I really like Professor Layton.
– The games are nice and easy to lend out to wife’s who normally don’t care about video games (but like puzzles)
– The mood and feel of the story is light but with a slight edge of darkness.
– It’s kid’s friendly without being patronizing or too focused on learning or HEART.
– It’s somewhat reminiscent of Miyazaki’s design tastes of combining “simple” characters with more complex backgrounds and a setting that is somewhere between Stockholm and Victorian England.
Here are some character design studies, made while watching the “Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva” movie.