases the game's protagonists, looking around with a slightly concerned look while some of the residents of St. Mystere gather behind them. It's a cover that provokes questions. What's that letter in Layton's hand? What's in the spooky tower that looms behind them? How on earth did that cat get to be so big?


Professor Layton and the Curious Village - EU
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The European cover takes a noticeably different approach to NA, instead marketing the game by its puzzles first and foremost. The sense of mystery is here replaced by the giant Layton logo, surrounded by snapshots of the puzzles that are in store. This isn't all about the characters (Hershel is subjugated to a little 'hmm' pose in the top corner), but instead all about the gameplay.


Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Japan
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The Japanese box art is back in line with that which we saw for NA. In fact, on an initial glance, you might even assume that it is the same cover, but looking closer reveals a whole bunch more of St. Mystere's locals lingering nearby. It might not be the biggest change, it is true, but finishing the game and discovering how all of the residents are connected does give this cover a slightly more threatening air. Layton and Luke aren't up against a small-scale mystery, this suggests that they have a whole town to reckon with.

Which region got the best Professor Layton and the Curious Village box art?

Thanks for voting! We'll see you next time for another round of the Box Art Brawl.